Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Looking forward to resuming Oatie's bench ABR with him - Time Management

Today I tried swimming, I didn't want to...but some mums on the bench pretty much forced me into the pool.   I swam very very very slowly, 48seconds for 25metres... YEP I didn't know I could move that slow in a pool.  I was swimming in slow motion and then stopped at the end, had some water and did the same thing back.  After about 20 minutes.... my throat felt like I had stitches in it, which had gone tight and felt itchy.... so I immediately got out, got dressed in 2 minutes flat and went back to my car and found a throat lozenge and had a warm soothing tea, which made it feel much better.  On the upside... it felt nice having a open airway, I must have had that lump for YEARS!!!  The Surgeon said I could have swum 9 days ago, but I really couldn't picture that at all!

For the past 3 weeks, my older two have been at Figure skating camp, its in our local recreation centre so the pool is 20metres from the rink.  My 6 year old learnt her loop, and has got some new music for this upcoming season, dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies.

My 8 year old, regained his Loop, and learnt his Flip and Lutz.  And is skating to a new track too.  Don't ask me what the jumps look like! I just sew the outfits and lace them up and get their skates sharpened and clap when necessary!

I had a heart in my mouth moment, my 6 year old who is wearing a two layer, lined with sorbothane soled touque mushroom hat, with a super thick woolly hat on top (it's a bit like an Ice Halo but hidden inside two wolly hats), yes so she does look a bit like Toad from Mario... She Went down and well no one could tell if she bumped her head on the back or not, there was no sound at all, and usually you can hear I have been told...  It was my nightmare, the reason I held on to the helmet and held her skating back..she would jump with it on and fall because it would throw her off balance having this thing on her head.  I am learning to skate and if I try a basic jump one that my daughter could do at age 4.... the helmet does give me a huge headache and puts my neck out..... Having ONE brain injured child... It was very hard for me to let her, skate without her helmet, so this mushroom hat was our compromise...  well as it turns out, she was shocked, it's the first time in nearly 3 years that her head has remotely got close to the ice...fortunately no bang, and if there was any impact the sorbothane must have taken it out as she was absolutely fine...  What was ironic....  we were in the changing room just yesterday, her glove was missing so I bent down to look in her bag she stood over the top of me and I didn't know... I stood up and WHOP!!!! we SMACKED heads, mine hurt a lot... she got a bump and break in the skin on her forehead... but fortunately no concussion...  I know helmets are topical at the moment, but she was more injured from what happened in the changing room than what has ever happened to her on the ice.  When they compete, and their adrenaline is going that's the only time I worry and when they step back on land, I'm jumping up and down shouting, no brain injury WHOO HOO!, my friend said don't you care where they place... I'm like NOPE!!!

Because of the age of my daughter 6, and last year and the year before because of my Son he was 6, so this is my third Summer on the Bench for 3 weeks.  One of us ideally should be rink side, for lacing and just because they are\were so young, and when they are 8 or so they can be left.  There are some nice mums ont the bench/stands so it's a nice social for us... something I don't get to do as much since Oaties I spend a lot of my free time doing his ABR...

Last Summer I managed the 3 hours ABR from Lunch till 4pm on the back of the skate camp (7.30 to 3.15) as my husband took over the "pm shift" and I'd fit a 1km swim in the morning while the kids were doing dry land training between 9-10.  This year, upon swapping with my husband, Oatie and I have been taking a naps in the pm's during the past 3 weeks.  It's the only thing that will take the pain away in my throat, resets it and makes me sociable in the evening. And today was my first 9-10am swim.

So From tomorrow or Friday I am looking forward to getting back into our ABR routine as Thursday is the last day of camp.  Speaking of ABR, I cannot believe that we are their blogging winner for this quarter.  The other ABR families who also have blogs have fantastic blogs and well I am honoured, flattered, stunned and a bit speechless that we won.

Thank you to every one who reads our blog and follows Oatie.  Oatie turns 4 on the 25th July!


  1. I feel a real big celebration and party coming on the 25th, for both Oatie and mom...our best wishes for the greatest day ever!

  2. Your blog is great just like you Mel Of course you won! Sorry to hear recovery is slow give it time and I bet you will be back to your old self before you know it.

  3. Happy Birthday Oatie!!

    And I had to get a little laugh--you two smacking heads in the locker room. Sounds just like something I would do. And I had a momentary flash of making my daughter wear a helmet for, like, ever. :)

  4. Dear Phil: Thank you so much, he had a brilliant day.. Oatie got a remote controlled car which we found in Edmonton, AB, and you can't really crash it, and Oatie can "drive" it. I will post some photos of him with it soon.

    Thanks Sherry, today was my first Bench day in almost 2 months... I never realised how much the Lump affected me...

    Dear Lizbeth,
    My daughter still has a purple bruise and a almost healed cut from our head-butt! It just goes to show, that the things that are deemed dangerous (figure skating no helmet) is probably safer than me and my daughter in a changing room lol!




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