Hello all you happy people!
Yesterday, Mommy Darling and I shipped ourselves off to WITS for day one of a two Saturday seminar on ADD/ADHD. It was just as well we left 30 minutes earlier than we planned- I have lost my brand new map book (I think I left it somewhere) and Daddy darling’s one is not as new as mine… ahem… we found the varsity without a hassle, but then drove around inside looking for the venue for several minutes. We parked and registered and had some tea (they had the most fabulous snacky things out for everyone… and I couldn’t even taste them)! We then filed into the hall late enough to miss out on the softer seats. We heard four fabulous talks before breaking for lunch, where I had a 125ml bottle of Purity guava and yoghurt 2nd foods, and everyone else feasted on a fabulous buffet lunch! Then after lunch the session was divided into two sections, one dealing with adult ADD/ADHD and the other with children, and Mommy Darling and I decided to attend the former since Damien is almost there… I almost felt sorry for the one speaker- as annoyed as I was with her presentation. She looked almost unprepared and her manner of speaking was antagonistic- but she was very nervous too, and I think that unlike the other speakers she doesn’t do this very often. There were several speakers that I’d love to hear more from, Shabeer Jeeva being one of them. He spoke twice, once on ADD in girls and then on the assessment, diagnosis and medication for adult ADHDers. Another speaker- Elaine Harcombe (whom I wish had the ear of lawmakers and so on) had fabulous ideas- but I wonder if any of them will be implemented in schools when Damien can still benefit from them! Things like allowing a child to write essays and do projects on subjects that interest them- but that still meet with the required curriculum outcomes! I won’t go into too much detail- I learned a helluva lot! They also had toys and books on sale as well as the different food supplements on sale and for sampling. When the seminar finished at 5pm we started to make our way home… and got lost! After driving around a completely unknown-old-scary part of Jo’burg that almost didn’t exist in Daddy Darling’s map book… we got home at nearly 7pm!
My skin is taking a severe hammering from the plasters covering my stitches… I have to change the dressings on all five cuts every two days and as a result my skin is almost constantly covered (in places) and every time I pull a plaster off some skin comes with it… not fun!
As for food- I think I’ve said enough on that subject! I have now lost a total of 6kg (about 13 pounds) in the last three weeks and I still have a week of the liquid diet to go and then two weeks of a soft food diet… and last night I ordered pizzas for Damien, which is our usual Friday night fare- and had to watch as he ate!
Greebo, Taxi and Grampa Scratchy have now shared the whole flat for three full days, and so far so good. They haven’t fought, although Grampa has done a lot of growling and hissing, and it seems as though they’re becoming more and more tolerant of each other. Grampa is looking fabulous- his coat is soft and shiny, he’s more “aware” when he’s awake, and although he sleeps more than Greebo and Taxi he definitely displays more and more of his personality all the time.
…can’t post pictures… get the pop-up box that says “done” and then it vanishes into cyberspace!