Saturday, October 18, 2008

Good Times

Originally when I started working in JHB I thought that I'd be able to blog more often.... however when you get into a routine of going to work/gym everyday you find that you don't always have that much to say, lol! Apart from being SUPER busy. However, this morning I've got LOTS to say ;-)


Firstly, regarding the pics.... October is Jacaranda month here, and all the Jacarande trees are magically purple, which is STUNNING. The pic on your left here was taken from the balcony at the office, and the others were taken through the windscreen of my car while being stuck in traffic! It's not indigenous, but comes from South America (thank you Wikipedia!), but there are lots of them in Joburg and Pretoria. Pretoria is known as the Jacaranda-city, but JHB officially has more of them (but is also a bigger city by far, so it prob seems like there's less of them.) Anyway, enough about trees....


Yesterday at work there was a medical aid Co doing voluntary health checks and massages and manicures etc. Included in the health check you answer questionaires on the computer, and it then calculates you body's 'real'age according to them! Well my Blood Pressure was a bit high (148/85), and my random glucose was 10 (after lunch that is), but the rest of my numbers were great. The nurse/Dr couldn't believe I had had a transplant! I told him right after I sat down and he asked me "So, do you have any sort of significant medical history?" So I just came right and said "Yes, a double lung transplant" The guy was pretty speechless, but wanted to ask loads of questions and asked me if I could humour him and let him do the tests, which I thought was pretty cool. My age according to them was 30.... but obviously the answers to their questions don't really provide for people that have had transplants! Oh, and the massage and manicure were AWESOME.... (btw... I should have blackmailed them and said they must pay ME NOT to join them... ie pay me R1000 a month and I wont join and cost them like R20 000 a month!!!! It's a win-win situation...)


Last night I went to see a movie with Chris, and I made him and my dad supper beforehand. Tonight we're going to a Halloween themed/dress-up party/housewarming! So we're going to have to go look for costumes today, and are also going to be playing some squash!!!! And I'm going for bloods at about 8am... will be doing lung-functions and seeing Paul somewhere during next week...

On a final note... I was very upset this week about Tricia... seems like her cancer might have spread. This is so disturbing, as a) they've been through hell and back, and b) I've been so fortunate with my health, and I have no dependants/spouses, whereas she has a husband and a baby, and needs her health more than I do. I wish we could understand the ways in which everything works and God's plan....

5 comments:

MilePost13 said...

Thanks, Alice.

Emmie said...

Those pics are making me homesick for South Africa! I love the Jacarandas, I need to see them! xxx

Willie said...

Hi Alice, Thanks for allowing us to share your life by reading your blogs. I have learnt over the many years of my life that I can safely leave all the BIG issues in God's very capable hands because my teeny mind - not even a transplant will help - cannot ever realise the bigger plans He has for me/us. Just keep on praying for your friend as we will and one day, looking back we will see the PLAN. Willie

drained in sj said...

How do they measure glucose over there? 10 is quite low in the states... hmmmmm
-Lou

Willie said...

Hi Drained in SJ, Is that San Jose?
We use a different unit of measurement here in SA. We use metricated unit millimol while the USA uses something different.
Don't get confused.
Willie