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Losing Balance Part 3

G'Day Mate

Ok then... Part 3

Over the following weeks I returned to the High Hospital every two days, help in and out of the car, up the gutter, up the stairs etc for more and more tests and still no balance etc.... but I could walk if the surface was flat.

Over that time cleaning people would arrive at my apartment and then clean it and leave. Who is booking them and paying? Not my boss so who?
Argh... Charlotte, my girlfriend. I taught her daughter for two years the last time I lived here in Huai'An, when I returned it became a every second weekend sleep over as she works in a city two hours from here.

Once I started to regain balance I ventured further away from my alleyway friends and my apartment and one sunny day I ventured across the Grand Canal to the phone and computer market as I needed a new mouse.

Browsing, browsing, browsing and wallah.
A totally revamped Lenovo Flex 10..Mine.

On the way out I got a call from Charlotte asking if I was still looking for a brand new second phone. She said she had heard about a legit stall and gave me directions on how to find it in the maze of stalls.

When I approached, the lady made a phone call and handed me the phone. I was like.... what the?
It was Charlotte.... the stall was her Aunties and I paid Y900 for a brand new Oppo A11 and also one for Charlotte (Y1500)

That is how you know it is the real thing.
I can not see Charlottes Aunty selling her a fake.
So, I now feel wonderful, will be on meds for along time but to come.

Life is Rock N Roll!

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Losing Balance Part 2


Ok then... Part 2

I was then taken to the nearest hospital where I was given 'pep me ups' and had many tests (blood, urine, shots and put through that entire body machine that looks like a Stargate Porthole ... CTC or something).

We waited several hours for the results after which the doctor look me in the eyes and told me I was a lucky man, another month and my heart would have given away and most likely..

Bye Bye world!

I was then told I had to spend two or more weeks living in the hospital. Brother said, not this bloody hospital and booked me into the highest hospital.
We then ventured over there where I was given more tests and told to return the next day.

Over night they had honed in on the problem. I was absolutely, completly dimished of ... something begining with P... can not remember, but it is extremely important in the functioning of the human body. Also extremely my malnutrition was waaaaaaaay down due to my body using anything and everything to continue kind of thing.

As they had honed in on the problem and knew what meds etc I was allowed to stay at home and return ever second day for tests, tests and tests!

So, how bad was it?

I had no balance, I needed help for everything, if there was no sign or pole, i needed help to step up and over the simple road side gutter, needed help to get in and out of cars, up and down stairs etc.

I had no strength what so ever.

To take the stairs to the little alleyway below usually takes a minute, it took me ten to fifteen. My alleyway water melon man, if there, would help me to my apartment and give me a free watermelon (the guys playing cards in the alleyway in the last post), the supetmarket staff would help and deliver my things to my apartment....

All in all...The Chinese are not what you see in the media.
Thats the government!, but I figured that out fifteen years ago.

ok then...

Photos.... for those who don't know, I changed to a new kinder this term and it is so wonderful.
I haven't spent much time there, most of it was sleeping and trying to rock the stairs.
I will return this Monday.

Part 3 soon

Ok then... Part 3 next

Posted by eddakath 05:55 Archived in China Comments (1)

Losing Balance Part 1

G'Day Mate,

ok then... Part 1

A few months ago I started to feel a little strange, off balance kind of thing. I put it down to being in Lock Down and living a complete opposite life... that of being indoors. Each time I made the six floors down to the supermarket the journey back to my apartment became harder and harder....

Then kinder started and all went down hill.

I began needing help from my students to climb the stairs and the help from my Chinese classroom assistants to stand up from my seat. The kinder became worried and sent me to the school nurse who told me to see a doctor.... quickly!

I said ok and went to my office to sleep.
Same the following day and the day after that etc.

I woke several mornings after and could not feel my feet or legs, nor could I raise myself into a sitting position.....um..... this is not due to lock down as both legs and feet were the size of elephants.

All energy depleted.
No strenght.

I called my Chinese Brother (thats how it works in China. I have been with my boss for six years, trust, respect, I am his elder brother, family.
I was with my old boss for ten years, trust, respect, a father and son bond and until this day that is still how we greet each other).

It is called respect.

PART 2 next

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An Awesome Spring Outing Number 1

Today I arrived at my kinder and find its Spring Outing day.... yeeeup, you'd think they'd tell ya of such events.

It China.
Living at schools, I've woken up to 99% empty schools and had to ring someone... oh sorry we have five day holiday.

Oh thanks for telling me.

But anyhow.
This weekend is Qingming Festival.. or in English. Tomb Seeeping Festival. So today we had one of our Spring Festival (qingming) outings.

I went with my Senior Kinder classes to an ancient village, 1500 years old.... there have been people living there that long. The buildings, are ofcourse hundreds of years old.
Much longer than the Australian government decided to kill n take the original Australian people that have been to proven to live in Australia for over 12,000 years.

More like 140,000 years!

We had an awesome morning.
4 years ago I moved to this little part of Huaia'ng city. 40 minutes by bus out of the city. So I had been here many times snacking on the end of my bike rides.

But it was so wonderful to see my students reactions when they met an actual OLD/ANCIENT Part of China.

Tomorrow, another Spring Outing and then a three day weekend. Because, that's how China does it... Celebrating Festivals. Unlike Australia, whose politicians take away and celebrate their own wealth!

Hexia Town is located in Huai’an, Jiangsu Province with a history of more than 2500 years. It is one of the core protected areas of Huai’an historical and cultural city. Hexia is the hometown of historical figures such as Wu Cheng’en, author of Journey to the West.

Which is ... Monkey Magic!

Geographically, Hexia is at the center of North-South communication. It has formed a unique food culture, is one of the important birthplaces of Huaiyang cuisine and regarded as the first town of the famous Huaiyang cuisine.

Hexia has inherited lots of famous Huaiyang cuisines so far, such as Wenlou crab soup bag, Wenlou Steamed Dumpling Filled with Crab Cream, Wenlou Egg Pancake with Pork and Shrimp Egg, and Eel Banquet. In addition, there are also plenty of snacks here in Hexia.

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Long Time, No See... 1

Long Time, No See... 1
No mor free VPN.
No more Facebook.




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