So much has happened in our lives since my last blog. Our son has cerebral palsy and school ending for the year meant looking forward to lots of fun summer activities, but also preparing our lives around his surgery he was to have in June at BC Children’s Hospital.
Having a child with cerebral palsy involves a lot of medical appointments and traveling to Vancouver frequently. This past June I utilized a program we have in Prince George called Friends of Children. They are an organization that helps families when their children are unwell. They supplied us with Safeway gift cards to take some of the financial burden off of my family. The 11.5 hour scoliosis surgery went extremely well and by the end of June we w
ere all back home readjusting to daily life.
Despite the surgery, we’ve been able to enjoy some of the many fun activities that Prince George offers during the summer. Right before we left for surgery I took my son to the CN Centre to see TLC’s Long Island Medium, Theresa Caputo. My son received a reading from her from his late father and she took the time to do a selfie with him.
We also attended Mary Poppins at the Prince George Playhouse; it was our first time attending a play there and we were not disappointed. The price was very affordable and the extent of our entertainment far exceeded our expectations.
One of our local radio stations, 101.3 the River had a contest going on to advertise the Keg Steakhouse and my partner and I won tickets to their Summer Patio Party. We had delicious appetizers, played games, won a $25 gift card and met some great people from our city.
We also checked out Flo Rida at the CN Centre who threw an amazing interactive concert.
With our son in better health, we were able to take him camping, which is not an activity we have really been able to participate in due to his high needs. Our lovely neighbours welcomed us to park our toy hauler next to their beautiful property on Cluculz Lake, which is 45 minutes west of the city. We spent three days and four nights there relaxing together in the peace and quiet.
We also took a road trip to do white water rafting at Mount Robson Lodge, which is three hours east of Prince George. What an amazing experience and definitely something I would recommend for the thrill seeker. After rafting we drove another hour to Jasper, Alberta to golf at Canada’s #1 Golf Resort.
Recently my son’s health deteriorated again and he was flown by air ambulance from the University Hospital of Northern BC to BC Children’s Hospital where we are currently staying. Life has a way of throwing us curve balls, but we look forward to returning home to Prince George where life is much slower paced and there’s a much more relaxing environment.