The following email was received by Peter McGurk and is posted at Trish Adam’s request to keep ex-Greenies updated with Les’ situation.
I am sending this email to you on behalf of Les to let you know what has been happening to him and if you can pass it on to the Greenies association for us.
Over the years he has been battling with various health problems such as restless legs, thyroidism, chronic back pain COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulminory Disease), conditions that I know a lot of you can relate to, and he was going okay. He was officially diagnosed with Parkinsons in 2014 and then he began not to be so okay. The Parkinsons has been quite aggressive especially in the last 18 months severely effecting his balance, body strength and speech. Apart from having a lot of falls he has Dysphasia which is problems with swallowing and aspiration which is where food gets into his lungs resulting in him getting aspiration pneumonia so hospital has been his home quite a lot in the past 6 months. He is now on a thickened liquids, soft foods and minced meats diet to try to prevent the aspiration happening. His breathing is laboured due to the COPD and combined with the Parkinsons he doesn't have a lot of energy or physical strength. He has a few bugs in his lungs one called pseudomonas which he has been giving him grief for the past 12 months, a bug which apparently cannot be killed off but hopefully the antibiotics can be contained. At night he struggled to find the strength to move, freezing because of the Parkinsons and to breathe because of the condition of his lungs and I began to struggle trying to help him myself.
Les would come home from hospital and then within a couple of weeks would be back in and in August we were advised to look at the possibility of going into care. He came home, ten days later he was back in hospital with more complications and the specialists said that he could not come home and to find a care facility for him. There are other complications that he has to deal with but his real problem is that he has two major diseases happening, diseases that work against each other and the treatment of one gets in the way of the other. In September last year he went into care at Adventist Residential Care, 571 Cleveland/Redland Bay Rds, Victoria Point, phone 38205732. Since then his mobility is practically nil and he now has urosepsis to add to his problems and he really isn't travelling well.
If anyone wanted to visit him please ring his mobile 0402334048 first to make sure he is there but ring at least three times, giving him enough time to pick up because he is travelling a bit slow at the moment and his speech may be a bit slurred. He doesn't talk much anyway unless it's about fishing, boats, fishing, Navy, fishing, ships and of course fishing. I always have my mobile 0432060002 with me and if I do miss any calls will call back as soon as I can.
Thanks Pete, love and cheers to you always