I apologise for the abrupt interruption and failing to post over the last few days. Last Tuesday night, after my routine colonoscopy earlier that day, I experienced severe bladder pain that woke me up around 11 PM. Without hesitation, I drove myself to emergency, where I received excellent care. By around 3 AM, I was feeling better, but the doctor decided to admit me for observation due to some concerns.

As it turns out, my heart rate dropped to around 30 beats per minute, which raised some alarms. A cardiologist was called in to evaluate my condition. While my heart was strong, my heart rate was erratic. The cardiologist recommended that I have a pacemaker implanted to stabilise my heart rate.

I’ve been allowed to leave the hospital for the weekend with strict instructions to rest completely. The pacemaker will be fitted on Tuesday, which coincides with Melbourne Cup Day, bummer! If all goes well, I should be discharged late on Wednesday afternoon and back at my desk on Thursday.

I’m actually feeling quite ok but resting as per their instructions.

Cheers Ray



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  • Clive Bond November 5, 2023   Reply →

    All the best Ray. We all,(including me),get to the stage where parts in the machinery start to wear out. My bits are managed by pills but I have to remember to take them. Is there a pill for short term memory loss?

    • Alan Foyle November 5, 2023   Reply →

      I second that.

  • Adriaan Cooke November 5, 2023   Reply →

    All the best Ray. I concur with Clive and unfortunately (old) age comes at a very inconvenient time.

  • Adriaan Cooke November 5, 2023   Reply →

    Hope everything works out well.. I concur with Clive and unfortunately (old) age comes at a very inconvenient time.

  • John Bowles November 5, 2023   Reply →

    I “third” Clive’s comments. Take it easy for a while, Ray, then come back better than ever.

  • Greg Bland November 5, 2023   Reply →

    I third that. Now where did I put my Webster packs:-)

  • Alan Price November 5, 2023   Reply →

    Take it easy Ray. Stay behind the wire for a day or two and then come out blazing. All the best.

  • Noel Hendrix November 5, 2023   Reply →

    Get well soon

  • Dennis Forrest November 5, 2023   Reply →

    As Alan and Clive said above all the best Ray. Both my wife (Pamela) and I have had a pacemaker fitted for several years now and glad to have them on board. Highly recommended Ray. We are all in the same boat it would seem Ray!

  • Ken Jenkins November 5, 2023   Reply →

    All the best Ray, our thoughts are with you.

  • Rob Currall November 5, 2023   Reply →

    Hi Ray,
    Get well old Mate.
    I am also taking heart correction.
    No big deal, you’ll be fine.
    Anyway you’re in great hands, you’ve got Julie.

  • John (Jack) Snell November 6, 2023   Reply →

    All the best, Ray. Good wishes for a speedy recovery and a long life to follow.

  • Ernie Thompson November 6, 2023   Reply →

    All the best Ray. You are now in a big club.

  • stevow November 6, 2023   Reply →

    Take the rest while you can get it Ray, new orders will rob you of that rest mate. We want you fit and ready for your second lifetime here giving us all the good ‘oil’. I find if I stay away from the GP, I spend less time in hospital. After your episode I am glad I have been refusing to have a colonoscopy.

  • Barry November 6, 2023   Reply →

    I was going to leave a comment but everybody beat me so all I will say keep well m8 and all the best

  • John November 6, 2023   Reply →

    All the best Ray – my pacemaker certainly improved my life – yours will do the same.

  • Philip Berkhout November 7, 2023   Reply →

    Ray, all the very best for a speedy recovery.
    Rest up.


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