Archive for November 26, 2009

In support of Prof Paddy Dewan

We have known Paddy Dewan for almost 8 years now, he is Owen’s Urologist & Surgeon. He has been found guilty of charges from a surgery he performed back in 2004. I am not aware of the circumstances…I am just aware now that as a result he MAY be forced out of his profession for 12-18months. I hope not. This is the man who invented the surgery that Owen had for his very complex case of hypospadies. This is the man who cared for him, who spoke to us clearly and explained in detail, not only the surgery but the complications, the man who was back at 3am for another 2hrs when he tore his internal stitches and couldn’t pee. The man who sat me down at 5am and told me he didn’t know how long he would be in hospital for and to remember to take care of myself too. This is the same man who gives up so much of his own time in his charity (kind cuts for kids) to go overseas and operate on cases that Drs in 3rd world countries can’t fix and who teaches the local doctors and nurses while he is there. This is a man who is slowly being forced out of the public system for his instance on people owning up to mistakes and errors so that all can learn from them and ensure they don’t happen again. This is a man who realises that Owen is not just a patient but a child and part of a family and treats him accordingly. A man who is so patient and caring with children and their concerned parents.  I am not privy to all the details of the case in question but surely the reason for suspending a doctor is to protect the public from mistreatment and surely then all the GOOD this wonderful man has done has to be considered as well.  We are lucky in that we are down to 6 monthly check ups at the moment to ensure all is well but even so should Paddy be suspended we will be lining up to see him when he starts practicing again.  When we first took Owen to see a surgeon he literally threw his hands in the air and said ‘I’m not touching that’, he went on to say that there was, in his opinion, only one doctor to refer him too. Over those early years through several ops I never failed to be greatful that we had been referred to Paddy.

The decision will be made by the end of the year. I hope and pray that he will not be suspended for the sake of all the children who need his talent, skill and care!

November 26, 2009 at 9:44 pm 12 comments

It’s raining, it’s pouring….

the heavens opened again (at least we weren’t camping this time)! For a short while this afternoon most of my front yard was under about 10cm of water…it did eventually sink in.

Thankful that this week is almost over.  I thought that I was going to have loads of time to get things done then remembered I had a trip to Craigieburn on Monday, Work Tuesday, Kids at their new school Wednesday plus the tiles pick up, work thursday and helping with the school fun day on Friday followed by Swim lessons for the boys after school. Kids were due to go to Dads on Friday but he has plans Friday evening so he is picking them up Saturday morning instead. I am thankful that we have always managed to maintain flexible arrangements for the kids – makes life easier for us both. He is having them later in December so that I can go to a concert and again so I can go to my work xmas dinner.

I survived the kinder AGM without being elected into any exec position.  I did get a fright when I went to check on the boys outside and stepped back in just in time to hear ‘Jude President’ but apparently she was just saying that Jude had been president in the past! I did make it clear that with working 2 days a week just being on the committee was enough. I want to test the waters gently as some committees are better than others, I like to help and be involved but not at the cost of my sanity!

And for anyone interested I have some SU stamps for sale on my exdemo blog at so check it out for some great bargains.

November 26, 2009 at 7:02 pm Leave a comment

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