Friday, June 15, 2012
Nearly 6 weeks since AMI .. and all is falling into place ..
Had a few hiccups with the INR levels and settling into 3 Cardizam tablets a day as well as Aspirin, Nitrolingual, all my Asthma meds and meds for pain for Fibromyalgia,Oestio-Arthritis and Sacroiliac joints .
I am back exercising and walking Bobby .
Looking after my DH and making sure his life is the best it can be with the Dementia he is suffering from as well as Polycythemea Rubra Vera, which is a Blood Cancer and is Terminal ..
We are enjoying one anothers company and getting out and about ..and making the most of the time we have together ..
Our two daughters that live close by, are here every day and we are loving their company too .
My Colin was a long distance truck driver for 45 years before we bought our orchards and he was one of the pioneers that opened the roads between all our major cities even before the roads were built ..
Many of the road were just tracks in the sand or mud and many times he would be caught in floods or fires.
His first truck was a english bedford truck and definitely not built for the Australian conditions ..
He was 16 when he had his first truck and built his trucking business up to three trucks on the road ..
He employed two drivers and our trucks served the out back and many of our cities with produce from Mildura .
Mildura is known as the fruit bowl of the nation as we grow so many fruit and vegetables .
His last truck was a turbo powered mack and he sold that when he was 66 years old .
In between, we bought orchards and we also had them on the go for nearly 15 years ..
Supplying Grapes, apricots, plums, nectarines, rock melons, persimmons, broad beans. lettuce and tomatoes ..
We had over 125 acres of produce, we had packing sheds, cool stores, and pickers quarters ..
We employed over 50 pickers and packers for 7 months of the year ..
We had to sell up when we had the (recession we had to have )according to Paul Keating our then Prime Minister.
Colin had a stroke, and I had my first heart attack ..with the worry of having to sell at rock bottom prices.
But even then , it didn't stop us from hitching up a 22 ft caravan to our F100 and travelling Australia for 8 years ..
We also worked along the way... managing Motels Caravan Parks and Wheat and Sheep Properties.
During this time I had a stroke which affected my cognitive powers to a degree ..
We have had a wonderful life .. and we are grateful for every second of it ..
Now we both have health issues and we have had to slow down ..
But we will never forget the wonderful life we did have ..
I give thanks for each day we wake up.
We look forward to being the best we can be ..
and give thanks for the many friends we have made along the way ..
I am loving Sparks and all my friends for their unfailing support and encouragement and I urge you all to look after yourselves ...
Much love Susie