28th April to 4th May 2012
With temperatures plummeting down to an icy zero degrees in Canberra and in my new Senior School Winter uniform I returned to School this week for Term 2. It will be a busy Term as we only have nine weeks and have to also fit in NAPLAN and Semester Exams. In Mathematics we are working on area, surface area and volume, in English we are watching and doing a critical analysis on 'The Truman Show' and in Sports Science we are continuing to do work on the body systems, moving on from the Skeletal and Muscular Systems to the Circulatory and Respiratory systems. This Term I am also going to take on doing PDH, just to add a little extra variety to my days.
I got to use my electric wheelchair, it gives me independence, but I think it needs some speeding up because even Mum's power walking pace that I used to experience when she pushed me in the manual wheelchair is so much quicker!
Before returning to School though I had a very special weekend, not only did I get to watch Jarrett race in a 3.1km Cross Country Race, he ran with determination and watching him run, was almost like seeing a leopard running after its prey, his style is so sleek and smooth, and I was even more excited and proud because he won by over a minute. Nalani was still recovering from a minor foot injury so she was unable to run which was disappointing for her. I also got to spend some special time with my guardian angel physiotherapist, Rhiannon. It was splendiferous to see her smiling face again, to hear all her news and see how happy she is.
On Tuesday I got to see Kaitlyn my other wonderful physiotherapist, she did a release on my spine as it was twisted to the right and left again, she also did some work on my neck which has been hurting me to turn and bend. After the release I was lucky enough to have lovely warm heat packs placed on my back for ten minutes, they feel so good and give me relief.
I had an appointment on Thursday with my Oncologist, it was an early morning appointment, so I had to wake up early. My Oncologist has increased my pain medication to try to assist with some nerve pain that I have been experiencing. It is a strange type of pain, I getting a dreadful stinging sensation followed by pain. I also get shaking of my hands and legs, it just comes on randomly, it is rather frustrating when it happens as I never know when it will happen. Holding a cup, using a pen or even typing becomes difficult, however I always find a new way of doing things, that is what you have to do when faced with a new challenge, you have to rise above it, climb that mountain, jump that hurdle and move ahead.
I watched the Tigers play the Eels last weekend and I was on the edge of my seat and biting my fingernails towards the end of the match, those Eels came back, when it looked like that the Tigers had the game easily won. That field goal that Benji Marshall kicked in the first half is what won it for them. In footy tipping I am equal first with Pop now on 35 and Nana is now on 34.
On Monday it is Dad's Birthday, so I have been working on something special for him, I have made him a unique card especially from me and a coaster done with decoupage that he can put his mug at work on instead of leaving cup marks on his desk.
Tomorrow both Nalani and Jarrett are racing in a 5km Cross Country Race, I know that they will both do their best and I am looking forward to being there cheering them on. Then on Sunday it is the first High Noon Meet and I am determined to compete in shot put and discus. It is also World Athletics Day that day, celebrating one hundred years of athletics.
As the colder weather approaches may you all keep warm and healthy.