It’s two months already.
Two months ago I left Bali for the great Australian adventure. I didn’t want to leave my life there, (Bayu, our dogs, my work colleagues and friends,) but Covid 19 had given me a fair financial beating and I wanted money and the security offered by the Australian age pension.
Much has happened in these 2 months. Dieting, walking and not smoking continue. I’ve lost 10kg so far and am now regularly walking for an hour each day. I love exploring new walks and this week’s highlight was the boardwalk track through the mangroves along the Currumbin Creek.
On the medical front I’ve now met with my doctor and over the next week he’s scheduled for me to have:
- A series of blood and urine tests to check the status of my cancer.
- CT scans of my Abdomen and pelvis. Also to check for the absence of cancer.
- My first Faiza vaccine.
- Next Friday, I meet with my doctor again and review my tests.
This week I also joined the Gold Coast Ostomy association and met with them regarding my urostomy requirements. They handed over 60 urostomy bags to keep me going and set in motion for me to receive monthly supplies. It really is an amazing, efficient service. When I told Bayu how they’d given me 60 free bags, he was astounded and said, “Free. 60 of those bags cost $600 when I order them for you.” This is certainly a great positive about being here. As a pensioner. all my medical seems to be free. Not exactly free, but the bills are invoiced against Medicare and paid for by the government.
Trying something new.
Each week, Janet and I try something new. So far it’s been films and art galleries. This week we went to a quiz night at the RSL Club. Surprise! Surprise! It was paperless. Each table had a key pad to enter their A, B, C, D, or E multiple choice answer. The Quiz Master read the questions, but they also flashed up on the 6 TV monitors around the room. We had 15 seconds to enter our answers. Everything was automated. It could have been boring, but the Quiz Master had personality plus, so it was a great night. We didn’t win, but we had fun and we’re going back again next Thursday. The red wine was delicious too.
Ugg Boots – Yes or no?
The 1st June marked the start of winter. I’m used to Bali’s 24 degree temperatures in winter, but here on the Gold Coast, temperatures have dropped to 10 or 12. It’s cold, but not freezing. Not yet, anyway. In preparation for icy weather, I’m investigating Ugg boots and jackets. Nothing purchased yet, but maybe next week. Watch this space.
Yes, I’m writing, but every since I arrived in Australia, my productivity has declined. It’s time for me to pull my finger out and get cracking.
This week I entered a short story titled, ‘Forever Friends,’ in the 2021 Stuart Hadow Short Story Competition. I’ve also been working on another couple of short stories.
From today, I’m also revising a chapter a day of my memoir, Fu#k me! What next? Wish me luck.
And back in Bali.
Bayu organised the purchase and distribution of our monthly food packages to 32 staff and their families. Below are a few photos. I’m proud we’ve managed to run this program for 10 months. It has made life a little easier for some families.