Good News – Followed by an Upset

The specialist has given me the all clear to begin walking and strengthening my right leg again – but at a slow pace. He gave me a medical certificate to return to light duties where I volunteer at the Koala Hospital. I’ll probably make plans to return in the next week or two. We celebrated at our favourite Tandori Indian restaurant on the way home.

When we arrived home I was checking my emails and found a receipt sent from the nursery we haven’t been to since before the surgery. While phoning them I opened my bank account online to discover that over $2,500 had been withdrawn from our bank account using my visa/debit card for 10 transactions from places we’ve never heard of. This, was all done while we were at the specialist centre and at the restaurant. The emailed receipt was actually “coincidental”and not related to funds but for bonus points received for a transaction paid by the correct person on the correct card. All good there but I don’t believe in coincidents. More likely a God-intervention-instant. I may not have check the account until later in the day if that receipt hadn’t come .

We cancelled the card immediately over the phone. As soon as the card was cancelled, more visa payments hit a dead-end while we were talking on the phone. Bank security hope to hit the source through those transactions.

Unfortunately, even though the 10 amounts were still at “pending” we have to wait up to 6 weeks for our claim to process.

Fortunately, that card account is not our main account but it was our household account for utilities and other household bills, medical bills, and grocery funds etc. Sigh…. We really didn’t need that.

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Recovery Time

With the next 5 weeks of non-weight-bearing, I thought I might start painting some of the garden ornaments in time for Spring. I’ll begin with the larger items and work down to smaller items like the fairies and smaller gnomes around the pond.

Mother duck held up well this winter but her bill and feet are in need of a touch-up, as too the mushroom stool and larger gnomes in the front garden.

At present this is the only part of the back garden I can see from the wheelchair. I’m hoping with some slight rearrangement of items at the side of the house, I’ll be able to sit in the outdoor kitchen diner but for now I’m content to enjoy the verandah and the recovery of myself and of weather beaten garden favourites.

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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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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 Just HAIKU Poetry Mix Retirement Short Fiction and Teen Reading Down on the Farm

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

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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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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Death of Publisher

Thank you to the followers that notified me that the three links to my book ordering pages aren’t working. I checked yesterday and today and finally sent emails to my contact only to receive a message back that Skoobebooks is no longer trading due to the sad death of Keith Plunkett, the man who has been my biggest supporter since 2012.

I sent emails to two separate email addresses and only received the one reply. Keith assured me numerous times over the years that all records were saved appropriately if a situation arose and I would be contacted.

Not knowing when Keith died, all I can do is wait. I apologise for any inconvenience. I will keep looking for details of another contact I had when Keith had time off.

Chrissy