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An invisible illness By KYLIE WILSON


Lyndal Cherry can manage her IIH now that her symptoms have been diagnosed.











IMAGINE you’ve got the most intense headache, are rapidly losing vision and feel apprehensive about not knowing what’s wrong. Welcome to Lyndal Cherry’s world, prior to her diagnosis 18 months ago of suffering from ipidiopathic intercranial hypertension (IIH). The Oxley resident thought her constant debilitating headaches and blurred vision were from her busy life, and stress as a workplace trainer. She sought stronger eye glasses, but once tested by her optometrist, was told she had a papilledema, or swelling of the optic nerve – which the optometrist explained only have two causes. “It was either a brain tumor, or IIH, neither of which were remotely appealing,” Lyndal said wryly. She was swiftly subjected to a battery of tests, including MRI and CT scans, which confirmed IIH, and in the months that followed, her life was a whirlwind of lumbar punctures and other treatments to try and manage the symptoms. Lyndal said her symptoms began to worsen, including extreme sensitivity to light and loud noises. “It didn’t matter what they did, I was still in severe pain,” she said. “I couldn’t even make out the top letter on an eye chart. “If I hadn’t been treated, I could have lost my vision.” By Christmas 2012 she had been rushed to neurology specialists in Melbourne, who fitted her with a lumbar peritoneal shunt. continued page |


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REAPING THE REWARDS: Maiya Hoare, Ryley West and Porepunkah Primary School principal Lynne Dwyer love that they get to taste what they grow in the schools vegetable garden.

What’s in your garden: We have just planted our winter garden which has bok choy, silverbeet, lettuce, parsley, broccoli, and we also have herb and strawberry patches. In our summer garden we had carrots, lettuce, snow peas, beetroot and green beans. We are also about to plant some lemon and cumquat trees. What do you enjoy about gardening: Our students take it upon themselves to pick up the hoes and pull out all the weeds. They have a real hands on approach and love getting in the dirt. The children from our F/one class looked after the summer

garden and now we have students in grades three and four looking after the winter crop. I also love the fact that our students eat what they grow. We have healthy lunch days when the crops are ready and the children harvest the vegetables and then make salads with them and all eat together. They really adore the cooking part. Favorite plant/spot in your garden: Probably the strawberry patch; it’s always there and we love it when our neighbors walk past and pinch a ripe strawberry every now and then.

Water saving/conservation tip: Mulching is the key to saving water. Unfortunately we don’t have a rainwater tank as we don’t have the space so we also try to water in the best part of the day during the hotter months. Your tips to keep gardens in top shape: Get passionate children to take responsibility for it. Keeping water up to the plants is obviously vital and can be quite a challenge for us over the summer holidays, but we are lucky to have wonderful parents who stop and water the garden when they are going past. It’s a school community effort.

ONE of the most underrated trees is the persimmon. These small deciduous trees make a great feature in autumn with their fantastic colored foliage in glorious shades of red, orange and yellow and the brilliant orange colored fruits which hang from the branches after the leaves have fallen. Persimmon trees can grow to a height of up to seven metres and have a semi weeping habit. The foliage and fruits are highly sought after by florists for use in flower arrangements. The persimmon, botanically known as Diospyros, originated in Asia and is part of the Ebony family. In the past, its hard black wood was used in making piano keys. Persimmons fruit from April to June with the stunning fruits starting out yellow and ripening to a brilliant orange. The fruits resemble apples or tomatoes. Like tomatoes, the fruits are classed as berries. There are basically two types of Persimmon fruit; - non-astringent and astringent. Of the non-astringent type, Diospyros kaki is the most widely cultivated species. Its fruits are sweet and slightly tangy and can be eaten like a crunchy apple when ripe. They resemble a tomato and are round and stout with a slightly flattened top.


The non-astringent type have a larger, more elongated, heartshaped fruit but can only be eaten when it is completely ripe and the flesh is soft and squishy. It is the tannins in the astringent Persimmons that make them virtually inedible until they become really soft and juicy. Cut the ripe fruit with secateurs to avoid damaging the fruit. To help ripen hard fruit place them in a brown paper bag with a ripe apple or banana. Now is the best time to plant persimmon trees as this gives them time to establish before the summer. Choose an open sunny site with good drainage and protection from strong winds as the branches are brittle and can break under the weight of heavy fruit. Persimmon trees are frost hardy and need little maintenance. They don’t need regular pruning, just a tip prune when young to encourage fullness. Happy gardening!

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Choosing your new pet

TREATMENT: Lyndal Cherry with the TENS device and Migrastick, among the strategies she uses to manage her symptoms.

This device helps disperse cerebral spinal fluid, or CSF, and although her IIH means she still lives with regular headaches, it has helped her better manage her condition. Now, almost 18 months after her diagnosis, she is able to monitor and manage her symptoms, thanks largely to the support of her family and partner Reg. “They’ve just been amazing,” Lyndal said. “If ever I’m having a bad day, I just know I can talk to them.” Currently working towards a career as a massage therapist while continuing a career as a program support officer, Lyndal uses a number of tools to manage her condition, including a TENS pain relief machine and a Migrastick, and also colors Buddhist mandalas as a form of meditation and taking her mind off her symptoms. “It’s not a life threatening condition, it’s a life changing one,” she said, having to watch out for triggers such as chocolate and

prolonged loud noises. “I can still work and still live my life, it’s keeping an eye on my symptoms. “The condition has imposed some limitations on my life, but it hasn’t stopped me enjoying myself.” Importantly though, Lyndal said people need to understand that while her condition is not outwardly visible, it is still very real. “While I may look fine, it doesn’t mean I don’t have a headache and severe pain,” she said. “The condition does exist.” IIH affects an estimated one in 100,000 people, and is a neurological condition of unknown cause defined by increased intracranial pressure (ICP) around the brain without the presence of tumor or disease, caused by CSF. More information on the condition can be found on sites including au, and there are also a number of support groups operating for the condition on Facebook.

HAVING a family pet is a very enjoyable experience for young and old, families and singles. Before you make the decision to get a new family member there are a few questions you need to ask yourselves and discuss between all those involved. Life expectancy of the pet: Many cats and small dogs will live long lives getting up into the late teens. You need to be prepared to keep and love the pet for this duration. Conversely large breed dogs have short life expectancy. This may change whether you purchase a young kitten or puppy or if you look to rehome an older animal. Breed: Breed must be considered to find the one that suits your family and lifestyle. Active versus laid back (all dogs need to be walked!), those with the potential for aggression, timid breeds, hair/coat maintenance versus non shedding dogs, health concerns and risks. There are many resources including breed club websites, books, the internet (be wary that not everything you read on Google is correct) and talking to reputable breeders and local veterinarians. Costs: Not only the initial purchase cost of the pet but anticipated yearly costs including food, veterinary requirements such

look sleepy and cute when they are three weeks they may change into excited little terrors. When you go to pick up your pet have a look at a few things. Are the eyes bright with no discharge? Is their nose nice and moist but no nasal discharge? Are they bright and interacting? Is there any faeces or urine around their bottom? Have they been vaccinated and microchipped (laws state that animals cannot be sold for a price unless they are microchipped)? Is their worming up to date (every two weeks from two weeks of age until 12 weeks, then monthly until six months)? Are they nice and plump or emaciated? If it is the right breeder and right pet for you those questions will get answered. Don’t forget this is a commitment you are making to the pet for their whole life, don’t make the decision on a whim. Felicity Miller BVSc, Wangaratta Veterinary Clinic

PETS CORNER THIS week’s pet of the week at the Wangaratta RSPCA is Mollie, a kelpie cross whippet, who is female, eight months old and tan in color. To see more animals up for adoption at the Wangaratta RSPCA, visit the shelter in Connell Street or phone (03) 57222874.

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as annual vaccination, desexing and emergency funds. You need to be prepared for costs when your pet may get sick unexpectedly and requires either a consult or even a hospital stay as well as emergencies including snake bite, hit by car etc. Prices will vary amongst clinics and big dogs require more medication. If you go away who will look after your pet? Can you afford a cattery/boarding kennel? The breeder: There are many people breeding animals from registered breeders to backyard breeders. Always research your breeder, meet them, both parents and the puppies. Have a look how the puppies are kept and the cleanliness of the area. Do the breeders interact with the pups/kittens daily? Are there kids in the house? Are there any previous health issues in their bloodlines? Do they hip score big breed dogs? Are you paying for a registered dog? Your new pet: Always visit your new puppy/kitten before purchasing them. Animals won’t show their personalities until they are around six weeks of age or more, so if they

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MOTHERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S DAY CATCH: Brenton Richardson caught this nicely colored brown trout on a number one gold and red Super Vibrax bladed spinner in the Kiewa River on Motherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day in tough fishing conditions.

Fickle conditions, chasing trout were much bigger than 30cms. Two of our trout fell to bright colored Super Vibrax bladed spinners and one fell to the same yellow Metalhead soft plastic that did the damage the previous week. It was one of those days where lure changes were consistent as we tried to find something the trout would take an interest in, but we simply couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t. Between us we used a combination of small and large minnows, soft plastics, bladed spinners and even Strike Tiger micro spoons. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem to matter what we threw at them, the trout were just non respondent. At one stage I suggested to Brenton that we should open our tackle boxes and throw them in the river and let the trout choose for themselves. That is the nature of autumn trout

BY ROB ALEXANDER, WANGARATTA ITâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S amazing how quickly things can change. Last week I reported on the great fishing I had experienced in the Kiewa River, so on the weekend I headed back there, full of high expectations, with my mate Brenton Richardson. All week I had anticipated another great session on the trout, and then on Saturday, the day we were meant to fish, it poured rain all day. We re-scheduled and headed out on Sunday instead, fishing from 8am until after 1pm, covering several kilometres of wonderful Kiewa River water. For our efforts we were rewarded with just three brown trout, none of which

fishing - it can be red hot one day and dead the next as has been evident in the Kiewa River over the last week. One thing that we cannot overlook is that the Kiewa River rose more than 20cm during the week, and then dropped, and then rose again and was high and flowing fast when we fished it on Sunday. Rapidly fluctuating water levels are never great for any kind of fishing. Because of the rain the water was a little bit off color, so perhaps the trout were feeding on worms? We found some worms and were going to try them until we realised that neither of us had packed any bait hooks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a lesson to be prepared. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t let this weekâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dull fishing report dampen your spirits, because it is autumn, it is unpredictable and just maybe next week the fishing will be red hot once again.

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TODAY, as I happily slurped down a nice, hot bowl of rustic, home-made potato, leek and bacon soup, and congratulated myself on eating such simple, wholesome, time-honored fare, I had a sudden thought. Enjoying the flavorsome taste, it occurred to me that back in days of yore, the likelihood of the Average Joe having a great deal of salt and spices to flavor their foods was possibly depending on your circumstances - a little on the unlikely side. Sodium chloride, after all, was rather a prized mineral. Human beings, animals and vegetation alike all rely on salt and, in the earlier days of human history, those in power often used the human desire for salt to their own ends. They placed heavy taxes on the stuff, built trade routes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; both on land and sea â&#x20AC;&#x201C; around it, used it as currency for trade (including the slave trade), fought over it and built empires from its lucrative earnings. Others used salt as a springboard for creating social change. An example was when Mahatma Gandhi started Indiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s path to independence in 1930 by protesting against Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s salt tax and its prohibition against everyday people gathering sea salt for their families. Gandhi denounced these as â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;intolerable assaults on autonomy and basic human rightsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. So I guess itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not so surprising that salt has played an interesting role in our history but why do humans want the stuff so much? Well, apparently our bodies need salt in order to perform a variety of essential functions such as maintaining fluid in our blood cells and transmitting information in our nerves and muscles. No wonder our forebears wanted it so much. I guess itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also not so surprising that Emperors and greedy salt merchants of earlier times seized the opportunity to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;manageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; its distribution. They knew when they were onto a good thing. The story of salt made me wonder too about our human cravings for sugar, so I consulted Dr


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Google and confirmed what I already knew but, well, kinda hoped was not the case. It seems our tendency to drool over chocolate cupcakes is indeed founded in our bodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biological need for sugar (although that should not be taken as permission to storm the nearest bakery, okay?). Well, anyway, what I want to know is, with such a dramatic increase in consumption of sugar over the past 100 years, have our bodies somehow gradually adjusted? Or is the alarming rise of illnesses (including diabetes and obesity related illnesses) the real story of how our modern day bodies are â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;copingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with all that added sugar? And if sugar is doing so much damage, why do we wilfully (or should that be â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;unconsciouslyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;?) continue to crave for more and more of it? I guess the answer is that the human body was never designed with agriculture, industrialisation and technology in mind. Our earliest ancestors craved sugars, salts and fats because they needed those things to simply survive. They probably didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat every day, either, and therefore there was no build up of toxins and the like in their systems. Ironically, perhaps, for all their hunter/gatherer (which are now celebrity â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;flavor of the monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;) eating regimes, they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily live long and healthy lives. Sabre tooth tigers and unfriendly woolly mammoths aside, maybe thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simply because safe hygiene practices and basic medical science were unheard of in those times. Or maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just that, compared to them, our modern day bodies are simply better preserved from all that sugar, salt and fat? Who knows? But, anyway, I really did enjoy my potato, leek and bacon soup. Even if it probably was a bit more salty than in the olden says. And now, where did I put that leftover box of Easter Eggs? I can feel a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;sugar urgeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; coming on. Aghhh! Those damn cavewoman cravings!

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Porcupine meatballs with mash potato

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WITH ANITA McPHERSON crimson color and velvety texture of this Shiraz, which has an aroma of blackcurrant pastille and pepper. It also has a luxurious mouth feel with flavors of ripe blackberry, cassis and plum fruit, and some savory vanilla thanks to the American Oak. It’s great to enjoy with a classic piece of rare steak, or even a fillet or two of peppered roo. But to be frank it has also disappeared quickly at our house when food wasn’t anywhere to be seen. Dairy cows crossing the road may sometime delay my return home, but this King Valley shiraz is worth waiting a little longer for. Find it at www.


Raising the Flags, 1901 THIS day in 1901 was a Tuesday, and it was a day set aside to raise flags all over the countryside, on a signal given in Melbourne by the Duchess of York. For Wangaratta School number 643, the logistics of the flag raising were fairly easily worked out, the school being almost within sight of the telegraph office. At precisely 12.50pm, the Duchess touched an electric switch at the Exhibition buildings, the signal flashed out to all telegraph stations, Mr Brown, the postmaster at Wangaratta, waved a handkerchief from the upper window of the telegraph office to a teacher up on a ladder at the school, and the signal was relayed to the official party at the flagpole.

WITH BRONWYN INGLETON WHEN I was a kid we had certain meals on certain nights, living on a farm and mum not having a driving licence. Dad would take her into town to do the weekly shopping one day a week, while he went to the RSL to catch up with his war buddies. This dish was always on the menu for the week, we all loved this dish, it was also relatively cheap to make as well. Whatever mum could save on the weekly shopping would then go towards clothes for us or saved for a rainy day. Method Place soup and 1¾ cups cold water in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to the boil. Mix the mince, onion, garlic, parsley and rice in a large bowl with salt and pepper to taste. Using 1 tablespoon at a time, roll

mixture into balls. Add meatballs to the boiling soup. Reduce to a low heat. Cover and simmer for 40 minutes or until rice is tender and meatballs are cooked through. Serve with mashed potato.

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THERE is nothing I miss about the traffic in Melbourne, and it seems the longer you have been away from it, the more difficult it becomes to negotiate. Living in the metropolitan suburbs it wasn’t unusual to spend an hour commuting 25 kilometres to get to work, and it wasn’t just the time spent in the car, but the tension of dealing with everyone else on the road that left you feeling exhausted. Compare that to sharing a friendly wave and meandering past vineyards on the way home, and moving to the country seems like a nobrainer. I also like thinking the wine I’m going to drink when I get home could be made from the very grapes I’ve driven by, and that might just be the case with Flying Duck shiraz. I worry when there’s only one bottle left in wine rack, because we love the deep

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Pain, pain and more to come HOW does one write a column and be positive about budgets delivered last week and this week? The Victorian budget was bad enough, but if the leaks coming out of Canberra can be believed, then almost every Australian will suffer in one way or another – but I’ll have more on that next week, when I study what Treasurer Joe Hockey was to deliver last night in his budget speech. Back to the Victorian budget – a $250 million increase in stamp duty; taxes the government collects from gambling up by $139 million to a whopping $1.8 billion; and traffic fines estimated to increase by $92 million. All I can say is that people obviously continue to flout the road laws, as fines this year are estimated to generate almost $750 million. Even payroll tax, which has a modest reduction, will still generate some $5.13 billion this year and is forecast to reach $6 billion by 20127-2018. So what joy can we expect from the budget? Very little I believe, with car registrations going up and public transport fares to increase by the CPI plus 2.5 per cent from 2015, and for a government supposedly elected to tackle the cost of living pressures they certainly fall well short of this. I suppose those in urgent need of elective surgery can take a little comfort out of the $190 million allocated over the next four years to reduce the waiting lists by 10,000. Health expenditure will be increased by 4.2 per cent next financial year, but apart from $73 million over the next four years at Latrobe Regional Health, I cannot find


GET TO BED: Adequate rest is important in combating colds and flu.

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sniffles then resting early not only allows your body to recover but also removes you from the office when you are most contagious. Natural therapies: These work amazingly for the common cold and flu. Particular herbs and nutrients will aid in strengthening your immune system to mount an appropriate immune response. Support through convalescence (the period of time following an illness) will help you recover quickly and completely. home

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THE nights have a fresh crisp nip in the air and the days are warm. The autumn weather is a sign to us to prepare for the cold and flu season. Prevention is better than cure they say and this is especially true for colds and flu. If you are in the high risk category of contracting influenza (elderly, immune compromised or have a history of lung dysfunction) then the flu shot may assist you. For the rest of us, now is the time to prepare for the cold, rainy, sniffle season. The naturopath’s top tips Hydration: switching some of your water to herbal teas. You can boost your immune function via therapeutic teas that are individually blended and available from your naturopath. The warmth of herbal teas also helps support a fever to kill pathogens within the body. Dehydration will make you feel worse and can lead to more serious sequelae. Seasonal eating: Winter lends itself to warm soups,

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