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The face of COVID-19

The haunting faces of Italian doctors and nurses.

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Going towards it.

Remember those scenes during 9/11 where hundreds of people were running away from the burning twin towers?

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Yarram and a coronavirus update.

There is a storm front moving through, with high winds predicted. So tonight we have opted to hunker down in a safe little van park in Yarram, a small farming town in the southeast area of Gippsland Victoria (pop. 2,135). Map location: Yarram Victoria 3971 Our agenda includes laundry, long hot showers and lounging around […]

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Coronavirus: time to store a little extra food.

Over the last few days Kelly and I have been buying a few extra non-perishable food supplies each time we shop. Simple things like: Tins of beans and vegetables. Powdered milk. Powdered potato (Deb) Pasta & rice. Instant noodles Soups (instant and canned) Sauces and spices. Canned tuna. Treats (biscuits, chocolate etc) coffee/tea Soap and […]

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Coronavirus and facemasks

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread with uncertainty, many people traveling in high risk areas are wearing some form of facemask as a primary means of protection. You can track the latest status of the virus here) The problem is that most people are not wearing them properly, do not understand the importance of […]

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Nursing flashback.

Scrolling back through a million jangled memories that cannot be shared here, but instead, hang thick as old anchor ropes set fast between those of us who cared. Four impressionable years spent in a number of very different hospitals convinced me once for all that nursing, if it is to be done efficiently, requires, more […]

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How well do you think you wash your hands? I’ll bet that you are rubbish.

Washing our hands is, um….hands down the most effective way to prevent the spread of disease and infections. From gastroenteritis to coronavirus, stopping the spread of these infections in our communities is quite literally all in our hands. As a retired nurse with 35 years of clinical experience, one thing I tend to notice is […]

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Beware the Deathcap Mushroom.

There is something compelling about the idea of picking your own mushrooms. Walking eyes-down amongst smells of wet wildflower or forests of birdcall. Laughing with friends or family. Perhaps a small cane basket to collect them. Perhaps a soft checkered tea towel to cover them. A wistful yearning to reconnect with the earth and with […]

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Build an ADMIT KIT for unexpected hospital admissions when travelling

You never know when an unexpected medical problem will interrupt your trip with a hospital visit. Here is a list of useful items to take with you. Even better, if you (or a family member) are about to go to hospital, or you frequently require admission, why not make an admit kit. A small pre-packed […]