19th to 25th February 2011
I have had a colossal week this week which began with walking a whole 800m around the AIS track using my rollator, in the last 100m I was quite fatigued and was not sure I was going to achieve my goal but I drew on my inner strength and I did it, nothing is going to stop me now, my new goal is to do 1km, I am hoping by School Cross Country day on 13th April, I will be able to walk 3km and compete in the Cross Country walking this year.
In the afternoon I had a lovely visit with Gloria who is my Starlight Wish Granter, Tess' sister, she updated me on Tess' progress, who is doing well after her back surgery, she is another determined person.
We then played a game of Upwords, as you know that is my favourite game and I have not played it for a while.
Sunday was an extremely exceptional day, we went to the National Zoo and Aquarium, it was a special event that was organised by Camp Quality, we have never been able to attend one of there events before because I have either been too ill, in hospital or in Sydney for appointments, so I was ultra excited about the prospect of actually been able to go. The weather could only be described as perfect, the sun was shinning radiantly in the crystal clear blue sky and there was a delightful gentle breeze to take some of the heat out of the day. I saw so many adorable, entertaining and unusual animals on the day, I loved the Meerkats, Red Pandas, Lemurs and the Sun Bears.
I even got to pat two dingoes and hold two snakes, one was a large one which went around my neck, it weighed six kilograms and the other one was a colourful tiny one which I was able to hold in my hands. I found it interesting that they did not feel slimy, they actually felt quite silky and soft and amazingly they were warm because they had been held.
I was amazed at the size of the giraffes, they were enormous, not to mention rather smelly. I was saddened by the story of the sun bear Otay who had been rescued from certain cruelty and death. She had been placed in a small cage called a crush cage and treated poorly and now she displays neurotic behaviour by swaying back and forward almost constantly but because she has been rescued it is hoped in the future this will stop. The day was incredible and I am so grateful that our family was able to go.
In fact I was so inspired by her story that I have decided that animal cruelty is going to be the topic of my art work this Term we have to explore an issue that effects society so I think I will be able to express the need for more people to take action against this type of cruelty to animals because as I see it, all animals are at the mercy of humans and we need to treat them kindly and with love.
School this week has again been quite challenging as well as intensely fatiguing, it is Week 3 in the Term so the work load has increased. In English we are continuing to look at poetry learning about metaphors, similes and personification in poetry and continued reading 'Holes'. In Maths we have worked on addition and subtraction of fractions which I really enjoy doing. For Science this week we looked at snails and each were given a snail to watch how they move, what they look like under a microscope and general observation. I learnt that they love to eat chalk dust, can climb over a knife blade without being injured, take a breath every six seconds through their breathing hole which also happens to be their anus as well and I had one on my arm which felt very slimy but once you took it off your skin felt really firm where it had been. In Christian Living we are learning about the story of Joseph and how he went from being the favoured son, to been thrown in a well by his jealous brothers, sold as a slave, being a trusted slave, then thrown in prison for something he did not do. Our Integrated Studies unit is still about Fair Go for everyone and we now have a project to work on looking at organisations who assist in our Community.
I had two appointments this week, one with my paediatrician who is impressed with the amount of walking I am doing using my rollator. He told me that school will be tiring, my eyesight will give me problems and my balance will always remain affected on my right side. He is organising for me to see the Endocrinologist here in Canberra and wants me to have another bone age scan done.
My second appointment was with the dietitian who is pleased with my weight which has remained steady and she said if it is still the same next time then she will not need to see me anymore unless I have any problems, which was terrific news.
Last night Jarrett ran in the 3000m ACT Championships and he was truly on fire, he ran a determined and focused race, I cheered him on and was so excited to see him come first easily by two hundred metres in an excellent time of 9:20:73. He was really pleased with his result as he is competing in that event in the Australian Youth Championships in Sydney in a couple of weeks so to have a fantastic run like that is a real confidence booster. He even let me wear his gold medal around my neck!
I have had some headaches this week which are quite debilitating because they make me feel nauseous as well and today I have woken with what seems like a cold as I am all choked up and have a sore throat and cough.
Nalani is recovering slowly, she walks without the knee brace at home but still needs the brace for school and shops, she sees the surgeon again on 7th of March and is hoping he will let her begin sport again.
Thank you for suggestions about school and all your support please know that I read all your comments and are inspired to continue with my determination because of you.
'Eliminate every barrier that you can, give yourself every chance to achieve your goals and you will find that anything is possible'