Author Archives: WordBiz

About WordBiz

Following the worlds of journalism, photography, politics and international affairs from coastal Victoria, Australia.

Simple things

Sitting in a waiting room at The Alfred hospital I’m having trouble believing that it has been just over 12 months since my heart transplant. I’ve lost count of the number of clinics, biopsies, scans, ultrasounds, infusions, blood tests and … Continue reading

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 A suitably amazing story

It’s about three months since my heart transplant and it has been every bit the ‘roller coaster ride’ my doctors promised. I’m living close to The Alfred hospital so that I can attend compulsory clinics, physiotherapy and education programs each … Continue reading

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May the force be with you

I’m writing today from DAKI Force Central. It’s brand spanking new, if just a little small. For the moment the ‘centre’ operates out of a hospital room in Melbourne. Sounds weird I know, but we’ll soon be relocating to more … Continue reading

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It’s a strange old place, a hospital

Most of us at some time in our lives spend a stint in a hospital. For me recently, it’s been much more time than I’d have liked. Hospitals have a life all of their own. The large city hospital I’m … Continue reading

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So now I have a new heart 

So this is me at The Alfred Hospital Melbourne after my heart-transplant. I’m now up and walking, eating and feeling it’s good not to have the mechanical heart (VAD) attached, even though it kept me alive and getting stronger for … Continue reading

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Life is the ultimate gift

Nature intended that I should have died back in March of last year. My heart function had been deteriorating over many months. At only 56 years-of-age I was very ill. When my Geelong cardiologist referred me to The Alfred Heart … Continue reading

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What I’ve been doing since February

I walked into The Alfred hospital, Melbourne, in late February (2014) for a routine appointment. Little did I imagine that I wouldn’t be going home for 10 weeks. Nor that when I did eventually make it home I’d be fitted … Continue reading

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Backyard blitz

We love our home in Barwon Heads.  We bought it a couple of years ago. The floor plan was perfect for us and the largish back yard had lots of potential, but it had never been properly landscaped.  Actually, that’s … Continue reading

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Bring on the heat

The heat is about to hit. Apart from a few isolated hot days, summer this year has been mild.  But if the forecast is to be believed we are heading for a couple of hot ones: 36 degrees today and … Continue reading

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A fresh sea breeze

The year 2010 swept us from Canberra to a new and very much more relaxed life in a small town on the surf coast west of Melbourne in Victoria. Beach walks, coffee at our favourite cafes and time to catch … Continue reading

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