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A Grand Adventure

What would you do if you were given $1,000 and told to spend it all within 24 hrs? (It doesn’t matter what you spend it on, just so long as you don’t bring any money home!)

Most females reading this will be rubbing their palms together, and salivating, while mentally screaming “SHOPPING SPREE!!!!!” (I admit, it was the first thing that went through my head!)

The conservatives reading this will say “Bills and/or mortgage”.

But what if you didn’t have to worry about work, or life, for a day, and you had all this cash to blow….what would you do?

After some serious thought, I have planned an entire day of fun for the family (with some health benefits thrown in there for good measure)

mmmm....cappacino

mmmm….cappuccino

First off, I would fill the fuel tank in my car. With today’s fuel prices, a good chunk of money will already be spent to completely fill my Mazda MPV, as there is a lot of driving ahead of us.

All six of us (hubby, the four kids and myself) would go out for breakfast. Dome cafe is probably the best option. My kids just about eat me out of house and home on a normal day, I can only imagine how much they will eat if they have an option of bacon, eggs, sausages etc.

I’m just drooling over the thought of all that coffee!! (*insert Homer Simpson style drooling and finger twiddling here!*)

After we have gorged ourselves on breakfast, I will drop hubby and my younger two sons to a play centre called Tumble jam to let the boys burn off some energy. I have no idea if hubby will be sitting back watching….but he will more than likely be chasing them around the equipment like a massive kid himself!

Mt. Romance gong session

Mt. Romance gong session

In the meantime, I will take my older two children to a place out-of-town called Mount Romance for one of their gonging sessions. I LOVE the gongs! You lie in a cone-shaped room, sniffing a silk handkerchief that is doused in sandalwood oil and look at purple lights (that look like little stars) on the ceiling, while a lady banging on a gong (ok, there is more of a technique to it than simply whacking a gong!) walks around the room. The vibrations feel awesome…especially when they hold the gong directly over your body. You can feel it in every inch of your soul! There are times when you don’t know if you are awake or asleep….if you snore, you will get a quick tug on the big toe so you don’t disturb the experience for others.

I think the relaxation therapy will be good for my older two kids…who need to just “WOOOOSAAAH!!!” once in a while.

Since it is recommended that you don’t drive for up to half an hour afterwards, it gives me a chance to do a bit of retail therapy in the store and buy a few products to take home.

On the way back to town, I will pick hubby and the boys up, where they have hopefully worked up an appetite. We will make our way to one of my favourite restaurants, The Venice. The food, service and atmosphere there is fantastic, and it is a family friendly restaurant (always a plus!)

The salt cave at Saltacious

The salt cave at Saltacious

After lunch, I will drop hubby and my older two kids at the ten-pin bowling rink, while I take my two younger boys to a place called Saltacious. You sit in a room, while salty air is pumped though. Salt therapy is very important with cystic fibrosis. My son takes all of his salt orally, so this is a different approach to help him. It helps a range of conditions from respiratory illnesses to skin disorders (which my middle son suffers from).
I have always wanted to try a session and see how much it improves our health.

After our salt therapy, we would join hubby and my older children at the ten-pin bowling rink and play arcade games until we start to wear out.

A quick duck into the shopping plaza to get a new outfit for me and maybe a new dvd for the kids before we head home (yeah, I guess hubby can buy something too!)

One of the rooms at Hideaway Haven. I don't think I will want to leave that bed in the morning!

One of the rooms at Hideaway Haven. I don’t think I will want to leave that bed in the morning!

We head home and have a bit of a rest before the babysitter arrives to look after the four kids overnight, so that hubby and I can check into our room at  Hideaway Haven. This is a 5-star, award-winning bed and breakfast. I have been dying to stay here. It is run by two lovely ladies who put the needs of their guests at top priority. I have seen photos of their cooked gourmet breakfasts on Facebook and I drool! The rooms look incredibly comfy. Kids can not be accommodated here, so it is an absolute parent’s retreat!

Hubby and I would take off for a while, and have dinner at another favourite restaurant,  a pizza bar called The Mean Fiddler. They make the best chilli prawns I have ever had!

We would then go to the cinemas and catch a movie together.

Hideaway Haven's outdoor jacuzzi ;)

Hideaway Haven’s outdoor jacuzzi 😉

No doubt, we will be absolutely exhausted, so we will head back to our B&B room. Before we retire for the night, we will have to take the opportunity to experience Hideaway Haven’s jacuzzi under the stars.

No doubt that will top off a long day, and we will fall asleep (wait….I mean PASS OUT!) really quickly.

So there you have it. That is how I would spend $1,000 in a day. A family day of therapeutic fun which is capped off with some child-free romance

Share what you would do if you had that opportunity.

Bella 🙂

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GDD update

Sorry for being so quiet lately!! But I’m sure you can imagine it gets pretty busy around here at times.

I have mentioned before that my eldest son has Global Development Delay (GDD). He was diagnosed with this about two and a half years ago, when he was around 4 years old.

We probably always knew that there was something “wrong” with him in the early years, but we kinda stuck our head in the sand with the thought “It’s all good. He will catch up in time!” But it was when he started kindergarten that the truth hit home.

We chose a very small private school, which my niece also attends and is flourishing. He was not toilet trained, but they were willing to work with us about that, well, they were at first. After that first day of school, one half day, the teacher came out to me when I was picking him up from, took me aside and said that we needed to get him in to see a speech therapist, occupational therapist,  and pediatrician urgently. They informed me that it was in his best interest not to return back to kindy until he was a bit more “sorted” (for lack of a better term) I was in a bit of shock, but I knew she was right. I spent the rest of the afternoon in tears though.

So we pulled him out for the term, hoping to at least get him toilet trained to send him back.  However, a term turned into a semester, and a semester turned into a year.

Over the next couple of days, I sat down and wrote a list of things that didn’t quite add up. I wrote the little things like how he was obsessed with tags on soft toys (he would wrap them around his fingers while sucking his thumb. It was his comforter. Cut the tag off and he wouldn’t touch the toy again) to the major problems like his daily multiple violent meltdowns that could last for hours, significant speech delay, and the toilet training (or lack thereof)

I was surprised when I was finished that I had written three pages, back to front!

Looking over it all, a little voice in my head said “It sounds like autism!”  I did my research and found that I could tick off about 90% of the usual signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder. I felt, and still feel, that he had Asperger’s Syndrome, a form of autism on the spectrum. I havent mentioned everything that was on the list, so you may look and that and think “Nah, doubt it!”

As our town doesn’t have a resident pediatrician, we have one that flies into town every few months, and there is a long waiting list.  So in the meantime, he started speech therapy and occupational therapy. We enrolled him in a daycare with a kindy program so that he could be around children his own age more often.

Last year, he started pre-primary. With the diagnosis of GDD, he was eligible for an education assistant during class. As he was (is) a flight risk, she would hover in the playground as well.

I have no idea where we would be if it wasnt for her!! She is an absolute star. She has the “My way, or no way!” attitude, which my son really responds to. Of course they batted heads along the way, but she was a huge helping factor in getting toilet trained during the day (which finally occurred about halfway through last year), she helped to deal with his meltdowns and guided him through his school work. His teachers were absolute stars, they also had that “my way” attitude. I’m hoping to be able to get the same teachers for my daughter when she starts pre-primary next year.

He has had massive improvements this year since starting grade one. He has less meltdowns, and is slowly getting more conscious of social standards, so he is making friends easily. The kids in his class are amazing. I would have expected some bullying, but they are completely aware of his limitations, and realise he doesn’t always understand. They help to guide him towards the right outcomes.

But we recently had some fantastic news! I had a phone call from his occupational therapist who said she was 100% satisfied with his accomplishments in the last six months, and feels comfortable discharging him from OT. This is a major achievement. He still has a long way to go, but she felt that he would be able to accomplish this on his own (with help from teachers and his aid of course) I was jumping for joy after this phone call!

We have had a long battle over the last few years getting our son to this point. During his autism assessment, it was decided that while he shows autistic traits, it wasnt enough to put him on the spectrum. This was incredibly frustrating when I see/hear about other children who have the diagnosis, and show the same characteristics as my son! It wasnt helped by the fact that the assessors said had they seen him 6-12mths beforehand (as we were on the waiting list for the assessment for almost a year) he absolutely would have been diagnosed with ASD. Can you imagine hearing that? So we missed out on heaps of funding he could have had to help his learning at school. That is the most frustrating part.

For the moment, we will take this discharge as a massive positive…which it is of course!

Wish him luck fo his development in the future, and I will keep you posted of his progress!!

Bella 🙂