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Almoner - Brother James Mackie PM

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Brethren can I just remind you please let Brother Mackie or myself  know of any Brother who is indisposed so we can get in touch with them.

15th July 2020

Almoner Update,

RWM and Brethren my apologies it's been a while since my last Almoner Update. Bro Fergie Smith is having problems with his breathing, he has had various checks etc. carried out at Forth Valley Hospital all have come back clear. Fergie is now waiting for an appointment to go to the Chest Clinic. Brethren I know we all wish our Brother all the very best. I will keep you updated. Bro Jimmy Malone likewise is still waiting for a final outcome re his appendix problem. His next appointment with his Consultant is September!!! Jim said if there are any problems he will start "Rattling Cages!!!. Bro David Cowan continues to make good progress, however he is having ongoing problem with hearing and has been referred to .ENT at Forth Valley Hospital, again I will keep you posted. I have had a wee catch up with P.M. Bro Brian O’Connor, Ashlee is doing very well. She has a scan in August and if that comes back clear she will travel back to America for her next treatment. I have spoken to Bro’s. Bert Alexander and David Myles, they are both doing fine.

All the brethren thanked the Lodge for keeping them in mind and all send their best wishes to everyone.

Please Brethren if you hear of any brethren or their families require any assistance at this very difficult time, let myself, RWM or Bro Secretary know.

Please stay safe. SO MOTE IT BE

Bro Jimmy Mackie PM Almoner.

15th July 2020 – Secretaries Comment

Thanks Jim, in addition Past Master Mackie and his good lady Cath have also had health problems and I am sure I speak for all when I wish Jim and Cath best wishes for better health.

Graeme Russell PM Secretary.

7th June 2020

Brethren before I proceed with my update, as far as I am aware no one from our Lodge has had any problems with Coronavirus!!!.

I spoke to Bro Jim Malone yesterday, he had another MRI scan and blood test done on Monday, result in 10 days, he is having good days and some not so good and just wishes his consultant would remove his appendix.

Bert Alexander is not to bad, more or less house bound, hasn't been out since last October!!! David Cowan is coming along fine, although he had had an ongoing problem with his hearing, he is looking forward to getting in a few holes of golf soon. Davey and Sadie Myles are doing not to bad just taking one day at a time. Gordon Graham was delighted to hear from me and had a good blether about things in general.

Had a quick chat with PM Brian O'Connor in Morrison's last week, the family are all very happy to have Ashlee along with her mum and dad back home from her recent round of treatment in America, Ashlee you are an inspiration to us all xx.

This afternoon I had a long chat with Bro Robert Blair, Brethren he is not very well at all he has been in and out of hospital, but things are a bit concerning, he has been in touch with Strathcarron Hospice to arrange Palliative Care etc. when it is required, Robert gave me his permission to give you this information on his present situation. He certainly has a very positive attitude, I'm sure our thoughts and prayers are with Robert and his family at this very trying time.

In conclusion brethren if you hear of any of our Members or dependents who may require our assistance please contact myself, Graeme or our RWM.

Please Brethren Stay Safe

Jimmy Mackie PM Almoner.

2nd May 2020

Sad news bro Bill Sneddon passed to G.L. Above last night, Bill hasn't been well for some time. He was a regular attender of the Lodge, he will be sadly missed by all who knew him not only in lodge Camelon but in in general. Our thoughts and prayers are with his dear wife Margaret and family at this very sad time SO MOTE IT BE.

Bro Jim Malone is having an MRI Scan and Blood Test done next Tuesday, his consultant will decide what to do when results come back

Hope all goes well for him.

Jimmy Mackie PM Almoner.

15th April 2020

RWM and Brethren I spoke to Jim Malone yesterday, he has now finished taking antibiotics. Waiting on word from hospital to go for a blood test, the results from this will determine his consultant's next course of action, Jim passes on his best wishes to all.

Today I have had chats with Minnie Robertson, Jean Forrester and P.M. Bro David Turner. The girls are both doing well and thanked the Brethren for remembering them.

David is making good progress after major surgery, I have said I will visit him after the current situation improves. They all asked me to pass on their best wishes to all at the Lodge.

Jimmy Mackie P.M. Almoner.

7th April 2o20

RWM and Brethren I have this evening spoken with bro David Frickleton and passed on the sincere condolences from our RWM, PM,s, Office Bearers and Brethren of the Lodge on the very sad passing of his beloved wife Margaret earlier today and intimated that our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family at this very sad and difficult time. I have told David if there is anything the Lodge can do for him to please let us know. David asked me to express his appreciation and thanks to all the Brethren on thinking of him and his family at this time of great sadness. I have sent a card to David on behalf of all of the Lodge Brethren.

Jim Malone, I spoke to him earlier this evening, he is still in some discomfort and is still taking antibiotics and will contact his own doctor and enquire what happens when they are finished, Jim also thanks us for keeping in touch.

PM Bro Brian O'Connor updated me on Ashlee, she receives a third injection on Thursday followed by a fourth injection later in April/May hopefully she and her parents are due home around 16th May. Then they will return to America in August to continue her treatment. Brian thinks they whole course of treatment will take about a year to complete. I have asked Brian to pass on our best wishes to Ashlee and tell her how very proud of her.

Jimmy Mackie P.M. Almoner.

4th April 2020

Morning RWM and Brethren, pleased to report Bro Jim Malone got home from hospital yesterday. I have just had a chat with him, he is on medication to help clear up infection caused by his perforated appendix. He is obviously still in some discomfort and sounds tired. He thanks the brethren for his card and all the messages of encouragement he has received. I have of course passed on our best wishes to him.

Brethren I will keep you posted on Jim's progress.

Jimmy Mackie P.M. Almoner.

31st March 2020

Brethren just received a call from Jim Malone to say he is very sore and that he has a perforated appendix. They are giving him pain relief and want to carry out more tests. Jim thanks everyone for the messages he has received and hopefully he will be home soon.

Jimmy Mackie P.M. Almoner.

31st March 2020

RWM, Brethren all I had an email earlier from Bro Harry Foster to say Bro Jim Malone is in Forth Valley Hospital with a burst appendix.

I have just spoken to Jim's dear wife Cathy she said Jim had been for a scan yesterday and was informed that a report on scan would be sent to his Doctor. Obviously his condition deteriorated and he was taken back to hospital and they say Jim has a Burst Appendix. Cathy has been asked to keep in touch with them to see what treatment will be carried out. Cathy thanks us all for our messages etc. and has asked me to phone her daily to keep us updated. As their are no visitors allowed due to the current situation with the Coronavirus.

Brethren I'm sure we will all keep Jim and Cathy in our thoughts and prayers are with at this very difficult time.

Jimmy Mackie P.M. Almoner.

27th March 2020

RWM and Brethren, I thought I should update you on Brethren who have been unwell lately.

Bro David Cowan continues to make good progress.

Bro Bert Alexander was sad to hear about PM Bro Harry Wright's passing, otherwise he is not to bad.

Bro David Myles and his dear wife Sadie are both just getting on with things as best they can.

Bro Gordon Graham was delighted to hear that we are all thinking about him

Spoke to PM Bro Brian O'Connor re Ashlee he is pleased to report along with her Mum and Dad she is now in America, her treatment started yesterday (Thursday) Brian thinks they will be there for some weeks.

Last but not least I spoke to Cathy Malone this morning, poor Bro Jim has an infection and is starting a course of antibiotics today. He is quite poorly and does not want to speak to anyone (including me) at present. Cathy has requested that I should call her in a few days for an update on him. Brethren I will of course keep you posted accordingly. I'm sure we will all respect Cathy's wishes and have passed on the best wishes from us all to both of them.

Brethren can I just remind you please let me know of any brother who is indisposed so we can get in touch with them.

Brethren please stay safe.

Bro Jimmy Mackie PM Almoner.