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Nov 8, 2015 - Week 13- final week in PV...
Eeeeeek - final week in PV! I can't believe it has come around so fast! The week started with an extra weekend day (which is always a bonus - esp. When you have been working most of the weekend to get everything done you said you would do before you leave!) Today was a holiday because of the day of the dead festival is really today (2nd November) although the celebrations started with Halloween on Saturday! So I started this morning bright and early with my sunrise yoga and then instead of walking past the really nice beach front...Jump to full entry
Nov 1, 2015 - Week 12 PV
After the hectic adrenaline packed weekend I was shattered!! But I woke up on arrival to Plasitos children's centre when I spied a large Minion hanging from the ceiling (a piñata of course!!) and after a bit of Physio the children had a party in preparation for Halloween that involved lots of sweets, dancing and some children getting fairly wild with a broom handle - but after lots of wacks (and yes maybe some from me - I couldn't resist getting involved!) the minion was down!! And the day continued as normal!! After Plasitos I headed to...Jump to full entry
Oct 25, 2015 - OMG - Hurricaine Patricia....
Wowsa!! I survived a category five Hurricaine. Quoting NMC News 'Hurricaine Patricia- the strongest storm ever measured on the planet' !!! More about that in a minute..... The week started well - Monday I was shattered from all the equipment arriving last week and my one day weekend but the show must go on!! Monday I was at the Plasitos children's centre and I was really pleased to see Nicole a girl who we had made chair for a few weeks back - apparently she used to come here for physiotherapy but has not been coming for the past three...Jump to full entry
Oct 18, 2015 - Week 10 PV
This week was finally equipment delivery week!! Whoop woop!! Laura has had a container in Monterray waiting to come to us for ages and now it's time and we weren't ready!! The week started as normal with the projects and clinics; on Tuesday's clinic we worked on a chair for Mateo and also had a new patient assessment - Lupita - a 32 lady who lives with her mum and has spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy. They have managed until now with a very rusty rickety wheelchair and had head about us and wanted to see if we could help and provide...Jump to full entry
Oct 11, 2015 - Week 9 - PV
Week two back at work - things continue to be busy! Monday I spent the day at both the children's centres I work at, it's great being back and seeing the Nannys trying to put in place my advice on postural management. Tuesday's clinic was mad - as Nadia the Physio was off sick so that meant one physio session and one new assessment on my own with my very poor Spanish!! Luckily Edwin (Laura's fiancé) came to the rescue and came for an hour before he had to go to work! I had my last session with Mateo - which was great, his mother had been...Jump to full entry
Oct 4, 2015 - Week 8 - back to work in PV...
Hola!! Where has this week gone?! I got back to PV early in the week and got straight back to work! In my absence the Therapies Unite team had been busy making chairs and hunting down a new pool for the Halliwick sessions and woop woop they found one! So this was our first week trialling the new pool and it's great - we had a few less people than normal but we expected that as it's tricky to find!! But all that came loved the session - check the photo and video on the TU Facebook page! I was also really pleased to find that the orphanage...Jump to full entry
Sep 11, 2015 - Mexico week 4/5
Week 4/5 - I was grouping these two together as I was honking there isn't that much to write now I've uploaded the photos I realised there might be a fair bit!! This week the other children's centre opened up properly after the holidays so we headed there first thing on Monday with three moulded chairs that Laura had had made for three of the children - the parents came too and we were able to present them their chairs and give them a copy of our new postural management leaflet. Have a look at the pictures they all look great in the chairs...Jump to full entry
Sep 5, 2015 - Week 3 In Mexico....
Week three - busy busy week! It Started with an awesome boat trip to Marietas with Hannah, Anghadad and Amy - the day was grey and drizzly in the morning so 90% of the other people booked onto the trip cancelled and we ended up with a boat for 80 people for 14 and the rain cleared into a great day!! We went snorkelling, paddle boarding, swimming - and looking for blue boobies (a rare species of bird found only here and the Galápagos Islands!) On Monday we moved bodega's what a day!! All four of us volunteers and Laura, Edwin and Uciel...Jump to full entry
Aug 21, 2015 - Week 2 in Mexico .....
So this week got a little busy....... On Saturday Laura (founder of Therapies Unite) and Amy and Angharad (physio students recently qualified from Keele University) arrived so we went to the beach (again!!) but this time we ventured out of Puerto Vallarta and went to a little beach called Mismaloya (the town which put PV on the map because 'The Night Of The Iguana' was filmed there in 1963!!) it's a beautiful cove with white sand and turquoise waters. We spent the majority of the day there and then went for Taco's again!! On Sunday we had...Jump to full entry
Aug 14, 2015 - Week one in Mexico....
So where to start..... Firstly it is HOT HOT HOT!!! (I'm not complaining though!) This entry will just be a short one as this week has mostly been relaxing and acclimatising to the heat!! Also I'm going to say now that this is not going to be an amazing blog - I am not very good at writing and it WILL be full of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes but it should just give you a general idea of what I am up to and what all those hours of jam and decoration making were for....... We (Hannah and I) arrived without any dramas to Puerta...Jump to full entry
May 17, 2015 - New Years 2015 Puerto Vallarta Mexico
After not having visited mexico for well over 20 years, I suddenly found myself making plans for New Years in Puerto Vallarta, mexico. joining my best friend's widow, nancy, and a family friend, John, I ventured out with my travel "Coton", Ette, to see PV as Nancy has seen it over the 25 years Jim and Nancy wintered there. Although the beginning was pretty frustrating, over three hours in line trying to get out of their security area..from then on it was great fun. their condo was literally right on the beach as you'll see from some of the...Jump to full entry