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This morning at school we held a cake sale for Children in Need. The children are all wearing spotty clothes and they will do some fun activities to raise money to help children who really need it.

I am so thankful that I have 2 healthy children. Yes, they  have both had their problems but we are almost at the end of them now. Next week Robyn has an outpatients appointment with her surgeon and Katie also sees her paediatrician but that should be the end of a long journey with them both.
I am thankful that we have had the help and support of friends, family and professionals to get us through the hard times… and let’s be honest, there have been some very hard times with Katie inparticular.

This morning at school I bumped into a very special lady, Heather. I claimed Heather as my unsung hero of 2009 in this blog post because she did so much for Katie and us as a family. I have to confess that I didn’t recognise Heather straight away but she recognised me. It brought a tear to both our eyes as we spoke about Katie. To be able to update her on her progress was marvellous. It helped me to remember just how far we have come in the last few years.
It is possible I will see Heather in school more often now as she has a new role working with older children with statements. I am still so thankful to her. The fact that she remembers us so well proves I was right to claim her as my unsung hero.



Thankful Friday

Posted: 22 July 2011 in Thankful Friday

I won’t lie… these last few weeks have been tough. I’ve spouted about it all a bit on twitter but we have mostly had to keep things to ourselves. We’ve had money worries and a dilemma that could change our family dynamics forever if I’m totally honest. Sometimes life really isnt plain sailing. It would be easier if it were but would it be dull? Probably. Sometimes things happen to keep us on our toes.

We will get through it all eventually but now it is time to be thankful for the good things 🙂

Tonight we go on holiday! We are off to good old Morecambe. We have already got some great memories from family holidays there and this week we will add some more to the memory bank. We are hoping for good weather but we have plans made incase it isnt so good. A trip to the Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool is set to be the highlight of the week. I’ll try and blog a review after we’ve been.

I am so thankful that my parents have a lovely house that is big enough to have us to stay for a while. So thankful that we were able to move out of our old house at very short notice and feel settled here. I’m even more thankful that we get along with my parents so that we are able to live here together without friction!

I have lovely friends who listen to me ramble on about trivial things in comparison to what others are going through.

I found a new teacup! I’m a bit (ok, a lot) fussy about the shape and size of a mug for a cup of tea. I’ve been looking for a new one for a while and I found one in Sainsbury’s. My tea drinking can now recommence.

Lastly for this week I am thankful for sunshine! It has rained a lot this week and on Monday I got very wet taking the kids to school. It was awful. It was meant to be awful weather all week and while it hasnt been fantastic there have been some lovely bursts of sunshine. It makes everything seem brighter, even moods and situations.

Thankful Friday

Posted: 12 November 2010 in Thankful Friday

It’s been a while! I’ve got out of the blogging habit and I need to break back into it. I’ve missed it.
A gentle way to break back then is Thankful Friday. Here goes 🙂

It’s been a tough few weeks here. I’ve had to take Katie for a number of appointments at the Child Development Unit. She has been assessed by various professionals to determine whether she has an Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I’ve blogged many times before about her problems and how they affect our day-to-day life. She seemed to perform well at the assessments but was predictably as good as gold. She did of course have the undivided attention of at least 2 adults at any one time, sometimes 4.
I have been promised that her behaviour at home will be taken into account. There are a couple of professionals who are submitting reports who have seen her tantrums 1st hand.

We have to wait now until 24th November to get the results of the assessments. Anthony is taking the day off work so that he can come with me to the appointment. I just about managed to go to the assessments on my own but I don’t feel I can go to the next one without support.

Robyn also had a hospital appointment recently where it was confirmed that she has significant reflux and a sliding hiatus hernia which is causing her awful heartburn. She is now on the list to have an operation (Nissen’s Fundoplication – info here) in the new year. We are all nervous about it but it will be worth it to sort her problems out.

Mum has suffered with a detached retina a couple of weeks ago and had to undergo emergency eye surgery. Sadly her and Dad were meant to fly to Malta that day and had to cancel their holiday. Still, if they had gone she probably would have lost the sight in her eye. She is recovering well and her sight in the affected eye is improving every day.

So what am I thankful for? Yet again I’m thankful for the NHS. The doctors, nurses and receptionists who have helped with getting our various family members the help they need.

Katie’s assessments are all being done through the LEA. They have also been wonderful. I’ve had contact with educational psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, a teacher for the visually impaired, portage services, nursery nurses, special needs teachers and doctors. We were also lucky enough to be provided with a door to door transport service to get us to and from all the assessments. I cannot praise the whole team enough.

I am thankful for my family and friends who have listened and supported me over the last few weeks.

And also for

  • My new coffee machine. It gives me much pleasure!
  • Cake. Especially Nigellas chocolate orange loaf cake which was baked by my friend.
  • Central heating, good windows and doors, warm coats and umbrellas. The weather is giving us a battering at the moment!
  • The sensible woman at Sky for agreeing to send an engineer to fix (hopefully!) our sky box upstairs for free instead of charging us £65
  • My new gloves which are on their way to me right now. I wanted some gloves that would make taking photos easier in the cold and my friend has come up with these. They are perfect for using iPhones etc too. Like them?!… Contact her on FB and I’m sure she would love to make you some too! She charges just £5 incl p&p.

I’ll be back soon. I promise 🙂



Thankful Friday

Posted: 27 August 2010 in Thankful Friday
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This morning I managed to sleep in until 9am. I wasn’t sound asleep as the girls were awake but I was able to doze while the girls played together nicely. OK, so when I did get up the living room looked like a bomb had hit but at least my batteries were recharged!

This week I am also thankful for:

  • The abundance of blackberries available. Yesterday we picked almost 3lb of juicy berries which will be saved in the freezer to make pies and crumbles through the winter. We shall go and pick more next week when more have ripened.
  • Winning a photo competition on Facebook. My prize was my photograph printed onto a canvas. I’m really thrilled!
  • Katie having a couple of good days.
  • My lovely dad buying the girls a new pair of school shoes each.
  • My husband working extra hard in the evenings after an early start for his day job. He  does the church gardening for extra pennies and out of this next lot of money he says I can have a new laptop. Love that man so much.
  • Managing to lose 2lb this week. I have put on far too much weight this summer and when schools go back I will be back on the wagon properly. This has been a good start.
  • My Grandma. She turns 91 in October and this week I learned that she has said some really lovely things to my dad. She is reflecting on life and making amends for some things that she has said in the past. It just shows that it is never too late to make amends.

Thankful Friday

Posted: 16 July 2010 in Thankful Friday

It’s not just any old Friday today, it is the end of the summer term. Tonight when I pick up Robyn from school and Katie from nursery we will have almost 7 weeks at home together.

In that time Robyn will be at her Dads for one week and Anthony has a week off a couple of weeks later. We plan on going to Morecambe and also some day trips. The Sealife centre in Blackpool is on our list of places to take the girls to.

This week I am thankful for

  • The chance of having almost 7 weeks with my girls with no school get-ups.
  • My friends
  • Katie being in a good mood this morning. I’m feeling full of cold and she is being co-operative which is lovely.
  • Having time alone. I know, it sounds like a contradiction… I’m really looking forward to the holidays but I do adore “me time”. This week I got an extra morning which was wonderful.
  • My family
  • Origami. I’ve always wanted to learn how to fold paper to make pretty things. I am teaching myself how to do it and I’m loving it. Some people see it as a bit pointless but I think to create something interesting and beautiful from a sheet of paper is great!

Happy Friday everyone, have a good weekend and a great summer break if your kids break up today too 🙂

Friday, Friday… it has been a long time coming this week! I could start and end this post by being thankful just for it being Friday this week! Let me explain why…

Early on Monday morning we got up and drove across to Leeds for Robyn to be admitted to hospital for tests. Robyn was meant to go down to the operating theatre in the morning. The nurse actually said that we were first on the list at 8.30am. However when the surgeon came round to speak to us he informed us that it would be the afternoon.
The waiting began and Robyn got very fed up. You could see how nervous she was and inside my heart was breaking because I could do nothing to help her feel better about things.
The lunch trolley came round and of course Robyn wasnt allowed anything because she was nil by mouth. She was so hungry. We watched other children go down to theatre and come back. One child had been to have his tonsils and adenoids out, another to have his finger reattached after trapping it in a door, another little boy with severe special needs had been to have a new feeding tube put in and a 6mth baby had his hips realigned. He came back with a plaster cast that went from above his waist down to below his knees. It was pretty heartbreaking to see but the baby remained happy and kept smiling at us 🙂

Finally it was Robyns turn. She went down to theatre at 2pm and it was to be a straightforward procedure of popping a camera down to have a look at her tummy and leaving a tube in with a ph probe on the end. The tube came out of her nose and was attached to a little black box. This monitors the levels of acid in her tummy.
They said she would only be asleep for 10 minutes so I waited next to theatre in a parents room… the most depressing room you have ever seen in your life. The 10 minutes passed and I was still waiting. An hour later I finally got called. I can tell you that during that hour every thought imaginable went through my mind. I knew I was being irrational, I knew that she was fine and that they were just being very careful with her but at the time I convinced myself that something had gone wrong. When I got called to go to recovery I pretty much ran there.

She was fine, of course. She opened her eyes and said to me sleepily “Can I have something to eat now?!” before promptly going back to sleep again!
While in theatre the surgeon noticed a part of her oesophagus up nearer her throat than where they have looked before appeared to be a bit abnormal. He also thought he could see a slight hiatus hernia. When she had barium swallows before one set of radiologists said there was a hernia, another set from a different hospital said there wasnt. Now I thought we were getting somewhere. Robyn was referred for more x rays the following day. Until then the tube in her tummy had to stay there for 22 hours so we went back to the ward and settled down for a long night.

A poor child in the next bed had his appendix removed a few days earlier and was very ill. That combined with the tonsillectomy child crying and also the baby in plaster crying made it a very, very long and tiring night.

Robyn was allowed an early breakfast and was then nil by mouth again until after her x-rays. She began to count down the hours until her tube was coming out. People came by and tried to cheer her up but she just wanted to be back to normal. Finally the tube came out and we went to x-ray for another barium swallow test. The radiologists didn’t see a hernia and seemed to suggest that the problem the surgeon had noticed wasnt there. I’m unsure though until I get official word back about the tests. They did say that there is some reflux there which goes some way to knowing what is going on I suppose.

We were discharged from hospital and went to a shopping centre on the way home where we gave Robyn £20 to spend on what she wanted for being so brave.

So, back to thankful Friday! This week I am thankful for:

  • It being Friday!
  • That the horrible, invasive tests are done with (for now at least)
  • Doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, surgeons and radiologists!
  • Wimbledon. Watching the tennis in hospital kept me sane
  • Free patientline TV on childrens ward until 7pm
  • Family and friends for helping out and caring
  • Having a new car that got us to the hospital!
  • Our good health. Seeing some poorly children really puts things into perspective

Apologies for my absence. Life has been really very good lately. Anthony has been enjoying his new job and I have been enjoying being a mummy. We finally seem to have found our roles again and it is having such a positive effect on family life.

This morning I was showering both the girls and I said to Robyn “It’s Friday! We’ll be able to have a lovely weekend together”. She replied “Yes we will. Daddy doesn’t have to go to work at the weekends anymore and he is not as grumpy at his new job is he?!”. I admit that what she said really choked me. Even she has noticed how much happier we all are.

So many things to be thankful for:

  • My family. Every day I am astounded at how much love is in our little family.
  • The sunshine. We have been blessed with good weather the last couple of days. It makes such a difference.
  • Birthdays. Robyn turned 7 on Sunday and she had a lovely day. She also had a birthday party last Friday which was wonderful. She has a great group of friends.
    My best friend also had a birthday this week. She turned the big 3-0. Gutted I couldn’t be there to help her celebrate but we will make up for it in the summer.
  • Ice cream. Yum!
  • Paracetamol. I had some horrible headaches this week 😦
  • Winning £5 on a scratch card this morning. It paid for coffee and cakes in a café.
  • Friends. This morning I went out for a walk with friends and then to the park after the café. Without them I would have sat indoors with Katie and probably wasted this beautiful day.
  • Make-up. I’ve finally decided to start wearing makeup again. Only a little bit but I’ve realised how much better it makes me feel. Who’d have thought that a bit of confidence could be found in a pot of eye shadow?!

Have a lovely weekend everyone. We are hopefully heading out for some picnics so we can enjoy the sunshine that is forecast.