Yes We Ran Out Of Credit Again

Sorry folks and family. We ran out of credit again. As is usual,things happen when we run out of credit that we need to contact folks about. Read on…

So what have we been doing? Not much of anything really. We’re trying to save some money so we can roll/fly/bus/train or otherwise get to Rockhampton.
I owe our friends at The Sovereign money loaned to us when Tina first got ‘sick’. We also owe friends and family money. I know it doesn’t overly concern anyone, but it sits in the back of my mind all the time. I need to discover and embrace that evil term, ‘budget’. Shit. The closest I’ve ever come to using a budget was when I hired one of their bloody cars! Ah well. I’ll sort it out.

On Monday afternoon (19 Sept.), Tina suffered her first seizure.
We were at Dragons place watching a movie (yes, we watched Tele-vision).  We were lying on the floor and Tina rolled over on her side and stretched, or so I thought.

“Having a stretch baby?”

She didn’t answer, and then she started to spasm. Not severely. More like full body tensing.
I put her on her side and looked after her while Dragon  rang the ambulance. The seizure lasted between three and eight minutes. The ambulance call operator stayed on the phone until the paramedic arrived,then we headed for the hospital.
We were up there for about four hours, while they ran obs and gave her some intravenous anti-seizure drugs. We were given the option of staying in overnight or going home. Given that the hospital is just up the road, we decided to head home.

Seizures are supposed to be common in tumor and/or post brain surgery circumstances. However, it still doesn’t make them any easier to deal with.

I am trying hard to stay positive and all that, and I know one in three Aussies will be affected by cancer in some way in their lifetimes, so we’re not unique. But it still doesn’t make dealing with this any easier. It doesn’t make it any fairer. It doesn’t make it ok.
I want to rant and rave about how peer reviewed scientific research is showing very positive results with certain drugs in fighting GBM (brain cancers) and killing cancerous cells while leaving unnaffected ones healthy. I want to scream at politicians for not allowing further research or testing of these potential cures.
I want to swear and curse and scream “Why Tina?”, but there is no point. I’ll just be another of the thousands who have done the same while their loved one suffers from some cancer or ‘incurable’ disease.

But that’s not why I haven’t  posted this until now. We just ran out of credit and money last week. Tina is good too.



  1. bob said,

    September 23, 2011 at 1:02 am

    Hi Damn Aussies….

    sorry to hear about Tina’s seizure..but you did the right thing…just put her on side…watch that tongue is visible. (watching your fingers) and wait till passes….. I had good friend that suffered extreme ones…

    sorry about the budget issues…its a common curse while politicians play lately..

    I don’t know if you’ve been offered any clinical trial treatments or like me immuno instead of radio/chemo…but you should check into it if possible..

    I also saw something just last night about a new brain tumor clinical trial that was done only on dogs before…but has now been done on human with startlingly good results..they make vaccine from patients own C cells….
    hope to see you back soon….give tina my best…
    Love bob…


    For much of his life, John Huls wasn’t really a big fan of dogs.

    But the St. Cloud resident has developed a stronger affinity for canines this year through his participation in a research study at the University of Minnesota.

    In 2008, veterinarians at the U developed a treatment for brain tumors in dogs that includes surgery and an experimental anti-cancer vaccine. Now, doctors have developed a version of the canine treatment that’s being tested in a few humans.

    Huls, 63, started receiving his vaccine about two months ago and is feeling great, although he’s not sure whether to credit the treatment or the fact that he’s no longer undergoing chemotherapy. Either way, Huls says, he is glad to be contributing to research at a time when cancer vaccines are offering new hope to patients.

    “I do believe that at some point there will be a vaccine that is effective,” Huls said during a news conference Monday at the U’s veterinary school.

    • Brad said,

      September 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

      Thanks Bob. I’ll read up some more. Starting on pawpaw and kombucha soon. Can’t yet afford the other treatment regime we were planning. It’s not on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme 😉

  2. Desert Woman said,

    September 23, 2011 at 1:48 am

    sorry to hear of the seizures as well. i wish you folks healing and comfort. money is such a struggle for all of us these days. i hope you fare ok in the future.


    • Brad said,

      September 23, 2011 at 2:40 pm

      Hey darlin’. Thank you. Tina is OK. We were warned about the seizures. Hugs from Tina

  3. Nikki said,

    September 23, 2011 at 6:42 am

    @UncleChilliMan missed you! I’m so sorry this is happening. you deserve to rant and scream, just because it happens a lot doesn’t diminish those feelings. I hope you don’t include us in the ‘owe money’ category. You don’t owe us a thing. Thats what community is about, you give, you receive, we all take care of each other. 

    • Brad said,

      September 23, 2011 at 2:36 pm

      I know my dear niece. I have more to thank you for than just money. I’ll tell you one day, but I think you know.

  4. September 23, 2011 at 7:46 am

    So sorry to hear about the seizures – thank goodness Tina has you there. Nobody could care for her better, Brad. Just take each day as it comes, and if you ever want to rant and rave out here, you’re always welcome 🙂 Big hugs to you both. I know we haven’t caught up yet, but that doesn’t mean we’re not thinking about you both.
    Judy & Willie

    • Brad said,

      September 23, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      Thanks Judy and Willie. We know you care. Big hugs to you two and we WILL get together soon. 🙂 I want to make stingray stew on Elim beach soon.

  5. bongspit said,

    September 24, 2011 at 5:21 am

    seizures are very scary…you guys are in my prayers

    • Brad said,

      September 24, 2011 at 7:48 am

      Thanks mate. Tina is good.

  6. Macca said,

    September 24, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Hey guys our throughts are with you’s strongly, please give Tina a big kiss and cuddle for us, give me a call if you need brad love you both

    • Brad said,

      September 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

      Thanks Macca and Tara xxx

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