It was a brutal school term, with Miss 11 suffering from unexplained tummy pain for months. We've been back and forth to the local GPs, hospital, and even the chiropractor. Finally, one of the tests came back positive for giardia. (Our chiro had already picked up there was something in the bowel - how clever is she?)
After several weeks treatment, Harmonie seems to be on the mend. She's not complaining about tummy pain as much, and her appetite is finally making a reappearance. Considering a grumbling appendix was considered early in the game, and she was often in tears with the pain, I'm hoping this will be the end of it.
Harmonie also sprained her ankle badly earlier this term, which clipped the ninja's wings a bit. However, she insisted playing soccer on it and even participated in as many school sports as she could, scoring a first in shotput. (Those crutches gave her great guns!)
Taking our mini-chiranian Lucy off to the RSPCA's Million Paws Walk, despite having a sore paw herself!
Mr 13 has been in the wars too. He's been suffering from headaches, nausea and motion sickness. The chiro and I diagnosed middle ear problems, and sure enough, a check-up revealed a viral middle ear infection which has to run its course. He's had a nasty case of plantar fasciitis as well, which has been tough on an active kid.
Photo of Hannah Kitteh, since the Man Child is photo-shy these days
The wee ones' illnesses have clipped our wings these holidays, and so far, we've spent a large part of it, sleeping in, watching videos, taking naps, playing games, reading books, and of course, catching up on medical appointments. We put off holiday plans while everyone tried to feel a little better.
The pets have loved it, wasting no time cuddling, massaging and pampering the kids. (Hannah Kitteh gives the best massages ever - but only if SHE wants to give them!)
On these chilly South Burnett nights and frosty mornings, there is nothing better than snuggling up with a pampered pet instead of rushing off to to school or appointments.
As for the blog, it went into overload when I featured The Psychic Twins and their thoughts about Malaysian Airlines flight MH370.
Since then, Terry and Linda Jamison's belief that authorities should look at the pilot's role in the disappearance appear to have been vindicated with news that Malaysian authorities have named the plane's captain as the main suspect.
Some of the comments on my page have been interesting too.
Meanwhile, Jame Oliver has been in for more of a battering (pun intended), with news that his veggie toys have been recalled for being dangerous. Then came the revelations (gasp!) that his 30 minute meals actually take much longer to prepare. (And cost a hell of a lot too!) Love that one chef set fire to her kitchen! Read the full story here.
We're hopefully setting off later this week for a few days of rest and relaxation, not to mention gorging ourselves on all the food and drink we miss in the country. For me, it's Japanese and Vietnamese food, Chase loves Boost Juice, and Harmonie's a fan of 7-11 Slurpees. And we all love sushi!
Usually we have to make sushi when we fancy some. It tastes so much nicer when it's made by someone else doesn't it? And when it's served on a little train?