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Mum [Jan. 27th, 2004|09:23 pm]
Bob Bain
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Just called the nursing home. Mum has opened an eye but "the prognosis is not good". She is under "mouth care" (cleansing of the mouth) but not being fed.

The "chances of mortality" are "not good". "She is not a well lady".

I've unsubscribed from rude and vulgar newsgroups such as LTUAE but will stay in touch with generally well behaved groups such as talk.bizarre.

I do not feel inclined to enter into any form of nastiness.

[User Picture]From: acelightning
2004-01-27 10:49 am (UTC)
anyone who would inflict nastiness on you at a time like this deserves to experience the "Law of Threefold Return" when they are suffering!

it does seem as if your mum is fading from this world. may her long life be peaceful at its ending.

and you can still email me any time.

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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2004-01-30 08:24 am (UTC)


Thanks Ace :-)

Alan (brother UK) tells how their pet cat is recently deceased and how he has a 1MB Broadband connection for the same price as my 256K connection.

I sent an email on 11th. January with various tidbits about the Australian Constitution noting that in my opinion 2004 was about to begin.(whatever).

There was nothing overly dramatic. You may have lost it.

My eyesight has been pretty awful, not only with conjunctivitis but with my eyes stinging as well. This appears to be getting better. I can now see clearly and the stinging has ceased. The dreadful heat is also losing it's grip.

There are various other things which are adding to my woes at the moment but they are not things we normally discuss.

I have my student card from the University of New England. The photo has been reduced in size and it looks "quite presentable" on the card.

How I'm going to "juggle" the coming few months remains to be seen.

It's possible that things that have been of concern to me for years could improve.

On the other hand I could find myself "in the thick of it" so to speak (sigh).
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2004-01-31 07:33 am (UTC)


i never received your email - it might have gotten eaten by my ISP's spam filtering. (come to think of it, i haven't received a copy of the LangaList Newsletter since November.) the problem is, they don't tell me when they've rejected a message - it just never arrives.

i'm glad your conjuncitivitis is getting better. you seem to have ongoing problems with this; i know it's troubled you several times in the past. the stinging, in particular, makes me think that you might be allergic to something in the air, or there might be irritating fumes in your environment; either one would make you more susceptible to repeated infections. i know all too well what it's like to have eyes so irritated and sore that you can't see anything clearly. after the cataract surgery, my eyes stung and watered for a couple of days (longer for the one where the surgery didn't go perfectly). they are still rather prone to irritation, but the eye surgeon's last admonition to me at my last visit was "don't rub your eyes!".

is the University of New England in New England? does this mean you are planning to visit the Northeastern US? if so, please let me know - i'd love to have you come visit!

i'm "juggling" things myself... which bills do i pay, which ones will be okay if they're overdue, what assets do i have left that i can cash in, what more can i do to make the house sell quickly...

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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2004-01-31 10:25 am (UTC)


The "University of New England" is in Armidale, New South Wales.

I believe our "juggling" is very similar, at least with regards to funds.

I'm sorry you lost the e-mail although there was little in it other than a little "chit chat".

I don't have the funds to visit the United States. I've been to New England (Vermont etc).

There are chemical works in St. Marys. I believe the problems with my eyes are due to nutrition (not eating as well as I would if employed), together with various other things such as stress and the sometimes invisible effects of fumes from a nearby industrial estate. I felt this very much in Mexico City. Such pollution is invisible. Like radiation just because you can't see it doesn't mean it's not there.
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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2004-01-31 11:33 pm (UTC)


Mexico City has some of the worst air pollution in the world - although it is at a high altitude, it traps stagnant air over the city (rather like Denver). the main component of the pollution is oxides of nitrogen, from car exhaust - these are extremely irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract. i wouldn't be at all surprised if the industrial fumes weren't doing something similar to you. poor nutrition isn't as much of a contributing factor to eye irritation and infection; the major dietary factor is that a severe Vitamin A deficiency will affect the retina (not the external surfaces of the eyes) and interfere with night vision. it could be something as simple as washing your hands more often, and trying not to touch your eyes too much (both are things that doctors always recommend).
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[User Picture]From: bobbain
2004-01-31 10:35 am (UTC)

The University of New England

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[User Picture]From: acelightning
2004-01-31 11:34 pm (UTC)

Re: The University of New England

looks like a fairly standard Australian uni. the name "New England" is confusing, though, at least to an American ;-D
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