Saturday, January 16, 2010

Home Pool Safety Checklist

Ive posted this previously, but after another toddler drowning this morning, please PLEASE download this free Home Pool Safety Checklist, and go through it.  It only takes a few minutes, and you may just save your child's life.

Just For Fun...

Nothing much happening this past week with Josh and the kids.  All good.  And as they say, no news is good news, right?

Thought Id share this pic of a cute t-shirt Joey received for Christmas.  Love it! Can you work out what it says...??


Monday, January 11, 2010

Near Drown Support Network

I've been working on a support site on and off for a few months now, and technically, it's still not "ready", but as the numbers for drowning and near-drowning continue to toll, there really is no perfect time to make it  available.

NDSN for short, my aim is to become a complete Australian online support system for anyone who has had anything to do with drowning or near-drowning, and to help raise further awareness for this terrible tragedy.

Near Drown Support Network

I would appreciate your feedback regarding content, and ideas, and if you would like to help out, please contact me via the NDSN site.

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Having never really maintained a swimming pool before, learning how to is one of the many things Ive achieved in the last few months.  Those of you who have or had pools, are aware already of how much chlorine to add and when, whether to add salt, or clean the cell, and how long to run the filter for each day, as well as the usual trouble shooting...  With the help of a friend or two, and an expert, I've now learned how too.

The pool has been swim-able for some weeks, and the other kids have swum.  But yesterday, Josh and I took our first dip.  And oh! how Josh visibly relaxed (albeit a short time). Love this photo of Paris and her expression at Josh!

We'll definitely have to make this a more regular thing.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A new year..

I really had, and still have, this feeling that 2010 will be better than last year for my family and I.  And perhaps my "feeling" is right on; perhaps it will be better for us, but it may not extend to some close to me...

New Years day was amusing.  There was no choice but  to laugh.  From our dog literally chewing to pieces two pool toys that Santa had brought, to the entire contents (which of course I'd stocked up on for the Christmas break) of my spare fridge and freezer going off because the wrong switch had been turned off, and the bath overflowing because we forgot about it...

Things like that occurring, while inconvenient (and costly), are just "things".

Unfortunately, in just these first few days of 2010, (among other things), one of my best friends brothers died, another friends little boy was hospitalised for with cellulitis, and yet another friends husband was hospitalised with a heart infection.

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a man I respect very much from within the medical profession, and one of the subjects raised was what a number of people have said to me which is to play down their own experiences of things that have happened to their own family, children in particular, as if to say that whatever they're "going through" is nothing compared to Josh and his situation.  Let me say that whatever your pain or hurt or worry is at the time is more important, because thats what is your life at the time.

I wish my friends and their families a speedy recovery, and big hugs.
Copyright 2009 Joshua