David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

Ducks and Gooses

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Tarnya Writes

ducks at the domainToday I parked the domain. The Auckland hospital carpark is a nightmare : yesterday I took the a ticket at the gate, then I drove around and around and there seem to be no spare car parks. Meanwhile my precious visiting time was disappearing and I was paying for it!

The domain though is a peaceful, pleasant place. All hospitals should have them!  Today I was able to find a 2 hour car park there.  I took Ruth, Tim, Sam, Tom and Joe in the car.  Sam(15) took Ruth(19 months) and Tim(4) to play while Joe, Tom and I went to see Dave.

” We saw ducks and gooses” announced Tim on my return.


“We saw ducks and geeses, Mum”

Next time we promised to bring some stale bread. I have fond childhood memories of feeding ducks in the domain.


Dave writes

On paper, I’m very sick but I am feeling better than I have felt for weeks.

“The opera isn’t over to the Fat Lady sings”.  So far the bloods are all going in the right direction.


Tarnya again

Dave did seem well today. One thing that has encouraged him is his sight. His vision has cleared and has returned almost to normal.  I printed out all your wonderful comments and emails to read. Later he rang me to tell me had read them and has found them an encouragement. I will continue to do this.

Dave is  happy to receive visitors  but  please note the following:

Please txt or ring first either 0276082027 or Ward 62 Auckland Hospital and ask to speak to David Burge

He is having a number of treatments and he can not promise that he will be there even if you make an arrangement

No children under 5 years are allowed on the ward. No one with a cold, sore throat etc is allowed on the ward. ( see the comments for an explanation)

No flowers are allowed on the ward.

He tires easily and may ask you to leave after a short visit. It is important that he rests. But he still appreciate the visit even if it is brief.

Regarding practical help for the children and me.

Thank you to all those who have offered to do baking, cooking etc. As most of you are aware Sam has coeliac and several us get unwell when eating gluten. So it is difficult for others to bake or cook for us. However the following would be appreciated

Packets of raisins or other dried fruit  for children ( useful for morning/afternoon tea in the van or if we are running late for lunch/dinner).

Rice crackers ( please check it has Gluten free on the front of the packet)

Pak n Save vouchers : There are  some things that I can buy that are easy dinners for us but are a little more than our usual fare.

Petrol vouchers : I am journeying daily to Auckland.


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November 11, 2009 at 2:41 am

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  1. The Auckland hospital car park is a nightmare

    Amen to that.

    The domain though is a peaceful, pleasant place.

    I quite agree. Plurals are confusing for a four year old.

    No children under 5 years are allowed on the ward.

    I am grieved that the family cannot be together.


    November 11, 2009 at 7:30 am

    • Sorry perhaps I should have been more clear. Dave can visit with our children but he has to leave the ward : they have a room set aside for this and I have to make arrangements with the staff so that the time will be suitable. If he becomes very ill they will even move the bed out of the ward into this room. But visitors are asked not to bring a small child with them because there are patients on the ward who have very low immunity.
      I will add a note to the post.
      Love Tarnya


      November 11, 2009 at 9:42 am

  2. How suddenly life can change. Please be assured that you are all in our thoughts and prayers and we take comfort that God works all things together for good to those who love God to those who are called according to His purpose and we will never be separated from His love. Romans 8:37-39

    With all our love
    Alvyn & Valerie

    Alvyn & Valerie

    November 12, 2009 at 8:17 pm

  3. Tarnya and David, I am very saddened by the news of ALL, Firstly I would like to let you know that we are praying for you and the children with all our might!!!! Hopefully if we can cover a few religions we might have greater power!!!! Tarnya I wish I was in NZ to help you physically, but alas we are in Aus. As you know our Hannah had bone cancer and thankfully is in remission so we understand all the ‘guff’ with the chemo and the sadness you guys are feeling, it is amazing how the community/church can be so supportive and the generosity of people really installs your faith in the human race during these times. Aunty Di put me onto your blog page and i am following your journey via the internet, please know that there is always some good in every journey you take, often it is hard to realise at the time but in ways not always so visable, good does come through. On our journey we realised (after living in the kids cancer ward for 12 months) how diverse cancer can be and how it does not discriminate and that we were all walking the same path just in different brands of shoes.

    Our prayers are with all, Catherine

    catherine murphy

    November 17, 2009 at 2:12 pm

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