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Dean Mayes
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Author & ICU Nurse from Australia.
Author & ICU Nurse from Australia.

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The Shape Of Water - A Schwannoma Diary (#11).
I saw my neurosurgeon last Friday for my 6 week post operative review. It's kinda hard to believe that six weeks have past since my surgery. Time moves in such elastic ways.  We reviewed my progress. It's been patchy. I'm not moving freely. Even with the ph...
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A Moment In The Air - A Schwannoma Diary (#10).
I can't remember how long it's been since I've been to a beach.  The sun on my face.  The sand between my toes.  The sea breeze.  My dog is just as struck by the beauty of the Adelaide beach on which we sit. I've let him off the lead and he's galloped acros...
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The Sharing Ecosystem - Instagram for Writers.
One of the cool things about Twitter for writers is the ability to re-tweet fellow writers. It's become such a ubiquitous function of the platform that many of us do it without so much as a second thought. Instagram is another social media platform that wri...
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The Approaching Storm - A Schwannoma Diary (#9).
See...that's the thing about Schedule 8 analgesics. They're all well and good when you're on them and they are giving a nice little analgesic high. You feel good, existing in a state where you're pain free and can function almost normally. And then the wa...
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Scars - A Schwannoma Diary (#8).
They're a curious thing. Scars.  Some are easy to see. They're in your face, confronting. They challenge you to consider them.  Others are deeper. Hidden from view. Covered up to protect others from having to deal with them.  To those who bear them - t hey ...
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We're Through The Looking Glass Now - A Schwannoma Diary (#7).
It's day 2 post op now. My lines and drains are out and I am existing in a pleasant fog, supplied graciously to me by an assortment of Schedule 8 analgesics and miscellaneous medications. The bulk of the pain I'm experiencing comes courtesy of the 6 inch su...
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The Alabaster Elephant - A Schwannoma Diary (#5).
My wife bought me an elephant yesterday. We stopped by an Oxfam shop in town during a last minute excursion to finish up our Christmas shopping.   It's a small carved elephant, one with an even smaller elephant inside it's body, which you can see through th...
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String Theory Nineteen Eighty Nine - A Schwannoma Diary (#4).
In his 2002 memoir, "Lucky Man", actor Michael J. Fox recounted an moment, the night before he underwent delicate brain surgery in 1998. Lying on his hospital bed, he recalled listening to the Pearl Jam song, "Given To Fly" over and over, drawing comfort an...
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A Parasitic Relationship - A Schwannoma Diary (#3).
I think I'm entering a phase of being angry now.  I met with my neurosurgeon this afternoon to review the MRI scans that were captured over the weekend.  They established the geography of the space occupying lesion at the base of my spinal cord. Even on the...
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Billy Idol In A Tube - A Schwannoma Diary (#2).
If you've never had Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) performed before, it's a difficult experience to distill into a basic description. Having thought about this over the past few days, I think the best way to sum it up is in two words - a peaceful panic.  ...
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