Brisbane, QLD


Saturday, January 23, 2021

THE WORST NEW YEAR'S EVE EVER

 As usual I joined my friends for a walk in the forest in the morning of 31 Dec. It was overcast and it had started to rain by the time we got to the picnic grounds. We sat in the weather shed for a while and contemplated whether we should push on or go home. Soon the rain eased and we continued our walk. I wasn't feeling the best and had a tummy ache so half way round our circuit, I took a short cut home.     

As the day progressed so did the pain. Our doctor's surgery was closed so Bill rang the night doctor, who said get an ambulance and go to hospital. So I spent New Year's Eve in the Emergency Department. After a CAT scan showed a bowel blockage due to scar tissue narrowing the small intestine I had a nasal gastro  tube stuck up my nose and down my throat and my stomach drained. In the early hours of 2021 I was admitted to a ward where they poured Gastrographin down the tube three times a day for three days but it did flush out the blockage. I was fed intravenously.
After five days I came home a bit worse for wear. Luckily the young ones were still visiting Brisbane from Sydney and they came to help out. Then Brisbane went into hard lockdown for three days because a cleaner from one of the quarantine hotels tested positive to Covid. All her contacts had to be tested and no cases in the community found before the restrictions were lifted. Luckily only her partner was infected.
 
But it was great being locked down with my daughter and son in law, who took over the kitchen.

I was on a soft diet and small portions but I managed some salmon and pasta.

Slowly, I am getting my strength back and the pain is subsiding. I'm now on a special diet to try to avoid it happening again. I can only eat soluble fibre and not insoluble fibre because it gets stuck in the narrow part. I used to eat a high fibre diet so its a change for my body to get used to. 
I'm starting to wonder what next NYE will bring. Last year I broke my ankle.

The kids have packed up and continued their road trip back to Sydney via different National Parks.
It was fabulous seeing them after eleven months.






29 comments:

  1. Oh my Diane, what a horrendous NYE indeed but I'm so glad you made it through and that you had family there to help you out. Hopefully the 3rd NYE will be a charm. It sounds like your daughter and SIL are enjoying their tour of parks. What a wonderful idea to see their own country that way. Take care.

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  2. Nice your family came for a visit, and sorry to hear about your health emergency. We always hear that high fiber is best, so now you must avoid it. What a complicated world and eating for best health.

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  3. Not good at all but it sounds like you are getting there. You'll be a little nervous come next NYE.

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  4. Oh, what a way to spend New Year! I hope you continue to get better, the treatment sounds awful and I suppose you will be very careful with your new diet as you won't want to go through that again. You will have to be very careful next NYE, don't want it to become a habit. All the best for 2021 and with luck we won't have any more lock downs and we can all travel within Australia if we want. We are so lucky to live here in this part of the world.

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  5. Geez, that sounds like a horror movie ! What a New Year !! I think you will never forget 2020/2021 ! It's good that your daughter was there also a bit moral support ! I only hope for you that it never happens again !!

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  6. Lovely photos of the four of you.
    That wasn't good at all being hospital Diane.
    I guess you are getting used to what you can eat now.

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  7. That was a bad way to start the New Year for you. Glad you are feeling better now. Keep going!

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  8. I hope you're soon feeling better. It's easy to see whose daughter that is!

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  9. Phew. I wondered where you had gone. I'm glad that you are on the mend and I hope that you adapt very quickly to your new diet. As for next year may I suggest that you adopt the slogan "Third time lucky".

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  10. oh my, two yeas in a row.... I was about to suggest you stay locked in your house for next NY Eve, but this would have happend in the house. glad you are better and wow on how much they packed in there SUV... I wish somoen would take over my kitchen. the food looks great, if someone else cooked i would eat whatever they served me. i looked up list of both these foods and still have no idea what you can/can't eat

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  11. I'm sorry to hear about the unfortunate start to 2021 that you endured. I hope you are not starting a new tradition for December 31! I'm glad your daughter and her husband where able to stay with you for some time, although I imagine they were happy the restrictions were lifted and they could get back home.

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  12. Oh, dear, I’m so sorry that happened to you but glad to hear you are feeling much better and that your children could be there with you to help. I hope the rest of the New Year will be more healthy and cheery. Take care!

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  13. Ouch that must have hurt. I was thinking they would correct it surgically but that wasn't the case for you. Feel better.

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  14. So sorry to hear you've been unwell, Diane. It sounds painful and unpleasant. I send best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery, regaining your customary energy.

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  15. Well, that was a different New Year for sure. At least you eventually got to celebrate a return to normal (or maybe a new normal). I hope you continue to recover. How fortunate that you had caterers at home to help out.

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  16. Hello Diane,
    I am sorry you have been sick, I am glad you are feeling better. It is nice that your daughter and SIL were able to visit with you. Take care, enjoy your day. Have a great new week!

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  17. As others have already commented, Diane, your New Year sure had a rocky start and hope 2021 gets better. It was nice that your family members were visiting and that despite the hospitalization you had time with them. Take good care.

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  18. Wow, thanks for bringing us up to date. so glad you are well on the way to recovery.
    That certainly wasn't the way to celebrate the new year..
    It's wonderful that your family could be there to help you too.
    Continued healing
    Sue

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  19. Being unwell sucks..........but I am sureyouknow that.............

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  20. Oh my gosh that was a dodgy New Year indeed Diane, doesn't sound like much fun at all! Lovely to have your daughter and son in law with you though, even more so because they did the cooking 😉 you take care of yourself and build up your strength again 💙

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  21. So very sorry to read that you have been unwell, but pleased you are feeling better.

    It was so nice that your family were allowed to visit after all this time.

    Take care, get your strength back and obviously be careful what you now eat :)

    All the best Jan

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  22. have a good day
    wish you always get healthy
    and keep spirit

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  23. Oh no, how awful for you. I am so sorry Diane. Great that your daughter and son-in-law were visiting, the silver lining in all of this was the extra time you all had together but oh dear, not a good start to the year. Wishing you and all your sweet family only good health and happiness for the rest of 2021.

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  24. Sorry to hear about the bad luck on NYE and that you have to watch what you eat. I have a gluten problem and get punished when I eat too much of it although not that bad.
    Great to be locked in with your family though. Hopefully this year is getting better

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  25. You both look so healthy and glad you weathered such a nasty event.

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  26. That sounds so painful and distressing. Not the best start to 2021.

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  27. Oh dear, Diane. I am sorry that you went through this over the New Year. I am pleased you are on the mend. Take care Jo PS Thank you for always visiting my blog

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  28. What a time of it you've had Diane. A bright spot that your children were there to help with things. My very best wishes to you xx

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  29. What a way to start the year.
    Glad you're on the mend.

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