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Monday was a day out to explore some art with some mama friends. We enjoyed our time in Hosier Lane with a coffee and then we went to the Light exhibition at ACMI. It was wonderfully curated and we travelled through time with the artworks, a super special show and I highly recommend it. We all decided that we should regularly go out for cultural excursions together, so now I am happy that I have some friends to explore the arts within Melbourne.

Back to the hospital for one last physio appointment and H hit all her baseline targets out the window. She is moving and gaining her strength back again after all that time in hospital. We will be having 3 weeks away from the hospital, yay!!

Guess what I am not a robot – pic courtesy of my friend B.

Well, I am excited that it is nearly time for the holidays and as I write this Friday evening!

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Monday 13th 2022

Holiday – Celebrate is all I can say and it was a day to relax!

Tuesday 14th 2022

Back to the hospital for physio this week and this time it was earlier, yes there were plenty of places to park the car, yay! Later on the day, we had a dentist appointment – H could not attend as she cannot open her mouth wide enough for the dentist so it was just the three of us.

We then went out for a random pub dinner and lucky of us it was burger night, yummo! H joined us for dinner and had to eat her burger with a fork and knife as her pressure gloves would get oily and mucky. Afterwards, we all walked home in the dark along the bike track on the cold, windy night.

Today was the 6 month anniversary of the accident – H is taking steps forward.

Wednesday 15th 2022

It was finally time for the burns clinic and it was chaos mind you. We had an early 10:10 appointment and got in there with a random surgeon as H’s surgeon was out with Covid. We saw her OT and Physio and the Burns Co-ordinator so there were some familiar faces. She also needed photos for documentation so we had to wait for the photographer as the regular photographer was away sick. Lucky for us we were put in a meeting room to watch Finding Nemo.

The good thing for H was that she does not have to go back to the burns clinic for 3 months! I did not get too excited, as we are going back to the hospital to see her OT in about a month. So maybe we might get a 2 month’s reprieve from the hospital if we are lucky?!?

H went off to her friend’s place in the afternoon to get the school work done and they did! I am so happy with their progress and how they can set goals and hit them together.

In the evening I went for a float session and it was so good to just relax in space for an hour, it feels like going on holiday. Such a good thing to do! They stocked mushroom elixirs and I found some Turkey Tail from the Blue Mountains to add to my mushroom tonic collection. I have to say that the medicinal mushrooms have truly been beneficial over the last 6 months to get me through this hellish time.

Thursday 16th June

An early morning appointment with my chiropractor as there is still lingering pain in my lower back. I do have to take care of it! The rest of the day I enjoyed organising my sewing pattern for when I get my projects started. The audiobook I am loving at the moment is Looking Inward by Swami Purnachaitanya – it is perfect for downtime and practice meditation.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday 17 18 and 19 June

Saturday I spent time at the Education Summit at the Convention Centre and got my steps in walking there as I had forgotten how bit it is! It was an interesting day as I was hoping to be inspired about education but instead I met some interesting vendors who I would like to work with in the future as they had some resources aligned to what I am interested in. My faves were sustainability and recycling plastics, learning about farm animals at Edgars mission, whole school social emotional training, wonderful open ended carts of fun for the children and realising there is an option for my son to work in the growing games industry in Australia.

Sunday was chill out day and time out with the horses in the cold paddock after lunch. It was so quiet and peacful out there and the horses are just beautiful. Afterwards, it was time for a feast of potato cakes and chips and fish – yummo!

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Monday 6th 2022

A lovely morning walk to my chiropractor who was so helpful with my ongoing lower hip pain and said my hips were out of alignment. I need to go back to see him again on Thursday to experience more pain to sort out the constant pain. I am feeling so much better now and am gaining much more movement, it is incredible when you finally sort out the cause of the underlying problem in your body.

Tuesday 7th June 2022

Our weekly hospital physio visits and it is going really well with H’s physio really happy with her progress. We have a couple more sessions and then it is time to test the walking and running speed baselines from the first week. The annoying thing is that we could not find anywhere to park the car so I created a park from a motorbike car park and went up the lifts to the ground floor. Once we were there there was singing. Little did we know that the Harvard Krokodilloes and a Capella singing group were performing at the RCH. They were so good and we managed to catch their rendition of the little mermaid song. H really enjoyed it and that gave me an opportunity to share with her the show Glee – we shall see if she is keen to watch it!

In the evening it was time to go out and meet my other friend who I have not seen since January when we went over for a sleepover. We went into the Wilds at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl for the Rising festival, so much to chat about and catch up on what has been happening in life. For dinner, we enjoyed a vegan meat pie from Smith and Daughters with a lovely glass of red wine. It was the first time I had sat in front of a fire pit since the accident and it was calming to take me back to my camping days back in California. These lovely spangled people are the performance group Discordia with outfits inspired by the natural world they described themselves as sea urchins – check out the whole outfit below complete with a preening rake. A very fun evening out!

Wednesday 8th June 2022

Goodness time for rest as Uni was done and dusted as I handed in my final assignment!

Thursday 9th & Friday 10th June 2022

A session of kinesiology focussing on the next phase in my life towards a plan for when I graduate. As I am somewhat stuck this year due to Holly’s accident and being home to take her to appointments etc. The idea from my kinesiologist is to find primary schools that align with my values and volunteer to gain some experience working with children. So I have been doing my research and making a list to work through over the next 4 weeks while I am on Uni break.

H has her plan in place to finish all her curriculum work for Term 2 with her friend. They have been powering through their work and I will gather the work needed for assessments so they can be ready for the Dept of Education. So far, this plan of home education has been the best thing for her combined with her maths tutoring and counselling.

Saturday 11th

We have been wanting to take the teens out for a walk in nature and the long weekend was the perfect opportunity! It was a quick walk out at Plenty Gorge as H had some muffins to bake at lunchtime with her friend in CA. It was a big morning for them but it was good to see them have a good time out amongst the trees.

Sunday 12th June 2022

Just a relaxing Sunday for the family, it was a typical cold chilly day where we decided to just stay in after some plans to go for fish and chips to Williamstown (now a plan for another day!) My hubby and I went out at night for the last night at Rising to have dinner in Chinatown and see Golden Square – art installations in a car park. Quite a lot of fun until we got rained on! We did find a fun Asian supermarket by the train station I would like to check out further next time we are in the city.

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Monday 30th May 2022

Such a busy morning with a zoom yoga class and a last-minute trip to the myotherapist as she had a cancellation. It was a good thing to do as my back feels so much better now and I can move without too much pain. The yoga and stretching are certainly helping.

In the arvo, I chatted to my friend in California and we enjoyed a Facetime catchup on her memorial day long weekend. A great time of year in CA on the cusp of the long summer break!

Tuesday 31st May 2022

A morning out to the hospital to do 30 minutes of physio for H – starting with her walking machine, followed by stretching, balance and floor exercises. Hopefully, these can be added to her daily ritual of physio face and OT hand exercises. Thank goodness she is homeschooling to fit all of this in the day.

Wednesday 1st June 2022

Over the last few months, we have been homebodies and have not left the house much due to the accident. A strange thing happened when my friend could not go to tickets she had won for Sampa the great at the Forum and she offered them to us. My hubby and I finally went out on a night out together after a very long time. It was the first night of winter and so cold but we left the teens at home and they were happy to see us go out to a gig. I now feel liberated again and know that it is Ok to go out and about and live our lives to the full. Sampa the great was so inspiring and her concert was a joy to experience, we were very lucky indeed!

Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June 2022

Nothing much happened except getting my last assignment finished for Uni for the teaching period! It was a team assignment and I managed to score a super productive team to work with!

Work on Friday and it was a good day with the kids as they are getting used to being at kindergarten.

Saturday 4th June 2022

I had a planned day to go out and finally meet up with my friend who I have not seen in six months and it was so good to see her again. We had a wonderful lunch at Big Esso in Fed square, so many bush food flavours and it was pretty special. After lunch, we went to see the Chunky Move show for the Rising festival and finished the day with a Campari and chat – so, so good to catch up.

H goes to see her cousin’s horse usually on a Saturday and takes him for a walk around the paddock. It was a super cold afternoon and was quite rugged up for her trip out.

Sunday 5th June 2022

Got down and got busy with finalising my assignment!

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23 May 2022

Everyone was out of isolation and back to the groove of things again. We also had someone at the house who was fixing the defects on the build from 2 years ago. Great to see that they are finally happening! I also had a career consult with my Uni as I have lost so much traction with everything this year and it feels like I am going backwards. Which is not far from the truth. I just need to keep studying away and complete my degree very slowly with one subject per teaching period until the middle of next year. H is doing well with homeschooling and enjoying the time learning with her friend. Somehow I feel that home education is a better way to engage the children in their learning at their own pace.

24 May 2022

Morning out to the hospital for physiotherapy at the hospital gym beginning with 5 minutes on the treadmill and then other stretches H has to now add to her daily regime of tasks! At least her physio was understanding and said she did not have to do them every single day. We enjoyed checking out the RCH auxiliary sale with so many knitted hats, blankets, jam and other goodies for sale to support the hospital. I got a colourful chevron blanket, a tea towel, a beanie for H and some jam.

Still, H is getting out and about and going for walks with her friend around the neighbourhood and to the shops.

25th and 26th May 2022

I have been knitting and there is nothing better than knitting a present for someone! My sister wanted a scarf for Queensland winter and I found this beautiful bias pattern that worked so well with these stripes. I sent it to her via express post and she loved it. She showed me her new colourful gumboots that will go perfectly with the scarf, so it will be nice and bright at the Sunny Coast.

Wednesday I woke up and my back was in so much pain. I had a scheduled yoga class (mothers day gift) so I went to see if stretching would help with a vinyasa flow. It was such a beautiful class and it did help with some movement but the pain just shot right up my QL (Quadratus Lumborum) back muscle. So for the rest of the day, I had my hot water bottle and rested while I was slowly completing my uni assignment and falling asleep from the painkillers. In the evening it was much of the same and I took Neurofen to fend off the pain.

Thursday I had my 6-week appointment with my myotherapist. I have had to space them out as my private health budget was spent in the first two months of the year due to what happened to H. So my myotherapist at Urban Leopard said my pain is a muscle spasm. These things happen when your body has had enough, especially with trauma and your “cup has flowed over”. Yep, it does feel like that with coming out of covid isolation on Monday and getting back into life again. There has been so much going on in our lives that my body is telling me to rest. She told me to get some OTC anti-inflammatory drugs to take, plus I need to do light stretching exercises and with some luck (yes I need more of that!) the pain will leave my body in a week or so. I have to say the drugs do work wonders but the muscle spasm on my QL is definitely there when I move in certain directions. I have a lot of reading to catch up on – so that will be me, on the couch with a blanket for the next week or so. Though I still have 6 hours of work tomorrow – I did say I can just read with the children on the couch.

27th and 28th May 2022

Work on Friday and not very exciting but I managed to get through with the Voltaren, thank goodness!

Saturday is a relaxation day as I had to lay low and do yoga and catch up on things. H was up in her room playing the ukelele and chatting to her friends online.

Sunday 29th May 2022

My friend invited us for a Sunday out to Healesville Sanctuary. We had a delicious lunch at Sister Mary Louise cafe and then we headed off for a family day trip to the sanctuary. Since January and H’s accident, we have been homebodies not venturing too far so it was lovely to go out together as a family. The animals had just had lunch and were just chilling around the place in perfect form. A highlight of the day was a smoking ceremony by a local indigenous elder who placed native cherry leaves on the fire and gave everyone there a leaf from the manna gum. Just beautiful! The smoking ceremony is believed to have both spiritual and physical cleansing properties and helps to ward off bad spirits.

I am hoping this trip out on Sunday will be the beginning of more adventures out and about exploring the gorgeous scenery surrounding us.

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Monday 16th May 2022

Boom!

What else can happen to our family this year that would be total crap? Yep, Covid has hit our family. My hubby was feeling the chills and a sore throat so I asked him to take a RAT and there it was our first positive test. After his test, it was family RAT time where we all took tests to see who else had Covid? My son was positive as well – but not me who had been sick all week? Strange, maybe I did bring it in as a carrier from the little children who cough on me at kindergarten. Though today at my son’s class (I made him stay home as he had a residual cold), 7 kids were there today out of 25 so the likelihood is that it came from his college. We also got a report from his principal today that there were many students and teachers out from school having to self isolate for 7 days.

So this is our week – a week of isolation. We are waiting for our PCR tests in the next day or so to confirm whether I can join the Covid positive team! In the meantime, I will take a RAT every day. H is in her room and taking all precautions not to mingle with any of us. We are all in different areas of the house with my hubby in our room, my son in his room, H in her room and I have the lounge and dining room which will be my bedroom as well for the next week. Just when we thought we could see some light out of the other side of the tunnel – Covid hits our household! It is just crazy!

Lucky this week I ordered some freezer food that I can just heat up for the family. Tonight we had some frozen lasagne that I had stashed away and it came in handy to give to the sick ones as they need to eat well and sleep well. When it was ready I sent them a text that dinner was ready and that I will leave your dinner at the door! It is just a week maybe I can take up running so I can leave the house this week? To leave the house I have to take RAT 5 out of the 7 days and make sure they are negative so I can go out and about. We shall see! I have downloaded a great audiobook to keep me company and have my sewing machine close by so maybe I will get that out and do some creative projects once I have the energy to do so. Till then I will rest and disinfect my house!!

Tuesday 17th May 2022

PCR tests came back – 2 positive and 1 negative just like the RATs, so I am negative.

Like a dodgy looking dragonfruit we continued with our isolation each one of us in our separate spaces in the house. Wearing a mask whenever we are near the covid positive people and socially distancing. There have been no family meals and food is left at the door and taken and eaten alone. I am in the lounge room eating in front of the TV with the cat nearby. The only ones who can see each one of us are the cats who spend time with the sick ones.

I have been the Florence Nightingale (as my uncle called me) of the house preparing the food and delivering it, gathering the plates in a bucket to be put through the hot dishwasher at night, making tea and smoothies (out of dragonfruit) and getting late-night emergency bowls of cereal for the hungry teen. It seems like the covid positive teen is passed his lethargic stage and is back to eating again. My hubby is chatting and just feels like he has the flu. My friend’s recommendation is to hire air scrubbers to suck the germs out of the room and keep the clean air, so so important! I also have them at work, so it is a worthwhile investment for the covid negative people in the house to stay safe.

Wednesday 18th May 2022

One of my gorgeous friends dropped off a lovely care package with some incredible treats including a sauce made from oyster mushrooms and garlic – it is next-level flavour and so good for my cold! Plus many vegan sweet treats to keep us very happy 😀

Today my mission was to book a trip away. I have been wanting to go to the beach and walk along the seashore – yes, it will be winter but I have a beanie, scarf, woollies and a wind jacket. I need to get back to the sea as it has been way too long. It took me a while to contemplate where to go, do we go farmland, bushland or find a place within walking distance to the water! Walking distance to the water was the winner for me that way I can take off and the kids can chill and watch the sea from the balcony. This time we will be close to the rainforest and hiking trails too, so we can have the best of both worlds. We have not been on a family trip since Venus bay in April last year and from all the trauma we have been through this year we need some downtime together. I am looking forward to getting away, as this week being apart to stay safe is proving to be pretty difficult. Three days down and four to go… slowly, slowly we will get there.

Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd May 2022

Every day was the same sleeping in and getting rest and prepping food for the crew. I got myself into creative mode and got out the sewing machine and did some sewing and prepping for when I sew more over the Uni break. It is such a good thing for me to do as I listen to an audiobook and just play with fabric. By Sunday everyone was feeling a lot better and were deep cleaning their rooms in preparation for freedom from isolation on Monday. I was so thankful for the prepared food that I just had to heat up and serve to the family, it saved a lot of time and all I had to make was a salad. I was still negative on my RAT over the week, which was good.

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Monday 9th May

H’s first home school day with her friend. They learned about Vikings in history and enjoyed a walk outside and caught up on how everything works. I think that H is enjoying the autonomy of student-led learning as she gets to choose the subjects she wants to do and writes them up on her planner so everyone knows what is going on each day. It is really empowering for H and her friend to share peer learning and move along with their studies. They may not be flying through the curriculum but at least it gives them time to digest it and gain an understanding of what they are learning.

Tuesday 10th May

It was an early morning with the builders coming by to chat to us about the defects, 2 years after we have moved in. Hopefully, they can get them all complete in the next month or so, fingers crossed. The problem is that there are no seals on the doors and windows and coming up to winter we have had to seal them with bubble wrap to keep the cold out.

Today was H’s first appointment with her physiotherapist for some exercises. It was the most amount of movement I have seen her do since the accident in January! She did a lot of baseline testing on her ability to balance, walk, skip, hop and run. Next week she will be walking for a longer time and doing some stretching exercises. It is only 30 minutes and hopefully, this can be a habit she can include in her daily physio treatment. H is supposed to be walking around the block every day, but I think with her friend studying with her at home that will be some encouragement to get out and about.

Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday and Sunday 11th to 15th May

I was supposed to go to a yoga class (mothers day pressie) to mix up my daily schedule but I had to reschedule it as I felt sick with a cold and sore throat which has been pretty consistent for the rest of the week into the weekend! This meant no work on Friday and staying home with my germs over the weekend. Lucky for H she is in her room isolated from me and now her brother who came home feeling pretty bad Wednesday afternoon.

Good thing is I went for a walk one of those mornings and found this beautiful crocheted sign near the train station!

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Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd May

Getting my Uni assignment done and dusted it was time to celebrate Tuesday evening with a mothers day film of Everything Everywhere at Once and burgers and chips for dinner. We all love chips so we were very happy by the end of the evening. The film was very cool and it was so good to have the cinema to ourselves for the 4:30pm session!

Wednesday 4th May

Back to the hospital and we were late for our appointment due to not being able to find parking and driving around in circles. Clinic days are so crazy busy and the parking levels lie with the number of available spaces. So we ended up parking in the hospital’s hotel car park and walking to the lifts. Late for our appointment but it was all fine in the end, times like this you just have to breathe to get through.

Finally, going back to the burns clinic for a check-up with our physio and OT and to chat with the surgeon. So the news is that the healing is going really well and that we do not have to come back to the clinic for another 6 weeks. Time with the pressure garments for 23 hours a day is still really important with scar management. Also, moisturising twice a day is key to keeping the skin supple. It is great to have a break from the clinic but from next week we start physio every Tuesday, so we still have to go to the hospital!

Thursday 5th and Friday 6th

Last day for me to get organised with my uni readings and get H on track with her home school before I go to work on Friday for work. Friday is written off as I am at work and pretty done for the rest of the day!

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th

A lovely relaxing mothers day weekend with no cooking and this delicious forbidden apple gelato from the pizza shop where my son works! Good times and H enjoyed having her friends around on Saturday afternoon to watch a movie and catch up. It was the perfect weather for staying in when the rain came down in the arvo. So good that H gets to see her friends as that is her socialisation with peers, done!

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Monday to Thursday

The usual catch up on Uni work whilst editing my essay for submission. Also appointments with my psychologist and acupuncturist which was so good to have some time out to relax and destress from all the madness of the last 3 months!

Friday

First day back at work with 3-year-olds, thank goodness it was only 6 hours they are quite a busy bunch of children. I was with the sad children who miss their parents, so it was time to read and calm their feelings about separating from their mummy and the book Owl Babies is the best way to share that with them. Once we were out in the yard I was so happy to be with them out there and so were they! We saw kookaburra who came by and said hello and then we sang him a song – Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree… After work, I needed to exercise and reset myself for the weekend.

Saturday

A lovely morning out with the Flavours of Coburg tour – a gift from my family for my birthday. It was wonderful to be out with a bunch of strangers enjoying some secret discoveries in my neighbourhood. Plus the good thing was that I was away and kept from talking about anything bad that has happened in the last 3 months. I came home stuffed as we ate so much food, it was the best!

Sunday

Out with H and her friends going shopping in the city. It was the first time H had ventured out of our neighbourhood since the accident. I am so proud that she was out and about in public with her 3D printed face mask, shopping for some new clothes with her friends. I am so thankful she has some beautiful people in her life to support her through this time and for the incredible ways she is also having fun as she is healing. Being in the city is a bit day out and she had a plan to find certain clothes she has been missing from her drawers at the Spencer St Outlet. I hung around with her friend’s mum having a coffee and chatting while they wandered the shops. I did manage to find a lovely pot for my plants for just $25!