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Autumn Update

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Hi Everyone,

I guess I would have to say that no news is good news. My Carcinoid continues to remain quiet (and I dare say in some sort of remission) and as before I am feeling ever so good and keeping absolutely flat out busy. The results of our February trade fair in Sydney were our best over and we have just this week finished filling the orders. We have at least a dozen more that have come in since, so everybody is jumping, including me.

My eye surgery went exceeding well, near perfect vision in the left eye now, although the doctor wants to do a little cleanup of some left over plaque next month after we return from China (more on that in a minute). It is such a change to more or less see the same with both eyes. I’ve missed having proper depth perception for several years and it is taking some adjusting to, to be accustomed to having full sight again! I will undoubtedly need reading glasses at some point, but actually except for reading fine print, I don’t seem to have much problem.

My weight program continues with also good results. I’ve lost over 15 kg since December, so now I am halfway to where I want to end up. It has taken some time to break through the 100Kg mark, but now that I have, weight seems to be coming off a little more easily. None of my clothes fit anymore, but that is a nice problem to have.

For a few weeks Leonie has been planning a buying trip to China, and I decided I would like to accompany her. So we fly out to Ghangzhou on April 23, spend 3 or 4 days attending the China Import/Export Fair, then take the train to Hong Kong for 4 days to visit two trade fairs there, and then back to Ghangzhou for another trade fair. Looks like we might have a couple of days off, unless we fly to Qingdao where we have been invited for a factory visit. We get back on 8 May, so it will be a very busy two weeks. Then we have to start getting ready for the second Sydney gift fair in July. It is an amazing pace we maintain, and thank God, that I have the energy and health to do it.

Oh, and as if that is’nt quite enough, I have a small basil cell carcinoma (BCC) on the left side of my nose that I need to get rid of next month as well. I’ve had a couple over the last 20 years or so, the result of too much sun when I was younger without doubt.

Take care everyone, stay well — be well
Regards, Eric

New Medical Adventure

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Since things are seemingly quiet on all other medical fronts… that is the carcinoids are staying inactive, my Bali bike injuries are virtually healed and I am on a serious weight loss program (8½ kg in the first month)… I decided now was a good time to take care of that pesky cataract in my left eye. Vision in that eye has seriously deteriorated over the past 18-24 months and my optometrist felt is was time to do something about it. I had an IOL (Interocular Lens) implanted in my right eye several years ago, but its vision was never as bad as the left eye is now. This afternoon I have an appointment with my eye surgeon, to review my case and hopefully set a surgery date. It is no big deal, having had it done once, I know the process and it is realatively quick, done without general anaesthesia and the results are pretty much instantaneous.

I know my brain will have to adjust, it has been using the left eye for close work and the right eye for distance for several years now and it will have to readapt to using both eyes for distance. New glasses will take care of the close work. I am so looking forward to having “normal” vision again.

I’ll Keep you all posted as things progress. Take care and be good!

Eric