Centrelink is there for the needy, sick and disadvantaged, and yet provides the worst service of any government agency.
The sleep paradox. I do not sleep well at night yet cannot keep my eyes open during the day.
So, do I not sleep at night because I sleep during the day? No. From the time my wonderful wife gets up until around midday (or later) I find it almost impossible to keep my eyes open, no matter what you might threaten me with!
To try and stay awake I will play a movie…..and have to restart it at least half a dozen times because I keep nodding off. Even loud action movies.
So what is the difference? At night when I am lying next to the most wonderful, selfless, caring and beautiful woman in the world it is completely quiet. This enables me to hear clearly the loud ringing tinitis in my ears, and exquisitely feel the pain all over my body (even with prescribed pain medication). It makes sleep very difficult, so I lie here and try to rest, and wait until morning when noises begin and sleep can come my way through distraction.
The accompanying picture to this post is almost accurate as the red parts indicate where my chronic and extreme pain is in my body. The only error is that it is not all in red, as my pain is everywhere. Even my skin is so sensitive that when it touches the bed sheets I get an extra ‘kick’ of pain.
I do realise that there are millions of people worse off than myself, yet unfortunately that thought is little comfort in the middle of the night when I cannot even touch my wife, as the extra pain is too much to bear.
So what is the point of writing all this, apart from ‘poor me’?
To the 90 per cent of doctors who do not know anything about, or indeed believe in Fibromyalgia, ME or CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) I suggest some light reading as the research into these conditions increases daily. Just because you do not know what your patient is suffering from is no reason to simply prescribe some pain medication and recommend the three old faithfuls of – ‘get more sleep, eat healthier and exercise regularly’. This seems to be their mantra for any condition unknown to them.
If I tried to exercise I would crash within the first minute and take weeks to recover, so no thanks. Your 10-15 minute appointments that are meant to somehow allow enough time to diagnose every conceivable condition are a joke, as no-one can diagnose accurately more than 60 per cent of the time given that money-induced timeframe. Whether it is Medicare that needs increasing or your realisation, and admission, that you are wrong many times is arguable.
Just remember we are people, and if you had our condition for just a day you would not be able to work, or diagnose yourself, would be swallowing the highest dose of painkillers you could get your hands on, and perhaps then we would receive the attention we deserve.
The movie ‘Unrest’ is an excellent place to start your real education into our condition.
I wish you luck, as I do your patients.
So two thirds of university students fail to graduate…when will they learn that they need to provide far more than text books and large lecture theatres?
A huge shake-up is needed in this sector for it to still be relevant in the years and decades to come. Teaching techniques have to change drastically – having young post grads being tutors because they are PhD students is rediculous, as is expecting people to sit through lectures over an hour long.
Come on guys, time for some disruption!
So NAB announce a full year $5.3bn profit and at the same time the sacking of 6,000 staff.
Absolutely disgusting! With the $5.3b profit they should be hiring people to take care of the community, not firing 6,000 and potentially destroying 6,000 lives!
I know legally they have to put shareholders first, but surely the time has come for social responsibility to outweigh and extra couple of cents dividend per share! Oh, and I am sure executive bonuses will go up as people are shown the door carrying their careers in cardboard boxes.
We desperately need a change in corporate focus!
I’ve always thought that if you’re constantly having to work long hours (the exception being if it’s your business, then it’s your choice and sometimes a necessity) then you are not efficient and don’t use your time as productively as possible.
In the past I’ve heard many people spend an hour a day, or more, complaining that they don’t have enough time to do their job!
A person working long hours more often than not demonstrates a lack of ability or of support, both are toxic in any organisation.
Go home, spend time with family or on yourself, because you’ll never be paid for those extra hours and your boss won’t appreciate it, she/he will just get used to it and soon expect it as your normal day.
Do yourself a favour and GO HOME!
No wonder Jack Snelling left when he did. This is the disgusting state of health care in SA and after Labor spent $2.6bn!!! Waiting times longer than before, no beds available… basically a complete disaster!
And we have the most expensive hospital in the southern hemisphere!
They should all hand their heads in shame and all the heads of the Health Department should be fired immediately! No excuse for such complete incompetence in looking after our most vulnerable!
More evidence that governments attack those who can’t fight back, namely the ill and the poor.
The net medical expenses tax offset will no longer be available from 1 July 2019.
From 1 July 2019 if you have to buy a wheelchair to get around, the tax offset you were allowed (a pathetic 10% of the cost, but at least something) is being deleted. How lovely and caring of those on over $200k p.a. and couldn’t give a stuff.
“From the 2014-15 income year until the end of the 2018-2019 income year, taxpayers can only claim the net medical expenses tax offset for medical expenses that both meet: the current definition and eligibility requirements, and relate to disability aids, attendant care or aged care”.
How lovely of our caring government to kick all sick people in the balls!