Day 10: One happy day (Mon 7 Nov)

First I’d like to give a big shout out today to the team at the Ethnic Business Awards (www.ethnicbusinessawards.com) whose awards ceremony is on in Sydney tonight. It has been a pleasure to work with Joseph Assaf and his team over the years and I am sorry that I can’t be at tonight’s gala event. Good luck to all the migrant nominees who help to make Australia’s economy what it is today. Don’t forget to keep an eye out on SBS for a two-hour feature show on the Awards in the next month or two!

Now, back to our regular programming….

Today was a good day. Our hospital visit sped by at almost the speed of light (just five hours). I had KLT and chlorophyll drops and was out of there by 3pm. No unexpected side-effects, fever or anything else. Hooray!

This morning was hilarious. Brad left the hospital to go and explore Walmart and buy me some new flannelette pyjamas, some bedsocks and a few other daily basics. So, without him there, the girls got talking… and gossiping!

My interpreter and I had a bet on the age of the ‘young’ doctor is who is attending to me. I said 32, and Allison said 27. Today my not-so-subtle nurse blurted out to the good doctor, “Jaye wants to know how old you are.” It was true enough, but I was planning to use more subversive means to find an answer to the question. He happily answered that he was born in 1979 and was therefore 32. I masked the reason for my question under the guise of needing reassurance about his competency and qualification to be able to save my life – but that was just a ruse. Really I wanted to know whether he might be a suitable companion for my interpreter who is just 25. Matchmaking is fun in any country and culture! I cleverly guided the conversation towards the Doctor’s cooking abilities, then segued into whether or not he has a wife. No wife! Jackpot!! At this point there was some discussion that I couldn’t quite understand but it seemed to go along the lines of whether I am in fact looking for a younger man to replace Brad, and whether I thought a Chinese doctor might fit the bill. We discussed it for a while then thought that since I’ve only just gotten engaged I’d really better stick with Brad J. Lol.

Slow and steady wins the race. I’ll make sure Allison and our young doctor friend have lunch later in the week. More soon.

After hospital we saw two more apartments, one of which seemed reasonable. It was very spacious compared to our hotel accommodation, with a clean kitchen and bathroom plus spare room for when I start to receive guests! We have to wait to see whether the couch actually comes as part of the furnishing for the apartment and whether they’ll accept a six month lease rather than twelve months to decide if it is worthwhile taking it or not. The bed is far, far worse than the one we currently have in the hotel. We’d actually have to buy a new mattress I think because I can’t imagine any number of soft covers would be enough to relax the concrete-like feel of the bed.

The last couple of posts have been jovial and they do reflect various occurrences in our days here. As each day passes although we’re more comfortable with the few people around us and with just being in our new surroundings, but it doesn’t make us any less scared. I have no idea if this treatment is having an impact, good or bad, or doing nothing at all. If the treatment is doing nothing, then I’m in trouble because the tumours are very fast-growing. If it is keeping them at bay, well, this is probably a better alternative than chemo but for the fact I have to be away from Australia. If it’s making my situation worse, well, enough said on that topic.

So right now we are really trying to simply have faith, hope and love.

Brad is a religious man and has found comfort in the following passage from the bible, all about faith, hope and love. I quite like a lot of it too.

St Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

(ie. letter to the Church in Corinth, written in the first century probably around 70-80 AD).

1 Suppose I speak in the languages of human beings and of angels. If I don’t have love, I am only a loud gong or a noisy cymbal. 2 Suppose I have the gift of prophecy. Suppose I can understand all the secret things of God and know everything about him. And suppose I have enough faith to move mountains. If I don’t have love, I am nothing at all. 3 Suppose I give everything I have to poor people. And suppose I give my body to be burned. If I don’t have love, I get nothing at all.

4 Love is patient. Love is kind. It does not want what belongs to others. It does not brag. It is not proud. 5 It is not rude. It does not look out for its own interests. It does not easily become angry. It does not keep track of other people’s wrongs.

6 Love is not happy with evil. But it is full of joy when the truth is spoken. 7 It always protects. It always trusts. It always hopes. It never gives up.

8 Love never fails. But prophecy will pass away. Speaking in languages that had not been known before will end. And knowledge will pass away.

9 What we know now is not complete. What we prophesy now is not perfect. 10 But when what is perfect comes, the things that are not perfect will pass away.

11 When I was a child, I talked like a child. I thought like a child. I had the understanding of a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.

12 Now we see only a dim likeness of things. It is as if we were seeing them in a mirror. But someday we will see clearly. We will see face to face. What I know now is not complete. But someday I will know completely, just as God knows me completely.

13 The three most important things to have are faith, hope and love. But the greatest of them is love.

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8 Responses to Day 10: One happy day (Mon 7 Nov)

  1. claudine says:

    that was the passage that my father read at my wedding Jaye. Its beautiful. be strong, hold fast, deep breaths my friend

  2. Kim Sumpson says:

    Oh Jaye you certainly know how to bring a tear to my eye. When do they do tests to see if your treatment is working? In regards to your bed, why don’t you go online and see if you can order a mattress topper (Deals Direct have them) and maybe an eggshell. I remember the beds in China and I was of the belief that the floor would be softer! If you don’t want to buy things online let us know and we could buy things for you and post them over. 🙂
    In regards to the runny botty can I suggest purchasing charcoal tablets which you should be able to get at the hospital or a pharmacy. Try to get ones that are 250mg per tablet and take 3 that should fix you up straight away.
    Looking forward to the next instalment. Xxx

  3. Amanda, Sean and Molly xx says:

    I have hope for you Jaye. I think you WILL be the one in a million that we all know you are.

    Sending our love xxx

  4. Ailsa says:

    HI Jaye
    First of all, you’re a brilliant writer. When you’re better, you should make this blog into a book. It’s good that you are keeping your sense of humour too.
    Verse 12 from the passage above says that now we don’t see clearly and this is so right. I can’t answer why this is happening to you, but I know God (through the Bible and by how He’s been with me) and I know He has integrity and He loves you. Corrie Ten Boom who was taken into a concentration camp in WWII for harbouring Jews in Amsterdam says life’s like a tapestry. We see the back, the tangles, the non-pattern, the mess. But God knows what He’s doing and He can see the beautiful picture on the front of the tapestry.
    Hope this helps. And I think of you all the time. Thanks for keeping in touch.
    Love you.
    Ailsa.

  5. Jany says:

    Hi Jaye – sending you only love and positive thoughts.

  6. yvette says:

    You have love in spades, Jaye! I am also able and willing to buy and mail you anything you need from the great land of the USA. xoxo

  7. Kym Coolhaas says:

    Great blog Jaye, I have book marked your page and will read it regularly. You are a great writer but that is not surprising as you are good at everything else! Sending you strength and lots of happy thoughts xx Kym

  8. Simon says:

    Hi Jaye

    You probably already know but there was another story about you in the West today – mainly about your blog and giving the address. So you can expect lots more readers. Rox spent the morning reading your blog when she was supposed to be helping me get the kids off to school(hope she doesn’t read this … ) Our thoughts and prayers are with you and of course, let us know if you need anything that can be sent from Perth. Say hi to Brad for me.

    Simon Ward

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