Respect For Paraplegics

Respect For Paraplegics

After a recent experience, I have increased respect for paraplegics.

Without going into the gory details, I recently had an operation in the local hospital. The operation was done with me awake by the means of using a “block” which is basically an anaesthetic injected into the spinal fluid.

The result of this was my feeling nothing from the waist down for around six or seven hours. When I say feeling nothing, I mean not only the loss of sensation from the waist down but also the inability to move my legs or even toes for that period of time.

I found it pretty much impossible to even sit up in bed unless it was with assistance and having my firmly planted up against the bottom of the hospital bed. You simply do not realise how much you use your legs until they no longer feel as if they exist.

Wheelchair Athletes

People who are wheelchair-bound do an exceptional job of coping with everyday tasks and are they certainly deserve the utmost respect.

On the flip side. we watch people in sport and often forget about their disabled counterparts who compete in athletics or other sports like tennis or basketball. When the Olympics are on the Paralympics are shown after the Olympics finish. I think it would be wonderful to see both versions run concurrently giving more exposure to our disabled sportsmen and sportswomen who are truly just as passionate as the able-bodied ones.

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Should You Check For Osteoporosis?

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Check For Osteoporosis

I recently watched a program on Channel 7 (Weekend Sunrise) where they had a segment on the health of Australians. This segment advised you and me on what we should get checked periodically as a matter of routine with your GP.

They advised various things such as get your blood pressure done. Also, do the stool check (poo check) that over 50’s receive in the mail.

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Osteoporosis

The specialist went on to say that Australians should have regular checks for osteoporosis once you reach the age of 50.

Unfortunately, this is a waste of your time and your money.

Why is an osteoporosis exam pointless?

I know of one case where a lady went to her doctor and asked if she could have this checked due to the fact that a relative had broken an arm and was subsequently diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her relative now receives treatment for it.

But here is the kicker

The test results came back as positive meaning she already has osteoporosis. However, due to the fact that she had not broken any bones, she did not qualify as requiring treatment for her osteoporosis.

Surely, if this debilitating bone disease is present she should be treated for it. But no. It seems that you need to have broken something to qualify. So let us say that she goes on till 80 years of age and then breaks a bone. The injury incurred at that time will no doubt be far worse than it would have had she been treated for the condition when diagnosed in her 50’s.

I know that Medicare in Australia provides a great service to you and me but it certainly seems to fall short in this case. What are your thoughts?

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What If?

Life Is Full Of What If's
Chris Stefanis

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If Only or What If?

Have you ever thought to yourself, “What if?” The what if’s and if only’s of life present themselves to us almost daily.

Every regret you have or will have in the future is bound to have you thinking for example, “What if I had remembered to go for petrol this morning? I would have been here at a different time and this accident would never have happened.”

Let me tell you something. Put the what if’s out of your mind. Banish them from existence. They have no right to enter your head. A ‘what if’ scenario in your head is an event that is non-existent. Neither you nor I have the ability to make time run backwards so there is absolutely no point in thinking like that. I, personally, cannot even begin to comprehend the number of what if situations that must have occurred in my life.

I do not want to remember them either. Remembering or dwelling on one of these is detrimental to your overall health and wellbeing.

Should you start to have a what if moment creep into your subconscious, it is best to extinguish it right away with positive thoughts.

These can be in the form of self-affirmation or maybe looking forward to a happy event in the future. You could also start planning something that you would like to achieve. That could be anything from tidying the garden to a masters degree in horticulture.

The point is. Think positive. You are worthy.

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The Sicko Glory Of Bullfighting???

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The Glory Of Bullfighting

Bullfighting has been a popular sport in Spain for a very long time. It’s origins in Spain date back as far as the year 711 according to “Frommer’s Travel Guide.”*

I have never been to a bullfight. I have, however, due to a sudden storm, been stuck in a pub while on holiday on the island of Majorca, where there was a televised bullfight from the Spanish mainland.

I have never seen so disgusting a spectacle before or since. It made me sick to the stomach. The poor bull is tormented relentlessly then stuck with spears several times. It is not until the suffering animal is literally covered in blood that the Matador uses a sword to fatally wound the poor animal. Even though the wound may be fatal, I am sure it rarely dies quickly.

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Lets hope that the Matador in the next pic was injured seriously.

Bullfighting

And let’s hope that bullfighting gets banned forever.

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Easter Celebrations

Easter Celebrations
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Easter Celebrations

You are no doubt looking forward to the Easter Celebrations for 2019. Only one day to go and the long weekend starts.

I am hoping that someone ignores my saying that Easter Eggs are a waste of money, and a block of chocolate is better value in grams per dollar. I reckon it is much more enjoyable to crack open a chocolate egg, plus I am more likely to save some for later!

The other side to Easter (apart from any religious commitments) is visiting relatives. But we need to avoid what you see below.

The Easter Road Toll

The Easter Road Toll for 2019 is currently zero. That is only because the tally will start from midnight tonight.

In 2015 there was a total of 161 fatalities in WA.

In 2016 there were 195.

2017, down to 160.

2018, up by one to 161.

Let’s aim for a better result this year.

I know that hoping for zero is probably a false hope as there is always an idiot who drinks too much and then drives, or perhaps is in a hurry to pass a truck and ends up colliding with oncoming traffic etc etc.

If we keep our distance, do not speed, and stop for a rest if driving a long distance perhaps we can improve on the 161 deaths last year by a decent amount.

There are not only fatalities, there are life altering injuries each tear too.

My advice is, Stay safe and enjoy Easter.

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