Yep … Passenger

So how did I get here? Sitting in a room in the emergency department of Fremantle Hospital at 5:30 a.m. on a Friday, tapping out this stream of consciousness, or perhaps I should say semi-conciousness.

Thursday had its ups and downs. My rear dérailleur cable snapped on the way to work, presenting challenges of its own, but thanks to a very accomplished bike mechanic the bike was fixed in time to give me a great ride home.

Once I got home life was pretty normal. That was until we got the call. Our daughter, Emily, was experiencing sharp pains and needed to be picked up from her part time job. Pauline headed out to get her and soon realised this was more than a tummy ache. After dropping home so that Emily couple change they headed out again to the after hours GP. The doctor suspected appendicitis so we all headed for Armadale Hospital where we waited about three hours for Emily to be seen by a doctor. After some initial treatment it was suggested we drive Emily to Fremantle where she could be seen by a surgeon.

That was many hours ago. Emily has been looked after very well by some lovely staff but the surgeon has had to go to theatre so we’re waiting again. Thankfully Emily’s now quite comfortable but Pauline and I could do with a bed and some sleep … and for that matter the dinner we missed out on last night.

Seeing an emergency department go about their business in the wee small hours is quite an experience. Doctors, nurses and support staff all go about their business, never knowing what the next moment will bring.

Just a short while ago a patient was wheeled past the room where Emily is resting. The patient was in a bed surrounded by medical staff, blood across their face. I caught just a snatch of the conversation as they passed. “Yep, passenger.” The victim of a road accident no doubt. Right now there are two police officers exchanging information on a crash with the emergency department staff.

There’s a lot of waiting for us here this morning but there’s also a sense that our girl is in very good, caring hands. Hands that will be called upon to patch up people from a variety of circumstances. I’ve only caught a snapshot of what goes on here but it’s enough to give me great respect for those who day after day care for those who come through the door marked ‘EMERGENCY’.

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Compelled to commit evil

Dr Lachlan DunjeyDr Lachlan Dunjey is a medical doctor from Perth Western Australia.

I’m hoping that you’ll take the time to follow this link and watch a video of Lachlan speaking at the Conscience Laws and Healthcare Conference on Saturday the 25th of July 2009. In the video he speaks of legislation which compels doctors to perform procedures which go against their conscience. The title of his presentation was The Coercion of Doctors: What is happening to modern medicine?

Dr Dunjey has been active for two decades in ethical and moral issues particularly involving the intrinsic value of human life.

In 2006 he set up Medicine With Morality, an organisation uniting doctors across Australia to lobby members of parliament on life issues including human cloning, euthanasia, abortion and the right to practice medicine according to conscience.

Should a doctor be forced to perform abortions even if that goes against their beliefs?

How far will such laws go? Will they stop at abortion? Will doctors be compelled to assist the suicide of patients? Should doctors have to compromise their beliefs?

The video runs for just under twenty minutes but I appeal to you to watch the video through to understand the gravity of the situation now facing us and the serious issue of where society is going with legislation.

Irish orator, philosopher, and politician Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797) is often quoted as saying, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” If we are people of goodwill it’s time for us to find out what is going on and to take necessary action.

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A sad start to 2009

Back in June 2007 I asked you to pray for my wife’s sister who had just been diagnosed with lung cancer. After treatment and a lot of prayer Carina was told in around May last year that she was clear of the cancer.

2009 hasn’t started so well with news that cancer is now affecting other areas of her body.

Please pray for Carina, for her doctors and for her family. Please pray that I can provide support for Pauline, Emily and James as we face this battle as Carina’s sister, brother-in-law, niece and nephew.

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