Lessons From a Broken Back

October 3, 2014 6:49 PM

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Lessons From a Broken Back

I had planned my trip back home to Australia for months. This holiday was particularly special as my daughter and I were to join my father, now 87, so time with him is precious. It was to be just the three of us for 10 days in a beach cottage, together for the first time in years. I arrived in Melbourne in early April, to predictably perfect autumn weather, crisp mornings, blue skies, and sun shining days. My father and I had time to connect for the first couple of weeks and eagerly awaited my daughters' arrival. Then, it was off to our coastal cottage where we proceeded to settle in. The scene was picture perfect, beach, gum trees, cozy cottage complete with fireplace, balcony for sunning ourselves and an of course the essential Aussie barbeque, all the best reminders of home. Our first evening was spent on the balcony accompanied by parakeets and kookaburras, cooking up a storm. This was the best ever start to our holiday. Alas this dream escape was soon brought to an abrupt end.

Due to the immediate action of my daughter I was soon being strapped into the rescue helicopter and in shock, terrified I was flown to the trauma unit in the Alfred Hospital. And so my plight began. It was soon discovered I had broken my back, a compression fracture at L2. With swelling on the spine...

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