Heart surgery brings CONTACT’s future into focus

There’s been a fair bit of military news over the past two weeks – especially in the final days before the election was called – but, you may or may not have noticed, CONTACT has covered very little of it.

That’s because I’ve been in hospital for ‘routine’ heart surgery and, while it may have been ‘routine’ for the surgeon, my system didn’t take kindly to having a red-hot poker shoved inside my left atrium to burn out electrical nodes, to hopefully cure atrial fibrillation.

Surgery was 10 days ago and I am only now beginning to feel ‘well’ again. I had my first real exercise this morning, ambling around the Kiama Markets – and that was about the limit of my physical capacity for today.

But why am I announcing this to the world, you might ask?

Well, first and foremost, I thought I needed a good excuse for not having a proper newsletter to present today.

I also think this is a good example of a key weakness in the CONTACT business model – as a one-man-band, if the boss goes down, the whole platform goes down with.

Thankfully, however, I’m only down for a couple of weeks on this occasion.

But what happens to CONTACT if I get hit by a bus, metaphorically speaking.

Well, currently, if I go down, the whole platform goes down with me – end of story.

And that’s not a story or an ending I am comfortable with.

So, I really have to do something to fix that situation – and soon.

And, while I do have some irons in the fire, I’m afraid there’s not much I can divulge at this point in time – except to assure you (and myself), that things are afoot.

In the mean time, I’m going to sit back, relax, eat an Easter egg or three, watch some footy – and maybe have a nanna nap – and come back fitter and stronger next fortnight.

Until then, thanking you for your patience – and your well wishes.

 

Brian Hartigan
CONTACT Editor

editor@militarycontact.com

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13 thoughts on “Heart surgery brings CONTACT’s future into focus

  • 30/04/2019 at 5:03 am
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    From the USA I hope that you have a safe recovery. I will keep you and you family in my prayers. I love your magazine. I was medical retirement from the reserves after just over 20 years active and reserve. I am a desert storm and iraqi freedom vet. Keep in touch I would love to hear from you.

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  • 24/04/2019 at 12:46 am
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    Good to hear you are on the mend Brian, I sincerely hope the recovery is quick and you aren’t too much of a pain in the arse for your missus 😉

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  • 23/04/2019 at 5:04 pm
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    Sorry to hear about your troubles, Brian.

    Take it easy, Son. Listen to the docs. You know what they say about exercise — Start low and build SLOW!

    Frae me and mine to you and yours — all the best.

    Bob McIntyre

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  • 23/04/2019 at 4:34 pm
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    Bloody hell Irish ..take better care of yourself . If I can help in any way give me a yell !

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  • 22/04/2019 at 2:36 pm
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    Hi ya Mate,
    Gee whiz a bit of work on the old pumping station that’s no good or that’s great any which way glad you are on the mend. From someone who knows yes get back into it rush rush and over on your ars again. I didn’t listen charged back at it and down I went again so please please listen to em do what they say and then add a bit for protection would rather have you bouncing around well into the future than not at all.

    Take it easy enjoy yourself send out a couple of notes then get back into it mate

    Stay safe and enjoy yourself

    See Ya

    Bene

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  • 22/04/2019 at 6:54 am
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    Take care of your self and family health first

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  • 21/04/2019 at 9:58 pm
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    Blimey ………no matter how good a B.A (aka journo) you are Brian ya cant mask the fact that cant have been any fun at all, mate rest well your contribution to sensible defence media is invaluable to us all, get well soon and then get cranky at someone not giving you the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth, thats where ya doo ya best work IMHO Cheers mate

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  • 21/04/2019 at 5:45 pm
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    Lay back and come back 100%. Good health for the future. Much love pouring your way.

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  • 21/04/2019 at 5:33 pm
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    Take care of yourself.

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  • 21/04/2019 at 5:04 pm
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    Wishing you a speedy recovery, cheers

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  • 21/04/2019 at 3:13 pm
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    Mate no rush, get yourself better and things will flow more easily, it is critical that you ensure your health comes first. It the meds they put you on that may cause you to hasten slowly so heed the advice and you will get back on deck when able. Enjoy the Easter break and don’t over do it in Thursday. Cheers

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  • 21/04/2019 at 2:59 pm
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    Hope your recovery is speedy, get well soon

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    • 22/04/2019 at 6:58 am
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      Take care of your self and family health first. Come back 100% PAR ONERI

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