The Gift of Health #WOTY

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It’s the last Friday in the month so that means it’s time for our monthly linkup party all about our Word of the Year (WOTY). Join my co-hosts Jo, Sue and Donna and share your WOTY progress with us all.

Gift is my WOTY and it’s proving to be another great word helping me to focus on the gifts in my life.


Health issues

We’ve been planning our trip to England (from Australia) to see our daughter and her family, including little Dottie who will turn 3 while we’re there, since biting the bullet and booking the trip back in March/April.

We last saw them in January 2020 before leaving for the bushfires at home and prior to Covid hitting the world. Dottie was born very early at 25 weeks in August 2019, and when we left in January 2020, she was a few months old, still on oxygen and so tiny – we definitely thought we’d be back sooner than this!

But planning this trip has been so different. The international borders were closed, we couldn’t leave Australia without permission from the Government, planes weren’t flying and restrictions for entry into many countries were devastatingly hard but understandable.

The risk of being sick beforehand has been paramount despite us taking all precautions with vaccinations, masks and distancing. We have tried to be careful at all times.

Once the borders were opened we let things slide for a while before I just had to start planning our trip. Once we’d decided to go it all happened very quickly. But the time has slowly passed – oh so slowly! I’m normally excited and can’t stop talking about our impending trip, making plans and this time it’s been so different, wondering if it will really happen.

Recently, our children and grandchildren, in different states of Australia, contracted Covid on the same day (how weird is that?) and then it went through their families one by one every few days. We had plans to see family in Canberra before flying out but those plans were put on hold due to a new wave of the virus. Worrying about our family has been on our minds as you can imagine.

Eye health

Then out of the blue I developed an eye condition on our last full weekend at home. I had had a gritty feeling in my eye for a few weeks and was using drops which helped a bit but on Saturday things went pear shaped. I went to the local chemist, as there were no doctors available in town, and he told me it looked like a ‘growth’ and suggested I get it looked at as soon as possible. No doctors in town over the weekend though. I sat at home all that Saturday with my stomach churning and my blood pressure rising not knowing what I was dealing with. Would I even be able to travel in 10 days time? I was a mess.

I repeated these words to myself over and over again – I’m not in pain, I’m not bleeding and I haven’t lost my eyesight. My eye was ugly, red, gummy and oozing and looked far worse than it felt. I didn’t know how serious it was, if it was something to be overly concerned about and if it would stop me travelling.

On Sunday morning I couldn’t stand it any longer and asked my husband to take me to the local hospital Accident and Emergency, despite not knowing what they could do for me. I didn’t feel like it was emergency and didn’t want to waste anyone’s time, when there were so many worse things going on in the world.

The Gift of the public health system

From that moment things started looking up (no pun intended). The nurses were so caring and understanding. They reassured me that I wasn’t wasting their time and eyes are important to get looked at. They took my blood pressure and other vitals and as expected my BP was sky high! That might have created an emergency on its own. As no doctors were available in town they rang the on-call doctor who then linked them with the ophthalmologist registrar at the large regional hospital 100km away – on a Sunday!

After sending them a photo of my eye, which I still haven’t been able to look at, he asked me to go to Wagga so he could see me. He also reassured me that there was no reason why it would stop me from travelling – phew. My BP went down straightaway!

We popped home to get a few things just in case we might have to stay and then drove to Wagga Wagga missing a few phone calls from the lovely ophthalmologist letting us know he was delayed but would see us as soon as possible. Did I mention caring!

When we arrived at Emergency I was approached by a nurse asking if I was Debbie (I had an eye patch on so it might have been a giveaway) to let me know the doctor was delayed. They couldn’t have been more helpful.

When we saw Dr Alex he was caring and compassionate and explained to me that what I had was quite normal and would clear up in time, with cream and antibiotics. He did a few things to my eyes, wrote a report and basically put us at ease. We scheduled an appointment for the following Friday in his rooms, in case it needed to be ‘cut’ off and we drove home again. I was feeling much more relaxed by this time and although the next few days my eye remained unsightly, it didn’t worry me as much as before. Luckily by the time Friday rolled around it had shrunk to a more reasonable size and no cutting was required!

The actual name of what I have is: Pyogenic granuloma secondary to chalazion triggered by blepharitis – in other words I’ve had a stye in the past and my body has gone into overdrive to heal itself and produced lots of gunk which has spilled over my bottom eyelid in a worm like globule (my words). Although it doesn’t hurt, it is annoying and my eye feels gritty and wet. I can ‘see’ the blob although it doesn’t affect my vision. I’ve got some cream and antibiotics for 8 weeks which will do the trick. I’m just so pleased it didn’t happen on the plane!

The greatest wealth is health.

It just goes to show you never know what is around the corner and you shouldn’t ignore symptoms like grittiness, gumminess of the eyes and that emergency wards are for all types of concerns. I’m so glad I went when I did and am now on the mend. And to think I was more worried about catching Covid before going overseas!

We shouldn’t take our health for granted!

Eye issues
Eye issues -on the way to see the ophthalmologist

I actually rang the local hospital a few days later to pass on my thanks to the staff involved and they were thrilled to get some positive feedback – maybe they don’t get a lot of people calling to say thanks.


It’s weird how things happen and might I say, very stressful too. In the past week, 3 of our family members (including me), living in 3 different states of Australia have been to 3 different hospitals for various issues – not Covid related either. One was me with my eye issue, my daughter in Brisbane had a severe vomiting bug (plus Covid at the time), and had to be taken by ambulance to be checked over and just yesterday I took my daughter in Canberra to the doctor, then to hospital with appendicitis. She is having surgery today which means I won’t see her again before we leave on our trip. Just a week or so before that our granddaughter in England was taken to hospital with a severe vomiting virus. This has been a very stressful time as we prepare to leave the country but thankfully they’ve all received good care and are on the mend. Do you sometimes wonder what you’ve done to deserve a run of bad luck?

My Gifts so far this year

It’s been a great way to look for the GIFTS in the everyday with my WOTY:

So now I am finally able to get excited about our trip!

The Gift of Travel is ahead of us, even in these strange and uncertain times it is possible to feel optimistic. I had a massage last week and my therapist told me I had to stop worrying about everyone and everything and to concentrate on my own health. Wise words!

I’ve also used this time to focus on my packing and have committed to taking carry-on only for our month away!

Thanks very much for stopping by and for making me smile. I always appreciate your visits and your comments 🙂

You can find my co-host’s WOTY posts here – we’re hoping you can join us! If you have a Word of the Year and have written a post about it, this is the place to share.

  • Jo from And Anyways
  • Donna from Retirement Reflections
  • Sue from Women Living Well After 50

Deb xx

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WOTY co-host
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This year I’m joining co-hosts Donna, Jo and Sue, to provide a link party for anyone who also wants to write a monthly update to help keep the focus on their WOTY. We’re hoping you can join us.

What: 2022 Word of the Year Link Party #2022wotylinkparty

When: Last Thursday of the month PM (Northern Hemisphere)/ Last Friday of the month AM (Southern Hemisphere). The link will be open for 3 days so you’ve got plenty of time to join.

Why: To encourage us all to keep the focus on our chosen WOTY.

Where: Link Party, Blog, Blog Comments, Instagram or other Social Media.

Who: This linkup is open to everyone.

How: You can share in the comments, with a blog post, or on other social media of your choice. Include the hashtag #2022wotylinkparty so that we can find you and include your link in our posts. Whichever way you choose to share, don’t forget to leave a note in the comments so we can find you.

We’re live at 9am (AEDST) on the last Friday of each month and if you’re linking up a blog post you can do so by clicking on the blue link below, it’s open for a few days so don’t panic! Take a look at some of the posts to see how others are managing their WOTY in 2022 – there are some great words out there and creative people!

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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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66 Replies to “The Gift of Health #WOTY”

    1. Lovely to hear from you Ryan, I’ve been a follower of your for some time and we have Sue and Dave’s Travel Tales of Life in common too. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment, much appreciated.


  1. Wow, Debbie, the gifts of family and health are as about as important to the very essences of life itself–without either, there isn’t much else! With your impending trip, it was perfect timing to have your eye checked out. Glad that was treated before you went abroad! You’ve already read our road trip woes–and of course, family issues were at the top of the list. There is nothing like being able to be physically present with our family and friends in need when possible. Hopefully, the WOTY link-up will still be available for me to join Sunday morning…if not I’ll link to yours and Donna’s.

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    1. Thanks Terri, and yes your road trip woes tell the story, sometimes things don’t go to plan do they? All has worked out well now and I’m as happy as a pig in mud spending time with my family. I’m taking a break from blogging while we’re away but will pop in every now and again to see what’s happening.

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  2. Hi Deb,
    Great to hear that you can still travel. Like you, I was travelling overseas for a month flying Singapore Airlines, and also contemplating whether carry on luggage was a possibility. I decided in the end to take check in luggage, only because sunscreens are so heavy, and in Vietnam I would need quite a few bottles of a particular brand that doesn’t irritate my skin. However, three weeks ago walking in rain I slipped and badly fractured my patella. In a matter of seconds everything changed! I’m now a third of the way through the recovery period which requires me to sit a lot, something I’m not very good at! Living in Melbourne, 2020 and 2021 were very long years and my anticipation for this trip was sky high. I can totally understand why your blood pressure was so high, particularly as you hadn’t seen your family for so long. I’ve been lucky to get to 65 without serious illness and this fracture has certainly made me appreciate good health. Best wishes for a wonderful trip!

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    1. Oh no that’s not good at all! Hoping all is going well with your recovery. Singapore Air we’re fabulous (again) and the carry-on is working out well. Take care.


  3. I’m not surprised your blood pressure was high Deb! My goodness you’ve had some worries in the lead up to your trip. But that’s all over now and I’m sure there are only fun times ahead. I loved reading about your experience with hospital and doctor. I’ve found that each time I’ve had to attend ED the care has been incredible. Bon Voyage! Have a fabulous time reconnecting with your family. How exciting is that! I will look forward to your photos.

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    1. Thanks Jen, I’m following along with your travels and wish you well too. I’m doing well and loving the time we’re spending with our family in England


  4. Firstly, having seen your photo at your daughter’s in UK, I know you are “there” and very grateful for that…What a time…and yes, health is of greatest concern when we are doing BIG planning as you were and I feel for you. As the mum who would like to be there for all of your girls, I can see how hard this must have been. Yes to good health services when needed here in Australia. I know you live away from bigger places but you could get there and you were seen by the relevant specialist. Phew. I think, as best we can predict, that having some time of relatively good health will help YOU recover to be there for those you love. Take care…I know you will..and yes to the GIFT of health!! Denyse

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    1. Thanks so much Denyse, it’s amazing that I’ve almost forgotten all the stresses we were dealing with before we left! Dottie is a great little cure and we have an amazing bond which makes my heart sing. I’m glad we got the care we did and all is well now!

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  5. I’m glad you were able to get your eye seen to and it didn’t impact on your trip. I’m like you and loath to visit Emergency. I’ve only done so once as an adult, taking myself there when I had chest pain and it turned out that I did have heart issues so I felt relieved I’d done so.

    I hope you have a wonderful time in the UK. xxx

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    1. Isn’t it weird how we don’t think we should go to the ED, I really didn’t want to bother anyone but I needed help! Like you I’m relieved I did go and got my eye sorted out so easily! We’re over in England now and am loving our family time.


  6. Hi, Debbie – You have been through so much. As usual you handled it all with honesty, humour, grace and your wonderful positive nature. Enjoy your gifts of travel and family — you deserve every delightful minute of them! Please share lots of photos!

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  7. Hi Deb – you’ve certainly been through the wringer in the lead-up to finally getting to go on this much anticipated trip. We certainly live in strange and disconcerting times. I’m so glad you got it all sorted out and could fly – it would have been heartbreaking to have been grounded at the last hurdle. I can also relate to having your body throw a spanner in the works – my hip has completely changed my lifestyle and my functionality – roll on next year and that hip op!

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    1. Hi Leanne, I was so worried about the possibilities but it has all,worked out and now I’m very happy!! Yes your hip is an example of how things can change so quickly. Take care x


  8. Hi Debbie, What stressful time leading to your trip. I’m glad your eye is OK and you could travel as planned. Yes, health is wealth. I hope everyone in your family is recovering and feeling better. I linked up my July wrap-up post. Have a wonderful time with your family in the UK!

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  9. Doesn’t it feel as if all the bad things happen at the same time? Or is it just that we fail to notice when everything is just fine? What a stressful time you have had, but I’m so pleased you were considered ‘fit to fly’ and are now catching up with all the grandmother hugs and cuddles here in the UK. Have fun!

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  10. Your health team really went above and beyond, and I love that you called to say thank you 🙂
    Glad it wasn’t anything serious enough to interfere with your trip 🙂

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    1. Yes the black cloud has lifted Suzanne and I’m enjoying our family time in England. The carry-on wardrobe is holding up well. I’m sharing updates on Instagram and my blog’s Facebook page just to stay accountable and see what I don’t wear!!


  11. As your friend I know what you have been going through Deb and I am so happy you’ve made it to the UK. Our health is our wealth and we certainly take it for granted sometimes don’t we? I’m so pleased your eye condition cleared without anything too invasive being done and I’m happy all the family are well again. Nothing like COVID, eye conditions, appendicitis to add that extra pre travel stress. Take care and enjoy every moment with your UK family xx

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  12. Hi Deb, I’m so glad your eye is healing and wasn’t anything too serious. The whole process of travel at the moment is very stressful and you really didn’t need that extra drama. I’m so pleased for you that you have arrived safely in the UK and enjoying time with your family. X

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  13. It’s great that you made it over here (the UK) without mishap after all these problems and challenges! We had a couple of Covid scares running up to our first holiday abroad for 3 years. Thank goodness as you say for public health care!

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  14. Hi Debbie
    I thought you were in the UK already and this was why you hadn’t posted for a while, I haven’t seen any recent posts for a while. My husband had a chelazion years ago and was told to hold a hot flannel over it every morning. I hope yours has cleared up. Sometimes you get years like that where everything comes at once
    Looking forward to hearing about your trip soon

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    1. Just going back through comments Ali and realised I haven’t answered a lot of them! This was timely as I was also told about hot flannel and am doing it each morning and night and it works! My eye is almost back to normal so it’s taken a long time, considering i was on antibiotics for 8 weeks!


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