Lots and lots of photos this week.
Monday 7th September
Tony, Dawn, Donnis and I went for a walk along the Broadwater with a brilliant sunny day ensuring thousands of other people were doing the same.
In the morning we visited the Gold Coast Hand Therapy and learned a new set of exercises as well as having my original splint/brace turned into an instrument of torture. It was modelled into a device to hold my fingers closed in a painful fist.
In the afternoon we visited the Gold Coast Upper Limb Centre where the surgeon on seeing my splint told me to remove it. He feels the surgically implanted plate is now strong enough to support the wrist. He showed me an X-Ray of the T shaped plate and 6 screws. Yikes! No wonder my hand feels heavy in the mornings. He also prescribed tripling my Lyrica nerve pain medication and told me to stop all other medication. It may take a few days to fully enter my system and give relief
Tuesday 8th September.
Tony and I walked the Broadwater again. Aaaah. It is wonderful to be walking and breathing the fresh salt laden air. Even the dolphins agree it is wonderful as we saw hundreds of bigger dolphins leaping and cruising the Broadwater.
I felt like celebrating this morning as for the first time in weeks I got a good sleep in a bed. I slept for 4 hours, woke for a bathroom break and went back to bed for another 4 hours.
Umm Err, Donnis had a little accident in our new i30.
Grrr! Although the dents in the rear bumper and hatch boot lid appear small, there are several dents and as the bumper is made of plastic and include reversing indicators, I suspect it will need replacing. The hatch lid could probably be dent removed and both will need repainting. It will not be cheap.
Grumble grumble grumble.
Wednesday 9th September
Another good night of sleep. The new medication keeps the pain just on the edge of consciousness but it is still there.
A brief walk around our village as we had an early appointment to see a dental professor who was looking into a suspicious black space in X-Rays taken of my mouth. After an examination he believes there are no symptoms or other indications of a problem.
Daughter Shelley, hubby Dwyane and children Jack, Matthew, Georgia and her friend Gracie arrived for a barbecue at the clubhouse. I was good to catch up with the family and to test the facilities at the clubhouse.
Thursday 10th September.
BIL Ken arrived today and quickly made himself known to the village.
Friday 11th September
I have returned to constant pain and poor sleep at night so I am sleeping whenever I can. That means an hour or so twice a day.
We collected a set of child safety seats from Jack & Jill Holiday Hire at Southport. Donnis collected Errol, Nicole and the girls from the airport. Errol & Nicole went to visit friends Steve & Angela who live nearby at Lands End.
Sister Enid arrived from Brisbane, she and Ken are staying next door at Treasure Island Holiday Park.
We took the opportunity to have another barbecue at the clubhouse.
Saturday 12th September
Today is the day we had a belated birthday party for me. During the day guests began arriving from as far south as Avondale in NSW and way up at The Daintree north Queensland and many places between.
Errol’s friend Steve arrived in his boat and took the family for a ride around a tiny fractional part of the huge canal system which makes up most of the Gold Coast.
By 6pm the party got under way at the clubhouse for greeting, drinks and nibblies until all guests had arrived.
We then trooped, in fancy dress, to the Treasure Island Holiday Park next door for dinner at Buccaneers Restaurant.
http://www.treasureisland.com.au/ After dinner we trooped back to our clubhouse and had drinks, ice cream and cakes and rock and roll music until even the kids were tired.
Tonight was especially wonderful that my brother Allan and all three sisters, Enid, Bev and Shan were here to mark the occasion of my 70th. Thank you to all my guests but a big special thank you to my siblings to be all together.
They went one step further by cleaning the clubhouse before we closed for the night.
Mostly I wish to thank Donnis who spent so much time preparing, baking, decorating and entertaining arrivals and early visitors. The party would not have happened without her.
Sunday 13th September
As if last nights party was not enough most of us met again this morning for a cruise on Wyndham Cruises around the Gold Coast Broadwater and Islands.
http://wyndhamcruises.com.au/ The skipper gave a running commentary on how the canal system evolved and pointed out the most expensive and exclusive houses as well as the homes of famous personalities.
The city skyline dominated the background.
We went under the Southport Bridge with just enough clearance to avoid tall people hitting their heads on the undersides.
Going under the Chevron Island Bridge was a bit more risky, the skipper asked tall people to sit down.
Once in the bay we saw lots of Fly Board http://goldcoastwatersports.com/
activity as well as Jet Power boat thrill rides. http://www.jetboatextreme.com.au/experiences/ultimate-ride/
The skipper pointed out that the hundreds of private boats moored in the bay the owners enjoy living in the heart of the Gold Coast for $50 per week.
Another excellent morning with family and friends.
In the evening we went to a Yum Cha Restaurant for dinner with sisters Enid with hubby Ken and Shan along with fiancée Dave.
A great meal along with great company to end a great weekend.
Thank you all.
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