Monday, September 29, 2014

Another hospital visit and a purchase

Our friend returned home but found himself in great discomfort and pain. The hospital re-admitted him and he has began intravenous chemotherapy and he is pleased to know he won't lose his hair. He has been assured he will make a full recovery and their plans to move overseas, while delayed, can still go ahead, with a check up every couple of years back in Australia. It is very good news and while he still has some bad back pain and chest pain now and can barely get out of bed, he is more cheerful now.

Tomorrow all patients will be removed from the old hospital to the new one and staff too. While the old hospital is not that bad, it is space for all the equipment that is now in use that wasn't around when the hospital was built that is a huge problem.

Our balcony chairs broke a good while ago. We bought a cheap new set of chairs and kept the old table. After the hospital visit we went to two big tin shed hardware stores in the area we were in, they are side by side, and bought a new setting. It cost a good bit more than I intended spending. The table top is a mosaic of imported slate (actually, the whole setting is imported from Vietnam, but no need to tell anyone that) and we are extremely happy with it. The bonus is, it gives us a better views than the old setting that blocked the view out a bit.

Trouble is with buying something a forty minute drive away is that it is a bugger to return if the product is not right and unfortunately one table leg is not right, so it was wobbling. Forty cents later, 10 cent pieces by four, it is not longer wobbling.

After we bought the setting, and I may not have if the call came earlier, the garage rang. We have serviced your old car. The window that has collapsed has been pushed up and locked up. You need four new tyres, there is an oil leak and an engine mount needs replacing. I authorised the new tyres but not the other things. The car is travelling about 15 kilometres a week at the moment and we may get rid of it in the near future and only have one car.


20 comments:

  1. Didn't realise you had a balcony. What a smart place to be sitting out in the evenings enjoying a drink.

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    1. Fun60, where do you think I take photos in that direction? Leaning out a window? Yes, many a drink or two, or morning coffee has been consumed out there. The English rels loved baking the skin in the hot summer sun out there, and get the blast of heat from the air con, cooling us inside.

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  2. Good news about your friend expecting a full recovery. The balcony setting looks great. Soon be using it in summer. One car is enough when you are retired unless you pursue different activities.

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    1. Diane, I would like to be carless when I am older. I think we could manage quite well with one of the hire Flexi Cars, there is one parked nearby, and public transport and taxis. With R not working and if I am on holidays, the cars sit for days unused.

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  3. That's good new re your friend, always lovely to hear 'positive'.
    Your table is lovely, always the way, legs are not even,annoying

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    1. WA, there is nothing worse than when having coffee out than a wobbly table, unless the coffee is no good.

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  4. Glad to hear your friends will be able to go ahead with their plans Andrew, relief all round I'm guessing. Why is it that car services always cost twice as much as they should, glad you purchased your patio setting before hearing that news.. it looks really nice out there, how high up are you again? Not sure if I could actually go out there :)

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    1. Would do car services always cost more? I don't know. I rather like the fixed price servicing that most makers are including now.

      We are about 50 metres up. A few can't go out on the balcony and one person makes sure there is something solid between him and the windows.

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  5. EXCELLENT news about your friend. And knowing that they will be able to fulfill their dream of moving overseas must help them both a lot.

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    1. EC, pleasing news for all. Still, he has to go through the treatment and does not know of the side effects, if any.

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  6. Andrew, a cancer is a serious problem. At my place it is the same

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    1. Gosia, it is so good that many less people die from cancer than used to. The treatments are very good now.

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  7. Well done MacGyver!
    Good news on your friend too, very glad to hear this.

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    1. It is funny Fen. I have never seen the show, but I know what you mean.

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  8. I have several packets of stick-on small and medium sized felt circles for things like wobbly chair and table legs. When I moved in here I found the floor is uneven so I've used half my supply steadying various furniture items.
    Good news about your friend, I hope his recovery continues to go well and that he is much more comfortable soon.

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    1. River, we have sticky dots. That is what I should have used. I will do so and retrieve my 40 cents. It's nearly half a dollar you know, and I am not one for investing my huge wealth under a chair leg. Thanks for you good wishes for our friend.

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  9. I love that new patio set and the view through the window is beautiful and enhance by the delicate furniture. Next time you go shopping, can you pick up a new round table for our terrace. The one we have is too big for our needs. Also, wouldn't mind a new glass coffee table as long as you're out.

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    1. Mitchell, the only thing is that the back is cold on your back. We can live with that. There was a larger and taller version of our table, but I am glad we went for the smaller. We had a glass coffee table but somebody was once in a temper and slammed a glass down on it. It broke.

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  10. Ooh. Poor coffee table. We had a glass coffee table for years. Every time we moved part of the glass base got broken and had to be replaced. We finally stopped moving with it. And NOW we really miss it!

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    1. They do show the dust though Mitchell.

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