4th April 2021 Happy Easter, Video 2

Goodaye all. Well shoulder surgery didn’t hurt that much, the anaesthetic worked well and whilst it does ache a bit, sometimes the reattached tendon is worse, but trying to sleep in a hi-tech sling with large spacer pad is to say the least, bloody difficult. I have four minimal exercises to do twice a day, can remove the sling if sitting watching TV, but otherwise have to keep it on for 6 weeks and then start physio.

They did give me some pain killers and I have tried them a couple of times but am not keen on going too hard and tried Panadol, but it is the fact I cannot sleep on my back and the sling doesn’t make it easy to sleep at all, that is seeing me somewhat sleep deprived. Good for that not to be on the road and then of course I missed all the floods and associated issues, bugger.

So I have had a sort of quiet week, though did participate in a Zoom meeting with the NHVR and Healthy Heads in trucks and sheds, and agreed to accept the Presidents’ position with the Stop the River Street Bridge and Newell Highway Alliance group. Whilst we still want a better outcome for Dubbo and those who visit and or travel through for the next 20 plus years, the half-baked River St Bridge which will not solve a single traffic or flood problem for Dubbo, but will then see Dubbo left without further major road improvement till 2045 according to RMS documents.

With the bridge petition presented at the NSW Parliament whilst I was in hospital awaiting surgery, I couldn’t be there to support it, but the group of locals involved want to keep fighting for better outcomes for all of Dubbo and for the future. Moree and other towns are getting bypasses to improve the amenity of locals and they have a truckstop, Gilgandra has two, but Dubbo as the virtual crossroads of NSW does not have anywhere suitable for a meal, a shower and somewhere to have a break in a truck. You can do each individually, but not together.

A ring road will provide at least the opportunity for such facilities, improve traffic within Dubbo and the money for the River St bridge would be far better spent starting such a project. So that is my take on that.

Last Saturday I attended the AGM of the National Road Freighters Assoc (NRFA) via Zoom and was elected President. I have been involved with NRFA for many years, on their board as often the only employed driver amongst a passionate group of owner drivers and am thankful to the outgoing President Gordon McKinlay who has not only agreed to stay on the board, but to possibly step in with meetings if I am away and that alone will help me to do my best while continuing on with my other activities.

I thank all who have put their faith in me, all who have commented positively and will do all I can to see NRFA grow and represent both drivers and Owner drivers in on the road issues. It is without doubt the only group of grass roots fulltime on road drivers and I will not be backward in asking any of you who want things improved and or changed to consider joining NFRA and helping us try to achieve some of those things.

Just to round out the activities, I am also one of 6 ambassadors for Health in Gear and I thank them, the organisation and the ambassadors for their efforts to have something simple, but hopefully effective in providing information to drivers through their new website http://www.healthingear.com.au  and I again ask you to have a look and consider what you might do to improve your own health, for and on the road. They do have a support line 1800464327 available normal work hours and it is aimed to expand this into our normal work hours in the future.

No one can make you do anything to improve your own health and life, you have to want to. Do you think that if you lost weight, gave up smoking and or did some more exercise, it would kill you, or would it more likely make you healthier, happier, more able to survive the stresses of life on and off the road and quite likely extend your life? I can’t make you do it, but I can ask you to give it some thought, so please do and if you check out Health in Gear, there will be at least one tip and possibly many more that just might help you. Please give it a thought. So my arm is getting sore and typing left handed is taking me more than three times as long as normal, so now to video 2 in the Goodbye TIV series. Till next week Safe Traveling, Rod Hannifey.

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