Posted by: maureenc | November 28, 2015

Catching up

Some time back, I gave myself permission “not to blog everyday!”

Since I last wrote, I travelled to Western Australia to visit with my brother  who is not experiencing good health: Five months back he was told to get his affairs in order as amongst other  “things” he had “multiple pulmonary  metastasis”.

He has now experienced three months of  Chemotherapy involving three weeks of “horse tablets” twice daily and several hours of receiving a chemical cocktail via IV. Last Wednesday I accompanied  him whilst he had the monthly

IV infusion. The treatment is progressing smoothly with no upsetting side effects for him. He was back at work the next day! This week he is due for some Ultra-sound and MRI to chart how and if the “nasties” are reacting to the treatment, and naturally I’m sending messages of positivity to him.

In between “real life” Dave and Dee took time out to introduce me to Kalgoorlie. I had travelled through there a few times in my life, but never really seen the place.

I’m sure that most of you have heard of Kalgoorlie as  The Golden Mile, where once, after heavy rains, gold nuggets could be picked up in the streets. Now the City of Kalgoorlie/Boulder is dominated by the Super Pit     2-DSC03221

Drilling prior to blasting

Drilling prior to blasting at 1 p.m. daily.

 The derelictCornwall Hotel

The derelictCornwall Hotel

Unfortunately the hey days of earlier times have slowed and there are FOR SALE signs on many houses as well as moth-balled mining equipment stored in light industrial properties all over the place. It was interesting driving to the old town site of Kanowna, which once boasted a population of 10,000 people, and all that remains of those people today is a cemetery which is returning to its original bush state.

Kanowna Heritage Trail

Kanowna Heritage Trail

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So sad to see my country’s history disintegrating into dust and rust assisted by not only the elements of nature, but vandals also.

A visit to the  Western Australian Museum  Kalgoorlie-Boulder was a most interesting time for me, as it  showcases the rich history of the Eastern Goldfields and the city’s mining heritage. … Explore the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets, To do the display justice, one really needs plan to spend a day or two visiting in order  to step back in time and see the collection of gold bars and nuggets  in the Vaults, and  how the prospectors searched for gold in such a barren land.

There is also displays of camps set up by men harvesting the indigenous sandal wood trees, and the Afghans and their camels/ships of the desert used for transporting goods.

So much work was done around the state of Western Australia, from the Kimberley’s to the Goldfields by these men. Remember this was the 1890s when neither roads nor railways had yet come to this vast state.

Mining Museum

Mining Museum

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And now it is November 28! WHERE has the last three weeks disappeared to?  Update on my brother is that he is experiencing some very miserable making side effects and consequently his chemotherapy has been suspended  until his body is coping better.

If you are a praying person, please remember him in your prayers. Not so much for a cure, but for him to be comfortable and pain free.

 

A couple of days ago I went to see the movie “Last cab to Darwin”. It features Australian actors in Australian settings:  Broken Hill, Oodnadatta, Daly Waters, Mataranka and Darwin, all places I have visited over the years.

The film itself deals with the possibility of legalising euthanasia in the Northern Territory, and at times, due to my brother’s health problems, I found the film upsetting and very personal.

Years ago, in the Northern Territory, there was a GP, Dr Philip Nitsche  campaigned successfully to have a legal euthanasia law passed in Australia’s Northern Territory and assisted four people in ending their lives before the law was overturned by the Government of Australia.

I think that the film was loosely based on his story, and being  Australian script writers they introduced

humour in order to lighten the tone of the movie. I couldn’t say that I enjoyed the film, but it certainly did give the audience food for thought.

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Responses

  1. You and your brother are in my thoughts, Maureen. I’m so pleased for you that you have been able to visit and spend time with him.

  2. Take care Maureen, you and your family will be in my thoughts.


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