As I sit typing this entry the skies have turned a miserable grey and rain has begun to fall from the thick, heavy clouds hovering in the sky. At least with rain about it means we will not have endure an overnight arctic freeze for a change. I find that the rain though makes you feel just that little bit melancholy. Hopefully the weather will improve as I am now on School Holidays, I am very fortunate to have a three week break, many private schools in Canberra do.
In Sports Science I have been working through the Beginner Coaching Course, it is a computer based course, you read through information, answer questions and then at the end of each module you have to do an assessment. I finished the first module and did the assessment and was really proud to achieve 100%. There are five modules in all to work through and then at the end, as long as you pass you are then awarded with a certificate. During the holidays I am going to work through the other four modules so that I have it all completed prior to returning to school.
My pain has been up and down this week, some days is makes me feel quite ill and even though I am taking the oxycodone and panamax, it seems to just keep it the same all day. Yet on other days I am fortunate and there will be a slight decrease in the pain with the medication, those are the days that I try to really make the most of.
This week I was also fortunate because my amazing physiotherapist, Kaitlyn returned from her holiday, so I had physiotherapy. It felt so fantastic to have her release my spine again, massage it and then put those incredibly soothing heat packs on afterwards. I was so excited when she shared some very special news with me, she got engaged whilst away on her holiday.
I was not the only one who had to go to physiotherapy this week, Mum was there also, you see on the weekend when she was remaking all the beds, she knocked her right kneecap on the end of Jarrett's bed, when she knocked it she actually knocked her kneecap out of its place, this is called a patellar dislocation. She was lucky that she was able to knock it back into place and although it was painful, it did not swell and she has not torn anything. However she has to rest it for a week and then gradually get back to normal, it will take about three to four weeks for that, so she will be spending school holidays getting her knee better. I lent her my rollator to assist her walking and she has it taped and is going to have a brace for it to help to her get around much more easily and be able to look after me. The knee that Mum knocked she had a knee reconstruction on many, many years ago after she injured it playing netball. I have been praying that it will get better quickly for her and that it will not give her any more trouble.
In footy tipping I am still winning by two but Nana has been picking well, so she could easily catch up especially this week with many teams having players out because of State of Origin. Pop is ten behind me, so he has a little catching up to do but he should not give up as there are plenty more games left.
Tomorrow Jarrett and Nalani are racing in another pointscore Cross Country Race, it is 4.5km and on an extremely difficult course, they are hoping to do their best. Nalani is leading the female pointscore at the moment so she wants to hold onto that lead. Jarrett is second so he is hoping to pick up extra points to take the lead.
Did you know that brain tumours are now the second most common cancer in childhood, after leukeamia and unlike other cancers the incidence of brain tumours are increasing. Brain tumours are the most difficult of all childhood cancers to cure. Research into the causes of and treatments for brain tumours is seriously under-funded, yet research focusing specifically on paediatric brain tumours is crucial to saving lives. Brain tumour patients who survive are often afflicted by some degree of motor, cognitive or endocrine dysfunction and require the help and support of many health professionals to optimise their outcomes. A Paediatric Oncologist at the Sydney Children's Hospital says that there is a 70% cure rate of childhood cancers and this demonstrateds the real life success of medical research, however there is a personal cost and for some tumours, such as many childhood brain cancers the cure rate is much lower. He has said that new treatments are desperately needed. There is an urgent need for new drugs for treatment of childhood cancer to be developed and available in Australia, because the benefits of conventional therapies have plateaued.
|The front cover of my new children's book|
|The back cover of my new book|
May you all have a splendiferous and blessed week, remember to smile at others, open your heart in kindness and generosity and never, ever give up on a dream.