Archive for December, 2006

Some Great Memories & More Hurdles to Negotiate

Saturday, December 30th, 2006

I was hunting through the cupboards yesterday and I came across our photo albums. I thought that it would be a good idea to publish a couple of photos so that there is some personality to this blog.
This is one of my favourite photos of Desiree. It was taken a few years ago now at a Jazz concert in the Sydney Domain Gardens.

Desiree in park

When we arrived at Royal North Shore Hospital the doctors sent Desiree on a barrage of tests to see how severe her stroke had been.

She underwent MRI’s, CT Scans and even some Ultrasound tests. I now have more pictures of her inside than I do of her outside.

The results confirmed that she had suffered a significant stoke and that one of the arteries in her neck was still substantially blocked. Her surgeons advice was that he should operate and put a stent into the carotid artery.

He explained that while stenting was common in heart operations it was relatively new for stroke patients. There were probably less than 50 people in Australia who had undergone the operation.

As with all medical procedures there were risks, basically this could kill you if things went wrong, but he advised that without this procedure Desiree would be at a high risk of suffering another stroke.

We signed the release forms and she was scheduled for the operation the next day at 10.00AM. More hurdles to negotiate.

Investment Education – First Steps

Friday, December 8th, 2006

I ended up buying the Sommersoft “Propery Investment Analysis” software package.

I must say that I am impressed with the ease of use and the types of reports that it produces. This is going to make the evaluation of investment property decisions less stressful.

Here is a sample of one of the reports that I produced in less than 30 minutes. Investment Report 25 Kowara Crescent

Much Time Has Past

Friday, December 8th, 2006

Our lives have now changed forever. It has been a few months since my last entry. Desiree has come through the acute stage of her condition without suffering any further set backs. The Royal Melbourne Hospital have treated her well and she is coming back from the brink of death. They say that you “check your dignity at the front door” when you enter an acute care hospital. Desiree is still paralysed all down her left side and is unable to walk, stand or even sit up straight. When she needs to go to the bathroom, the nursing staff wheel in a crane type device that hoists her out of bed and swings her precariously towards the awaiting commode. – She hates that crane…

We have been advised that she is stable enough to be transferred to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney which happens to be right across the road from where we live. For some arcane reason the transfer needs to be done in a process called acute to acute. This means that she will need to be transported by air ambulance from Melbourne to Sydney. I am alarmed when the hospital tells me that this cost is not covered by our health insurance as it is not an emergency situation. Dollar signs start to flood my mind as I estimate what this might cost. This fear is confirmed when the hospital advise that they have already got quotes from both the Victorian and New South Wales air ambulance services. The cost is likely to be between $6,000 and $8,000.

After having reconciled in my mind that this is a cost that must be bourn, a representative from the Royal Melbourne Hospital came into our room and announced….

The hospital does not think that it is fair for you and Desiree to have to foot this transfer bill so we have decided to fully fund the transfer. – Could this be true?

It was. So within the next few days Desiree would be loaded onto and air ambulance and I would have to pack up from the hotel room I had spent the last six weeks in and drive back home to Sydney.