5th to 11th January 2013
It is hard to believe we are into the second week of January, time really does seem to fly by and hasn't this week been stifling hot in many areas of Australia.
The raging bush fires have caused so much destruction and heartache for many, it is so terrible to see it happening all around us. I think the most distressing thing is that in many cases these fires have been lit deliberately, that is just horrific. Maybe some of these teenagers that have nothing better to do, could be helping those less fortunate in our society instead of lighting these fires.
The heat has made me feel so dreadfully nauseous and tired. We have little portable air coolers in the house but they just take a little of the heat away. The temperature in the house is still above 30 degrees, but I guess that is far better than the 37 that it is outside.
With the high temperatures you can not do too much, especially outdoors, so it has been good weather for playing games, watching DVD's and reading.
In the heat this week I had a physiotherapy appointment with Kaitlyn who worked on my hamstring, buttocks and neck, I have been so dreadfully tight and sore in these areas, of course they are nowhere near as sore as my spine but when they are sore at least I have another area of pain to think about apart from my spine. At the end of my session, I had those absolutely marvellous heat packs on, they are truly splendiferous and with the hot weather I have not been able to use mine at home often this.
I also had an appointment with my Paediatrician this week, he is a wonderful doctor and takes good care of me. I have been having regular headaches lately in my front temple area, so he carefully checked behind my eyes with his little light to make sure there was not large mass there. Fortunately at this stage there is not, my headaches may be from the hot weather, hopefully they will ease as the weather improves. He suggested that during the heat that I eat small meals regularly rather than just three large meals, it may help my nausea. Pain is probably one of the largest concerns with it being around 6 - 7 out of 10 constantly, despite taking my regular pain medication.
My spine remains twisted to the right at the top and to the left down the bottom and I am only to have gentle massage on my spine. I can not remember if I have mentioned this before but when I had my last blood tests, it was found that I am menopausal, it is a difficult discovery when you are only 14, that is something that much older people have to face. It is extremely annoying for me to have some of the symptoms but again, it is something that is part of my journey, it is most likely from my radiation treatment as well as my cancer. I have to see my Paediatrician again on 18th February after I have seen my Oncologist on 7th February.
I found out from my medical care team that I can take more oxycodone, as when you take it for an extended period of time, you often get used to it, originally when you start on it, it is based on your weight. They suggested that I could have an extra half dose at bedtime, to help me sleep through the night without waking with pain or discomfort. I am also able to have five doses of the oxycodone a day when it is required, their may goal is to keep my pain down if possible.
Last night was Interclub and I was really determined to throw after feeling so unwell the week before and not been able to compete. I was sore but when you really want to do something you love, you sometimes do it despite your pain. My first event was discus, I had some problems this week throwing either too far to the left or right and fouling, however I managed to get one decent throw in, it was not a personal best but I was just relieved that it was in. Nalani also threw discus and even though she threw well, she did not achieve a personal best either.
It was then time for Shot put, doing that event you are less likely to foul, and I was so excited to get all good throws and in the end I managed a personal best of 2.26m. Unfortunately, Nalani did not get a personal best but she still enjoyed throwing because she came first in her age group.
Jarrett ran in the Mile Championships, he wanted to do really well and was aiming for a time under 4:45:00. The weather was still rather warm at the time of his race and the heat of the AIS track is much hotter than the actual air temperature. He had a reasonable start and worked his way through the pack, then in the last four hundred metres he surged and he flew, he had a magnificent finish and came 5th overall but 2nd in his age group which he has moved up to U20 Men. The race had competitors from all ages from U14 Men to Open Men. The time he achieved was fantastic, he got 4:42, so that was below his goal.
As I finish my Blog entry for this week I pray that areas of Australia with such hot temperatures and sinister fires will see some relief in the form of cooling rain and temperatures.