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How would you like to die? | BrainStorms – Ed Lunnon’s Blog


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 said.

Happy Birthday Ed!


Ill 10 years / Mental: Advantage Ed / Physical: Deuce

So, last Sunday, 18 September, was my 60th birthday and the tenth birthday with CBD.

I am humbled by all your attention and grateful that, despite the doctor’s prognosis of five years left, I have beaten the ten year record. That’s my personal gold medal!

I am also now older than both my father and my mother were when they passed away.

As a family, we had much to celebrate last weekend. And we did it in style with the help of so many of you. I am sorry that we could not have included more of you, but I know you will understand.

I would like to thank so many of you, and hope that I don’t leave anyone out!

A big thank you to and for:

  • All of you you sent me messages on Facebook
  • The phone calls
  • Those who attended the party
  • The gifts and cards
  • The organizers especially Pera, the Steeles
  • Sean and Phillip for assisting and Sean for his very kind and not so kind words!
  • My sisters for coming from afar to be with us – the first time we were together in 26 years
  • All those who came from afar to be here
  • Roy and Denise Kemp for accommodation at 17 Mill Park Road Guesthouse
  • Tommo … Thank you for the music
  • Lionel Hunt … Thank you for Elvis
  • Grey Junior School and Mr Pearson for the venue
  • The caterers, the dance floor Kimon Augostatos, the cleaners
  • Graeme for coming from JHB and reliving our pub crawl
  • The Ogilvies for all your love and support over 30 years
  • AlgoaFM and Lance du Plessis and Charl Leslie

By the time I got into bed on Sunday morning at 02h45, I was exhausted but I was happy and grateful for the life I have been given and the cards that have been dealt to me … And for each and everyone of you that plays such a very special part in my life and the road that I walk and that you walk with me.

I was sad that Ingrid was not able to join us, and the too many loved ones who have gone before us during the course of this year and earlier.

You are all the tapestry that makes up my sixty years and more …

“I go to prepare a place for you so that where I am you may be also …”.



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9 years 11 months ill / Physical Adv CBD | Mental Deuce

I have not written for a long while, simply because physically and mentally I have not been in a good space. Life, with all its challenges is busy taking its toll on me.

However, let me fill you in about my recent hospital visit.

I was put on new medication (oxpola) which resulted in me having a number of hallucinations / seizures during the night. On one occasion, I must have hit the lamp / bed pedastal / wall with my hand and when I woke up, I found my left ring finger hanging in a floppy position. 

The tendon had snapped and the doctor recommended a brace for the finger, hoping that it would repair itself. Despite wearing the the brace for two months, there was no healing. 

So, last week I visited the specialist and, after having taken X-rays, he suggested surgery. I thought it was like trying to fix the ear on a China cup that had cracked up but he thought it was the right thing to do.

Request for Medical aid authorization followed. – the difficult part.

Then, Monday at noon, I was admitted to St Georges Hospital and operated on at 14h00.

The tendon has been found and reattached and the finger is wired up and bandaged for 6 weeks.

I was discharged on Tuesday morning and will have to see an occupational therapist today.

The main news this morning reflects on the possible bankruptcy of GEMS, our medical aid. I hope there is money in the pot to remove the wire in six weeks time! OMG, another visit to the hospital!

So, in the grand scheme of things, it’s not really major surgery – just a nuisance factor! It has also put the spotlight on the state of our ever-declining standards in our hospitals. The state of our nursing standards certainly leaves a lot to be desired. Too many patients and too few dedicated nurses to do the work.

Here’s hoping the operation was a success and that in six weeks time, all will be fine.

I will try to write more often …

On Friday night we will attend Tommo’s concert for cancer at the Old Grey Club. This will be his retirement concert and should be a good night’s entertainment. There are still tickets available from Wendy Beaufort on 0823752168.