It has been a while – part 3

So during this time, I battled with a liver infection, moving to a new home and now for other things that occurred.

Work moved

While away from work, my place of employment changed to a new address. I was getting apprehensive about going back to work as I needed to research its location, public transport accessibility, which roads had been closed around it, how do I obtain my security pass, among others.

I also thought I remembered what floor I was going to be on but not sure of that.

As the New Year came and went, it was time to settle my nerves as much as possible and I headed off to work. I decided to catch the bus, which was just around the corner from the new home…A BIG TICK…, and take it to Rothwell station. From there take the train to Roma Street, change trains to the lines going through South Bank then walk from South Bank, over the Goodwill Bridge and follow the bike path along the Brisbane River to work.

Upon arriving at work, I found my ID card and approached the concierge and inquired about my access card. After looking through boxes of Access Cards and not being able to find it, my heart sank. Great! Another security guard then informed me to get a temporary access card as my office’s Corporate Services had the cards associated with the area in which I worked.

Being issued with the temporary card, I made my way to my floor, via the indicated lift which took me to my floor. Upon arrival, I found my workstation and orientated myself. I sent an email to corporate services and then collected my access card. I waa then taken on a tour of the building, to see where certain rooms, printers, etc. are located, plus to ensure I had access to all required floors, including level 41 the top of the building, where large conference rooms are located, and the lower ground floor with the showers, change rooms and lockers.

Once the tour was over, I then checked the access to the software had not changed, plus get access to websites, that had expired. I then settled in to see what work was to be done.

 

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It has been a while – part 2

Part 2: Finding a new residence

Upon getting the notice, we went and visited a real estate agent we knew and asked if they had any places for rent. There was a place coming onto the rental market as soon as the current tenants were evicted and the landlord effected repairs to the house. Made application anyway and waited for the approval.

This was expected to happen in late November.

I contacted my current property agent and advised them of the situation. Just a couple of days later, the property manager of our current residence contacted me and advised that due to the expected time of vacating the property, the owner was going to start renovations early.

The date for vacating had been moved to 06/12/2016.

Went to the property manager of the new house and advised of the change in circumstance with our current residence. The advice received was that there were still repairs to be made but the property will be available in late November. Great, looks like we will have to clean and move within a short space of time.

Off to Bunnings we went and purchased moving boxes, tape, fragile stickers and permanent markers. Also bought sugar soap, cleaning cloths, new vacuum cleaner and spare bags, and a large bucket.

So over the ensuing weeks, packed and cleaned and rested as much as possible due to my liver infection recovery.

Every week, went to the real estate of the new house to get updates and every week was the same story. Repairs are ongoing! Report to the other property manager of these updates.  We managed to secure the property by paying two weeks rent as a deposit, and signed the lease with the commence date left open till move day.

This continued until 13/12/2016, when we were finally advised in the mid-afternoon that we could move in. We went and signed and received the paperwork and the keys and then went to the house, filled out the condition report, and then started the move. I also rang around to find a removalist, all to no avail. Will revisit in the morning. The property of manager was informed of our move and she advised that the contractors to begin renovation would be there about 4.00am Wednesday.

The first things moved were the boxes to make room to do further packing and cleaning. We moved and further packed till about 10.00pm, when tiredness overtook us and thought as it was hot that an early start would be on the cards.

The next morning started at 4.00am and loaded up the car. About 7.00am began the first move. As the moves were done the larger items were being left so after a run to the tip, went and rented a trailer. Obtained a large caged trailer and started the move of the large items – cupboards, and furniture.

My brother-in-law arrived to give a hand and just grabbed items to put in his car and took them to the new house. Our organisation for the move was falling apart.

All the while, my wife placed a call on Gumtree for a removalist and as a result one was fount move the fridge, washing machine, 2 x dryers, and lounge suite. We would be contacted when he would arrive to start that removal.

As each room was emptied, and the items from that room placed in the equivalent room in the new house, the final clean was done. And soon it went, until the place had been cleaned out, cleaned up and we could clear out at 1.00am.

Unfortunately, the two sheds in the back yard and the caravan would be moved at a later date.

Went to the new home and crashed.

Next day, went back to the old house and found the owners there. I spoke them about the situation and that would endeavour to remove the sheds and caravan as soon as possible. Given the OK, I went to the backyard and proceeded to empty the sheds. Luckily the new house had a large shed to accommodate the gear from these sheds.

After emptying the sheds, I managed to move the small shed intact. This shed will go to the new house. So I walked it down the side of the old house, down the hill and onto the trailer. Then the shed was walked down the side of the new house and placed in the backyard to find a home for it at a later date.

Then over the next few days, the large shed was demolished and taken to the tip.

On the 27th December, 2016, the caravan was finally moved to the new abode. That saga was over. The new year came with a major de-stress. I was due back at work the first Monday of 2017!

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It has been a while

Due to my health issues, sudden requirement to move house, and my wife’s depression it has been a while since my last post. So what has happened – a story in three parts:

Part 1: Recovery from a liver infection

It has been a while since my last blog. This has been due to being very unwell over the last few months.

Prior to September 2016, I was having bouts of headaches, dizziness, sneezing, coughing and severe aching right across the top of my chest. These bouts would last a couple of days then disappear for a few weeks before returning.

However in September, it all came to a head, when I was out bushwalking in Springbrook National Park, in the Gold Coast hinterland. The walk was a 17km walk, which I had done many times.

departing from home, although I was feeling a little ill, I thought a bushwalk always does me good, so why not go and enjoy the day. As well as my usual pack of food, water, glucose test meter, barley sugars and fruit, I also packed some new on the market Nuromol, a combination of paracetamol and ibuprofen.

Once the walk was started, I felt fairly lethargic and foggy, but as the walk progressed, I came out of that fogginess, and improved. However by lunchtime, I was returning to the feeling I had earlier. This is not normal. As the day wore on, I was getting worse, and fatigued greatly. I pushed on as I didn’t want to cause to much grief for the rest of the group, and made it out safely. After the walk, went and had soft drink and a cake, found my blood glucose was low but above the 3.9 mmol/l limit at 4.1. This alleviated my condition, but was only a temporary improvement.

On the way home, (luckily I was driven by a friend), I made a decision to make inquiries about my health. I decided I would contact Qld Health on their 13HEALTH phone number and discuss my next move.

Upon contacting 13HEALTH and describing my symptoms, an ambulance was called and I was transported to Redcliffe Hospital.

MRSA – Golden Staphylococcus?

In Redcliffe Hospital, I was assessed and given blood tests. I was taken to the isolation ward and placed into a room. Every so often different medical personnel visited me dressed in plastic garb covering their body. What have I got?? As the night progressed, and more tests, I was finally released with the diagnosis of it is not MRSA. My symptoms had also faded. As it was very late at night I gained a medical certificate for the next day off and decided to go get some sleep and then see how I was the next day.

Mosquito-borne infection?

The next day I was still suffering from the same symptoms. I made an appointment to see my regular GP. When the time for the appointment arrived I went and laid out all the symptoms to my doctor. The doctor then got me to lay down and upon poking and prodding at my abdomen found my liver to be tender. So, based on my recent movements in the Great Ocean Walk in Victoria, the doctor said it looks like a mosquito-borne virus. So off to get a blood test for Ross River Virus; Barmah Forest Virus; Hepatitis A, B & C virus group; Chikungunya Virus; Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR); C-reactive protein (CRP); bilirubin; and blood count.

I went home and fell asleep and I slept for hours. I awoke for hunger, dealt with it and went back to sleep. I then needed to go to the toilet and the urine was brown. This is not good! Will check next toilet trip and if the same, the doctor will be contacted. For that week, I had that much sleep I could not remember much of the week.

I went back to the doctor a week later for the results of the test. And interesting results they were:
Ross River Virus – immune
Barmah Forest Virus – immune
Hepatitis A, B & C – immune
Chikungunyah Virus – no immunity and not present
ESR – elevated indicating inflammation
CSP – elevated indicating inflammation
Bilirubin – very high – I should be jaundiced!
Blood count – anaemic

Liver function was found to be 20%.

So the result was unknown infection of the liver. Treatment required alcohol abstinence, rest and Nurofen.

Two weeks later I had another blood test and apart from the monitoring of ESR and CSP, I was also tested for brucellosis, mad cow disease and other agricultural type diseases. These also proved negative.

Every two weeks it was the same thing. New round of blood tests to check ESR and CRP and to investigate other viruses that attack the liver. Each result was the same.

After about a month the liver showed signs of recovery but was a slow recovery. The recovery took until just before Christmas as it was exacerbated in early November with the news that my family and I had to find a new place to live, and had two months to vacate, as the owner was going to renovate the property after Christmas. The end result was that it was likely a lesser prevalent form of Hepatitis like Hep-E or Hep-H or one of the other letters of the alphabet.

Since then I have never felt better. I have not had the symptoms which had recurred every few months leading up to this serious bout, so I think that is it!

Part 2: Finding a new residence

Volunteer work

Woke early and prepared to go to Caboolture and join the Wy-Wurry walkers around Centenary Lakes. Arriving at 6.40am, I was 15 minutes early, but gave me a chance to set up and take an early morning photo.

The rest of the group arrived and then set off for the 5km walk. After the walk, went to a coffee shop, had my customary long black and then headed home.

Had to fill my prescription for my PTSD medications and decided to go to Terry White Chemist at Burpengary to get it filled. While there, thought it a good idea to do some shopping. After making my purchases and ensuring I had bought enough for the family, went home.

At home a I gathered the washing and put it in the washing machine. I then noticed I had forgotten one thing – soap powder. Have enough here for a couple of loads, but hope there is no more to wash pending replacement of said soap powder.

After getting the washing going, Sue announced that she and the kids were going to the movies. That means I will have to walk to Bushcare.

After lunch, gathered my tools into my backpack and went off to Bushcare. I had a number of cheques to deliver to Andy as well so decided to call in on the way. After 3 km, I arrived at Andy’s and dropped off the cheques. Then we walked the 1.5 km to bushcare.

At bushcare it was a case of pulling up broad-leaved pepper seedlings and then start cutting down the more mature trees, which we had started the month before. As Andy and I were cutting the trees down the stumps were dabbed with glyphosate weed killer by the council staff member.
One hour and a half later it was time to review our work and pack up. Then Andy and I walked the 1.5 km to his place, and I continued on home.

At home, it was time to study and ready myself for tomorrow’s walk. I then watched the Olympics and then went to bed.

Funny week ends

Just another normal day at work. Finishing off files and starting new ones, and relegating others to the complex folder for later treatment as more work involved.

At lunch time, checked emails and what not, and it was quiet around the ridges. This gave me a chance to plan out my busy weekend.

Later in the afternoon was summonsed to an afternoon tea to say farewell to Dasha, a psychology masters student, who had completed part of her course work in Behavioural Economics. Wonder who the next student is going to be?

Went back to the desk and an mail from Charlotte. Need to complete a volunteer form for Diabetes Qld as the second leader. I was also advised that Noosa was out for a venue for the March Trek and Warrie Circuit had been selected. Will have a look at accommodation at Springbrook and get back to Charlotte with initial findings.

Then I went home after cleaning off my desk in preparation for the new monitors.

At home had a new look at the study material. Must apply for SARAS once I get the study plan, watched the Olympics and went to bed.

#GORW2016 Training

Woke early and proceeded to get ready for a training walk with fellow walkers for the Great Ocean Walk 2016 (#GORW2016).

The first thing though was to have breakfast, find my clothes for the walk, and decided how much to take.

Then I had to do the school run first so left at 7.40 am with Lauren and took her to Hercules Road State School. I came back and then took Stacey to Deception Bay High School. Gemma was sick so stayed home. I was early after this chore so went back home to make sure I had everything.

Once I was sure I was ready I drove to Raven Street Reserve and the Downfall Creek Bushland Centre. I met the other walker and we set off with #gavinswaterbottle in tow.
The walk initially followed the concrete track for a couple of hundred metres to the bikeway which traverses the reserve. Turning left we followed this track, passing a scrub turkey’s mound, which had many deep holes in it. It has either been attacked by goannas or the eggs have hatched.

After a few more hundred metres turned left onto an indistinct track and followed this bush track down to a gully, crossed the gully and then followed it out to Raven Street. A shirt distance up Raven Street was the bike path which was then followed to the large bridge over the creek. Just after the bridge, the track to the left was taken and followed to the next intersection, and again turned left. This track was followed to Raven Street, but then a set of stairs were taken as the track paralleled Raven Street out to Hamilton Road. Upon reaching the northern boundary of the Raven Street Reserve. The track was then followed along the boundary to the green bridge and then the green bridge used to cross Hamilton Road and to go into the Milne Hill Reserve.

From the green bridge the road was followed up to the water reservoir and then turned left to go around to the west of the reservoir and to the summit of Milne Hill. This summit gave views across to Moreton Bay and the city.

From the summit the walk descended 75 steps and then three switchbacks to descend to the track that contours around Milne Hill. On the way down we were watched by a swamp wallaby. Turning left onto this track there was more descending to the bike track along Little Cabbage Tree Creek. Turning left once again the bike track was followed to Killarney then kept to the grass following the creek to the entry into Chermside Hills Reserve.

The Giwadha Track was then followed to the left over the bridge and around to the west of the reserve then ascending to Spider Hill. At the base of the hill, the track was taken straight up to the summit. The trees on this summit make viewing difficult. The Stringyark Trail was then followed paralleling Trouts Road before coming out onto Trouts Road. A walkway was then followed through houses down to Roebig Street, which was followed to the roundabout. Going down Steffen Place from the roundabout, the bikeway along Little Cabbage Tree Creek was followed to the Milne Hill Track.

The steps were retraced back into Raven Street Reserve, although on the ascent, we found ourselves meeting the steps about halfway up the flight. Once regaining the Banksia Track, a left turn was made to continue on this track and then a right turn onto the Xanthorrhea Track. This track was then followed to the concrete track leading to Federation Street. This path took us to the fruit bat colony and then we returned to the Creek Track which followed Downfall Creek. This track then returned to the first track and the day use area and car park.

After the walk headed home and had a lazy afternoon catching up on the Olympics. I also dealt with issues with Bushwalking Queensland Inc., Glasshouse Bushwalkers Club Inc., Australian Adventure Activity Standards Technical Working Group, and other matters.

Gloating about the good day I had, I went to bed!

Shoot the messenger

Another work day and the public transport is back to normal!

Arrived at work and got stuck into it. This file looks like it is getting complex. Might park this and go to the next one.

 

I sent an email to Charlotte about the raffle I was proposing to hold. Her out of office reply meant I will be expecting a reply on Thursday.

I continued on with work and the next thing I know is it was nearly too late for lunch. I was also supposed to go to Frontier Leadership and have a chat about re-programming the course. Need to sort that out on Thursday as well.

The end of the work day came upon me as a surprise as well so made quick tracks and left work.

Once home it was back the Olympics highlights and the new days competitions.

What Public Holiday?

First day of the work week and in for an interesting time.

It is a public holiday at home being in the Moreton Bay Region, but not at work being in Brisbane City. However, the bus was running a public holiday timetable but the trains were running a normal weekday service. On Wednesday, the Brisbane City area has the day off and everywhere else is a normal day. The trains and Brisbane based services will be on a public holiday timetable, while all other services will run to a normal weekday.

And they want daylight saving to be zoned in Queensland, as if!!!

So, no chance of catching the bus today. Luckily Sue was willing to drive me to the station to get the train. So I stuffed around as I had extra time to get ready.

Got into work at the normal time and sorted out the priority files out and started a new one.

Received an email that my bank account details had been changed so the money won’t be far away. Then I’ll be able to go down to RACQ and sort out the membership and insurance. Also can then look at car improvements.

Arrived home to the delivery of an espresso machine, milk frother, and 700 pods. This will be an excellent raffle prize to make up the fundraising target. Would be good if I can find a second prize.

That was it for the night. Plenty of #Rio2016 action to watch. Gee, how I love the Olympics.

Let the games begin #Rio2016

Woke early as promised to watch the opening ceremony of the #Rio2016 Olympic Games.

What a grand opening ceremony considering the available budget! Of course, I had forgotten the countries came out in alphabetical order in the names called by the host country hence Australia was trounced by a few more nations like Germany for their entrance.

A real estate agent was due today to show some more potential buyers around the unit. As the ceremony wore on I was concerned that when the agent turned up the cauldron had yet to be lit…

As luck would have it, Sue had gone for the day with the kids to her mother’s place to see her old dog, Missy. I had been left to my own devices and when the agent asked me to vacate the unit while he was showing, I headed off to the shops.

Perhaps the broadcast is being shown there!

Arrived at the shops. No TV screens anywhere! Oh well, hope there’s highlights tonight. After about an hour the agent sent me a text saying all was clear. I went home and found I had indeed missed the lighting of the cauldron.

The rest of the day was spent catching up on my community involvement stuff, including newsletters and the like. I went to bed after I could peel myself away from the day 1 events later that night.

Progress!

Woke lacking the symptoms of the cold. Is that it? Easier this morning to do my usual routine.

Arrived in work and got down to business. This current file is causing no amount of headaches. Just need to finish it. The problem is that the more it looks like no further action is to be taken, the deeper I have to look in case of some hidden non-compliance.

While this was going on had an email conversation with Charlotte about the Noosa Trek in March 2017, the Great Ocean Walk in a month and other fundraising matters. Now I have the scope of what the fundraising walk should contain, I am confident of finding a suitable venue and challenge.

Purchased my tickets to fly to and from Melbourne for the GreatOcean Walk after noticing the prices for the flights for that day I had looked into had risen. Chose Virgin Australia flight departing Brisbane at 7.55 am and driving at Melbourne’s Tullamarine at 10.20 am. The transfer to Bimbi Lodge departs Melbourne at 1.00pm. The return flight departs Tullamarine at 8.00pm and gets into Brisbane at 10.20pm. Hope there is enough funds to pay for all the other bills this fortnight as I expected the money from Remserv/Maxxia to be sorted by now. But still the same pay, so Remserv/Maxxia have received payments for the lease when there is now no lease.

Fingers crossed!

Received a phone call from Murray IRWIN of Outdoors Victoria about the AAAS TWG and advise where they are at, also offered me to be chairman, which I declined due to the issues in Bushwalking Australia.

The rest of the day was to continue work till the end of the day..As I should, with a break for lunch. I started to feel like the cold was really taking hold at this stage, but it is probably being in the air-conditioned environment. That was making me feel bad. My BGL readings were also over the place.

So work finished and off home I want. On the way I cleared the Bushwalking Queensland Post Office Box and found 3 cheques. I contacted Andy and he said he would be around later tonight to collect them.

Once home had dinner and then settled down for the night.