Firstly, I would like to thank the many people who have already enquired about or purchased my new book 'Theodore and Friends - Theodore is Left Out'. As you all know there are only one hundred copies available at present and the cost is $15 which the entire amount is being donated to The Sydney Children's Hospital Foundation Brain Tumour Fund. My parents left contact details in the comments from my last Blog if you need to find out how to purchase a copy of the book. I am hoping that the funds that are raised through the sales of this book can go towards research into finding a cure to this dreadful disease.
I am on School Holidays at present, so it means that I do not have to race around of a morning to get ready for school in the freezing cold Canberra Winter weather. I have however been working on my Sports Science Beginner Coaching Course, I am hoping to have it all completed by the time school returns. I finished the second module and again achieved a score of 100%. I only have three more modules to complete, I am making sure that I am reading everything carefully, well actually Mum is reading it all out to me because the print is small and my nystagmus in my eyes just causes everything to blur together.
We have not been able to do much over the holidays so far because of poor Mum's knee, it has left her immobile at the moment, she can not walk too far and she is not able to drive at all. So we have been playing some old favourite board games, watching DVD's and resting.
However, on 1st July it was a special occasion in our house because my Nana and Pop had organised Christmas in July, we even put up our Christmas Tree for the day and gave each other a small gift. Then we had a scrumptious baked lunch with chicken rolls filled with honey and macadamia nuts, ham, roast potatoes, roast pumpkin, peas and bread rolls. Then for dessert Uncle James and Aunty Kate brought the most amazingly, sweet and extraordinarily rich chocolate cake, which even had thick rolls of chocolate on the top. You could not eat too large a piece because of how rich it was but when it touched your lips you salivated, it was incredible. We also made lolly bags for everyone with Christmas stickers on them, it was a special Christmas in July.
|Theodore and I in the Hummer - How exciting!|
|The Stretch Hummer|
I had physiotherapy on Wednesday, it is always relieving to have Kaitlyn do some releasing and massage on my spine. I sometimes wish that my appointment could go all day, then all the aches and pains in my body could be relieved. Mum also had physiotherapy for her knee, which is healing well, she was hoping to get a brace but the size that came in was the wrong one so she is still waiting for one.
On Wednesday I also had an appointment with my paediatrician. He asked me how everything was going and then did some reflex testing on me. My ankles still have not reflex action and this time my right side leg was also not as good as the left. He talked about my pain and has increased the number of doses a day I am having of the oxycodone. Oxycodone may relieve pain a little but it also has the dreadful side effect of causing constipation so I also have to take a medication called lactulose on a daily basis to try to prevent that. I have to see him again on 21st August or before if I have any increased pain or new symptoms.
In Footy Tipping I am now three ahead of Nana and hoping to hold onto that lead until the end of the competition. I have my fingers, toes and everything else crossed that my Wests Tigers will win against the Bulldogs tonight, if they don't then they may drop out of the top eight which will mean they will have to win all their games to have a chance of making the finals.
Next week I am going to a very special morning tea, Anna who is the publisher of my book has organised it and the people who helped make it happen are going to be there as well as a couple of special guest. I will tell you all about it in next weeks Blog.
Stay warm, don't dwell on the negatives in life and believe that you can achieve anything you put your mind to, you just have to have the determination and courage to do it.