This is another one of my ‘I’m not here’ posts. I often do an I’m not here post when I go on holiday. This is an example of an I’m not here post here, on that particular occasion I’d gone to Melbourne. This time is different though, this time I’ve gone to hospital.
Why are you in hospital Bob?
I’ve got cervical spinal stenosis.
What is cervical spinal stenosis Bob?
It’s a condition in which the spinal canal has become too narrow and causes pinching on the spinal cord.
I’m a carpenter with 18 years experience, I’m 35 years old, and I’m 5 feet 11, would I qualify for a visa for Australia?
Ah, you’re on the wrong page, you need to read Would I Qualify?
What are the symptoms Bob?
Well, the signals currently being sent to my arms and legs are being disrupted so, for example, instead of walking normally, I stagger around like a drunkard. Something I prefer doing when I am actually drunk.
How are they going to fix it Bob?
The plan is that the orthopaedic surgeon will operate on my spine to create more space around my spinal cord, relieving the compression.
I’m desperate to move to Australia Bob, can you get me a job sponsorship?
You’ve asked at a bad time, but no, I can’t help you or anybody directly. My page How to Get a Job Sponsorship is worth a read though.
When did this stenosis thing start Bob?
25 July this year. Funnily enough, I wrote about it, turns out that the pain in my arm that I mentioned in the post was being caused by pinching on the spinal cord. It was from that day onwards that the troubles began.
When will you be back Bob?
I don’t know, there will be a recovery period after the operation during which I will need to be taking it easy. That’s exactly what I plan to do. I will be back as soon as I am able though.
I left a comment three days ago and still haven’t had an answer. What’s going on Bob?
I’m in hospital, remember?
So you’re not even bothering to answer comments Bob?
Trust me, as soon as I’m ready I will, I want to get back to answering comments as soon as I possibly can. In the meantime, you can chat amongst yourselves, I do have many many readers who give helpful answers to lots of questions here. If you know the answer to somebody’s question, why not post the answer or chip in with your opinion while I’m not around?
I suppose that means no new blog posts for a while Bob?
Yes it does, but as with comments, as soon as I’m able I will start posting new articles again. Until then, there’s plenty to read here with over 1100 posts on the blog and 136 pages on the website. You can use the Google search box on every page to search for what you’re looking for. It’s just above those colourful adverts you see to the right. Search for any Australia related term and I almost guarantee you something will come up. Try it, if only to test my theory.
These are worrying times Bob, what with no new blog posts. What specifically do you suggest we do read?
These six pages are the gateway to the whole website, each of the pages has many links leading to much more stuff to read:
These are my eight categories, the figure in brackets is the number of posts each has:
- Australia vs UK (108)
- Australia’s Bad Things (189)
- Australia’s Places (157)
- Australian Climate (105)
- Cost of Living – Australia (79)
- Entertainment Australia (206)
- Life in Australia (212)
- Moving To Australia (71)
Please be sure not to miss anything, I’ll be running a quiz night when I get back.
Do all Australians get spinal stenosis Bob?
No, it’s not an ‘Aussie’ thing. It wasn’t caused by snakes, crocs, sharks or having too many barbecues.
How good are orthopaedic surgeons in Australia Bob?
I’ll tell you later.
Would you like me to send you flowers Bob?
No, don’t be ridiculous; a) I am a boy and b) I have no sense of smell at all. If you want to wish me well though, that would be lovely. You can do so in the comments below.