25th June to 1st July 2011
'Never leave it too late, remember how much your parents have given you, be grateful for their sacrifices. Shower them with love, enjoy their company and enhance their lives'.
Family are really important, we should all treasure each other. My family have looked after me this week while I have been unwell with yet another viral infection. I have felt miserable and been unable to go to school at all this week. Instead I have spent the week taking medication and resting in the hope of recovering from my illness.
I did have one appointment this week and that was with Australian Hearing for an audiology review. The test was very thorough and went for over an hour. Initially we discussed any issues I had experienced with my hearing, background noise even when wearing my hearing aid has been a major issue for me with my hearing because when there is background noise I do not hear clearly and it makes it difficult to become involved in conversations. The audiologist tested my hearing and found that my right and left ears have both had serious deterioration in hearing levels at the middle to high frequency ranges. It is the type of chemotherapy drugs that I was on, particularly the cisplatin that have caused the hearing loss. She then checked how I hear sounds and my ability to repeat sentences with background noise with nothing, a hearing aid and an FM transmitter. The FM transmitter was the test with the more encouraging result as I could hear and repeat most of the sentences I was given without having to strain or try to guess what I had heard. Once the testing was completed then my hearing aid was recalibrated using the computer results from my tests so that I will be able to hear a little more clearly. I was then advised that I need to wear my hearing aid all the time and use my FM transmitter all the time in a classroom situation or even when I am out where there is extensive background noise. If my hearing in my left continues to deteriorate then it is most likely that I will also need a hearing aid for that ear also. I have to be retested again in twelve months however if I feel that my hearing worsens at all or have any other difficulties then we have to let them know and see them sooner.
Jarrett has recovered from his croup and is racing in a 4.5km Junior Pointscore Cross Country Race tomorrow. Nalani's knee is becoming stronger everyday and she is looking forward to competing in some races soon.
We are now on School Holidays, we have a three week break, I am hoping to get over my infection so that we can enjoy some activities together. The weather forecast for next week is not too promising with rain, gusty winds and bitter temperatures, I guess that is what we should expect being the middle of Winter.
In the footy tipping I am still leading by just four points, Pop had an exceptional week last week getting all of the games right and caught up with Nana.
Wishing everyone a splendiferous week and thank you for all your encouraging comments.