12th to 18th January 2013
Today marks ten years since the horrendous bush fires that engulfed Canberra. On January 18th 2003, the Canberra community was devastated by bush fires. Four people died, a total of 470 homes were destroyed, and 2000 businesses, homes and vehicles were damaged. As the fires roared through the suburbs many people described it like a flow of lava coming down their street.
The Canberra bush fires were the second most expensive bush fires in Australian history, second only to the Ash Wednesday bush fires.
Lightning strikes ignited 160 separate fires, which burned for ten days in the adjoining Kosciusko National Park, before advancing into Canberra suburbs. Severe drought conditions, low relative humidity and high temperatures that endured and winds of more than 200kpm led to the severe firestorms.
Now there are many bush fires burning all around Australia in high temperatures and winds, again fire has caused so much devastation to our beautiful Country.
Today in Canberra it has been extremely hot and windy, we have sweltered with the temperature hitting 40.2 degrees just after 3pm. When you go outside the air virtually takes away your breath, it is just so appalling.
My week has been quiet, mostly due to the dreadful weather conditions we have been experiencing, you just can not do anything, especially outdoors.
I have been reading The Secret Seven Books by Enid Blyton, I am really enjoying them, they are not only interesting, they provide a little mystery and are hard to put down.
I had my usual physiotherapy appointment with Kaitlyn who worked on my legs, scapula and neck. Thank goodness physiotherapy has airconditioning because then I could have those wonderful heat packs on. It has been difficult to use them at home with the heat, so that is a form of pain relief that is not available to me at present. I always look forward to my appointments with Kaitlyn, she does so much to try to help me, she is pretty extraordinary.
This week I have been bothered by terrible headaches which come and go continually throughout the day. My pain killers are not doing anything to assist them, however, physiotherapy on my neck, cool washes and massages are helping me get through them.
My other problem this week has been with nausea, fortunately I have Ondansetron which seems to give me just enough relief to stop me from vomiting.
I also had a visit with my GP, who is very special to me, we have been going to him since before I was born. I had to get some scripts for medication and he also checked my heart and lungs, which I am pleased to say are all okay.
Tomorrow is a very special day, it is Nalani's 19th Birthday, I hope that the weather cools down for her special day. I have made her something special but won't tell you as she may read this and then it would spoil the surprise.
It is now less than three weeks until school goes back, the school holidays have really flown by and with the weather been so disgustingly hot, we really have not been able to do much. Maybe the weather will improve in the next two weeks and we can get outdoors to enjoy ourselves, I have been hoping to go to the zoo to visit the animals again.
I have been thinking about fundraising ideas for 2013, and I have not been able to think of any wonderful ideas yet. I am really hoping that some of you may be able to come up with some unique and terrific ideas. It is important for me to continue to raise awareness and funds for brain tumours.
Try to stay cool and keep safe.