Life and death lessons from a legend

Life and death lessons from a legend

There are some moments in our lives that just stick with us. One of mine was on a Spring afternoon in 2006. Abigail had just finished breastfeeding and was fast asleep on my chest. Emily, at that stage two and a half, lay curled up in my arm. I could smell Abby’s...
“Reel” life

“Reel” life

This week, I found myself having coffee with a young  man on a random Thursday afternoon. He is the type of guy that makes heads turn because of his classic beauty, soulful eyes, shampoo-add-hair, lovely build and easy smile. Okay, that’s the end of the blog. I just...
African hope

African hope

I don’t think that I am alone in saying that this year, just like 30 years ago, I am filled with hope. Standing in the queues waiting to cast my vote, chatting to fellow compatriots in our lovely winter sun, confirmed what I have always known: I belong here. This...
After-sale-services

After-sale-services

I recently asked a doctor if she was going to a patient’s funeral. She shook her head and told me “I don’t do after-sale services.” I burst out laughing! I love how humour can carry us through so much sadness. Her statement was scandalously funny, but also got me...
Not a blog….

Not a blog….

Okay, so this week I am a total and utter under-achiver when it comes to blogs and social media. But I think I have a valid excuse. Both lodges are 100% full, it is hectic here. And then on top of it all my leading ladies are either off, on leave, overseas or sick. So...
`Welcome home.

`Welcome home.

I have a very bad habit, and I’m sure I am not the only one. I save people’s contact details on my phone, not properly by name and surname, but in a way that will help me remember who they are. For instance:  Monique Tatum’s mom, Ken the church guy, Peter Plumber,...
The struggle is real.

The struggle is real.

People often say to me, “What you do must be so hard?” and of course, I agree wholeheartedly, playing the victim in the hopes that they will buy me a bottle of bubbly or a nice houseplant. What I do is hard, but the things most people think are hard are really not...
Gentle defiance.

Gentle defiance.

If you follow us on social media, you would have seen that one of our patients has been with us for two years. You would also have seen that all the evidence, scans, tests and results showed that she had between one and five days to live when she came to us, yet, here...
The Spruit-fairy

The Spruit-fairy

I love how life cuts you down to size just when you least expect it. On Saturday a few of us went for our Saturday stroll-walk-hike-group therapy-kuier. This week we walked the Braamfonteinspruit and met about 500m from where I spent the first six months of my life in...
Leonard’s story

Leonard’s story

I could fill a library with stories about people I have worked with. Some narratives are hilarious, some infuriating, some downright heartbreaking and others will serve as a cautionary tale and keep you out of jail, hospital or the morgue, I suppose. But this is not...