In’s and Out’s

(c) 2015 Edward C Lunnon / 8 years 9 months ill … / Physical: Deuce – Mental: Adv ED

Last Wednesday, I started writing a blog in the hospital radiographer’s waiting room (see In the Waiting Room). 

I didn’t finish it because i was called in for an ultrasound of my hip, which has been giving endless bouts of pain. An hour and a half later, and I had been IN and OUT. I would get the results the next day, which proved all clear!

So now, it’s pins, patches and pills for the pain. And so far, two pain-free days!

So, it’s been that kind of week – a time of in’s and out’s!

Me at  the radiographer, and this morning, me OUT at the Valley Market IN Port Elizabeth’s Baakens Valley. Together with thousands of others, I went to experience PE’s first artisanal food market – an authentic market experience where unique and creative kinds of food are available, from exotic paella and gourmet burgers to artisanal chocolate and fresh fruits and vegetables. It wasn’t a quick IN and OUT!

It’s a great start to a new monthly experience, and a portion of the proceeds goes to charity – Love Story, run by none other than the wife of King’s captain, Luke Watson, and friends. Long may it prosper, and may the Baakens Valley soon also prosper with all the development earmarked there.

                

Sepp Blatter, no introductions needed, was also IN and OUT this week. Danny Jordaan was IN as Mayor of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality. Watch this space as to when he will be OUT! Nkandla is still IN and many would wish that No 1 was OUT! Panayiotou is IN and not OUT, and $100 million was given OUT by the SA Government but never went IN to the West Indies Development account. A number of FIFA executives are OUT of FIFA and IN prison.

The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, was IN again, and the leader of the Labour Party, Ed Milliband, and that of the Social Democrats, Nick Clegg, are OUT.

Sr Gill, my carer IN the Hospice, is soon to be OUT – as a result of austerity measures and retrenchments! It will be a sad day when she leaves at the end of June. We went OUT to the Hospice fundraiser which was IN the Feathermarket Hall. It’s always a good evening of music, and in addition I got to make a brief plea for donations which raised an additional R12000! Thank you all for taking the money OUT of your wallets and purses and putting it IN the Hospice baskets.

“Neil Diamond” sang IN the Old Grey Hall so I went OUT to that. Isaac continues to come IN and OUT on Thursdays and Annette, Jane Woodin, Liz Findlay and I went OUT for coffee at the new coffee shop IN the Valley. I’ve forgotten its name – forgetting is not ruled OUT at this stage of one’s life and is definitely IN mine at the moment!

All in all, I’ve been IN a lot lately and not getting OUT as much as in he past. It takes some getting used to!

I’ve been IN considerable pain and not OUT of the woods yet. IN a way, I was hoping they would find something at the hospital so that they could take it OUT.

So I’m IN the storm – let’s ride it OUT! 

PS The best of all: the electricity hasn’t been OUT all week so we’ve not been IN the dark for a while!

T28 and counting …Dying for Medicine

  

(c) 2015 Edward C Lunnon / 8 years 8 months ill / Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental: Deuce

LoadshEDding has become a daily occurrence. Look at the picture and spot the old and the new – no lights, no TV, headlight, smartphone, transistor radio, marking, sleeping, communicating, etc etc. I’m lights out!

Port Elizabeth has been in the news for all the wrong reasons – murders, rapes, mayors, embezzlement of funds, etc etc.

People are crying out for medicine, others are wanting medicine for purposes of euthenasia or weed for pain relief, etc etc.

Last week we had supper with the Terblanches, lunch at The Friendly Stranger and saw a Centrestage show at The Old Grey Club. Becoming quite social again in my old age and my eighth year of illness, etc etc.

It’s been two weeks of no Wednesday radio. It’s great not being in the public eye (ear!) but I must admit I do miss it! Lance is overseas in the East and we will soon be in the West! The New World! Watch this space when we all back again! All our visas have been approved and arrived now … All we need are Dollars … American and Canadian!

This week is reunion week at Grey. OH Lordie, give me strength! I hope to see the week through and report back next week!

And now it’s eight fifteen and the lights have come on after two hours. I’m actually enjoying the peace and quiet that comes with the darkness.

Chat soon!

The Merry Month of May

(c) 2015 Edward C Lunnon

8 years 8 months ill …

Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental: Advantage CBD

  

Our radio programme ED is in wED came to an end at the end of April. I shall miss it and the large number of people that I have met through it. I am grateful for all the messages that I received and am humbled by the many lives that we have touched. Again. my grateful appreciation is extended to AlgoaFM and Lance du Plessis for 5 years and 260 interviews, and to all the listeners worldwide who tuned in every  week.

In the meantime, I have been learning to cope with more pain (not always succesfully!) and have had to see the neurologist, the doctor, the physiotherapist and the pharmacist at varying intervals.

I am not in a good space at the moment.

I have had to cancel a few trips ( to Cape Town and the Karoo) and find the days are becoming longer and longer and more difficult to manage.

At the same time, there are exciting projects in the pipeline and I am ever grateful to all of you who keep me in the loop. As soon as I feel  better, we wil tackle those exciting ideas! 

Watch this space!

I have not written much, but the world remains an unhappy ball(s up). Volcanoes in South America and earthquakes in Nepal have resulted in thousands of deaths and injuries, elections in Britain and in South Africa have left some in and some out, defacing of statues and other historical places in South Africa leave some feeling happy and others feeling dejected, murders and xenephobic attacks at home have some calling for the death sentence and others wanting to emigrate.

The world has become a moving mass of mankind looking for a better place to live. Ironically, it was the colonialists who established the colonies in the centuries gone by. Now, it’s those who were colonised who return to the colonialists searching for that elusive sunshine. We see it here at home, in Asia, Australia, the Americas and around the Mediterranean Sea. 

We live in an unhappy world and many of our lives are unhappy. It is left to us to manage ourselves and our surroundings.

We, too, will be moving soon and as i write we still await our Canadian visas. What usually takes ten days has now taken more than a month. I am told the Canadian embasssy is inundated with applications from South Africans who are wanting to emigrate!

I have been watching My Last Summer on Tuesday evenings on BBC Knowledge network. It tells of the last days of people who have various life-limiting illnesses. It’s worth a watch and reminds me that I am not alone in this world. My experiences are yours, too and my frustrations are shared with so many others. My thoughts are with so many of our friends who also battle illness on a daily basis.

If you have good health, treasure that gift and thank God!

See you soon …

  

The Merry Month of May

7 years 8 months on …
Physical: Advantage CBD / Mental Advantage: Ed

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I remember …

We left Kimberley last Wednesday at three in the afternoon. I navigated the bus through places that I have never seen before: Phillopolis, Phillipstown and the Boerestaat enclave of Orania. Sunset over Hanover was spectacular, and we arrived back in PE at 11pm.

I remember …

Since getting back, it’s been a whirlwind of activity. Braai at Kerry Botha, then off to St Francis for the weekend with Jenny and Mike Rishworth.

I remember …

Our trip to Patensie was fun. We stayed at the Ferreiras, braaied there on Tuesday night, I addressed the Gamtoos Tourism Bureau on Wednesday morning and broadcast via phone and Skype ED is in wED on AlgoaFM. later in the day we returned to PE and had lunch with the Southwoods. Then we voted.

I remember …

Election Days. This one and the ones before and the one in 1994 – the first democratic election in our country. It was a time of happiness and fear. We were concerned that things would go wrong, and yet it all turned out fine. We have had twenty years of democracy, and our elections are an example to the world. And then there was our Old/New South Africa party … a time to celebrate, indeed!

I remember …

Friday I spoke to Global Business Solutions.

I remember …

Sunday was Mother’s Day. Sean took us out for supper at Angelo’s on Saturday. Family time! Sunday, the Southwoods visited us.

I remember …

My mother, Doris. She and Dad married on 3 May 1952 and Mom passed away 28 years ago at the age of 55!

I remember …

It was back to a normal five day work week this week, after all the holidays. Everyone returned to their normal things, and I returned to The Oscar Pistorius Trial Channel – Days 29, 30 and 31!

I remember …

Physically, these days are becoming more difficult for me. Mentally, I’m ahead of the game. It’s an effort! On top of it all, the roof is being repaired. I’m stressed by all this activity!

The M Factor

7 years 6 months on …

Thuli-Madonsela

Yesterday I published the following status on Facebook:

mmm Must be in the letter M … Mandela, Mangena, Madonsela … Gives one hope for the Morrow! Smile the Beloved Country!
 
With people like the Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, around, I believe we can sleep easier at night. However, I hope she is going to bed with a revolver and a cricket bat under her bed!
 
In an interview on ENCA News last night, the lady was asked if she was glad that it was all over now.
 
She gave a rare smile and answered in the affirmative. I wish I had a picture of that smile. I think I also saw a tinge of sadness there!
 
What a lady of courage and fortitude and morality! I wish we had more of her ilk.
 
We have so much to be grateful for, including Thuli Madonsela.
 
The years to come will highlight her contribution to the development of our fragile democracy.
 
Thank you Thuli from a grateful South Africa. Indeed, SMILE the beloved country.
 
Read this wonderful article by Thuli in The Oprah Magazine:
 
 

She’s got the balls

In our generation, we have been privileged to have a Nelson Mandela.

Now we have a Thuli Madonsela ™. She is the Public Protector, and because of her, I can sleep a little bit more securely.

I have been less than complimentary in the past about her appearance and hairstyle. But I have just sat watching her press conference about the leaked Nkandla Report on the alleged abuse of State funds on the President’s private dwelling.

This cookie has courage. And she has the intellect to go with it.

It’s such a pity that we do not have more of her calibre. What a pleasure to listen to someone who can articulate her thoughts, have solid arguments and display a fine knowledge of the legal situation. She even smiles occasionally and presents a veiled sense of humour.

You see, Mr Lunnon, don’t judge a book by its cover. Appearance is not everything.

I hope she sleeps with her eyes open. She will need protection!

She’s got the balls!

Thuli for President ™, I say!

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