Whats happening ?

Well, it’s been a while since I have posted. I guess the days just continue to fly by. My days are all pretty much the same. Nothing that exciting.

My Epilepsy hasn’t been to bad lately, but perhaps it was better 12 – 18 months ago. It’s probably 12 months ago that I stopped taking Topriamate. I had 5 turns/ seizures during May and 6 in April. I’m still going to stick to my Magnesium. Who knows whether it’s having any sort of effect. There is no stand out effect at this stage. Magnesium is good for you, so………why not.

Remember I had talked about our Epilepsy Family Fun Day ? Well that never happened ūüė¶ ¬†A couple of the people on our board had health issues at the time, so I think that made some of the organisation difficult.But the biggest thing that continues to be the issue is people. Where are people with Epilepsy ? Most seem to be to shy. Maybe that is understandable, but I don’t feel that way. As I always say, of course I would lose my Epilepsy tomorrow if I could. Who wouldn’t !! ¬†But, it’s really exciting to think I could be involved in getting Epilepsy to a better place than it currently is.

It’s been really rainy here in the last week or so. ¬†I have had to endure the rain when getting the kids to school and kindy a few times. ¬†No one likes walking in wet shoes and clothes. I wore my gumboots this morning !!! A bit heavier, but certainly drier.

Just one more week to go of this school term !! ¬†Isn’t it scary to think we are half way through the year !!

Well, I guess I don’t really have much more to say…..sorry. None of that was really that exciting was it.

Until next time !!

bryce rae



Christmas Lights

Merry Christmas !!!!!!!


Our boy with Santa
Our boy with Santa

We have just been for a drive. The kids have had a late night. We took them for a drive in their P.J’s to see some Christmas light. Man, the extreme that some people go to. It’s great to look at, it certainly got the kids excited, but they have fallen asleep as soon as they got into bed.

1 or 2 streets were packed full of cars with people walking around. I feel a bit sorry for the people not participating. But I guess it’s only for a couple of weeks.
So, are you excited about Christmas ? I’ve been counting down the weeks. I have the privilege with Alie ( wife ) getting a few weeks off due to being a teacher. We’ll be going away to my in-laws for about a week. This year my parents are going to come and stay with us as well. So, the kids are pretty lucky. They will be able to enjoy both sets of Grandparents. Our girl turns 4 a couple of days before Christmas. Not the best date in some ways. We have to make sure not to ¬†pull her birthday into Christmas. She finished at a kindy a couple of days ago. She will be going to a new one next year. She has been going there for a couple of years so her last day was a bit sad. They do a great job, much appreciated. The same goes for our boy at school. He had another lovely teacher this year. So , enjoy ya Christmas, Drive Safe !!


Mount Everest

My Everest Walk !!



So, back to School and Kindy for everyone tomorrow. It’s been a very busy couple of weeks, probably the busiest holidays we have ever had. We saw alot of people. We spent a few nights away with my in-laws and parents. While we were away I did part of the Everest Walk !! Puzzled ?

A view out towards Young Nicks Head

Kaiti Hill



It was called the¬†¬†Kaiti Hill Challenge. Kaiti Hill is 130m high, so 68 climbs or walks gets you all the way to the top of Mt¬†Everest (8840m). ¬†This distance had to be done between the 13th of September and the 31st of October. I don’t really think you can put it on the same scale, but it’s a great theme for a walk. It got alot of people involved, including my mother-in-law. She is always a keen walker.

It was pretty impressive the number of people walking up the hill. Walking up and down took about 30-40 mins, so we did this twice two days in a row. ¬†When you get to the top of Kaiti Hill, you have a pretty good view. You can see all of Gisborne, plus Young Nicks Head. ¬†¬†¬†This is the spot that 12 year old Nicolas Young first saw in 1769 when aboard Captain Cook’s Endeavour.

The Endeavour
Captain Cook’s Endeavour

A couple of days ago, my mother-in- law sent me a text saying she had completed her Everest Walk. Sounds like she got up to 6 walks one day. That’s a bit of walking, and walking the same track over and over again.

So, holidays are always good holidays, but by the end of things I’m always ready for the end of things. The good thing this time of year is that it’s only one ¬†more school term and we have the end of year. Sorry to sound negative, but I don’t really enjoy thinking about Christmas. I sometimes think it would be nice to go to bed about the 23rd of December, then wake up about the 5th of January.

I’ve just had a funny week when it comes to my Epilepsy. A week ago, I went a bit down the road and joined a fitness group. I told the Instructor about my Epilepsy, then about half an hour in had a turn. I felt it coming on. Things looked different. The Instructor was very helpful. She made sure I was ok to walk home. She even sent a Facebook message that evening. I have had turns the last 3 days as well. They have all had a reason, and all been very short. The reasons have being watching my son spill his cereal. It stressed me out watching him try and carry his place-mat and bowl at the same time. I knew something was going to spill. This led to my turn. The next day my kids were riding their bikes outside and my son called us out because my daughter was having problems on her bike. ¬†Then, yesterday …. After dinner, my son asked if there was any pudding. “No”, I said. He didn’t like the sound of that, so more conversation eventuated. Then a very quick turn arrived. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†So, as you can see, just little things that brought a bit of stress. It’s Sunday again, so I’ll be going to the fitness group again. Here’s hoping things will be ok.

All the best,

Bryce ūüôā


It’s That Time Again

Yes, it’s that time again !!

What time ? This week is the last week of the 3rd school term. So, here comes 2 weeks Holiday for our boy, and a week or so away from School for my wife ( she’s a teacher ) . Our girl normally just has one week off Kindy when the School Holidays are with us, but these holidays she’ll have both off.

So, as we do in alot of holidays, we’ll go to Gisborne and stay with my in-laws for a few nights. Might say with my parents at their beach house on the way home as well. Family is very important, and it’s fantastic for Grandparents and Great-Grandparents to spend time with the kids. My parents are lucky in that respect. They are only 15-20 minutes away and we see them at least once a week.


I always look forward to the school holidays because it means I’m not at home alone with the kids. I’m lucky in the respect that my wife is a teacher and she gets that week or so away. But please don’t say to me that teachers get alot of time off work though. They put in big hours during the school term and time at school is required during the holidays. It’s not a 9 am-3 pm ¬†job as many think it is.

My Epilepsy hasn’t been to bad lately, maybe slightly on the improve. So far this month I have had 3 turns. ( Complex Partial Seizures ) . Lets hope I can get to the end of the month without anymore. I’m currently in the process of ending taking Topiramate. They will be completely gone on the 20th of October. That will leave me on Lamotrigine & Levetiracetam.


Our daylight savings start this weekend . Bring on the summer. It’s slowly getting that tiny bit warmer. As I write it’s raining…. I’ll get wet when a go and get my daughter from Kindy in a wee while. Summer seems to get later and later every year.

Time certainly does fly. It seems like just yesterday it was last Christmas. Before you know it, it will be Christmas once again. There are good and bad parts to this. I do look forward to my daughter turning 5. ( Dec 2016 ) ¬†Alot of parents find this upsetting. Maybe I will when it actually happens. I have never been able to drive, so most of my days are at home, just the kids and I. A friend of ours, who’s son just turned 12 , said that it is frightening that his son is now 12. In a few more years, say 6, his son may be off on his own path. I fully understand where he is coming from. I also think of our parents getting older, like we all do. We can’t be here forever.

All the best,

Bryce ox

Hope You Had An Enjoyable Easter :)


So, what a 10 days, 2 weeks. We are now in school holiday mode. The first term has flown by. It seems like just yesterday it was Christmas. The last week of the school term was very much an eventful one though. On the Monday ( 30th March ), I arrived at kindy to pick my daughter up and …. I found my father there. Why ?
Well, my parents had received a call from my wife’s school ( where she works ) to say she was on her way to hospital in an Ambulance. She had some funny vision, then sounds like she pretty much just collapsed. So, we were on our way to the hospital. When we got there, we found her fast asleep. This was the result of a Migraine. This surprised me, because that morning she had said how she felt good, and it was the first morning in a while that she didn’t have a headache. So, I spent the whole afternoon with her. She had a couple of things given by drip plus a few check overs from a doctor.
We were finally able to leave at 6pm. So, what a day. That one came out of nowhere. So, we thought that she would have one day off school, but her workmates were adamant she should take the rest of the week off. This ended up been the case, with Friday been a public holiday for Easter. We had plans to go away Easter Friday. We were unsure whether we would be able to go with those. How would Alie be to drive ? Turned out she was fine, so Friday morning we were off before 9am. We went and stayed for a night at the beach with my parents. Then after that we carried on to Gisborne to Alie’s parents, another 3 and a half hours drive. We had a new nephew to meet in Gisborne, born in February. So, a couple of nights in Gisborne , then another night at the beach on the way home. 4 nights away from home in total. It’s so handy Mum and Dad having the place at the beach when traveling to Gisborne. It helps to break the trip up a little. Easter. I’m not a religious¬† person. The Bible is for some people, not for others. I’m happy for people who believe in God, but that’s not for me. I’ve heard a lot of talk about the Easter Bunny over the last week or 2. It has become a bit boring !!¬† So, looking forward to the rest of the 2 week school holidays. Then it will be back to the normal rountine. Got my mothers 60th birthday this weekend !!