A Bitter Sweet Day

Today was a bit of a roller coaster ride here. Not sure to cry or celebrate. I need to do both! Two main set of news; poles apart, good - no, great news and bad news.

Firstly, the sad news, Maria has been ill for about three weeks now. She had heaps of arthritis in her back end and been on pain killers for some time. In the past three weeks she has been getting ill with heart and lung problems. This week she hadn’t been doing very well at all. She was not eating therefore not taking medication. No energy. She was not a happy girl! I decided today that it was possibly best to put Maria down and sadly she died this evening. Maria was a lovely girl who won many hearts, even non dog lovers! We, Zac and I , will greatly miss her. The vet, Jenny, has been one of the best and I really appreciate her support.

Now, for the excellent news, I put in an application for a grant to get a communication device that would assist me primarily to talk to new people more easily and use the computer with greater efficiency. The Prentke Romick Company who manufactures such devices is forty years old this year and they are celebrating by giving forty of their devices away internationally. I applied for a Vantage Plus, which is only worth a cool $11,000.00 Australian Dollars, and I was told this afternoon that I am one of the FORTY!!!!!! I should receive it in about two weeks! Nigel of NovitaTech called at 5:23pm to give me the good news, little did he relies the significance his comment, in mid of the call, of something like “Darryl, today is the start of a new chapter in your life. “

Told ya it is a roller coaster ride!


A Bitter Sweet Day — 1 Comment

  1. Dazz
    I love yr site, its great! My son is working toward a career in graphic design, web design and tech and knowing u as I do, you certainly could teach him a thing or three about it all, you are so very very clever. Me, I can turn it on, surf, send emails and use it for work, but call my son with any problems as such!!! Thats it!
    Having just sent u an email asking about Rosa, I was giggling when I read the antics at yr place. I will prepare cement boots when I visit so I dont get knocked over from kisses and a thumping tail!
    One of 40 heh? You little ripper Dazz and Nigel certainly hit the nail on the head with his comment. This will open many MORE doors for you to go rolling in. Well done, your submission must have been excellent! A sad sad day to hear such great great news. I cant wait to see it and how it works.
    The shopping situation? Yes, as u know I have been on crutches for several years and when I go shopping I get stared at, or eyes averted, shoved, pushed,ignored but never, never asked if I need assistance! Its like some look at you as if you shouldnt be out in public cos if they cant see it, they dont have to think about disabilities in fellow man/woman. The very few who do ask with gushing kindness “Can I help you dear?”(are generally elderly and female) I would always say “No thanks, I am used to it.” Why did I say No? Cos I am independant and I may be on crutches & have a disability but I am capable of looking after my self-at home I have no one to help me……But they look away when one smiles and says “hello” in the isle-its sad.
    Anyway, wanted to just say hello via yr site and post a comment! Maria will be sadly missed she was and is a lovely soul and certainly deserved a dignified end as she brought so very many much pleasure. Zac will need some time too, he will be pining for his mate, they were very very close-he too will need to shed his tears and need lots of cuddles to reassure him its all ok, and he too is beginning a new chapter in his wonderful life in yr home!

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