Archive for Sue Pietersen

Monday 02/09/91 – Travelling Back To Botswana

Diary Notes - I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress between our return visits to the Centre every 3 months.

Willem was with me for the return trip to Gaborone in Botswana. We stopped several times during the day and drove the whole day and got home at 11pm.

What a great feeling to be home. Willem drove all the way. Nice to be together as a family.

While we were away I found Hughan was usually quiet unless there was something he was excited about. I think it was being on the move and staying in so many places.

He is responding well to sound.

Hughan finished his antibiotics on the 29th that he started on the 14th for his ear infection. Because of this I feel he has been very well during our trip. He has joined in well and has used his voice when encouraged.

The boys are enjoying being back home.I spent the day unpacking and relaxing.

While Vil was at home, during his school holidays, we generally spent the day together and I did not do any sit down sessions as I find it hard working with both the boys together. We get to do quite a lot, baking, painting, going to the shops, visiting friends etc.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 29 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Tuesday 26/11/91 – 6th Video in Capetown

Sunday 01/09/91 – A Visit To The Amusement Park

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Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We were visiting family in Harare, Zimbabwe.

Granny and I took the boys to Greenwood Park. They have an electric train, boat rides, cars, trampolines, candy floss and FUN, FUN,FUN!!!

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Hughan was talking well today. He loved the train ride and also the pedal cars they also went on the ski-chairs.

Hughan was not at all happy when it was time to go.

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(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Friday 30/08/91 – Travelling From Marondera to Harare

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We said goodbye to our friends in Marondera and travelled back to Harare after lunch, to stay with Willem’s parents.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Monday 26/08/91 – Hughan’s Hearing Aid Gets Wet

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

Hughan dropped his hearing aid in the bath water by mistake. He realised it was bath time and went to remove his hearing aid (something he seldom does). The mould stayed behind in his ear, as he went to remove it he dropped the aid to remove the mould and the water was right there. I dried the hearing aid with my hair dryer. It seemed ok!

After lunch we left for Marondera to stay with friends. They own a winery and we had a relaxing time.

They have peacocks and the one opened its tail out several times.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Friday 23/08/91 – Visiting Friends in Harare

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Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

It was our last day on the farm.

In the afternoon we left for Harare, where we stayed with friends for the weekend.

(This is a picture of Hughan with my friend in Harare)

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Thursday 22/08/91 – Enjoying The Farm

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

Hughan loved the ducks and chickens on the farm. There were also two calves which were being hand fed and looked after. Vil spent most of his time on a horse or with a friend on a motorbike.

Hughan has been quiet – I think it is because of all the traveling and being in a new place.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Wednesday 21/08/91 – Visiting The Chinhoyi Caves

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Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

Friends joined us. Five hours on the road to Karoi with 5 of us in my little Laser Ford car. It was a bit of a squash as you can imagine.

We stopped of at the Chinhoyi Cave on our travels. It is the most amazing place! The water in the caves is blue, blue, almost unreal and it is a must to visit.

(This is a picture of our friends with Vil, walking above the Chinhoyi Caves).

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Tuesday 20/08/91 – Visiting the Matopos

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Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

We spent the morning shopping. We met up with friends in one of the stores.

Later we visited the Matopos for a braai (bbq) with the people we are staying with. It was fantastic to go back there as I haven’t been back for about 20 years.

We saw lots of wild animals and Vil was very impressed with all the rock formations.

I was born and brought up in Bulawayo so it’s lovely to see the place again. It is still the same!

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(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )

Monday 19/08/91 – A Trip To Zimbabwe

Diary Notes – 23 years ago today I wrote in my hearing impaired son’s diary. I was writing up Hughan’s ‘Diary’ so Vanessa, at The Carel du Toit Centre in Cape Town (South Africa), knew what we were doing at home, in Gaborone in Botswana, so she could track Hughan’s progress. 

I did 7 hours driving today. The boys were very good. I stopped every 3/4 hour which broke the trip.

We listened to nursery rhymes for the first 3 hours. I could’t believe it – the tape made a “ba ba” sound and Hughan, with no prompt, repeated it. This added great excitement to the trip!!!

We arrived in Bulawayo at about 5pm.

(Helping parents with hearing impaired children through our experience…we are following our profoundly deaf son’s diary, from 1990, so you can see what we did to help him with his speech and hearing. Hughan is 25 years old now and he can hold a conversation on a phone. It is the little thing we did every day, over a long period of time, that has helped him. Please visit our page…’like’ and follow us to help others…Thank you :) )