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Bleak times caked in joy


Bleak times caked in joy

Sami Muirhead knows we’re all feeling a little under the weather at the moment but believes she has found the right medicine to raise our spirits.

The world is topsy-turvy and a little less bright of late. Catherine, Princess of Wales, has been diagnosed with cancer. It is the bleakest of reminders that cancer does not discriminate when it comes to age or money.

Meanwhile, it has been raining for 1,978,565 days (give or take) on the Coast and we are all sick of soggy front yards and foggy drives to work. The dogs are looking at me as if they may never go to the beach again and bound in the sunshine. There is a lot of pressure for glorious days when you live on the Sunshine Coast.

And we have parasites in our house. Nothing quite like the ‘P’ word to stop people in their tracks. Unfortunately, it is quite true that my nine-year-old has two parasites in his tummy and he has been sick since October last year.

We have seen a myriad doctors and tried a truckload of medicines. He has had MRIs and about a billion blood tests to rule out allergies and syndromes and viruses. Now we have gone down the naturopath track in the hope of fixing up our little guy who has constant headaches and stomach pain. But when people ask what is wrong with him and you reply quite bluntly, “Oh, he has parasites”, their eyes widen in fear. They do not know where to look or what to say. We will never know how he got them but my mum swears it is from our dogs.

The kids and dogs have grown up sharing the floor in our home and I have always thought it boosted the kids’ immunity. The joke could be on me. The source of the stubborn little suckers could be from tank water or a public swimming pool. But we are praying to the ‘gods of sick kids’ to make them go away before we all go crazy with trying to find a remedy.

There has been one silver lining in the parasite drama. On my search to find a cure for our boy, I drove to a doctor in Maleny and found ‘the best lamingtons’. These square-shaped slabs of heaven came from the bakery in the main street. The sponge is pure air and fluff, covered in velvet chocolate and the perfect amount of coconut. They have the power to reduce grown adults to tears, they are so divine.

So, when life is tough, I believe in two things – that saying: “This too shall pass” and the power of a perfect lamington.


Sami Muirhead is a radio announcer, blogger and commentator. For more from Sami tune into Mix FM.

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