Posts Tagged ‘Alice Springs Show’

Crackers, swine, cattle & assorted viruses :)

July 2, 2009 2 comments

I’ve had a bit of a rough week. Started when somebody blew a nasty virus down my throat. Lovely. Nausea, weakness & worsening asthma were the result. Along with the trip to the hospital, followed by orders for strict bed rest and home detention. No trip to the Show either, bugger. I shall miss the cows. I like a good cattle sale and showing. Now the drought’s over (sort of), the quality and numbers of Territory cattle have increased greatly and I was very much looking forward to perusing some fine, hardy specimens. Given how wonky I have been the past few days, I shall follow the doctor’s orders and stay away, alas.

Lots of swine flu in Central Australia, much of it coming to Alice Springs. The hospital’s all set up with a proper flu clinic and I was examined very thoroughly although they opted not to run swabs as I didn’t meet the criteria (diabetics, COPD & renal only). But, they were very keen to keep me at home – hospitals being dangerous places, with all sorts of lurking bacteria and viruses.

I think I may have turned the corner with this virus of mine this afternoon. Still wonky, but able to potter around very gently. I even prepared food to eat tonight. Wonderful. Still walking around clutching my Ventolin and small-volume spacer (as per the doctor’s very STERN orders) as breathing is a bit of a problem every now and then. But, I am hopeful tomorrow will see the real beginning of recovery and return to good health.And completing that job application I started last weekend.

It was Territory Day yesterday. That meant there were lots of fireworks last night. I’m too weary and sick to type my own description, but here’s a very accurate description of cracker night in Alice, courtesy of Sean the Blogonaut. It sounded the same at my place too.There are stray, illegal detonations happening tonight. Part of the Territory Lifestyle. 🙂