Our 4 year-old, Lilly, had trouble breathing last night at about 1am.
Her lips started turning blue, she started making barking noises like a seal, and could hardly get any air into her lungs. We were very worried.
I called 000 and the ambulance arrived within 5 minutes.
They were really effective, gave her oxygen, and took her off to the Royal Children's Hospital right away.
A doctor was available to see her as soon as we arrived at the hospital, administered some drugs (Dexamethasone, for Croup), and we were able to take her home within the hour.
Everyone was very professional and helpful, and I can't praise them enough.
It didn't cost us a cent.
There's been a lot of criticism of the health system in Queensland recently, but I think that despite the problems that have been publicized, we have an excellent system. It worked for us, and probably saved our daughter's life.
To all the doctors, nurses and ambo's in Queensland - our family regards you as heroes.
Friday, October 06, 2006
Our 4 year-old, Lilly, had trouble breathing last night at about 1am.
Posted by Neil Ennis at 11:54 AM
Saturday, June 17, 2006
See this story from the ABC
The rapacious whaling pac-men from the land of the rising sun are upset because they didn't get their way at the international whaling commission.
They failed by two votes to introduce secret ballots (to make it easier for wavering delegates to vote for whaling without the public shame), branded the IWC a "waste of time", and threatened to leave.
Joji Morishita spat the dummy. Bribing all those small third world countries for their votes is such hard work, and costs him and his grisly butcher "scientific whalers" a lot of money.
Those who have evolved beyond making sushi out of the largest mammal that ever lived need to be vigilant and turn up the heat. Winning a few votes at the IWC is not enough.
Posted by Neil Ennis at 5:33 PM
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Check out Kim Beazley's budget reply speech
He uses the term "Middle Australia" 35 times. I think his polsters must have told him that they're the people who are a bit worried about him.
The only problem is most "Middle Australians" wouldn't know who a "Middle Australian" was. It's a bit of doublespeak that politicians use to tag a group of amorphous voters, but its not a term that any serious person would use to describe themselves.
"G'day my name is Neil and I'm a.... Middle Australian". Not likely, mate. I'm a father, a husband, a small business operator, a daydreamer, a wannabe musician, maybe even a battler, whatever.... but "Middle Australian"? Give me a break, Kim. If you use that term and me in the same sentence, then the only meaning I derive from it is that you're after my vote and you aren't too sure how to get it.
The other bit of doublespeak Beazer used was "Triple Whammy" - as though it was some big silver hammer that Maxwell was using to bang us on the head with as per the song by the Beatles. The Opposition Leader was referring to the recent quarter of a percent interest rise, the increase in fuel prices, and the change to the Industrial Relations laws.
Regarding his first point about interest rate rises. I'd rather be hit with Costello's quarter percent interest rise than the 18 percent rates that Beazley gave us when he was in power. Especially since most commentators agree that we're not going to need another rate rise for quite a while. And anyway you can count on a closed fist the number of initiatives Kim Beazley made in his speech addressing what he'd do to reduce interest rates.... none at all because he and his party wouldn't have a clue about interest rates.
The second point about rising fuel prices is pretty lame. Oil prices are rising around the world. Does Beazer have a magic wand he's going to wave which will bring them down? If not, is it the nasty government's fault that they're high? Who are you trying to kid?
And on the third point of Industrial Relations reform threatening the jobs of "Middle Australia", blind Freddy can see that unemployment is much lower now than under Beazley's government. When he ruled the roost it was over 10 percent. Now it's 5 percent. Which number is more threatening to you?
One initiative I have mixed feelings about is his ideas about the "Double Drop-off". Building childcare centres in State Schools is fair enough - provided the State Governments let you do it. But if you already have your kids at one child care centre, you'd still have a double drop-off under Beazley unless you pulled your kids out of one childcare centre and put them into another.
And then what happens to the other childcare centres that aren't in school grounds? If they lose customers, will they close down?
Sounds to me like the cure might be worse than the disease.
Posted by Neil Ennis at 2:23 PM
Monday, April 03, 2006
A similar cartoon in an Indonesian newspaper portrayed John Howard and Alexander Downer as amorous dingoes. Most people either smirked about it or wrote it off as a pretty lame joke.
But Bill's cartoon has got a lot of people running for cover, with Downer "disassociating" himself from it, opposition counterpart Rudd calling for a stop to the "cartoon wars", and numerous Indonesian commentators getting very worked up.
There's no need to get so upset.
The Indonesian media opposed Australia's actions over West Papua and criticized that decision.
Similarly, many Australians are skeptical of Indonesia's actions in West Papua, and are openly critical about it.
Debate between international neighbors about issues of mutual interest is a healthy thing. It would be a much less desirable situation if this sort of debate was stifled to try and appease those sensitive souls who are offended by criticism.
The debate serves a vital role - governments at home and abroad are held accountable for their actions.
If Bill Leak can have a bit of a laugh about it while contributing to the debate, then good for him!
Posted by Neil Ennis at 10:36 AM
Friday, March 24, 2006
The Indonesian Government "is surprised, disappointed and deeply deplores" the decision by the Australian goverment to grant temporary protection visas to 42 asylum seekers from Papua.
As Dr Phil would say, past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior.
So taking into account the thuggery that the Indonesian army committed in East Timor and Aceh, it seems perfectly reasonable to assume that the Papuans were telling the truth when they complained of brutality at the hand of the indonesians.
If I had to chose who to believe between a Papuan who braved the ocean in dugout canoe, and an Indoneisan military thug with a past history of brutality, it's a no brainer.
It's good news for lovers of freedom that politicians in Indonesia are upset about this.
They know that we know what they're up to. And they don't like it. Nice of them to let us know that we're getting under their skin.
It's good to see the plight of Papua in the mainstream media too.
Posted by Neil Ennis at 2:46 PM