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TASTE OF SUMMER
ROSEWORTHY drew with Port Pirie for being
the hottest place in the state on Saturday.
Both regions reached a scorching maximum of
43.2 degrees Celsius, while the rest of the state
averaged just over 40ºC.
Roseworthy's mean January temperature is 31.8ºC,
with its hottest maximum of 46.7ºC reached on
January 28 in 2009.
A report recently released by the Bureau of
Meteorology shows last year was Australia's
fourth warmest on record.
In a year of extreme weather events, South
Australia's mean temperature for 2016 was 0.58°C
above average, but also the coolest year overall
Total rain for South Australia was 63 per
cent above average, the fourth-wettest
calendar year on record, and the wettest year
Mount Crawford reached a new annual rainfall
record, receiving a total of 958.8mm of rain in
2016, compared with 894.6 in 2003.
Meanwhile, Freeling had its highest annual rainfall
since 1992, receiving 747.7mm.
Kapunda and Lyndoch also received their highest
annual rainfall in 20 years, receiving 722.7mm and
THOUSANDS, even millions, of people
live with undiagnosed illnesses everyday,
including local Samantha Collins, who at
26 years old has no idea what is wrong
with her or where to turn for answers.
Miss Collins was a healthy child, and rarely
had any health-related issues, but in recent
years various illnesses began to present.
"It started in 2013 when I was diagnosed
with Crohn's disease, but, in saying that, I
was pretty lucky that my Crohn's Disease
was pretty well-managed, so I really didn't
think of myself as having a health condition
or any issues," she said.
"However, it has probably been the past 12
months that something more serious began
to happen and, from there, I wasn't sure if it
was to do with my Crohn's disease.
"Health professionals tell me it could be
Crohn's, but I have had other symptoms
that don't align with the disease, which is
making some second guess my diagnosis."
Miss Collins' symptoms now include
challenges with using her bladder -- which
has caused doctors to fit her with a catheter
-- and experiences of significant daily pain.
Across the past 12 months, Miss Collins
has been a patient in five different South
Australian hospitals, consulting various
specialists and general practitioners.
"It is difficult not knowing how you are
going to get out of any of the visits," she
"When I was in hospital back in 2013 and
was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, what
was great was them saying: this is what is
wrong, this is the diagnosis and this is what
we can do for it.
"So I went home knowing my everyday
life was going to be like everyone else's
and it was just I was going to have to
take some medication, which I never
looked at negatively because you can
still live life.
"But when you don't know how long you
are going to have a catheter in for; or when
something is going to go wrong again and
you are going to end up in hospital; or when
the pain relief won't work and you are
suddenly going to be in a lot of pain again;
that's what really sucks.
"Knowing that no-one knows what to do for
you, either, it just makes it difficult to do
anything or make plans."
Miss Collins said she and her partner,
Jarrad, have missed holidays, both
interstate and overseas, because of her
unpredictable health, which has caused her
to become frustrated with the health system
-- due to poor communication between
professionals and the feeling of being "hand-
"Really, what I felt needed to happen
was some more correspondence between
specialists and other doctors, and I do hope
that is what is coming," she said.
An SA Health spokesperson said, at
this time, the department did not wish
to comment in response to undiagnosed
Miss Collins said she sympathises with
others who could live years undiagnosed,
but, for her, moving forward, there is only
one thing she wants.
"If I could wish for one thing, it would just
be a diagnosis -- that is what I want," she
Living in the dark
Local Samantha Collins feels very lucky to have the love and support of partner Jarrad Kilsby and dog Louie.
PHOTO: Laura Collins
Really, what I felt needed
to happen was some
more correspondence between
specialists and other doctors, and
I do hope that is what is coming.
- SAMANTHA COLLINS
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