Oh! What a Night!

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I had all the crutches out last night … will fill in the dots later!

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I have been ill for ten years and one month. Until now, I have had to deal with discomfort but not really any pain.

All this has changed now, and the last week has introduced some pain into the management programme.

The last few days has introduced much pain and last night was just horrendous!

if you have been following my blogs, you will know that I had a ring finger operated on some two months ago. Then the stitches were removed, the pin came out and the occupational therapist came in.

Last week, I saw the OT therapist, the masseur, the orthotist, the Orthopaedic surgeon, the ophthalmologist, the optician and the GP.

On Thursday I was using crutches and by Friday night, the muscles in my legs and feet…

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Oh! What a Night!

I had all the crutches out last night … will fill in the dots later!

© 2015 Ed C Lunnon

I have been ill for ten years and one month. Until now, I have had to deal with discomfort but not really any pain.

All this has changed now, and the last week has introduced some pain into the management programme.

The last few days has introduced much pain and last night was just horrendous!

if you have been following my blogs, you will know that I had a ring finger operated on some two months ago. Then the stitches were removed, the pin came out and the occupational therapist came in.

Last week, I saw the OT therapist, the masseur, the orthotist, the Orthopaedic surgeon, the ophthalmologist, the optician and the GP.

On Thursday I was using crutches and by Friday night, the muscles in my legs and feet and toes were constantly contracting.

on Saturday evening I woke up at two experiencing the most excruciating pain that I have yet had to endure from the CBD. All my muscles were contracting and my feet were trying to double up and bend right over the ankle. I took my six am pills, my ten pm and my 2pm but nothing seemed to help. Eventually, I fell asleep at about five and woke up at ten am. The pain was gone, but came back once or twice during the course of Sunday.

i guess this week we’ll have to visit some more doctors, and pay a few more pills!

Treasure your good health!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Things Must Pass*

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Ill 10 years 1 month |Physical: Adv CBD / Mental: Adv Cbd

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“No matter how bad a state of mind you may get into, if you keep strong and hold out, eventually the floating clouds must vanish and the withering wind must cease.”
Dōgen

Feeling good about your life? It will pass. Feeling miserable? That will pass too. Meditation teaches us not to cling to good thoughts or bad, but instead to be undiscriminating and let all thoughts go by. This teaches us the power and inevitability of transience. Everything is in a perpetual state of coming and going. The more you resist this, the more it hurts.

When we are in a good place, we cling to feeling good. We set expectations higher and higher until nothing can match them, thus forcing us into a not-so-good place. When we are in a bad place, we fantasize so much about the good that we neglect devoting adequate energy to the moment, the very energy required to lift ourselves out of the funk.

The masters believed enlightenment to come suddenly out of nowhere, like a lightning strike. It hits for a bit and then also passes. When we sit and meditate, sometimes we cling to various thoughts or expectations. This is still egotistical thinking and won’t help us in our practice. But when we truly sit and focus only on the breath, letting everything pass by, moments of terrific lucidity occur. They only come about when we aren’t searching for them.

Thoreau said, “Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you; but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.” This passage has stuck with me since I read it years ago. We find contentment when we are too immersed in diligent living to waste time searching around for it. Life is the wellspring for contentment, not the other way around. You must build a life of mindful virtue if you want to truly feel peace.

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Fees Must Fall

(c) 2016 Ed C. Lunnon #Ill 10 years 1 month

After 4 weeks, our children are trying to get back to their university classes.

By any and all means possible, they are being intimidated not to do so.

Our children are having to pay for the policies of their grandparents – the so-called “sins of the  fathers”.

Their only crime is that they are at the right place at the wrong time.

They have been taken hostage by hooligans who demand a ransom of free education from government.

The problem is that instead of negotiating or paying the ransom, government has walked away from the hostages and left them to pay their own ransom – or negotiate their own way out of this mess.

So what’s happening today?

  • Riots continue
  • Students attempt to learn
  • Hooligans run riot
  • Government runs away
  • Chaos continues
  • The future remains uncertain

And the police, expected to maintain law and order?

  • They are playing golf at the Hill! Call them if needed on 10111 ….
  • And by the way, the head office team is leading the pack.

Excuse me, I better run – it’s time to tee off!

They’ve got them by the balls and

Balls must fall …

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Thula Thuli!

(c) 2016 Ed C Lunnon | Ill 10 years 1 month | Mental: Deuce / Physical: Adv CBD

Advocate Thuli Madonsela has been the Public Protector of the Republic of SA for the last seven years. The Constitution requires her to retire after seven years – this she did at midnight last Friday evening. 

She was to release her report into allegations of state capture on Friday, her last day in office.

However, President Jacob Zuma applied to the courts to stop her from releasing her report. Effectively, he has gagged her, told her to shut up, Thula!, and had the report resigned for the time being, under lock and key.

The last few weeks have been dramatic – student uprisings at campuses across the country, the reports of the Public Protector, the shananigans of the President, the arrest of the Minister of Finance, Court Orders and counter-orders.

Who knows what this new week will bring?

Phillip’s university should re-open on Tuesday after having been closed for a month. Let’s hope and pray that it works this time – an attempt last week met with more violence and student demonstrations.

My finger has had its pin removed after two months and now requires physiotherapy, massaging and manipulation. It has been a long haul since the beginning of June when the tendon snapped. Such a little ring finger requiring so much attention!

My mind needs attention and care. After ten years of illness, it is starting to play up. It is the one part of my body that needs urgent and ongoing maintenance. My hammies are paining and my calf muscles spasming. Thank goodness for the massages by James and Julian that keep me moving.

And the wind continues to blow … are these our winds of change?

Is this the start of our African Spring?

There appears more to the violence and uprisings than the “Fees must fall” – the Free Education for All Campaign.

Who is giving the finger to whom?

Tata Tutu

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Comments mads by Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu on the occasion of his 85th birthday last Friday:

“I hope I am treated with compassion and allowed to pass onto the next phase of life’s journey in the manner of my choice.

Today, I myself am even closer to the departures hall than arrivals, and my thoughts turn to how I would like to be treated when the time comes.

For those suffering unbearably and coming to the end of their lives, merely knowing that an assisted death is open to them can provide immeasurable comfort.”

Tutu’s daughter, the Rev Mpo Tutu von Furth, said she was right behind her father.

“I agree with him wholeheartedly. I think we all have to have a right to dignified death aand to be able to make choices around our dying,” she…

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