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Mrs O

Learning to live with a chronic condition

Fair warning – this is just a dump of the thoughts and emotions one goes through. Everyone will be different, with different conditions, severity, prognosis and circumstances. We all go through a learning curve. If you are in this space in your life, drop by and say “Hi!”. If you have a friend or family […]

The dose makes the poison – Paracelsus

The dose makes the poison. So said 16th century physician Paracelsus. I learnt this today reading an article in The Guardian titled Inside the food industry: the surprising truth about what you eat by Joanna Blythman. At this point in time I known very little about Blythman but I am going to make it a priority […]

The Do Not Call Register

Years ago I registered my phone numbers on the Do Not Call Register. Lately I have been getting more and more “marketing” calls on both numbers. Many of them, annoyingly, are from private numbers. With four three teenagers and one young adult, I always feel a compulsion to answer calls. Who knows what trouble young people can […]

The joys of MyGov, Centrelink, Medicare, The Tax Man and eHealth

Please allow me to introduce you to the joys of MyGov. As an IT professional anything I can do on-line, I will. Certainly saves standing in queues. For overseas readers (or newish arrivals to Australia) we have a few government services we can access through a central portal and single log on. I quite like […]

What does ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ teach young women?

I have three daughters. The oldest is married and thirty-something (she’ll kill me if I quantify the “something”). The next in line is twenty and still relatively new to western civilisation although adapting remarkably well. The youngest is twelve.   I remember some discussion when ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ first came out. Now the movie […]

A little Nigerian take on love

There are some really great Nigerian writers and speakers. One I have found recently is Elnathan John who writes over on that “other” platform on the interwebz that doesn’t have a re-blog button to automatically share. This is my attempt at a manual approximation. HOW TO SHOW NIGERIAN LOVE To quote D’Banj, “love is a beautiful […]

Quick health update (following on from Friday)

On Friday I wrote about being in pain again. I’m sharing these little ups and downs so others on this journey can see what may happen, even after diagnosis! Today is Tuesday and I have just got back from the GP. I got home from work walking stooped over. Everything from my waist down is […]

Manicures and glitter nail polish

Now for something COMPLETELY different! A break from politics and health matters. I’ve always like manicured nails, but used to do them myself. When I was unwell last year, I broke a couple of nails and went to get a couple of tips put on. Don’t ask me how, but I ended up with some […]

I am in pain again

Friday night. Day seven of the reduced dose of Carbimazol. Yesterday I started to feel sore in my hips and back again, stiff getting out of bed or out of the car after driving. I’d almost forgotten what this pain felt like – how did I put up with it? I also seem to have […]

My personal good news week of the medical variety

Two of my specialists (see below for back story articles) have reduced my medications! This is a good thing! This doesn’t come without a complication though as the reduction makes tracking taking the right dose on the right day a little more complicated: I will have to pay more attention. Dr G (the digestive tract specialist) has reduced my […]