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Dec 2, 2015 - It's December

I got up from my death bed to watch my Eskimo's demolish Ottawa. Well, they won. Then Monday, still not feeling too steady from whatever bug laid me low the day before, we had to move to our regular apartment. Think 30C in the blazing sun hauling suitcases, a couch, (a small bed went the other way), tables and chairs, and contents of the fridge and cupboards. I must have sweated off 5 pounds. Too bad I started out 20 pounds overweight. You can see by the picture that we've decorated for Christmas already. It's hard to see but there are...

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Nov 26, 2015 - American Thanksgiving

Haven't done too much lately. Gone for a few walks, ate a few taco's, tried not to melt. It's been really hot since we've been here. 32 every day with high humidity. Last night Mother Nature gave us an impressive light show. Lightning lit the sky for three or four hours. Very little thunder though. Today it's been raining all day and the temp is only around 25. Saw our friend, Tony the artist. Nell gave him some paint brushes and he gave us a pineapple, isn't it cute? He was surprising sober. Said he has a girlfriend and she won't let him...

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Nov 22, 2015 - Been a week already

Friday, (November 20), was Revolution Day and, of course, they had a parade. Then, in the evening, the first South Side Shuffle of the season. The only ones that seemed geared up for it were the galleries. We went out but were not too impressed with the offerings. The ladies shop across the street from our apartment had a band set up so we sat on our balcony listening to the music. We stayed there 'til one o'clock in the morning drinking wine. Oh yes, they've started decorating for Christmas. Just like home!!

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Nov 19, 2015 - Revolution

While having lunch we observed a young handicapped Mexican, (he was in a wheelchair), take a bandage off his leg and wrap it around his hand and wrist. Scam? Who knows. We also witnessed a fair number of young lads, (7, 8, 9 year olds), heading to school dressed as revolutionaries, (this week they are celebrating the Mexican Revolution), carrying toy guns. None of them were arrested and no SWAT teams were called in. What is this country coming to? We understand that Chilliwack was hit by a pretty big storm. Hope everyone is safe and well.

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Nov 17, 2015 - Three days in

It's been three whole days now and we're still getting around reconnecting with people. Nacho Daddy's is totally changed. The tree and fish pond are gone and the place has a new façade. Miquel is still at Café Vayan but the rest of the staff has changed. Our favorite quesadilla place appears to have gone downhill. Not sure about that one, we'll have to try it again to make sure. All prices have gone up another 15 - 20%. Blame the American dollar. Something that costs a dollar US has, for obvious reasons, gone up from 12 pesos to 15. So,...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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