12th to 18th February 2011
'It is important to write from the heart, let your words flow, share dreams and hope because doing this is a beautiful gift to all'.
My weekend was quiet because I had had such a busy and tiring week with school returning for a new year. I worked on homework, covered books and enjoyed been creative with title pages. We went to the AIS to see Jarrett run the 1500m Championships, he now runs in the U18's so runs against people who are at least a year older than him. He ran exceptionally well and in a close race that saw him and another competitor take the lead at different occasions throughout the race, he came second only by milliseconds. I was so proud of him and he was always happy with the result, you see Jarrett is not the type of person who has to always win, he is just always out there doing his best.
I experienced pain in my lower back over the weekend and it has continued throughout the entire week, it has made it difficult for me to do all my physiotherapy exercises, been unable to bend forward or backward and woken me during the night because it has been catching. I was so relieved today to be having physiotherapy, Rhiannon found I was extremely tight , she loosened it off, put soothing heat on it and gave me some exercises to do to help it. I honestly don't know what I would do without her, she is always there to help with all the new issues that arise.
Now to school, it was enjoyable because we are learning some fascinating things and I get to spend time with my friends. However, I am finding school so exhausting, the days seem so long compared to what I am used to from last year and some of the work although interesting is so very challenging for me. Something I have found is that when I am copying from the board or reading from paper my eyes begin to flicker, that is my nystagmus, the longer I have to look the more they flicker, I think they flicker as fast as Jarrett can run. With the flickering I am also finding that my vision becomes blurry and I am unable to see. As you can imagine this is quite frustrating when much of the work you do at school is either from the board or from printed handouts.
In English we are learning about poetry and reading the novel Holes. We have looked at shape poetry which I really love, I wrote one about kittens in the shape of a cat and then did one about the sun which took the shape of the sun. We have moved on and are looking at puzzle poetry by E E Cummings, it is quite unusual and very imaginative. I have begun to read the novel but find I can't read for too long as my nystagmus causes problems, so Mum reads it to me also.
Our maths lessons have been about prime numbers, factors and multiples, today and every Friday we have a ten question quiz to see how we are going. Maths has always been an area that I feel more confident in since having my tumour.
We did a fifty word spelling test as well as a writing test on Tuesday, by the end of them my head felt like a spinning top that would take off and fly any second and I felt like I just wanted to go, lay my head down on a soft pillow and sleep. I had a headache and my stomach felt churned, my energy was totally depleted it was a tough day.
The Tuesday had taken its toll on me, Wednesday I was still fatigued, my eyes kept closing sitting waiting to go to school and I felt ill. Mum decided that I needed to recuperate, I slept which really assisted, later in the day Mum worked with me on some school work. Sometimes you have to listen to your body, telling you when you need to stop and rest.
Today I was jubilant because it was the end of a long, tiring week. I must say that my favourite class today was Christian Living, we were learning about Joseph and his dream coat and the teacher presented it in such a believable way.
We went to Stromlo tonight because Jarrett was running at the Stromlo Festival School Challenge, there were so many people there, they had thirty minutes to run and had to run as many laps as they could. Many people ran or jogged about one lap and then walked, Jarrett ran eight laps which also was eight kilometres in the time, he and only one other person ran that many laps. It was such a glorious night to be out in the fresh air with just a gentle breeze and splendid views of our city. Canberra is such a lovely, peaceful and unpoluted city to live in and I feel so priviledged to live here.
Tomorrow while Jarrett is training at the AIS I am going to try to walk 800m with my rollator, I am hoping that my back will not stop me from achieving this goal, as you know I am one determined girl and I don't like having things stop me from achieving the goals I set myself. Next week I see my paediatrician and the dietitian, I am also looking forward to school again as well as seeing Jarrett run in the 3000m Championships.
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