ED is in week EnDing Tuesday 25 September 2012

6 years on … Advantage CBD

  • Mon 17: Been a very slow weekend; breakfast with Rory Duncan
  • Tue 18: My 56th birthday; hospice visit; coffee with Kevin Paul; massage; visit by Sumene, Rob, Wendy and Lesley
  • Wed 19: AlgoaFM; Death of Peter-John Seach (Class of 88); Meeting with Loines, Kobus, Yvonne at Bluewaters cafe to discuss Walk in the Parks in Jan 2013
  • Thu 20: Visit by Nadene; worked on book for rest of day
  • Fri 21: Visit by Isaac; Lunch at Old Grey Club with Sean
  • Sat 22: Gym; To the Pointe (dance show) at Opera House
  • Sun 23: To St Francis Bay to visit Charles and Julie Nortje for long weekend; braaied; saw flood damage in Santareme
  • Mon 24: Heritage Day; return to PE; Stapes’s anniversary at Bridge St Brewery (postponed); gym
  • Tue 25: Visit by Janice from Hospice; walk on golf course; new cell phone; massage by Rob

 

Peter-John Seach … RIP

 

It is with great sadness that I heard yesterday of the tragic death of PJ in a motor car accident.

He was a popular member of the last matric class that I taught at Grey (1988), played in the First XV, 1st Waterpolo team and was an SO in the cadet detachment.

He will be sorely missed but always remembered by his family and many friends.

My sincerest condolences to his parents and his family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ED is in week EnDing Tuesday 18 September 2012

 

6 years on … Deuce

  • Mon 10: Admin work – income tax!; London Parade
  • Tue 11: Sept 11 – 11 years on; Visit Hospice Sister; Massage; Visit Isaac; Walk on golf course; Kevin Paul returns from London
  • Wed 12: AlgoaFM with Gaby van Rooyen; Coffee at Bluewaters with Van Rooyens and Loines; To Port Alfred Lionel Hunt; supper at Guidos
  • Thu 13: Breakfast at Wimpy; return to PE; meeting with Robert; Grey Way concert; Dad’s birthday
  • Fri 14: Breakfast meeting with Kobus; Humewood Golf course; Supper and reunion with The Scholtz’s (including Lindsay and Jess)
  • Sat 15: Breakfast at Mugg with Seve; Springboks lose to All Blacks; work on blogs; flood at Santareme in St Francis
  • Sun 16: Lunch at Jutland Crescent
  • Mon 17: Been a very slow weekend; breakfast with Rory Duncan
  • Tue 18: My 56th birthday; hospice visit; coffee with Kevin Paul; massage; visit by Sumene, Rob, Wendy and Lesley

Happy Birthday!

©2012 Edward C. Lunnon

Tuesday 18 September 2012: 6 years … Advantage CBD

Today is my 56th birthday and the 6th birthday living with CBD. Not bad, when one considers that I was told at 50 that I had 5 years left to live!  

These years have been exciting but challenging, and I have attempted to document as much as possible in the blogs that I have been writing. Hopefully, you have had some idea of the journey that I have been travelling and have experienced some of the highs and lows that go with living with an incurable disease.

Unfortunately, I am no longer able to keep up the frenetic pace at which I have been writing. Not only is my physical ability to write becoming more difficult, but my mind becomes cloudier and confused. Of late, I have had to resort to abbreviated blogs and key words.

Please forgive me if I am no longer able to write to friends or contact them personally. That does not mean that you are not in my thoughts, and I hope that does not mean that I am no longer in your thoughts!

These have been eventful years, but not easy years – not for me or for Pera, Sean and Phillip.

They have been fun years, but also frightening years.

They have been different years and also difficult years.

There have been exciting times and times of great effort.

There have been bright times and bad times.

They have been demanding and trying times.

These have been the best of times and the worst of times.

This past weekend has been the most difficult time for me, physically and mentally, since becoming ill. I spent most of my time lying on my right side on my bed. It’s the most comfortable place to be! But it’s also a lonely place to be and it’s also a place that allows your mind to play games with you.

For once, I allowed myself to think about the future and the years that lie ahead. How many, I do not know! The quantity is as uncertain as the quality.

All I do know is that I will need strength.

“Give strength to hands that are tired and to knees that tremble with weakness.” (Isaiah 35:3)

Some people go to great lengths to build up their physical strength by “body-building” exercises and food supplements. But there are different kinds of strength – financial, political, intellectual, sporting, mental and many others.

I need mental and spiritual strength.

But I will also need courage.

Human beings are capable of amazing acts of courage! We have especially seen that during the recent Paralympics in London.

Most of us are cowards – we become discouraged and lose hope.

But a positive attitude can make a world of difference.

One needs to be positive, hopeful and determined to overcome the adverse circumstances which face you.

“Tell everyone who is discouraged, ‘Be strong and don’t be afraid’”. (Isaiah 35:4)

So if there is a birthday present that I need this year then it will be that I need mental and spiritual strength and lots of courage.

I need you to continue supporting me in the time that still lies ahead of me.

 

My power is made perfect in weakness. Lord, make me strong and a source of strength to others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ED is in week EnDing Tuesday 11 September 2012

6 years on … Deuce

  • Mon 3: Visit by nurse; Massage
  • Tues 4: Motorneurone disease association meeting; new tyres fitted to car; walk; supper at CTFM with Botha’s; Dallas!
  • Wed 5: AlgoaFM; Met with Tommo re Soiree; Ingrid’s birthday visit
  • Thu 6: Visit to Nadine; Holy Communion with Billy Lindoor; Haircut; Jonathan Jansen meeting at Grey; govt lifts Fracking moratorium
  • Fri 7: Coffee with Annette and Liz; Rehearsal at Grey; Staff Soirée at Grey
  • Sat 8: Springboks lose to Aus; Watched Kevin Paul in Paralympics (silver);  Soirée till 3am Sun!
  • Sun 9: Braai at the Biggs ; closing ceremony of Paralympics
  • Mon 10: Admin work – income tax!; London Parade
  • Tue 11: Sept 11 – 11 years on; Visit Hospice Sister; Massage; Visit Isaac; Walk on golf course; Kevin Paul returns from London

Grey Staff Soiree (2)

I have had numerous queries to share the jokes I told at the Grey Soirée. Here goes:

Braai rules

1.   The woman buys the food

2.   The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.

3.   The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils, and sauces, and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the fire – beer in hand.

4.  The woman remains outside the compulsory three meter exclusion zone where the exuberance of testosterone and other manly bonding activities can take place without the interference of the woman.

Here comes the important part:

5.   The man places the meat on the grid.

6.   The woman goes inside to organise the plates and the cutlery.

7.   The woman comes outside to tell the man that the meat is looking great. He thanks her.

Important again:

8.   The man takes the meat off the grid and hands it to the woman.

More routine …

9.   The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.

10.  After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:

11. Everyone praises the Man and Thanks Him for his cooking efforts.

12. The man asks the woman how she enjoyed “her night off”. And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women.

Difficult to say when drunk

Innovative, Preliminary, Proliferation, Cinnamon, No thanks I’m married

Wine

If we drink 1 litre of water every day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed 1 kilo of EColi bacteria found in faeces.

However, we do not run that risk whe drinking wine and beer because alcohol has to go through a purification process.

Remember then that Water = Poop and Wine = Health

Therefore its better to drink wine and talk stupid than to drink water and be full of crap.

And

Wine does not make you fat. It makes you lean … against tables, chairs, floors, walls and ugly people.

Liewe Lena

Ek het ‘n man wat ek nie kan vertrou nie. Hy verneuk my so baie, ek weet nie eers of die kind wat ek verwag syne is nie!

Things you can only get away with saying at Christmas:

I prefer breasts to legs

Tying the legs together keeps the inside moist

Smother the butter all over the breasts

If I don’t undo my trousers, I’ll burst

I’ve never seen a better spread

Are you ready for seconds yet?

It’s a little dry, do you still want to eat it?

just wait your turn, you’ll get some

Dont play with your meat!

Why is Santa’s sack so big? He only comes once a year.

I wonder why they don’t play golf at the Paralympics. They all have handicaps.

Are there specified parking places for the non-disabled at the Paralympics?