WHERE'S BEST TO LIVE IN NZ AND WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW: PART 5!

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AngryBeaver Tue 27-Nov-12 09:01:29

Look at us Chatty Cathy's!
Justa oh noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo<breathes>ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo
(I'm not sure grin)

justaboutchilledout Wed 28-Nov-12 01:21:50

Oh meerkate! shock

Sounds like she is being reinfected at school?

After last night's conversation I went and had a double-check of my boys and my hair - seems we are all clear, phew.

justaboutchilledout Wed 28-Nov-12 01:27:19

Yes Richard Holloway is indeed great. Apparently Richard Dawkins didn't use the footage of his interview with him in his recent programme because Holloway made so many good arguments smile and could answer all his questions clearly grin

Things are getting clearer with DS1 I think. Did I tell you about the independent physio and chiropractor? They found evidence of swelling and inflammation in his feet so we are back with the possibility of a physical diagnosis. Physio wonders if this may be a really severe and unusually young case of Severs Disease.
(crosses fingers)

Sibble Wed 28-Nov-12 03:18:03

wow, so much activity on the new thread in a short space of time.

headlice - are a mystery as to why they infest some and not others - my dss luckily have avoided all infestations as day care and school (don't speak too soon). My step son however spent the best part of a few years permanently infested???

vvviola - I would get looked at, only because somebody drove into the back of me years (I am so old face) ago and all these years later I have recurring neck/shoulder problems that I have had physio and acupuncture for. I didn't bother at the time (shock I think) and the stupid priority of getting to work...

On another note I can totally emphasis with sick friends/relatives. My sister had early cancer treated 5 years or so ago. At the time the consultant wanted to do radical treatment, I had her referred to a consultant friend of mine on the NHS and she had conservative treatment, has a 6 month old baby but her last test was not good. Hospital said on Monday that they are having a conference tomorrow to decide on course of action - but no more information so we are wondering whether the new cell changes are minor/major or what. Another 24 hours to hear what is happening. Hate being so far at times like this. She wants me to promise if anything 'serious' happens I will go home to help with the baby - what do you say and what do you do.......

Anyway, hardly post on here but needed to put something down to get it off my chest. I am 'the resilient one' quote/unquote in the family so am having conversations with tearful family members trying to reassure them etc... and at the same time am fraught myself. After the case conference I think I'll call my old friend and see what the options are but don't want to do that until they have spoken with my sister......

Anyway, thanks for 'listening' to my rather long post....

frikonastick Wed 28-Nov-12 05:25:55

i chopped all DDs hair off meerkate! i did! it was waist length and i was like, aaaarrrghhhhh with the scissors and hacked it off!!!!

not really. i took her the hairdressers.

but still.

i had 3 car accidents in 4 months. all times my car was completely stationary at either a red light or stop street, and i got rear ended. the second time was when i was coming back from the police station having reported the first accident. <wins>

frikonastick Wed 28-Nov-12 05:27:25

sibble, i hear you. honestly, shoulder bump in solidarity and stuff

vvviola Wed 28-Nov-12 05:43:18

Oh Sibble. Poor you sad. Keeping fingers crossed for your sister. I know how it feels being so far away when someone is ill. It really stinks.

We've had yet more bad news. A close relative was found dead yesterday morning. Being someone who is vaguely in the public eye at home there's a lot of unsavoury speculation sad. My Mum is devastated and I know she'd really want to be heading home from Oz, but can't without totally cancelling her visit here.

I'm following all instructions and going to the doc first thing tomorrow.

AngryBeaver Wed 28-Nov-12 07:58:40

sad sibble. That's awful. I don't know what you would say or do regarding your dn, terrribly sad for your sister that she even has to worry about leaving her baby. But not really possible for you to help for any significant amount of time, as you have your own life here.
Lets hope there is some good news after her meeting.
We are here to listen and you don't have to be resiliant with us.

meerkate Arrrgh! Couldn't cope. I told dh to come back with "Nit Napalm"!
I spoke to woman in health store today about prevention, and she told me you can buy expensive spray,but said "Honestly all you need is 100% tea tree oil" She told me to put about 30 drops in shampoo. conditioner. I did both.
Bathed and tea treed them, them combed again, nothing there. Then sprayed with nit stuff, then sprayed with a bottle I'd filled with a mix of tea tree and water!!
Not the best smelling children, but I am determined!!

Completely off topic,but how mean is this? I'm suprised no one had a bloody heart attack!
www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2239288/Terrifying-TV-prank-sees-participants-stuck-lift-power--ghost-girl-appears.html

And you Aucklanders might already know about this, but thought I'd share just incase:

Franklin road Christmas Lights "Lights Up" - Kick off Celebrations

All are welcome to mix and mingle at this free family event, enjoy a sausage or two at the first ever social engagement on the new Birdcage forcourt.

Saturday 1st December 6- 8pm

We will have a BIG celebrity opening for us (not mentioning any names.)

Children's performers, balloons, clowns and lollies...

Free Sausage Sizzle

Auckland City Mission Caroling

Auckland Philharmonia Brass Band

Local Saint Marys School Girls will do a performance also..

WhatSheSaid Wed 28-Nov-12 08:09:56

Sorry to hear about your sister Sibble. Hope a course of action is started soon by the hospital.

AB yes I have heard the tea tree oil recommended a lot. Apparently it's a natural detterent. I know people who spray and comb through tea tree oil/water once a week as an ongoing preventative measure.

AngryBeaver Wed 28-Nov-12 08:27:00

Yep, I went to the dollar shop and bought one of those hairdresser spray bottles? Filled it with a mix and intend to spray them each day...'til they leave home!

meerkate Wed 28-Nov-12 09:50:49

sibble - that's awful. I am so sorry. Keep us posted. Fingers tightly crossed...What do you say, indeed...you're obviously a massive ROCK to your whole family, but that does get difficult when you feel like having a breakdown now and again and a good old wail...sending lots of love xox

frik DD seems serious about getting her hair cut off - hurray! Plans to do it for charity with a pal next weekend (our school supports this charity which makes wigs for kids who have lost their hair through chemo and suchlike). Seems a tad medieval as a treatment for nits but hey - I'm fine with thatsmile - and am totally trying the tea tree oil spray method as from TODAY AB smile

vvviola - that's awful sad - really horrible. Hope your mum keeps on going towards NZ - surely she will?

sibble I found you on a 2010 thread recently re Perth yesterday - we had a little chat about it, how funny is that! Do you still think of moving, or have you shelved that plan?

justa I was on the Richard Dawkins website yesterday checking out his dialogue with RH - that's fascinating re the fact that he had to 'lose' their discussion - must look into that further...

Lots of love to you all xox

justaboutchilledout Wed 28-Nov-12 19:07:23

Sibble, everyone else has said such sensible things, I just want to give you a hug. Just because you are resilient doesn't mean you can't collapse every now and again!

And vvviola, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope visit can go ahead as planned.

AngryBeaver Wed 28-Nov-12 19:43:04

vvviola What a shock. Such a stress for your parents. I hope they can continue their trip to see you x

justaboutchilledout Wed 28-Nov-12 20:11:49

Yes I am very tempted by the Franklin road thing - but I might choose a quieter time, it is apparently on all through December (although not the party obv)

vvviola Wed 28-Nov-12 20:18:17

Looks interesting, doesn't it, Justa? May well head down there at some stage too. Not for the party either though as we're off to MIL for the day.

Am following all instructions and heading for doctor now. Especially as my headache never quite went away after the bump (although it may partly have been caused by having to gently pull up some of my relatives for engaging in the same speculation on Facebook that the media have been doing about our relative angry)

I have to say, we are hugely impressed with the insurance company - sorting everything out, rental car at a reduced cost, replaced car seats. I am not hugely impressed at having to drive a teeny Suzuki swift mind you. I can barely get the buggy in the boot. I am slightly cheered by the prospect of seeing DH who is not a small man, driving it to Hamilton at the weekend grin

vvviola Wed 28-Nov-12 21:18:21

Well, apparently I am/was concussed. Have a neck sprain and bruised shoulder. But doc says no need for any treatment other than rest and painkillers for the moment. He didn't seem to understand that rest & not lifting is a little difficult with my two whirlwind children, but at least there's nothing seriously wrong (he ummed & ahed about sending me for a spinal X-ray but reckoned in the end it was a soft-tissue injury and no need)

justaboutchilledout Thu 29-Nov-12 00:09:43

oh no!

We are a thread of disasters at the moment!

AngryBeaver Thu 29-Nov-12 00:39:45

Well, there you go! What a great excuse to put your feet up and be fussed over by dh later on! Hope you're feeling better.
Was it your brother that was ill,v? Sorry, I can't quite remember, but have just realised we haven't asked if he is out of hospital now.

I am a ball of nervous energy. I have spent the day cooking in preparation for Mum. Lentil and bacon soup incase she wants something light, lasagne incase she doesn't, 3 different kinds of pizza, cakes, biccies!
Movng furniture, hoovering, ironing!And cleaning windows, because I bloody KNOW that will be one of the first things she says! "Oh nothing changes does it AB, little hand marks all over the patio doors!"
"Ohhhhhh fuck off mother shush!" wink

vvviola Thu 29-Nov-12 01:03:04

blush And I never reported back after everyone being so concerned. He got gradually better and was eventually let out of hospital after about a week in isolation. They never did pin down the cause: "unknown respiratory virus". Felt a bit like the start of one of those epidemic movies at times grin. No lasting effects either, thank goodness.

AB - I know exactly what you mean about the imminent arrival of mothers. I was meant to be spending this morning & tomorrow morning when I'm child free cleaning & baking. Instead the house is like a tip & I've been dozing and reading all morning.

It's the washing/ironing mountain pile that will get commented on here. blush

AngryBeaver Thu 29-Nov-12 02:37:03

Glad he is better!

Speaking of which, I have just got a text from my brother telling me that he is in hospital having an operation for a hernia! He said not to tell Mum.
I can not believe it. EVERYTIME she arrives something bad happens.
A hernia though? I thought that was an old man thing?! It's not serious is it?
Have just remembered that you can have pregnancy hernia's and babies can have them too, so no, not an old man thing!Silly me.

thelittlestkiwi Thu 29-Nov-12 02:48:37

My OH had a hernia fixed by day surgery. I think they can normally to done laproscopically (sp?) too. So hopefully minor!

Sibble Thu 29-Nov-12 03:10:03

Thanks everybody for all the support. Sister's results not too bad, she does have abnormal cells but these are likely to be caused by pregnancy and b/f. So everything to be repeated in 6 months. Of course she would be happier with 'sorry they weren't your results and yours are all good', but considering yesterday she was planning funeral songs, wills and long term care of my nephew all good really!!!!

Thanks again

xMinerva Thu 29-Nov-12 03:10:47

Wow, erm ok, just tea the first few posts on this thread and feel like I should go and finish reading the other thread first.

Hope you're settling in ok in the new house AB

xMinerva Thu 29-Nov-12 03:11:21

Just tea? I meant just read. hmm

Sibble Thu 29-Nov-12 03:14:04

vvviola - glad you're OK too, Drs can make me laugh sometimes I remember after my c/s for ds2 I was discharged with a 'don't drive, lift anything heavy, rest etc.....' great except I was on a lifestyle block so miles from anybody, anything and shops etc...with a 4 year old and new baby hmm. My GP signed me off to drive after 3 weeks from memory, as for the don't lift and rest - lol.

WhatSheSaid Thu 29-Nov-12 04:07:43

Hmm, just found out the Stone Roses are playing Vector next year. Debating how much I want to see them...

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