My Favourite Pharmacist is retiring

Good story from The HeraldThis was my pharmacy when I lived on The Hill and also for the special cocaine eye drops I had to get made up with the prescription from my eye specialist (great stuff!) for my macular degeneration eye injections back then. He always was nice and I loved his umbrellas hangingContinue reading “My Favourite Pharmacist is retiring”

A Helpful Medical Fund NIB

I dont know about you, but dealing with these robot pretend chat customer relations people online “does me ‘ead in” but once you get past it can be marginally better than hanging on the phone forever. Having said that, my medical fund staff and service at NIB Medical Fund are always great, but it wasContinue reading “A Helpful Medical Fund NIB”

Good Sense With Veg and Fruit

Just heard from Harris Farms, the fresh food barns people: IMPERFECT PICKS is our seasonal range of fruit and vegetables that might not look perfect from the outside, but are as perfect as ever on the inside. IMPERFECT PICKS helps reduce the astonishing statistic that 25% of farmers crops currently never leave the farm gateContinue reading “Good Sense With Veg and Fruit”

An Unfurry Bear

I have this special teddy Its not a furry teddy, its specially made in the Shetland Isles as a collectable and is made of special machine-nitted knitted lace. Cost about $130. I got my grandaughters little matching ones made out of recycled knitted Fair Isle jumpers to go with mine, but they are too oldContinue reading “An Unfurry Bear”

Day 7 – without Data to-Back to Abnormal

Including overspending in the Reject Shop! You know, that bargain shop you pop into because it is the only place to find those microfiber cleaning cloths with the mesh on the other side for scrubbing and only $2. then $41 later you come out with a pile of stuff that you didn’t know you reallyContinue reading “Day 7 – without Data to-Back to Abnormal”

Xadago Day 6 wed afternoon – going off med

Dictated outside suuurgery while waiting for taxi. It doesnt cope with my Scottish accent. Apologies but cant face correcting it right now. See if you can make some sene of it!. Woke up with the highest blood pressure ever 156/97 and it kept saying that so I thought the machine was broken. I made myContinue reading “Xadago Day 6 wed afternoon – going off med”

Still Day 5 Tues – feeling very ill

One important thing I should mention. Lack of anger restraint. Ive just got myself into bother on fb! First I actually trolled (first time I think), one of these females who seem to spend their lives having their lips plumped, then sitting in front of a camera being inane. It was one of those unsolicitedContinue reading “Still Day 5 Tues – feeling very ill”

My Little Superhero and His Mum

Please donate here I have known this little boy’s amazing mother since she was wheeling her dolls around aged six! She and her partner Nikki, have three gorgeous and lively little boys. Despite a broken hand, Nay still took them camping two weks ago and they had the best time. There is nothing this coupleContinue reading “My Little Superhero and His Mum”

well Here Goes ‐ Xadago

Note: haven’t edited the typos at this stage: Safinamide – Common side effects of Xadago include: abnormal movements (dyskinesia), falls, nausea, insomnia, dizziness upon standing, anxiety, cough, indigestion, hallucinations Common Side Effects of Xadago (Safinamide Tablets Well this could be interesting, and I will definitely be wearing my medicalarm pendant today and not goiñg anywhere.Continue reading “well Here Goes ‐ Xadago”

Medisafe helps me take my meds on time. Try it out now!

Check out Medisafe – pill reminder and medication management. Get it now I have been trying the free version of this for a week now and it has got me back on track. A bell tone rings on time, then every few minutes till I click that I have taken that dose, plus itContinue reading “Medisafe helps me take my meds on time. Try it out now!”

Watch “Surprise prank goes 😂 wrong when 91 year old David meets actor Lionel Blair – BBC” on YouTube

Delightful and inspirational This short ideo of David Owen age 91 getting a surprise chance to sing to a theatre audience had me in happy tears and inspired to have a karioke fternoon at least!

Depression and Anxiety Trying the new frames. Very similar to old frames Now my Parkinsons meds are losing their potency both depresion and anxiety are creeping in but I went to my eye test on my own today. My vision is deteriorating again so I ordered new spectacles. $550 though only one lense can be seen through.Continue reading “Depression and Anxiety”

Thspeaking Thpanish

Just been watching Kevin Bridges (Scottish comedian) on Youtube. Love getting back to Scottish humour, since I grew up in Ayr, on the west coast of Scotland. Kev was talking about people translating him from Scottish into English, something I still encounter here in Australia. He was hilarious, especially telling about learning to speak SpanishContinue reading “Thspeaking Thpanish”

Tiny House Living – Nearly

Letter to The .Editor: Hi Damon, if and when the construction of the proposed new Ikea store on the new Boolaroo site comes to fruition, will the new building arrive in one giant flat pack with a sheet of instructions and an allen key? Regards, Eunice. Child’s play: the latest self-assembly hall table from KMartContinue reading “Tiny House Living – Nearly”

A Fridge That Does Your Shopping

You know that moment when you are in the supermarket aisle and you know there is something missing in the fridge that you were going to replace, but can’t remember? Or you wonder which vegetables you wanted and you wish you could just ring your fridge and ask it to tell you? Well now youContinue reading “A Fridge That Does Your Shopping”

Tilting at Windmills – letter to newspaper

Developers proposal Hello Damon, I’ve said it before but does this council have massive shares in a concrete company to be so insistent on spreading it across Newcastle? The new plans for the former bus depot by the Foreshore are nothing less than awful. What used to be a lovely, happy, green area for childrenContinue reading “Tilting at Windmills – letter to newspaper”

Flying Alone Long Haul with Parkinsons and Low Vision

Still being edited…Emirates info for disabled passengers irstly I book early making sure I get an aisle seat near the back and the rare one with the lift-up arm so I can slide in and out. I also have arthritis in my spine so dont have to arcb up and over a fixed chair arm.Continue reading “Flying Alone Long Haul with Parkinsons and Low Vision”

Parkinsons and Oestroģen – News

This really interests me because of my mediçal history. Via the Ñewcastĺe (Aus) Parkinsons Assn Newsletter: Published In Medical News Today onTuesday 13 August 2019 By Tim Newman Fact checked by Isabel Godfrey) Researchers already knew that men and postmenopausal women have a higher risk of developing Parkinson’s disease than premenopausal women. Now, a recentContinue reading “Parkinsons and Oestroģen – News”

IT It is Real Cars I Dont See Coming

Well done to Vision Australia for getting changes made to mobility vehicles (like Norm’s) so that we vision-impaired can hear them coming. Acually, Norm’s makes a whining-whoosing sound (not quite breaking the siund barrier) but anything louder will drive me nuts as he whizzes past. Mý regular drivers have quickly learned not to ask “AnythingContinue reading “IT It is Real Cars I Dont See Coming”

Still in Warrior Princess Mode – Update They have started calling her by the new version, Boudica but to me she has always been Bodacea. Warrior Queen in Ancient Britain. That is the Wikipedia link to her story. It describes her as: …It is agreed that Boudica was of royaldescent. Cassius Dio describes her as tall, with tawny hair hanging downContinue reading “Still in Warrior Princess Mode – Update”

Village Life – A Stiff Letter

Nobody messes with this mother. Letter to village management : Dear ****, today the unsociable and dictatorial behaviour of John **** came to a head when he caused a confrontation in the driveway to the garages by unit 25, ***** Village, in front of my carer, who was attempting to drop me, my walker, andContinue reading “Village Life – A Stiff Letter”

Balloons and Tristan the Twister

How lovely must it be to have a Daddy who is a magician! Daisy and Willow could tell you. I came across these photos taken years ago when I first met my magic young friend, Tristan the Twiister, or Tristan Stothard. He was entertaining at The Lockeeper during lunch, blowing and twisting bright balloons intoContinue reading “Balloons and Tristan the Twister”

Viral Dance Craze – Git Up Challenge

It keeps popping up on Facebook and Youtube and is a lot of healthy fun! Im starting to pick up the routine but my back will never cope. Have a go though! Here is some more about it Go to the second video down, then the Austin Police Dapt one. It is such aContinue reading “Viral Dance Craze – Git Up Challenge”

Some Things Are Worth Stopping For

Weve just got a new movie channel called SBS World movies, and it is wonderful! I was a little disappointed at first as every time I switched on the movies were about dirt and poverty, situations I cannot change for the world, so I stopped watching, but last night a visually beautiful movie called ‘ThisContinue reading “Some Things Are Worth Stopping For”

Watch “My Courtyard Garden” on YouTube

Two years in the making and a work in progress. Coming into spring here so exciting times ahead, apart from the forecast water restrictions if we dont have a lot of rain soon. Ive put the video slideshow on Youtube to open quickly (may show an advert first) so please click on the picture andContinue reading “Watch “My Courtyard Garden” on YouTube”

Weight loss: The foolproof Ayurveda guide to lose weight in JUST 7 steps – Times of India Common sense really. My current bad habit is to eat late because I stay up till midnight. I will give this a go.

Dr Eugene Hollenbach Saved My Sight – In Defence of a Good Man

The original news story AI am very sad to read this, as I have Dr Eugene Hollenbach to thank for saving my sight, after my optometrist had failed to pick up a haemmorhage in my left eye due to macular degeneration. ” It is just old age” the young optometrist casually said. Then my visionContinue reading “Dr Eugene Hollenbach Saved My Sight – In Defence of a Good Man”

An Easy and Fun (Free) App for Photos and Videos

I have reached the stage where I am up to my ears (new headphones) in technology but I have found a (previously recommended somewhere) little free app at Google Play Store by that starts by showing you how to edit bits of videos or add photos, then it is fairly easy to follow theContinue reading “An Easy and Fun (Free) App for Photos and Videos”

Euni and Morag do Abba (or The Two Ronnies!)

My Scottish friend, Morag, and I come from the same part of Ayrshire in Scotland, where we both have delatives. Not sure if we are related, but she looks like my lively wee sister! Morag is mad keen on karioke (as we spell it here), has all the equipment at home, and before I movedContinue reading “Euni and Morag do Abba (or The Two Ronnies!)”

Really Helpful and Positive PD Video have found these the least daunting and most helpful sources of information regarding Parkinsons and living with it. Families and caregivers may recognise some concerns they may have, and be able to accept that is why we are behaving this way. Perhaps then the family doctor or specialist can be consulted.Some PD vids scareContinue reading “Really Helpful and Positive PD Video”

Making a Stand on Germs My friend Jen was so angry she told me all about her experience so I wrote it out, checked it back with her then forwarded to Damon Cronshaw, my contact at the Newcastle Herald who can always be trusted to correctly and entertainingly put together a story. Besides his Topics column his bigger fact-basedContinue reading “Making a Stand on Germs”

The Nicest Thing You Can Say

“I forget you have Parkinsons” my helper said as I was struggling to get out of tthe car after our two hour outing. For a professional to say that was praise indeed, for I try hard to stay on top of it. We had set off for the little shopping centre at Jewells with theContinue reading “The Nicest Thing You Can Say”

Vinyl Record Sales Are Soaring

Coloured vinyl records are back! I wonder where my blue coloured Elvis Presley ‘Blue’ LP is now? They think they invented them, these young ones! Actually I was just about to write about the rise in sales of new ‘old-style’ vinyl records in Australia- the big ones you play on a record deck – butContinue reading “Vinyl Record Sales Are Soaring”

Need Peace and Soothing?

“I will give you rest.” A really nice, gentle app with lovely music, a daily word from the Scrptures, short prayer and gentle love. No shouting, accusing or upsetting. My counselling friend, Kim, plays the daily message in her car on the way yo work. I find it gently soothes me before I goContinue reading “Need Peace and Soothing?”

The Olive Tree Wedding Gift – Update

Update:. The Queen was very pleased to hear about the tree planting inspired by, and now part of, her Commonwealth Canopy initiative. Recently she sent me a lovely letter in response to my sending her the story. It may not be the done thing to discuss it but I will say that I was soContinue reading “The Olive Tree Wedding Gift – Update”

Med Appts Are the New Hot Dates

There was a time when seeing a good-looking doctor could at least brighten the day but now all my doctors are either children or young females so that takes the shine off that. We are still trying to coordinate carer transport and medical appointments which nearly sent me round the twist this morning. First IContinue reading “Med Appts Are the New Hot Dates”