High Hopes

I didn’t think I was going the end the year writing about the year that was, but here I am. Writer’s block is a thing. I don’t know how many attempts I have made to recap a shitty year, probably because I don’t really want to relive it. So as I sit here on DecemberContinue reading “High Hopes”

On The Road Again

People think I am a little strange because of the emphatic joyfulness and praise that I revel in when I find the perfect parking spot. I just don’t think we appreciate these things enough. Perhaps it is because I have a self- diagnosed mental illness I like to call “parking- anxiety.” Maybe it was alreadyContinue reading “On The Road Again”

Somebody Get Me A Doctor Part 2

I sat in the car and waited. They weren’t letting me in to be with Paul. He was in isolation the moment he was brought into Emergency. So I sat and sang along to the radio at 8 o’clock in the night, trying to calm my nerves and hit those high notes without scaring pedestriansContinue reading “Somebody Get Me A Doctor Part 2”

Somebody Get Me A Doctor Part 1

Have you ever laid in a hospital bed and listened to the chatter of the nurses? Its particularly interesting, especially if your room is right by the nurses station. As I sat by Paul’s bed, in a short space of time, I learnt that Amanda needs to swap shifts with someone because tomorrow afternoon, sheContinue reading “Somebody Get Me A Doctor Part 1”

Law and Order

For anyone that has sat inside a courtroom during an active case, you would be familiar with the deafening silence of anticipation. Nobody speaks, everyone is waiting for the judge to finish reading the litany of information from a thick white folder. Every now and again you would hear the turning of a page. IsContinue reading “Law and Order”

Bad Medicine Part 1

Like any normal person, I much prefer the planned hospital stay over the call an ambulance type of hospital stay. Planned stays are organised, usually well in advance with prior approvals sought and everyone knows their place. Everyone knows what is going to happen and paperwork is complete prior to admission. So when Paul’s breathingContinue reading “Bad Medicine Part 1”

Sorry’s Not Good Enough

The four year anniversary of Paul’s accident is drawing near. I still remember it all like it was last week but the pangs of grief are now a distant memory. How far we have all come from that moment when all our lives were turned upside down, inside out and a couple of skid marksContinue reading “Sorry’s Not Good Enough”

You’re So Vain (you probably think this blog is about you)

Paul is pretty damn lucky. His physical and mental needs are looked after by an elite team of professionals that seem to have the winning formula for providing rehabilitation and support work. We have a bunch of people who work closely together, get along, have a common goal, like a team should (not just toContinue reading “You’re So Vain (you probably think this blog is about you)”

Dr Feelgood

One of the last Case Conferences I had with Paul’s medical and therapy team before he was officially discharged from hospital was an absolute hoot. A Case Conference usually comprised of Paul’s neurologist, his Case Manager, the Physiotherapist, the Occupational Therapist, Speech Pathologist, Dietician, his LifetimeCare Coordinator (insurer) and, of course, me! We were huddledContinue reading “Dr Feelgood”