Come home!

When New Zealand were most in need of a hero at Eden Park, up stepped a South African.

Grant Elliott, born and raised in Johannesburg, last night saw off the nation of his birth to book his adopted country a spot in Sunday’s Cricket World Cup final in Melbourne.

The 36-year-old, who moved to New Zealand in 2001, hit a six from the penultimate ball as the Black Caps chased down 298, setting a date with either Australia or India in the tournament showpiece.


Irony …. Read what The Public Protector said in London this weekend …


Thuli calls on expats to come home

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IOL Thuli Madonsela501INDEPENDENT MEDIAPublic Protector Thuli Madonsela File photo: Matthews Baloyi

Pretoria – Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela has called on expatriates in Europe and other parts of the world to come back to South Africa and play a part in transforming the country in pursuit of an inclusive society rooted in human rights, including social justice. 

She was addressing the Homecoming Revolution-Speed Meet Africa event in London, UK, at the weekend.

The two-day event sought to encourage Africans living outside the continent to return to their native lands with skills and knowledge gained abroad to contribute to the development of their countries.

“Please come back to South Africa to lay your brick in this great transformation project in pursuit of our constitutional dream of the South Africa that belongs to all who live in it, black and white… where every person’s potential is freed and their lives improved.”

  

She told expats that they would have opportunities to play a significant role in the world as global citizens while based in South Africa, the land of their birth or ancestry. 

There were, she said, hundreds of scarce skills jobs back home, waiting for South Africans in the diaspora just as there were business opportunities in all areas of life. 

She added that the problems the country faced were opportunities for South Africans to bring in an international perspective, combined with knowledge of the local complexities and peculiarities. 

  

The Public Protector argued that the rejection of corruption and accountability lapses among those entrusted with public power was, in fact, an example of the good that was happening: “The fact that we talk about these lapses is because wrongdoing is rejected and reported by people and a free and vigilant media…” 

Pretoria News

CBD Notes (3)

I thought I would share with you private notes that are circulated between some of us who are CBD sufferers and our caregivers / spouses / families.
It will hopefully give you a better insight into the world of those of us who battle CBD everyday!

I have removed names for obvious reasons!

I truly believe my husband benefits from the vitamin regimen that Sharon posted on this site. I encourage those new to this site to try them. I was skeptical at first, but they worked for my husband. I also think that physical training to keep your body active and strong helps too. You can’t stop the disease but I do think you can lessen the impacts or slow the progression by taking the vitamins and exercising. We put together a week supply of vitamins in those medicine pill sorters so my husband takes them 4 times daily. He also uses coconut oil and MCT oil to help with constipation. He doesn’t take any drugs for the disease except for Flomax. The disease takes its toll, but we are still here. I believe my husband is in year six.

Happy St Patrick’s Day



Last  night, Sean and Phillip and I celebrated St Patrick’s Day at the Brazenhead.

A few of the good ones  were consumed ….

Today I’m feeling so well … for the first time in a long while

Maybe I’ve found the cure …

week EnDing 18 March 2015

(c) Edward C Lunnon 2015

8 years 6 months ill …

Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental: Advantage CBD

This has been one of the most difficult weeks for me. I have been experiencing a lot of pain in my left leg and gluts, and have allowed it to get the better of me. It’s the pain that wears one down and then tiredness sets in and then the mind succumbs to self-pity. The spiral is downwards and one needs to stop that … quickly!

There is so much to do and I have started losing interest in things around me. I find it difficult to be with people and I guess that makes it difficult for them to want to be with me! I need to stop this … quickly!

It all started after I returned from Cape Town and went onto Rivotril for the spasms. Four weeks have passed by and I have been in another world! Now, I’m off it and on Celebrex. Let’s see what these capsules do …

Other than seeing SARS last week, I have done little other than the usual physio, massages, doctor visit, haircut and visit from Isaac and Mark, a new comer volunteer at the Hospice. Then there has been the ongoing discussions with the call centre at DSTV … Enough to get one to just throw in the towel. Another lesson … Never purchase or arrange anything over the phone! Stay away from call centers. Write down when, who, where, what …

The Hospice continues to feel the financial pinch and has had to retrench more staff. That means less visits to me and others. Please support them whenever you can! We need you to help them to help us. There Last Night at the Proms comes up soon and is a show not to be missed. So reserve your seats now!

CBD Notes (2)

    I thought I would share with you private notes that are circulated between some of us who are CBD sufferers and our caregivers / spouses / families.

    It will hopefully give you a better insight into the world of those of us who battle CBD everyday!

    I have removed names for obvious reasons!

Does anyone else deal with sundowners and no verbal communication to know what the patient needs or wants.

I’ve just been thru a deal where he got out of bed on his own and would not tell me what was needed.
He then gets belligerent.
I spend my life worriing about him falling again.
2 times last week I had to get him up off the floor as he is determined to do whatever it is he wants to do.
It’s horrible to think he will break a hip or take me down with him.
Any thoughts?

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M doesn’t sundown exactly, but he does get very easily agitated if he is tired or it is late – I’m not sure if the light has anything to do with it or if it’s just fatigue. We try to prevent it by having him in bed by 8:30 most nights.
When the agitation does occur, we usually have to stop whatever we are doing and just sit with him until he calms down enough to let us know what he needs. He usually knows what that is, but not always. He can’t speak so we understand him. But he can point to letters on an alphabet board. If I ever get time, I’d like to make him a picture board for the most common requests so he doesn’t have to “type” so much.
When the time it takes to calm him doesn’t work (for example, a fall is imminent), sometimes we just have to manhandle him into a safe position and deal with the fallout later. He hates it, and it makes the agitation worse. We apologize afterward with the explanation that it was necessary for his safety. He eventually get over it.
We’ve been blessed so far that his cognition is intact except for the PBA and slower processing speed.

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I really have had a tough time tonite. He actually goes to bed at 6:30 or 7 but that is his choice.
he is tired by that time and wants to watch tv in bed but he definitely is not mentally there enough to find his way. knocks pictures off the wall and regularly runs into doorways and needs me to physically guide him. sometimes he resists being guided. It is the resisting that is so hard for me. Wants to get up and then can’t open his eyes and looses his balance and doesn’t have a clue as to the danger he is in. I am not sure what I am dealing with. Perhaps we are farther into this disease than everyone else?

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Everyone gets his or her variation of this horrific disease and it could be physical and/ or mental. My husband seems to have more cognitive issues than others. He will call me at work to say he is bored, but he can’t focus to read; can’t follow plots on TV that are complex- preferring the home shopping channel or sports, but he often doesn’t know which team is playing; can’t/ won’t listen to music or books on tape; doesn’t want people to visit or to go to a senior daycare . I don’t know what I am supposed to do to entertain him. He mainly sits all day and watches mindless TV & eats his lunch that I set up for him. He walks like a drunken sailor or stands with his feet wide apart to keep from falling. He gets really mean sometimes when I suggest things for him to do or when he wants to do something and I am not up for it. He can’t do anything more than glare at me and yell, ‘no’…but it is worse when he is tired. He sleeps a few hours at night and is up early …4am and then sleeps on and off all day and goes to bed at 8:30-9pm. We just applied for a disability parking pass…another right of passage. My husband is on the border of staying alone, because his balance is do bad. He is adamant that no one stays with him & I have agreed to allow him until he can’t walk. We do have people coming and going every day and I work 15-20 minutes away. I agree that his inability to articulate words is frustrating to him, but he can’t dump on m. I often have to stand my ground and tell him that he can’t treat me like I work for him or to yell at me. He still knows when he goes too far and will back off, but he is like a 2 year old with the demands. I just want to say I hear all of you and I think hey that person is going pretty well if he can still type or another can still walk unassisted. I know our time is coming soon. The disease is just a steady decline. It would help to have staging, but at least we can compare notes. Sharing helps because we can follow each other’s stories and get an idea of what is coming. Best wishes to you all. It isn’t easy!

CBD Notes (1)

I thought I would share with you private notes that are circulated between some of us who are CBD sufferers and their caregivers / spouses / families.

It will hopefully give you a better insight into the world of those of us who battle CBD everyday!

I have removed names for obvious reasons!

My husband seems to want to go to bed earlier and earlier. I try to keep him up to about 8:00 p.m. at least and he sleeps until about 6:00 a.m. If he stays up much later then he seems to get agitated and then it’s difficult for me to do all the get to bed routine and transfer him safely. We had a very difficult evening earlier this week because he was angry that I had pushed him in trying to keep him safe…..similar to what V described. So he agreed that I can get someone in several times a week in the evening to do the routine to get him to bed. Tonite is our second time. With whatever time we still have together as a couple, I would like to have a good relationship and be more of a wife than just a caregiver. I love when I can get him to laugh or smile or see a little twinkle in his eyes. Doesn’t happen often enough. C’s issues are more movement related, diminished speech capabilities and now swallowing issues. Cognitive is slower but not terrible. He just can’t get out the words he wants to say. We all know what a thief this disease is for our loved ones and all of us as well. My husband is ready to have it over and there are days thaT I feel the same way……but then I get real sad. Janet Edmunson recently did a webinar on Anticipatory Grief……and that’s where I am and probably many of you are as well. Perhaps Janet or Robin could provide a link for the webinar for any of you interested.

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My husband stopped using his ipad about 4 months ago. He doesn’t have the control of his left hand very much anymore and the right hand is “alien” and of no use. He can still get some words out, better in the morning and clearer during the night!

Give to Caesar What is due to Caesar

SARS

(C) 2015 Edward C Lunnon

8 years  6  months  ill …

Physical:  Advantage  CBD / Mental: Advantage Ed

I was summonsed to visit SARS at their palace in Chapel Street.

So I diarised yesterday for this visit. The reason for the summons I was told was that they owed me money and wanted to verify my bank details and the fact that I am still alive.

After obtaining all the documents listed (that’s another story!) in the morning, I headed for Chapel Street at 14h00. The queue emerged from the front door, down the street, past the Phoenix Hotel and down Whites road. I thought the Phoenix was having a sale on beers!

Well here’s where being disabled helps. I was shown to the front door and given a chair to sit on. My documents were perused and, oh no, the electricity account was older then three moths. I would have to return tomorow!

So, that.s today! I got up at six am which is somewhat of an ordeal for me.

At seven thirty the Chapel Street queue was already past the Phoenix Hotel.

My disability got me ticket no ten and an invitation into the hallowed Cathedral of the Port Elizabeth branch of the South African receiver of revenue, the tax man!

Once inside it took a few minutes before the automated TV and speaker queueing system burst into action at eight am. Then a few more minutes before no ten was called, a period of thirty minutes whilst the keyboard was tickled, forms scrutinized, leaders were called, signatures appended, moments of deathly agonising silence, and then the final OK Sir, thank you very much!

The rest of the morning was set aside to reconcile my bank statements. It was then that I discovered that the Bank hasn’t sent me statements for four months now!

Oh no! Another phone call to the call centre – my pet hate! But then, I have the manager’s private number, so let’s pull rank again!

In the meantime the Internet will be used to make printouts, but it’s down again. A call to the service provider call centre? You must be joking!

So with what I have, we’ll try our best … Only to find that Discovery have messed up the premiums again, and the insurance premium is also a problem. A phone call to the broker!

In between, I have received some five phone calls from MNET! Add to that yesterday’s frustration with our satellite TV provider, and a call to their call centre is definitely not on the cards.

And a further few calls from the accountants …, a visit from the social worker, a spasmed out leg and the Internet that is on the blink …life’s great! Especially when I have to pay my dues sitting under a large portrait  of No 1 himself.

My three o’clock appointment with the insurance consultant has not arrived!

Will the cabinet be delivered that was scheduled for delivery between three and five? Oh yes, wonders of wonders!

But then, all hell let loose with the travel agent …..

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