Looking for the things in life that make us happy


on 19/06/2014

Another eventful week in the lives of the McKenzie family. Mostly good but as often happens; there is a mix of good and not so good. Doug and I drove to Beerwah, along Steve Irwin Way to watch Cooper (10) play in a Rugby League football carnival. We spent an hour or so watching these young boys playing their game with much energy and enjoyment. It was the first time Cooper had not been taken by either parent: Brett in the shop; Catherine taking Harrison to his game and then Kara to a birthday party.

I remember well the days when Doug and I also had to juggle Saturday sport between 3 children, especially when I was working in our Chicken and Seafood shop on a Saturday morning. We managed of course with the help of friends but at times it all seemed too hard a task. On this occasion we had been enlisted to just be there so that Cooper didn’t feel abandoned.

Sunday morning we had an early phone call from our son, Scott, telling us that Jamie, who turned 18 that day was in hospital with a fractured ankle. She had been celebrating with a party at her mother’s house the night before and unfortunately, before the party really got underway, she toppled over (on those ridiculously high heels) badly dislocating her ankle and fracturing both major bones (tibia and fibula) and another bone in her foot. So it was off to hospital in an ambulance in extreme pain and of course missing her party adding insult to injury. The dislocation was reduced and she spent a miserable couple of days awaiting surgery.

Scott and Rhonda finally convinced Jamie’s mother to have Jamie transferred to a Private Hospital where she is far more comfortable. Because of the congestion of weekend surgeries, Jamie’s surgery kept being pushed further down the list and when it was suggested that Jamie could go home and come back in a week was when Scott insisted on having her transferred to a private hospital. She is finally having surgery today: the delay had caused her ankle to swell and therefore she couldn’t be operated on straightaway. Jamie has spent many days in pain and discomfort unnecessarily due to the over-burdened Public Health system. Family dynamics also took a part in all of this. But I ask you, suggesting Jamie go home with a very unstable ankle to a high set house that has many stairs, to me, is beyond belief.

On a brighter note, Catherine was Supply Teaching at her children’s school on Monday and it happened to be Grade 1; Kara’s class. All went well – Kara is such an adorable child and is always a model student and didn’t take advantage of her mum being her teacher.


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