PANDORA’S BOX PART IV – DEVILISH DRUGS!

PANDORA'S BOX PART IV -  DEVILISH DRUGS!

Continued from PART III – Creepy Answers ‘YOU HAVE CHURG STRAUSS SYNDROME…THERE IS CURRENTLY NO CURE’ Even though I had been informed in the most gentle and empathetic manner,  the word ‘incurable’ shocked me to the core.   Was Dr Flood joking?   Hardly any diseases are incurable these

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PANDORA’S BOX PART III – CREEPY ANSWERS!

PANDORA'S BOX PART III - CREEPY ANSWERS!

FOLLOWNG ON FROM – A MEDICAL MYSTERY It was always an early start to the day at The San, because  the  cardiologist made his  daily  ward rounds at 6.00am.  My spirits never failed to  lift  when he appeared.   Due to medication I hardly slept and the kindly

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PANDORA’S BOX – PART II…… A MEDICAL MYSTERY

PANDORA'S BOX - PART II...... A MEDICAL MYSTERY

Following on from PART ONE of course. By now I had become  a  medical mystery. What happened next probably saved my life.   My  worried cardiologist at Katoomba  had a discussion with the hospital’s emergency doctor, who had assessed me when I was first admitted.  This lovely lady

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PANDORA’S BOX – A MEDICAL MEMOIR

PANDORA'S BOX - A  MEDICAL MEMOIR

‘You’re playing with Pandora’s box. Sometimes it’s better not to open it. Sometimes, it’s better not to know’. Tatiana de Rosnay. In September 2011 I was completing my research for a narrative non-fiction book in Great Malvern,  a beautiful town in the English  county of Worcestershire. It

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CURRAWONG V THE DESPERATE DUO OF BOB & THE WATTLEBIRD

CURRAWONG V THE DESPERATE DUO OF BOB & THE WATTLEBIRD

There is no one more upset when a bird is killed or injured than my partner Rob. He is known as Dr Bob, for his ministrations to all manner of feathered creatures in our Blackheath garden. He scrubs out the birdbaths far more often than me, and

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THE LOST PORTRAIT OF A BIG HEARTED SINGER

THE LOST PORTRAIT OF A  BIG HEARTED  SINGER

To mangle the words of Oscar Wilde, for an institution to lose a miniature portrait would be unfortunate…. to lose a life-sized, framed oil painting sounds more like carelessness. Catherine Hayes (1818-1861) was a celebrated, Irish born soprana who toured Australia extensively in the mid 1850s. At

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