Eastern Courier : April 13th 2011
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Talk to your doctor about benefits and possible risks or ring 0800 IMMUNE. TAPS CH2905. INSIGHT3711MC. Bonnie Leung (22) of Auckland made sure she was one of the first to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza this year. The fifth-year medical student fell ill with Pandemic H1N1 Influenza 09 (swine flu) in July 2009. She spent a terrible two and a half weeks in intensive care and almost died from this serious disease. There was no vaccine available to combat swine flu at the time. Previously fit and healthy, Bonnie struggled for almost a year to fully recover from her illness and now she wants to protect not only herself but also others from a similar experience. "I hadn't really thought about vaccination before because I was rarely sick. But now I realise anyone can catch influenza and it can be devastating." Bonnie was half way through her third year at university when she caught what she thought was just a cold. "I had a runny nose, felt very tired and grumpy. But I was keen to stay on track at uni and I just carried on. Then I started getting fevers, chills and aches, and I couldn't get out of bed." One night Bonnie became so ill that her concerned mother rushed her into Middlemore Hospital's Emergency Department. "I sensed there was something very wrong when they took me into resus and started putting lots of lines in. "I vaguely recall having a mask on my face to help me breathe before they put me into an induced coma. And I just felt very scared and disoriented." Bonnie only has a hazy recollection of her time in intensive care as she was kept breathing by a ventilating machine for over two weeks. When she finally awoke the doctors told her she had had swine flu and it had caused pneumonia. Her family and boyfriend told her they had been very worried she was going to die and that the doctors were considering some extreme measures to save her. Fortunately, she pulled through but the disease had taken its toll on her. Bonnie spent around three weeks in hospital and recuperated at home for a further three weeks. She missed half of her second semester at medical school and even when she returned found she couldn't write properly or read clearly because of poor concentration and visual disturbances. Bonnie has been proactive about getting her vaccinations and encouraging others to have them too. "I learnt how important it is to not run your body down. In fact, when the pressure runs high, it is even more important to take extra care to protect your health." "Being immunised is a key step to looking after yourself, your friends and family." THE 'FLU' NEARLY KILLED ME -- BONNIE'S STORY IS INFLUENZA IMMUNISATION FREE FOR YOU? Are you pregnant? Do you regularly use an asthma preventer? Do you have diabetes? Do you have heart disease? Do you have kidney problems? Do you have a serious medical condition? Do you have cancer? Are you 65 years or older? If you answered yes to any of these questions your influenza immunisation may be FREE. Ask your doctor or nurse about influenza immunisation. ADVERTORIAL Pink shirts fight bullying New Zealanders are being urged to take part in Pink Shirt Day tomorrow and make a stand against bullying. The Mental Health Foundation also wants people to write to Prime Minister John Key to share their personal stories about bullying. Research and recent media coverage has shown that bullying is a serious issue in New Zealand and can greatly affect an individual's wellbeing,'' foundation chief executive Judi Clements says. In addition to the foundation's work local film-making charity Number 8 Films has released a new anti- bullying video made for Pink Shirt Day and led by gay Olympic speed skater Blake Skjellerup. Go to www.mental health.org.nz/av/view/ listing for more information. EARLY DEADLINE What's on is published in the Eastern Courier on Wednesdays and www.easterncourier.co.nz to notify readers about meetings and events of non- profit organisations. Due to Easter all items for the next two issues should be received by 4pm, April 14. Keep notices brief, mentioning the event, venue, time and contact number. Fax notices to What's On at 265-1285. Email email@example.com. Post PO Box 76-400, Manukau 2013. NOTICES Get active, Meet at St Paul's Church for a walk around Barry Curtis Park, 10am-noon, April 13. Morning tea provided. The free event is hosted by East Health Trust with support from Auckland Council, Green Prescription, Living Streets Aotearoa and Auckland Regional Transport Agency. Email parvink@ easthealth.co.nz or ph 538-0632. Fellowship group, Visitors and newcomers welcome to the monthly meeting, 1.30pm, April 14, St Peter's Church, cnr Reeves and Udys roads, Pakuranga. Short communion service, guest speaker from Library Services, trading table, afternoon tea. Ph 576-7817. Garden circle, Howick Horticultural Society group meets 10am, Haseler Hall, All Saints Church, Selwyn Rd, April 14. Speaker from Turanga Vineyards, Whitford. Ph Jane 534-0249. Uxbridge travel, Club members hear from John Treneman on A cruise from Rome to Amsterdam, 7.30pm, April 15, Uxbridge Centre hall. Ph Stella 534-9463. IRD workshop, Pre-registration essential for this free workshop, Highland Park Community House, 10am- noon, April 15. Ph 534-5584. Car boot sale, 8am-noon, April 16, St Paul's in the Park, 141 Chapel Rd, Flat Bush. Sites $10. Sausage sizzle, tea and coffee for sale. Ph 274-3460 or email saint.pauls@ xtra.co.nz. Fundraising, Eastern Stars Concert Band holds a free concert, 7pm, April 16, Eastgate Christian Centre, 5 Ben Lomond Cres, Pakuranga. Donations taken for Christchurch earthquake appeal. Supper served for gold coin donation. Ph Barrie 271-4558 or 021-722-171. Community dance, Join Zena and Ken, 7.30pm-10.30pm, April 16, Te Tuhi Centre for the Arts. $8 includes home-baked supper. Ph 278-7418. Thyroid support, Members meet 2pm, April 17, Papatoetoe Bowling Club, 247 Great South Rd, Hunters Corner. Ph Margaret 534-2158. Easter book sale, On April 18, Pakuranga Library, Aylesbury St. Cinema club, German film Peaceful Times screens at 8pm, April 18, Uxbridge Cinema Club, 35 Uxbridge Rd, Howick. Tickets $8. Ph 535-6467 or visit www.uxbridge.org.nz. Lifekidz Trust, Holiday and after school programmes. Children collected from local schools. Holiday programmes for able and disabled children. Carer support days accepted. Ph 533-6360. Holiday programmes, Howick Recreation Centre has a wide range of activities, 563 Pakuranga Rd. Ph 534-5153. Talking Point, Auckland's volcanic fields are the topic for Dorothy Cooper, 10.15am, April 20, Pakuranga Library, Aylesbury St. Ph 576-5269. Red Cross, Howick and Bucklands Beach branch meets 1.30pm, April 20, Nixon Centre, Sale St. Hear about the work done by Red Cross staff and volunteers in Christchurch after the earthquake. Ph Robin 576-8769 or Bev 534-7475. Lupus Care & Support, Clinical pharmacist Fly Ing- Aram will answer questions about medications, 10am, April 20, Manukau SuperClinic, Great South Rd, Manurewa. Ph Maureen 535-9240 or Paula 267-1520. Breast cancer, The east Auckland support group meets 7.30pm, April 20, Highland Park Community House, Aviemore Drive. Reconstruction is the topic of the guest speaker. Ph Jennifer 274-1192 for information. Red Cross, Mature and fit volunteers needed one day a week to manage a retail shop trolley at Auckland Hospital. Hours 8am-2pm, Monday to Friday. Ph 376-0652. Easter extravaganza, A one- day holiday programme for primary aged children is at Howick Historical Village, 9.30am-2.30pm, April 28. Cost $30 per child. Registrations essential. Ph 576-9506 or go to www.fencible.org.nz. Singers wanted, Males with choir experience urgently required by Pakuranga Choral Society. Ph 534-9093. Stamp club, Howick Philatelic Society meets 7.30pm, third Thursday of month, St Andrew's Church Centre, cnr Vincent St and Ridge Rd.Ph Ray 576-5633. Garden club, Highland Park Garden Circle meets on the third Monday of the month, 1.30pm, Pakuranga Bowling clubrooms, Lloyd Elsmore Park, for guest speakers and monthly trips. New members welcome. Ph Joy 535-7954. Howick Singers, Lynne Anderson conducts this group, Wednesdays 7.30pm-9pm, St Andrew's Church Centre, cnr Ridge Rd and Vincent St. Ph Cynthia 576-5124. Upright & Active, Join this group 9am-10am, Wednesdays, All Saints Community Hall, 30 Cook St, Howick. Ph Cynthia 576-5124. Selwyn Seniors, Meet for gentle exercise, fellowship and fun, Fridays, 9.30am-noon, St Paul's Church, 141 Chapel Rd, East Tamaki. Ph Ann 535-2271 or 274-3460. Selwyn Seniors, Howick members meet Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 9.30am-1.30pm, All Saints Community Hall, Cook St. Ph Mary 535-1563. Machine knitting, A group meets on the second Monday of the month from 1pm-3pm, Howick Recreation Centre, Pakuranga Rd. Ph Valerie 534-7102 or Val 576-7800. Painting, Beginners classes for anyone who loves art, Mondays, 12.30pm-3.30pm, Highland Park Community House. Ph Colleen 576-9913 or 534-5584. Courses, Every week Edgewater Community Education has a special offer to people wanting to join any upcoming courses or workshops. Go to www.short coursesandworkshops.co.nz or ph 576-4731. KIP, Knitting in public is a fun way to work on projects in a relaxed, social setting. If you love knitting or want to learn, join this free community club that meets at Botany Library, first and third Tuesday, 10am- 2pm. Ph 271-4983 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Orchestra, Mozart string orchestra gives concerts in rest homes and retirement villages. Rehearsals Monday evenings. Ph Joanna 814-9971. Cardiac Club, A recovery programme, friendship, education and support for people with, or at risk of, heart problems. Weekly meetings, Thursdays, 10am, Nixon Park Hall, 70 Sale St, Howick. Affiliated to the Heart Foundation. Ph Joyce 265-2480 or Kath 298-4577. Stress relief, With free energy body balancing at Aura Light Healing & Health, Suite 6, Rices Mall, Picton St, Howick. Ph 274-7745 or 021- 070-1716 for an appointment. English class, Free conversation English classes are held at Highland Park Community House, 9am-noon. No booking needed. Ph 534-5584. Genderbridge, Provides a network of meetings and social functions for transgender people including cross dressers, family and friends. Meetings are held at 7.30pm, on the second Tuesday of the month at Pompallier Centre, 2 Pompallier Tce, Ponsonby. Phone 0800 TG HELP (0800-844-357) or visit www.genderbridge.org. Speakers, Hearing loss speakers are available to talk to groups on hearing loss and coming to terms with it. Ph Henrietta at the Hearing Association 524-9847. Overeating? If food controls your life, you overeat, binge, purge or starve and are constantly dieting and still not losing weight then Overeaters Anonymous is for you. There are no fees. Call 376-3068 or visit www.oa.org for information. Howick Toastmasters, Learn skills and gain confidence when public speaking. Fortnightly meetings, 7pm, Nixon Hall, Sale St. Visitors welcome. Ph Lucy 274-0902 or Tom 021-166-5271 or go to www.howick.freetoasthost.info for more information.
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