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#1 molton

Posted 11 May 2011 - 12:57 PM

I was just thinking this morning that its about time we had an update on how those that were touched in any way from the floods.

How is everything going?

#2 ~didee~

Posted 17 May 2011 - 04:14 PM


We are family of 5 out at Fernvale who were flood effected. We had 1.35m of water through and lost everything from say your shoulder height down.

While we haven't recieve much of Anna Bllighs Money and waiting for round 3 to be put procesed we are managing. we have had Some vouchers from other charities and organiseations. My husbands dad is a minister in Melbourne and they raise $2000 in total for us and that brought my gyprock. I have had some great friends that gave up their easter breaks to come put my gyprock up. We have paid for a plaster and elctricains and plumbers ourselves. we have had another friend who owns a painting business offer to paint our house for free. Which was FAB as he flew from Tasie to do it this week.

But for us now it is the llittle things that we are struggling with. I am a big fan of the kids must eat vegies 6 out of 7 nights for tea and decent meals at night as they are growing boys and with them all being preservitive sensitive and asthmatics its a must. But with out a kitchen it has been harder to do this and we are often eating soups or tin spag on toast, eggs on toast and from time to time we will use the BBq.

I personally as a mum see the other side effects in my children and that everytime it rains, blackout or storm my 3 little boys freak out. worried that the next flood is going to happen. I have done well i have to say to keep it together for them. But i am now aslo paying the piper as it were. I have had 5 weeks of antibiotics for lyrangitis to bronchitis to phenomia to 2 middle ears and throat infection that all went to my lymphnods. So i have only been able to eat soft stuff and because the pressure on my jaw line has made it so i can't chew for extended times or open my mouth to eat an apple or burger. Very frustrating. My husabnd who wasnt here for the flood and was away at work is in coucilling. Happy days ahead i am sure. He has also managed to rupture a disk in his back. So he can't do much. so then i pay for his chiro bill twice a week.

Other than that we cope well and there is that constant reminder that we were lucky that we didnt lost family members and that our house is habitable after all my hard work which gives me such a sense of pride.

I am thankful for all the donations that we have recieved that past 5 months.


Sorry for any typo's.... LOL

#3 Peanut

Posted 18 May 2011 - 04:19 PM

It must be so difficult just getting life back on an even course.  I sincerely hope that things get easier for you Di.

#4 ~didee~

Posted 20 May 2011 - 02:48 PM


Me to.

Yesterday i hurt my back and my painter went awall and left me with a half painted house. He is/was a friend of my husbands and was doing it for nothiing but a place to sleep and food while he was here. Called a couple of painters and they wont come in and finish another persons job.

Plus add in the 8 year  old boy attitude that has kicked in for some reason.

Holiday now please.    LOL.

#5 Fugative Potato

Posted 29 May 2011 - 09:16 PM

Hope things start to improve for you Didee. And the painter comes back to finish his job!!

I freak out every time I hear heavy rain, especially if I'm in the car. But we are ok aside from that.

#6 Wicked Witch!!!

Posted 31 May 2011 - 04:27 PM

I was thinking this recently too... without the media hype we don't know what's going on or that people are still struggling.

hugs to all .... I hope you start to see the relief fund money soon and that it helps you to get back on your feet.

#7 ~didee~

Posted 05 June 2011 - 07:15 AM

Hi guys.

Painter didn't return. But thats ok i have pretty much done all the rooms that will have carpet in them, as that comes end of next week or early the following week.
As for getting om our feet we are doing better than some.
Fugative Potato: I get nervous when the choppers fly around the area, i am worried something is wrong upstream as we are in fernvale and near the dam. The kids freak out when theres a storm and ask if we need to pack a bag to get in the car. So i now always have a bag packed in the car with 2 days clothes for the kids and I. They hate black outs and not having power.

We finnaly heard from our insure (RACQ) and we are not covered. So glad i didn't sit around the last 5 months and wait for them to make a decision.

I am trying to get the back yard sorted now for the kids (3boys) so that they can go out and play again.

Hope everyone is doing well.

#8 ~Sorceress~

Posted 05 June 2011 - 07:31 AM

Didee, you've been 5 months without a kitchen? That's challenging on top of everything else. And finishing your own painting with small children in the house is amazing - I take my hat off to you! biggrin.gif

I hope you are eligible for some relief money soon and that the back yard play helps with the kids! original.gif

Thanks for the update. From the price of bananas, I know things aren't back to normal ... but you just don't see it in the media. sad.gif

#9 ~didee~

Posted 05 June 2011 - 06:37 PM

Yep 5 months with out a kitchen or front door 3 and a half without power

So things are always looking up. I was so excited to get the front door just after easter that it made me cry. But when the kitchen went in i was so scared to use it. But happy to eat somethng other than bbq.

We are intittled to some of the relief money just takes time comming through and we had to wait for the NO letter from insurance which only came through 2 weeks ago.

Painting with kids is interesting to say the least. Done mostly at night. But the trims paint stinks and has to be done early in the am otherwise the hosue needs to stay open and thats to cold.

Happy to keep you guys up to date.
I always keep in my mind that there are others out there worse off than me and that often holds me back in asking for help.

All good for now. Funny the things we miss though. Just tonight i went looking for a reciep book and realised i don't have any. LOL.

#10 Mumandmore

Posted 09 June 2011 - 01:50 PM

Recipe books, www.frugalandthriving.com.au and www.the120dollarsfoodchallenge.com.au might be useful:)

I lived without a TV or a Fridge for about a year in year 12 so I feel your distress.

It's so easy to take things for granted until they are gone.

bless you all and your families. Great additude over everything  original.gif

Wish I had more to give.  bbighug.gif

#11 ~didee~

Posted 11 June 2011 - 12:57 PM

Thanks mumandmore will give it ago.

#12 sharonchelsi

Posted 22 August 2011 - 04:25 PM

I feel for you i know how you feel I am 9 1/2 months pregnant with a little boy and also have a beautiful 7 year old daughter and we lost everything we own in the floods here in Victoria, I actually wrote a blog yesterday asking if any one could help as i have the baby in less than 2 weeks and still don't have a single thing for him. We are sleeping on a mattress on my mothers floor until we can afford to get our own place again and until then i haven't even been able to get my daughter or my unborn baby anything. I am still trying to get a bassinet, car seat, cot, capsule, even a set of bunks so me and my daughter don't have to sleep on the floor.
I hope you have pulled through and i wish you and your family all the best for the future.
Good luck and best wishes.
From Sharon

#13 ~didee~

Posted 31 August 2011 - 06:33 AM

Hi Sharon

I would ask the nearest Vinnie down there. or call their national number 1300633343
Other wise the salvos could help or even a church group.
Where in Vic are you? Are you near a place called Pakenham?


#14 sharonchelsi

Posted 31 August 2011 - 02:14 PM

Hi Di,
Yes i have tried a lot of places and just keep getting put on waiting lists,
I live in the country an hour from bendigo but always go to melbourne every week so my daughter can see her father " such a big help he is " not!!! So Pakenham isn't to far from were i go why.
Thank you Di for writing.

QUOTE (~didee~ @ 31/08/2011, 06:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi Sharon

I would ask the nearest Vinnie down there. or call their national number 1300633343
Other wise the salvos could help or even a church group.
Where in Vic are you? Are you near a place called Pakenham?


#15 ~didee~

Posted 01 September 2011 - 04:59 PM

Has there been no flood recovery centres there?
What about other charties like Red cross and life line.
Did they have any flood recovery payments that could help? Even Maybe raise it with your local member of state, as i had to go to ours for an appeal for funds.
I will make a few call for you and see what i can sort for you.
Sharon can you pm me your adress and or a ph number so i can get people to contact you if you want me to.
take care


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