Posts made in February, 2010

A bit of praise

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 | 3 comments

A bit of praise

When May was assigned to her team, I saw our relationship as adversarial. Maybe that is only natural. Before she was born, I anticipated fudging my way through most of her first months, making mistakes and learning, just like other parents. But instead, I found my every move in hospital open for correction: “hold her this way” or “move her very slowly as not to scare her” or even “don’t cuddle her too much.” All bits of advice, especially the last, that I ignored. I anticipated fighting May’s corner but, in most cases, it is in situations I...

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Exam Results

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 | 1 comment

Today, the Boss had two major exam results to report to me. An EEG and a VEP. Neither were all that pleasant. May’s EEG still shows epileptic activity, which didn’t shock either of us since they have all shown that. What did shock us was when, as I described some of the twitching that concerned me, May actually demonstrated it to him for the first time. Her arm shook and the small muscles around her eyes spasmed. “That’s it!” the Boss cried. “That’s a seizure!” If he is right, May has been seizing every day, many many many times a day for as...

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Searching for a nursery – Part V

Posted on Feb 24, 2010 | 3 comments

I never thought I’d be one of those mothers that begs and pleads and prays their child gets into their school of choice. As a teacher, I know there is no such thing as school choice. But, then, I also think that most schools fit the bill. But, I didn’t bet on having a brain-damaged daughter.┬áIn the world of the brain-damaged, there is no nursery of choice. Out of the hundreds in our area, five fit the council’s strict requirements. Of those, four have waiting lists up the wazoo. Which leaves the most expensive one. Second mortgage expensive – and I don’t even...

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Cadair Griffin

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 | 1 comment

My husband and I went to university together to study for the same degree. Lived in the same halls of residence. Our assigned university passwords were exactly the same, only two numbers had swapped places. Almost 10 years later, and we are both teachers of English in inner-city, London high schools. We even both had a baby girl born with brain damage! (now, that’s just spooky) Today, he published his own blog as well. Only, his is better written. If you like Science Fiction of all kinds, especially the writing of HG Wells, Cadair Griffin is the hip, new hang out for invisible men and...

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This week I’m… using colored lights.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 | 3 comments

Be patient. This is all leading somewhere (a phrase that should be the official motto of this blog) Living in Britain means my life has changed immeasurably. While it is often hard to put a finger on the exact differences, the English language itself provides some clues. For example, Americans are often thought of as more artificial than the rest of the world, but it is the British that show their true saccharine nature through their deviations in English. In the land of the Oxford English Dictionary, they have created cutsie terms such as a bickie (for biscuit) to be dipped into their tea...

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