I was born in Kingaroy, Queensland, Australia in October 1949, which makes me 67 years old as I rewrite this.
In my working life, I trained and worked as an Electrician from 1964 until 2001. I finished work aged 52.
I still help friends and acquaintances with their computers.
In October 2014 I went onto the Aged Pension
I live with mum, who is now 90 years old, as my life has taken a very tortured path, emotionally and financially - divorces and separations - and has led me to living back with her.
Luckily, it works well for mum too at this stage of her life, as someone is there for her, for company and to take her to doctors etc.
Mum recently had a "Pacemaker" fitted and a blockage in the arteries to her legs removed, as she was in pain and couldn't walk. Also, the blood flow wasn't enough to allow healing of infections caused by bumps, cuts etc.
Now she can walk again and sores heal. She is a lot more alert and is enjoying life a lot more.
In 1998 she had two artificial heart valves fitted.
The "Bionic woman" :) :)
I am in a relationship with a lovely woman, but we live in separate homes, as it is practical in light of our life experiences, even though I miss her company a lot.
She needs both of her knees replaced and a hip replacement!
At the end of June 2016 I started getting headaches and was finding things were dull and words on the computer seemed to be disappearing in parts of sentences. After talking with mum, we came to the conclusion that I might be suffering from migraine headaches which affected her in a lot of her life.
I contacted an optometrist and asked him to check my eyes. He couldn't find any problems other than a chance of cataracts well into the future.
I contacted my doctor and as usual my blood pressure was way too high. He increased my medications but had no answer to my dim eyesight.
On the night of 29th June 2016 I was having really bad headaches above both of my eyes and at the back of my head. It felt like sinus headaches, so I decided to take some Panadol Osteo and go to bed and hopefully sleep it off.
Around 3.00am I woke and as I ran my hand across my forehead, I realized it was dripping with sweat. It was a freezing cold night in Winter in Kingaroy,so the sweat was really cold.
The headache was gone but I realized the room was darker than normal and the bedside radio clock wasm't bright like it usually was. As I woke completely, I realized something was very wrong. I felt my way to the light switch and turned it on. Still very dim light. As I am a type 2 diabetic, I wondered if I was having what they call a "hypo", so I found my way to the kitchen where my tester was. Even with the fluorescent light on I had difficulty reading the LCD screen on my tester but eventually made out the reading was 2.0. That confirmed to me that I was having a "hypo". I searched around for something sugary to raise my level. I found dates and some chocolate and woofed them down. I tested again in a few minutes and it had gone up 1.0 to 3.0.
I waited a few more minutes and it had risen to 4.5 but my eyesight was still very dim and fuzzy. Mum was still asleep. I decided to ring 000 for advice. I fumbled around with the phone trying to see the zero. I eventually found it and pressed it 3 times. An operator answered immediately and questioned me. I was pretty upset by then thinking I was going blind. She was very calm and asked my address etc and said to wait by the door with a light on.
Within minutes a paramedic arrived and took over. He told me he thought I'd had a stroke and was going to take me to the hospital.
Long story short, he was correct and since then my life has changed a lot.
I spent time in two hospitals, been to opthamologists and spent time at relatives as I "recovered".
So far I am not allowed to drive, as the stroke took out a lot of my left vision in both eyes. My eyes see as well as they always could. I still need glasses to sharpen up the image but some of the fibres supplying the information to my brain have been destroyed, therefore my brain has to put the image together with what it is supplied.
It has a name, "Homonymous Hemianopia".
So, therefore I am not able to do a lot of things as well as I used to.
One is not being allowed to drive. Another is not updating these pages as frequently as I used to.
I can still see the Laptop screen but as you can imagine, it presents problems at times.
I'm a bit slower using it and the light intensity of the screen can be a problem.
Reading pages of newspapers is a pain as I can't see the full page and need to scan across to take in the full story and pictures.
Movie theatres are the same. But I do manage, although I do notice it tires me from concentrating so much.
With masses of people now on Facebook, most of my time is spent there, rather than here, but I still love doing these pages, so that one or two people have something to read. :) :) :)
The doctors say my vision "may" improve and not to give up hope as the brain is a very complex organ and slow to heal.
As of now, 28th October 2017, there hasn't been any significant improvement but I learn to cope as this is now my new reality.
I can't blame anyone, other than myself - maybe a better lifestyle would have prevented it.
Over time I saw others around me have major health problems. I thought of that saying - "there but for the grace of God go I".
I wondered when my turn was coming. Well, it's arrived.
I still love life and I hope my health holds out a lot longer and that of my loved ones around me who have done everything they can to make my life easier.
I love them and thank them so much.
What a lot of old crocks we've become. :) :)
I've found one thing in life is certain, and that is change, so I try to live each day as happily as I can.