David Burge Updates

David Burge updates his journey with leukemia

Driving lessons

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Dave is well today.

The interdisciplinary meeting with the bone marrow transplant team was delayed. It was to be Friday. Dave’s consultant is back on Monday, and he will review the results of all the tests from this week before deciding on the next course of treatment.

Sam is having driving lessons with a view to getting his restricted licence (he has his learners). We did lots of driving with him when we lived at Kingseat – the old hospital is a great place to begin, better than a car park. Dave was much calmer as a passenger: Sam accuses me of hyperventilating and warning him continually of what potential disaster was about to happen. I was slightly vindicated when I asked the instructor if there was anything Sam should practice this week. He said that Sam should learn to look out for potential disasters; cars pulling out unexpectedly etc. I say only slightly vindicated because the instructor keeps a very calm voice and does not hyperventilate, but as I pointed out to Sam, he has a dual control car!


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March 26, 2010 at 8:28 pm

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  1. Be glad that it was an automatic car and you didn’t have to endure the bunny hops, squealing tyres, and whiplash caused by a learner in a manual :).

    Also be glad that he didn’t want a donorcycle (motorcycle). Auckland Hospital takes head injury cases, and visiting Dave and Sam there would be somewhat suboptimal :).

  2. I can remember being the same with sarah, a nerve wracking experience!! and she ended up driving a Police Car! Hope you are practicing your hill starts even in an Automatic as some of us live on a hill !! I don’t think you have any hills out your way. Keep it up Sam before Mum gets too many grey hairs with worry !!

    Grandi & Gramps

    March 27, 2010 at 6:48 am

  3. I am not at all looking forward to teaching my boys how to drive. I doubt they’re looking forward to me teaching them either.

    I’ll have to get some tips from you!


    March 27, 2010 at 8:09 am

  4. Keep it up Sam. I learnt to drive on a disused airodrome in the UK. Great place for wheelies!!! NO I was a demure English lass in those days. Keep smiling…family, God bless. Juliette

    Juliette Urquhart

    March 27, 2010 at 9:51 am

  5. Go Sam!I remember our 2 older boys learning 2 drive. Great to have extra chauffeurs especially on a long trip! We’ve had many jaunts between Whakatane and Auckland, awesome to have spare drivers!!! It’s also wonderfully helpful for transporting younger siblings here and there once the licence is official!!!Peter is hanging out for next Jan when he can start driving and is desperately hoping the age limit won’t be changed before then!!

    Kathryn Boyd

    March 30, 2010 at 11:56 pm

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