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I work in the engineering sector and grew up on a dairy farm near a tiny town in rural Waikato. I was diagnosed with sero-negative ankylosing spondilitis back in the late 80’s, and have since had further health issues with more arthritis with associated complications. My day generally starts in the dark and finishes long into the night. I try to just enjoy life and get the most out of each day, spending time with my lovely wife and indulging my passion for photography – mostly of cloud formations, seascapes and landscapes.

Tired yet satisfied

This person feels tired yet satisfied. This last week has been longer than the usual longness. Most working weeks are accomplished in fifty hours plus / minus a couple or three. This week was INXS of 55 and yet, didn’t feel like it. Well, ‘cept the foots’s. This...

Week-old roadkill

This person felt like week-old roadkill. No self-respecting germ would normally invade this person’s drug loaded body, so, when the rampant and infectious plague that was decimating workmates, did an invasion of this body, this person had to attack. Immediately, even...

This week was such a blast

Every minute I get to enjoy with my wife is special – she holds my heart. Between us we had determined that I needed a break as much as we needed some time together by ourselves. I had some leave, initially only for Monday and Tuesday. Leave days at our place usually...

Autumn days and nights

Gee, it was tough getting out of bed this morning. I’ve been getting up and out at 4.00am this week to claim my spot at the balloon festival. It’s happening thanks to a most supportive and understanding boss/colleague and I’m truly grateful and appreciative. It’s also...

Mutual support works well

My greatest support is my ever-patient and tolerant wife. She arrived on the scene knowing photography would take some priority in our lives. This may involve her waiting in or around the car for hours alone while I could be metres or kilometres away. Having said...

Saltwater therapy

The holidays began with the usual arthritic family in tow – you know, Mr and Mrs Pain and Suffering. Because they live together, they ignore each other, and I’m pleased to report they’re muted – no whinging and whining in this camp. Then there’s the stiffness group,...

Managing my arthritis

Just when you think you’re just keeping it together, an artist crosses over. Last time it was David Bowie, and I had to sneak time in a quiet spot at work to process that event – a majorly tough day. This time, thankfully, it happened on a Sunday, New Zealand time....

One for my wife

As someone with arthritis, I find it a tough ask to deal with my ‘self’, especially as this self is in constant denial about medical conditions. This self needs to be the tough one in the family, to be able to know where to go, how to do stuff, on call and ready to go...

River reflections

It was so quiet and peaceful on the river this morning. The weather wasn’t brilliant, requiring the Swanndri for warmth and some protection from the impending rain. Even the hunter’s long pants got used as the riverbank grasses are now thigh deep; they dried quickly...

All in a day’s work

Oh bother, it’s time; and, look, outside it’s dark and raining again. No, it’s hail too, wow, it must be cold, time for the Swanndri. Bah, it’s a struggle, what is it now? Oh of course, yesterday on the river with the whitebaiters in the rain, must’ve gotten wetter...

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