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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 :) )

Friday 16/08/91 – Birthday Party

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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. 

Hughan’s party started at 10.00 – 12.00. I got the jumping castle for the day which Hughan loves jumping on.

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Because it was the school holidays I ended up having 22 children and about 8 Mum’s for tea.

A good time was had by all!

Hughan said ‘hello’ to everyone, ‘thank you’ for his present and bye-bye’ when everyone left. He is much happier today and enjoyed opening all his presents.

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Well I have decided to go ahead with the Zimbabwe trip on the 19th.

(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 15/08/91 – ‘Thomas The Tank Engine’ Cake

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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. 

I am making a ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ cake for Hughan’s party tomorrow. He seems a bit happier today (he has an ear infection), but still not himself.

He got very excited when he saw his cake with the icing on.

(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 14/08/91 – A Visit To The Doctor

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 had a bad night sleep and we had an early visit to the doctors. He has an ear infection and a bad throat. He is to be on anti-biotic for two weeks.

Hughan spent the rest of the day being very quiet. I baked his birthday cake which I planned to do with the boys.

(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 :) )