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Flemington Anzac Day

April 25th, 2021 1 comment

My father Medwyn Hutson was a Medical Officer in the Second War. He served in Syria, where Australians were fighting the Vichy French, New Guinea and Borneo. In Borneo he was part of a mercy mission that flew in by flying boat to a POW camp in Kuching before the Japanese surrender. He found it a very emotional experience after the plane and river journey to encounter the deference and cooperation of the Japanese, and the overwhelming misery, problems and courage of the prisoners.

He always thought that his involvement in this mission was the highlight of his medical contribution to the army.

And on other matters. Those who have followed my cardiac adventures in the books or on the blog may be interested to know that I had “a turn” last week. I have a loop recorder in my chest which monitors my heart rate and sends a message to the cardiologist if anything goes wrong. It sent off a message to Sparksy and I was summoned to his rooms on Monday. The recording showed that I had flatlined for 10 seconds, a small blip, then another flat line of 3.6 seconds. No wonder I had felt like I was at death’s door! 24 hours later I had a pacemaker in my chest and 24 hours after that I was back home! And the best thing is the battery lasts for 12 years! That should see me out. But I’ll have to miss Flemington today. I’m not allowed to drive for two weeks.

Isn’t modern medicine amazing! Lest we forget.

One Response to “ Flemington Anzac Day ”

  1. Trevor says:

    (Geoffrey, I have slightly amended the second paragraph, so could you kindly delete my previous post)

    Dear Geoffrey

    Hope the recuperation is going well. It’s great that you have such close access to medical support. I agree that we do take certain things for granted, health & medicine being one of them. I have recently semi-retired so I now make sure that I go for a decent walk every morning, up three steep side roads, and up a steeper hill on an open piece of land, finishing off with trying to find 12 cattle (rare breeds I think) in one of the neighbouring fields (grazing on common land). I remember you saying to me sometime ago “That it was good to walk”!

    Racing here seems to be going through, to put it politely, an interesting phase which I mentioned in a previous post. I wish there was more funding for rehoming of racehorses here. One racehorse charity was able to advertise on a morning racing programme shown on terrestrial TV in late February (to a two hundred thousand plus audience) and sent a tweet during the Cheltenham festival (UK’s premier jumps meeting) in March but it didn’t generate many donations.

    The Irish did extremely well at the festival, so questions have been raised. You do come across posts on certain racing forums about the less savoury aspects of the sport. Sometimes you just want the authorities to get a grip.

    The flat racing season is now in full flow here, and gradually racecourses will open again to the public. The first two classics for three-year-old colts and fillies (2,000 and 1,000 Guineas respectively) over a mile take place at Newmarket on Saturday.

    I see that the entry rules are being tightened for participation of international runners in the Melbourne Cup following recent fatalities. There will be mandatory diagnostic screening of horses in future. Anything that reduces the risk to racehorses should be welcomed.

    All the best
    Trevor

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