Friday, October 14, 2016

Lamenting

In blog life people come and go. You get used to it. You become attached but then you become unattached.It can be sad. There are the stayers though, of which I know a few. If you have exchanged emails, it becomes a little more personal. If you add them to your Facebook, you are getting really close.

Jacqueline at Cranky Bar quickly endeared herself to me and I was connected to her via blog, email and Facebook.

With some medical problems, at the young mid fifties age she has had a stroke and her prognosis is not good.



I am really missing her but who knows what medical science can do! Offering prayers to Jacqueline is useless, you Americans. Offer to pay your tax for a functioning and caring society that looks after anyone who is sick. Elect politicians that will provide a caring society in the richest country on earth. Lastly, I hope Jacqueline is comfortable and happy.  The most lovely Jacqueline would agree with my opinions.

33 comments:

  1. I often think that I should write a post to go on my blog for when the inevitable happens. In some ways I feel I owe it to all the bloggers who have been kind enough to comment and email.

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    1. Marie, hopefully that will be a long long time away, especially if you have your mother's longevity genes.

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    2. oh LONGEVITY - wishing you many more Happy 14ths of October dear CameraFace.

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    3. Annie, I just know you are going to live to be very old. You are so sweet.......in small doses....
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  2. Yes. Emphatically yes, on all counts.

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  3. Here, here!! I'm a US citizen. The longer I'm around, the more I notice the rampant hypocrisy in our society. It's high time we stood up for the principles we like to espouse so much to others.

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    1. Carlnepa, it is not as bad here but bad enough and we are heading in your direction.

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  4. It is so unjust... Why would a good person in her mid 50s have a stroke and a poor prognosis? Look at evil politicians abroad who behave outrageously and still live into their 70s and beyond.

    Hels

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    1. Joseph, while he is not yet 70, I can think of a certain person currently in the public eye who many would not grieve for if something happened to him.

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    2. jeepers Andrew you sweet kind man, only "a person" ? I have a list and it is long.

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    3. Annie, it is probably an Australian term, but doesn't boof head cover all adjectives for him well?

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  5. what a shame but life is not a picnic .. it is true...

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  6. I know what you are saying, a friend was visiting not long back from USA and their medical system is not too good.
    Merle..........

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    1. Merle, while ours can be complicated, presenting yourself at emergency and everything will just happen that is required at no cost. I am sure it is not like that in the US.

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  7. I just clicked through to say how much I am missing your posts while you are on holiday. Hope it is going well!

    I will keep a good thought for Jacqueline.

    When my Dad became ill in Hawaii, lucky we had medical insurance. His bills amounted to more than 500,000 USD. QBE travel insurance paid for all of it, without a single quibble. We were very lucky.

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    1. Thanks Snoskred. $500,000!!!! Wow.

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  8. Sympathy dear Highriser, I know what you mean. I hope Jacqueline comes good with only minimal lasting effects - my Nan had 16 strokes over about 20 years. Coping with the slurred speech afterward is the hard part. I feel very attached to several bloggers (you included of course) and would be bushwhacked if anything awful happened to them. A stroke can happen to anyone, and I learned this years ago when a friend aged 38 just died in the shower of a stroke.) Live each day as if it is your last.

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    1. Annie, it seems like Jacqeline's recovery is unlikely, but we can hope. Life is bitch and then you die, or linger without a future.

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  9. I agree with your opinions, also that prayers are pretty much useless. Although praying for someone does make the praying person feel like he or she is doing at least something, while I prefer to just keep thoughts of Jacqui in my mind and hope some progress back towards health might be happening. I miss her too.

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    1. River, I was a bit harsh in my post. Saying that someone is in your prayers is probably a part of American culture that is said without any great thought.

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  10. Yes, I agree it is hard when bloggers just disappear and you have no way of knowing what happened. I've had some like that. I hope Jacqueline recovers. Way too young :(

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    1. I am not sure if I have Fen. I have seen bloggers slowly fade but not stop with some kind of announcement. In real life, I think Jacqueline would have been a fun person.

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  11. Oh that's so sad Andrew and more than a bit scary. I'm guessing most of us are at an age where we really should be making the most of life. Over the nearly six years I've lost two of my closest blogger pals, one to a heart attack and one in exactly the same way my nephew's wife was killed last year, that hit me so hard. Shocking to think they put up a post one day and gone the next. I will send your friend Jacqueline all positive wishes for a speedy recovery from Perth.Are you back from your trip yet?

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    1. Grace, yes I remember about the blogger who killed in the car crash. Yes, we are now home and comfortable. Given the timeline of another WA road death, it must be about time now for the inquest into you own personal experience.

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    2. At the end of October Andrew!

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  12. As an American, I agree.

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    1. Ok Kirk, I didn't know that. Thanks.

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  13. Sad news about your blog friend and yes it is sad to know at our age it is going to start happening more often. I have lost two blogger friends. It sure is scary knowing it will be my turn one day. I totally agree with your sentiments on USA.

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    1. Diane, a long time away for you, I think.

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  14. She is the kindest person and at one point hoped to one day be able to fund raise for my nonprofit. I didn't buy her nickname. I hope she will recover.

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    1. Strayer, she is anything but cranky. I am trying to remember her former nickname, but it is not coming to me.

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