Day 10: One happy day (Mon 7 Nov)
November 7, 2011 8 Comments
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.