A MONTH WITH A DIFFERENCE

Julie and Ray waiting to see Barry

The first week of Feb, I spent at QE2 Hospital on the south side of Brisbane. I was there to hopefully have a life changing operation, a 2 hour procedure to have a Gastric Sleeve done. So now I am on the road to recovery and on a puree diet. Hopefully soon I will be able to eat small portions of normal food.

The week after Valentine’s day, Ray our Activity Officer at Peninsula Aged Care Service which is run by Beaumont Care was kind enough to take me to Redcliffe to see the opening of the Bee Gees Way. ‘What a long day! We left early to get a good spot and it worked – we had front row seats.  Some of the outfits people wore were just amazing.

Just on lunch time, I started talking to the lady next to me by the name of Lynne, who was Barry Gibbs cousin. She was a lovely lady and she stayed with us all afternoon chatting.  The time arrived for Barry and family which included his wife, mum and son, and Maurice’s daughter and wife to appear. Barry wandered over to the stage near Ray and me and turned and gave Ray and I a big smile and wave. I was in all my glory. After a nice speech about the old days in Redcliffe, Barry mentioned how he loved to still wander around here and doing some fishing.

He opened the walkway and unveiled the statue. I spoke with his mother Barb for a while and it was a very pleasant talk. By then, I was exhausted and so was Ray so we left the walk for another day.

Thanks to Ray, I have a lot of new memories.   I am now slowly recovery from my operation and have lost 11kg. It is going to be another 6wks till I am better but with these memories I will get there. Thank you to Peninsula Aged Care Service and Ray for taking me out to the Bee Gees – my idol, love you for it.

Julie Oysten

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