My many adventures

Hi Folks, sorry I deleted my paragraph where I tell you all about all the places I've been to.
I'm blessed since surviving breast cancer, to travel around the world to some of the many places I've always wanted to go. There are lots more places I want to visit.
I've been to Scotland, England, Victoria BC, an Alaskan cruise, a fab Mediterranean cruise which took us to Barcelona, the Vatican & Rome, the island of Crete, Izmir & SulcukEphesus Turkey, Egypt and Malta. I have been to Las Vegas, Hollywood LA, Cabo San Lucas, Orlando, Daytona Beach, Tampa, a Disney Cruise to Bahamas and Disney's Castaway Cay island, all over Canada and Hawaii and Pearl Harbour. We can add Cozumel, Costa Maya, Mexico, Belize City and Honduras. What a fabulous way to see the world!
Take the time to do the things you want to do because life is too short and if you wait until you can afford it, you'll likely never go. So get your plans ready and pick a place and start booking your trip. It is so worth it.
Thanks for dropping by. I have lots of posts to put up so stay tuned...


Hi Folks! I have been away from posting because my 40 year old daughter finally got married Aug 27th 2016. It was tiring but the wedding was wonderful and very happy in the end. I sent them on a beautiful honeymoon to Calabogie Lodge in Ontario. The resort was all wood interior with two bedrooms and the master suite with a bed so big. Apparently when the drove back home to Halifax, they started arguing and it lasted all the way over four provinces. Now she feels the argument wasn't so bad. Glad they enjoyed their first vacation ever! His brother loaned them his BMW which drove like a dream.

I still have a great deal of travel posts to put up. I want our vacations and travel to be shared with you all. I'm not sure of what our travel plans will be for 2017, but for 2016, I rested all the time. Retirement is so awesome!! I was able to take pictures of the summer's Totally Eclipse of the Moom, which I'll share with you here on a post. It was incredible for sure.

I had my annual cancer check up and everything was great! It makes me so happy unfortunately, my doctor had to retire due to illness and I am trying to get a family doctor. It is horrible when you don't have someone who looks after you and knows you.

We had a fabulous summer with little rain, although the farmers and rural residents were not too happy. Some people had to pay for water since their wells went dry. This rainless weather is not something we experience so it was a little frightening.

I've been busy trying to find my ancesters with the Foran/Forhan name. Apparently two brothers came over from Dublin, one was name Edward who had a son named Edward born in Prince Edward Island and he had a son named William who had my father. I love doing ancestry but it is very frustrating when you can get no further without the "parents" names.

Well, be on the look out for my various posts. I also have a few products I want to write about as well.
Thanks friends,


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Children, health, travel and life, how to make it work

I've written so much about travel with children with ADD/ADHD and other disabilities.  My little guy is a wonder of nature, who I love dearly.  His sister has her issues as well and now feels she is too old to have to do anything about it.  Yet she came to me earlier this year asking for help.  Now I can't get her to see anyone.  She's 17 you see and knows everything!!

The little guy, as I call him, has been through a lot of different mental health treatments and he has come a long way.  I'm so proud of him.  The worse he has is his violent anger.  It started by my doctor getting us a referral to the IWK Mental Health, which is for children.  He began seeing someone who helped us a lot, but thankfully she recognized that he needed more.  He got his diagnoses and onward we went.  Last year, he went through the Day Treatment where he went to school there everyday for 3 months.  He was surrounded by all various types of medical professionals who worked with the 10 kids.  There meds were evaluated and lots of kids had different meds to try until the right one was found.  Thankfully for us, we had found his.  The best part of this treatment is that the doctors, nurses and councillors were there with the kids for 7 hours a day until parents picked them up.

The parents had to go to parenting class every Wednesday and it was great!  They helped us understand our children and also how to parent these little ones.  These kids go through so much in school, not being understood for who they are.  They are not bad children, but children with disabilities, the same as any illness.  The connections in their brain don't let them see and understand things the same way others see things.

Mental health needs to be taken out of the closet and put out in public where it belongs.  I believe all of us at some point in our lives facing issues of mental illness; it could be stress at work or home, or harassment in the workplace or violence in the home or in other areas.  But it is real.  Our kids need support and encouragement because they don't believe in themselves, they don't have the confidence they should have and because they are different, they are treated different and that is wrong.  If more of the world would just take a moment to try to understand that connections in their little brains are not all connected, they might just get it.  Even today, I sometimes fail to get it and the result is not what he and I are working towards, so I need more patience and learning on my end.

When I took him to Egypt, I didn't know what to expect because he had been great when I took him to Las Vegas and a year later took both kids to Florida, we had a great time with no issues.  During the cruise and the visits to the many countries, he behaved very well, except for a few times on the ship.  But it wasn't major.  He has more troubles with the kids in his school than he had with  the travels.

After the Day Treatment, we were lucky enough to get in with the ICBTT which mean IWK Intensive Community Based Treatment Team which works with parents and kids in the home.  They have been wonderful and I thank God all the time for our public health care.  I couldn't even imagine what the costs for his many treatments would have costs me but I do know, I wouldn't have been able to afford it.

Today, he is in the IWK Compass program.  It is an Atlantic program for the four provinces for children who face many mental health challenges and disabilities.  He lives in the residence from Monday to Friday and comes home after I go to parenting group on Friday afternoon.  It is a six month program and in January 2012, he will begin to start (slowly) going back to his own school and home.  By the end of March, he will be home and in his own school all the time.  The work these incredible health care professionals have done for him is beyond words... I can't thank them enough, to know that expert care is out there for our children through our public health care system.  Now the government of Nova Scotia plan to cut some funding to the IWK and to health care in general.  We the people, will not take this kindly or sitting down.  We fought hard to get publicly funded/public medical through our Father of Medicare, Tommy Douglas, and we must continue to fight those who believe medicare should be for profit.  It makes me sick to see companies making a profit off the sick, ill, dying and their families.  I believe governments in all countries should ensure their citizens have free access to all levels of health care.

I will be picking the little guy up later this afternoon and he is so excited to come home, yet he really loves it there as well.  He has other kids to interact with and play with.  He went trick or treating with them and then asked me to adopt 4 more kids.  When they first go into the Compass program, they are called Newbees, after a few months, they move into the oldies.  This happens when newer kids enter the program.  He is now an Oldie. 

He has matured, learned social skills, coping with anger and other methods to help himself, including doing chores.  He has set times for events and it helps keep him focused.  He is my little munchkin and I love him!
Thanks for listening and letting me blow off.  I have been travelling every week for over two months and I have one week left of travel.  Thank goodness he is in the program otherwise, it would be difficult for him to be separated from me so much.
Chow for now!

This is a beautiful child