Home from Hospital

Hi All,

I guess you may have wondered where I was. Last Wednesday I had difficulty breathing and went to the emergency at John Flynn Hospital, shortly after I was admitted to the coronary ward with my heart rate down to 38 BPM. I had a build-up of fluid around my heart and lungs slowing the flood flow. They hooked me up to an IV and gave me fluid tables that had me weeing every five minutes for three days … I had to remain in the hospital until today. I’m home now with the problem solved having lost ten kilos. My thanks must go to the staff at John Flynn and the cardiologist who gave me absolutely the best care and fixed me as good as new.

I will be back at my desk again tomorrow.



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  • Linton Allen January 9, 2023  

    Great to hear you are back to normal Ray, I guess the Vanilla Slices will be pretty scarce for a while.

  • Scott Ide January 9, 2023  

    Hope all is well Ray. Look after yourself.

  • Glenn Wiseman January 9, 2023  

    So glad to hear you are up on your feet and ready to give em hell again. I spent 11 days in coronary care ward at the Gold Coast University Hospital and when they discharged me from hospital, the heart specialist said …. nothing to worry about, you have a blocked artery going to your heart. Don’t worry about it, you will not need surgery yet. I thought to myself, yeah, it’s not your heart. 🙂

  • Phil Dickson January 9, 2023  

    Good luck Ray, can’t keep a good man down…

  • Rex January 9, 2023  

    Sincerely hope you are ok .went through the got a stent in artery
    Thank cared

  • Bill Stephen January 9, 2023  

    Mate, glad your OK and hope feeling a lot better. Not the ideal way to loose weight, take care, Bill.

  • John Carlile January 9, 2023  

    Good on you Ray, keep up the good work, probably should drink more beer to keep the fluid going

  • Gwyneth Newton January 9, 2023  

    Good to know you’re on the way to enjoy 2023
    George Newton.

  • Tom Fletcher January 9, 2023  

    Glad to see you are back on line. But most importantly, I trust you are feeling better and are recovering well.
    And last but not least, thanks so much for the free service you provide.

  • Steve January 9, 2023  

    Glad you are OK mate, too many disappearing these days don’t join the queue. Heart is not to be messed with, keep on top of it.

  • Eddie Barton ( 83 years old) January 9, 2023  

    Good to hear you are in a better state of health. When we get up in year and are diagnosed with coronary problems it gives us a bit of a mental jolt. I went through it back in 2018 but my BPM had skyrocketed to the extreme. Real scary as my vision of of the events became ever increasingly deminished.. The Ambo’s as they told me when I arrived at Royal Melbourne had their hands full. Lights were used but no siren.
    Straight into theatre, diagnosis done and two stents inserted because of two major blockages. Very thankful for the Ambo’s and Cardiac Care Unit at RMH for giving me that second chance and I have enjoyed every day since. Take care Ray . Eddie Barton Ex 1RAR veteran. Malayan Emergency 1959-1961. 21years service from Oct 1958 till July 1980. Also National Service prior to joining what was known in those day as the AMF.

  • Jack Snell January 9, 2023  

    Good to hear you’re OK. Where would we be without you?
    All the best, Jack

  • deefa millar January 10, 2023  

    Too much grog on the boat mate?????HAHA, stay well, Deef

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  • John Cotter January 10, 2023  

    G’day Ray and good to see that you’re back on deck, and as good as new too! Your efforts are very much appreciated even if we don’t say so often enough.
    Take care. John

  • David Waterston January 10, 2023  

    Hi Mate glad you are on top of the earth and not under it, you take care and Blue Skies ahead.

  • Robert Sherwood January 10, 2023  

    Been there, done that, just in a different place, kidneys must be working well…
    Keep well, we need the core to keep working as well as it is,,

  • Rick Ryan January 10, 2023  

    Mate, g;ad to hear that you got through it alll ok. Persevere.

  • Robert Dean January 10, 2023  

    Please concentrate on your own health and ensure you come first.
    You and your family are the most important thing.

  • James Finnigan January 10, 2023  

    So glad you pulled through okay Ray. Stay well mate. Lost 10kg?? – Hmmm, sure you weren’t enjoying the buffets and happy hours too much on that recent cruise ship journey around NZ?? Anyway, all the best from now on. We all enjoy your work and effort you put in so much. Jim Pioneers ’65/66

  • Jim Hislop January 10, 2023  

    Ray, very sorry to hear of your recent trip to hospital the main thing is you are now back at home. You do a wonderful job with Veteranweb but remember your health is of the utmost importance. Regards

  • Ernie "Doc" Thompson January 11, 2023  

    Praise God and the hospital staff for their great work. We definitely don’t want to lose you.
    We appreciate your everyday work for us. Doc.

  • BJ January 11, 2023  

    Good to hear Ray, stay well and see you at the club.
    Cheers BJ

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