Our holiday to EgyptPublished Date: 12 Jan 2023
We have just come back from an amazing two-week break to Hurghada in Egypt. I was worried how Kenzie would get on with the six-hour flight, but he was so good and it didn't bother him at all. He enjoyed playing with his activity books and colouring and didn't comment on the noise levels once. The airport staff were very supportive again as we booked special assistance; he also got to play in the sensory room again, which he loves.
Our resort was fantastic and perfect for children. We had five different pools that Kenzie would choose from as well as a private beach. He also loved the restaurants and being able to pick his own food every day.
We spent most days in the pools as Kenzie loves swimming. Normally when we go swimming at home it doesn't bother him having his 'swimming ears' on (the plastic covers that go over his cochlear implants). However, he can’t hear as well with his swimming ears, so having to wear them so much on holiday did frustrate him, and he was always asking us to speak louder.
He would ask to swap them back to his normal ears regularly. It can be tricky swapping them back and forth, but I thought it was important to do whatever made him feel comfortable. When he had his normal ears on, I just popped a hat over the top to protect them a little and made sure they went into the dry box every night.
It can also be difficult to keep his swimming ears on as they are bulky and heavy with the plastic casing. They also don’t have the loop around his ear to keep them in place, so I attached the clips to his swimwear and popped a head band over the top to help keep them in place. This seemed to work well.
Kenzie's favourite thing was using his water shooter to get the pirates on the pirate boat and racing down the water slides. He also loved playing with his hundreds of cars at the poolside. He even made a little friend who he enjoyed playing with every day. He was a little younger than Kenzie and also spoke a different language, but this didn't stop them playing and enjoying themselves, and they even learnt some different words from each other.
We also went on two glass bottom boat trips to see the fish under the sea, which Kenzie loved! The noise of the boat and the people didn't bother him one bit. I think he was too busy enjoying himself to notice.
All the hotel staff were great with Kenzie, and they could not have been more helpful and friendly with him. They made sure they spoke slowly, especially with the language barrier, and always made the effort to stop and play with him or shake his hand.
We had the best holiday and created amazing memories. I love our little adventures!