Surgery Today!

If you have read my post Inconceivable Times this post is a follow-up.

By the time you read this, I will have already been wheeled in and out of surgery. My appointment with the surgeon on Tuesday left me with a number of forms, pre-operation fees and, a very clear understanding of what is going on and what is going to happen. It’s all been rushed because there was a cancellation which was offered to me so it could be done ASAP.

I will need hip replacements in perhaps a year or five but that will be to far off to leave the gluteus medius muscle unattached. This surgery is called the “right hip abductor repair”. I will be in hospital for 2-3 weeks with a further 6 weeks of non-weight bearing at home with extensive rehabilitation.

Once I’m through the worst of the post surgery drowsiness and pain medication, I hope to be back using my laptop in my hospital bed if not for much else than reading some of my favourite WordPress bloggers posts. You may even get a post-op photo of the 20cm -30cm incision for the more bolder followers.

I have pre-scheduled daily posts so you don’t miss me too much.

Chrissy

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Inconceivable Times

So, I’m in the process of regular physiotherapy, a local anesthetic test, Xrays, MRIs and hips surgeon specialist appointments. But, understanding the whats, hows and whys, is double dutch to me. Between the Gluteus Menimus tear and the Medius tendinopathy I’m totally confused. Originally I was told it would at least be one hip replacement, possibly two AND even repairing a torn muscle. I have no idea of what I did but I know that it hurts and no one can give me any intelligible answers. It’s been three months of getting the medical runaround to get to where I am now; totally confused and a lower bank balance. The only thing I understand is the cost at the end of each appointment, pain medications not covered by medicare and uncomfortable night’s sleep. With prolonged sitting, standing, or walking, I’m a hazard to everyone else’s health. Don’t say anything that might give me reason to punch you in the nose.

About Chrissy Page

It’s been a long time since I’ve updated my “About Chrissy” page. I think the last time I updated, I had just couple of hundred followers and I officially created Riverside Peace. Closing in on 900 followers, it’s time again. Life has changed a lot since I began my official writer’s blog and it now includes several categories: Announcements Children’s Corner Christian Reads Good Advice Just HAIKU Poetry Mix Retirement Short Fiction and Teen Reading

Check out my updated page by clicking on “About Chrissy” below.

Happy Birthday to the Man I Love AND Congratulations on 50 Service in the RAAF

Forever and Always. I’m so blessed to have you as my wonderful husband. You’re my best friend, my partner in life, my husband, my hero, my love妃y everything. You make me so happy just by being the man and the husband you are. Even after all this time, you never stop amazing me. – Happy Birthday!

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GLIMPSES OF HIS GLORY Chrissy Siggee Miriam Jacob, Oxford Academic, Oxford University Press, Reviewer/Co-Author

A big thank you to Miriam Jacob for this review.

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50K

Thank you, everyone!

Congratulations! Your site, Riverside Peace, passed 50,000 all-time views.

I created the website back in 2013 but for some reason I couldn’t get back in. The site stayed dormant until March 14th 2017 when I decided it was time to figure it all out.

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Back into Lock-down

We have some very dear family and friends who live in Sydney and surrounding suburbs and we know there are thousands more residents who do the right thing. BUT, thanks to the inconsiderate Covid positive people in Sydney who defied N.S.W. Health orders they put their neighbours, nursing home residents and schools at risk.

Sydney has had council areas under lock-down that came into force while I was at my dad’s bedside vigil which extended into other council areas and suburbs. (see Covid Lock-downs Because of these inconsiderate people leaving their restricted zones, taking their positive test results and selfish attitudes to regional and outback N.S.W., just to avoid their “stay at home” orders, has left residents in vulnerable places with the Covid-19 and the Covid-Delta strains.

I honestly believe that anyone, of any age, should not only be fined but arrested for man-slaughter for all those they infected and subsequently died of the virus; just like arsonists who consequently kill someone. It breaks my heart to think of those close to us, and of those we have never met, will be affected by these senseless acts.

My love and prayers go out to those innocent residents of N.S.W. and the whole of Australia, that they will be kept under the shadow of the Almighty.

To my followers and friends all round the world, you are not forgotten in these prayers.

Let me finish with the words of Apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV)

Be very careful, then, how you livenot as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

Be safe everyone and don’t give up. God bless you all.

Love, Chrissy.

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Lockdown Update

My dad passed away just after 2am yesterday, Saturday July 10th. The on duty RN was able to alert me in time for me to sit with him until he was gone. I didn’t have any sleep before or after, so I was exhausted by the time the undertakers left a 9.30am. With this horrid lockdown there will be just three plus the celebrant at the graveside funeral. Norm, myself and our son Ken, who lives within the lockdown boundaries, and where we’ll stay until we head home – outside the lockdown area. If the lockdown is just for another two weeks we’ll remain in the Sydney lockdown. If it’s for a longer period as they have predicted we’ll head home under the Covid rules at that time, including a self isolation in our own home and Covid tests. It’s difficult to plan anything beyond a day or two at a time with restrictions changing at short notice.

The last photo we took before Dad was bedridden a few weeks ago.

With most of my photos on my desktop at home, I won’t be able to add more until we return home..

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Update in Lockdown

Small but appreciated garden

Sadly, Sydney will not leave the lock-down this weekend. Maybe not even next weekend but here I am still in vigil beside my dad’s bed. It’s not good. Most of the day and night he comes and goes into such a deep sleep that it’s more than likely unconsciousness. His breathing is crazy and he hasn’t eaten. Perhaps a few teaspoons of apple juice that was more to wet his tongue than anything. I’m thankful for the management and staff, including those who work in the kitchen and cleaning areas of this nursing home. God bless you all abundantly.

I’ll post again when time allows.

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Lockdown – the good and the not so good.

Garden photos as promised in: Lockdown Accommodation and Fashion Statement | Riverside Peace

I’ll take more photos when Dad is sleeping after lunch and add them when time allows.

Be safe everyone.

Lockdown Accommodation and Fashion Statement

Here I am into my 5th night of Covid lockdown in the nursing home with my dad. Some days are good while other days/ nights are quite stressful but I’m glad I’m here for him. All the staff members are wonderful. I often wonder how they do this every day. My Dad’s care is quite intense now but they always have a smile for him and for me. Some of the Covid restrictions are quite annoying and the situation is not perfect but it could be much, much worse.

My bed feels like a hospital bed. No. Wait a minute. It IS a hospital bed.
At least I have my own bathroom and privacy. I also have a view of the garden courtyard of which I will take a few photos when time allows.
Wearing masks all day long, except when I return to my room, is quite irritating and not at or comfortable or fashionable. It’s a wonder I don’t freak Dad out when I visit him in the night.
Not a great diet for two weeks but I’m truly thankful for Norm’s front door deliveries and for friends who make sure I don’t go hungry.

Unfortunately, I’m not the easiest person to feed with my wheat and citrus allergies so I do understand why the nursing home won’t feed me and take responsibility. I do get the occasional steamed vegetables, boiled eggs of a piece of cheese to complete some of my needs. As I said, ALL the staff are very caring people.

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Lock down

While visiting my dad yesterday, (a Saturday here) the Premier of NSW announced a total lockdown for two weeks beginning 6pm. I decided I wouldn’t risk leaving the nursing home to return to our son’s home for my clothes, medications and, of course, my laptop in case I was turned away after the 80 minute round trip. And, I was right. But, God was good and within half an hour, and before Norm arrived at our son’s home, the nursing home manager phoned me. With Dad the way he is, and us not at all local, I was allocated a room near Dad’s for the length of the lockdown if needed. Norm was not given the same but he’s been honoured the role of delivery boy so he can regularly drop off gluten free foods and necessities. I probably could get a few meals here but they don’t have anything for my allergy diet. With our second Covid vax due this coming week, we’ll have to have it locally. However, I need some approval from the NSW Health to allow me to return to the nursing home after the vaccination as no visitors are allowed in except for special cases approved in special circumstances.

Now, I guarantee that you will only hear the media report all the bad stuff about the Covid restrictions but I for one so much appreciated the management and staff of this nursing home.

Be safe everyone.

Heads Up

Norm and I will be at my dad’s bedside for a few days by the time most of my loyal followers read this post. We came home late Sunday to prepare for our next trip down there but it’s been a much more hastier return than expected. It’s about a five hour road trip with a couple of comfort breaks. We’ll be staying somewhere within easy travel for long day visits and/or overnighters before the inevitable.

This photo was taken on the weekend. I’m not sure who was the happiest to see who. I know Dad was thrilled to see these two of his nine great grandchildren and almost cried.

I’ll have my laptop with me and I look forward to reading your new posts as time allows but I have just pre-schedule my posts until some normality returns.

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Welcome, Thank you and Updates

I realised recently that I hadn’t updated my About Chrissy page for at least three years. I think it’s time to add and change where necessary.

I have also neglected to welcome new followers over the past few months to which I will do now.

Welcome all new followers. You are much appreciated and I will attempt to visit your sites very soon. Long time followers…Thanks for hanging around.

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Water, water, everywhere and a whole lot more coming.

As you can see, it’s extremely wet around here. This is the lowest part of the community where we live. We live on the hill side and should be safe from rising waters at least for now.
Who would have thought a view of bush-land would become a water front.
We’re so glad we decided not to buy this house.
We didn’t try and drive down this lane and this is after the flood receded. It’s expected to rise again tonight.
In town the water has subsided a little after the tide went out but the water levels are still claiming the roads and foreshores. Many shops and restaurants had sandbags everywhere.
The building on the right is a maritime museum and the pylons and wharf are also well under water.

We are in a safe place for now with our house situated on higher ground than many others. Some towns north and south of us are under water. Hundreds of people have been left homeless. See some of the latest news updates here: