Posts made in May, 2012

Five completely stupid and totally irresponsible excuses

Posted on May 30, 2012 | 0 comments

Five completely stupid and totally irresponsible excuses

It’s been two weeks since the so-called social services came to check May’s chair. The chair is STILL not fixed. She doesn’t have a new one yet either. Of course, I did receive a phone call to update me on the progress – hahaha! As if! “When’s it arriving?” my mother-in-law asked me today. “About six weeks,” I responded. “Ah,” she said wisely, “the magic six weeks.” Everything ordered by the government takes six weeks. Everything. Except they don’t take six weeks. They take six weeks from the last time you...

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Don’t think you are special? Join the (book) club.

Posted on May 26, 2012 | 4 comments

Don’t think you are special? Join the (book) club.

Special children for special parents. When I hear that phrase I want to shove my daughter’s standing frame into the person’s face. What is it with some people? I mean really? Was May put on this Earth to be special for me, or I for her? No, she wasn’t. And – newsflash – I’m not special enough to fix her. Our lives are not a greeting card for the unlucky. So, when I came across Shut Up About Your Perfect Kid, I thought. Yep. You guys get it. A book for real parents of children. Not super special parents. (Who are these special parents, anyway? Do they take...

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Monkey May visits the zoo

Posted on May 24, 2012 | 0 comments

Monkey May visits the zoo

Special Needs Day at the London Zoo is one that I have avoided since May’s birth. I don’t like being pigeon-holed into special needs days – as if we can’t enjoy the zoo just like any other family. What a loser I am! The London Zoo was amazing. The turnout was incredible. It was jam packed with happy families gorging themselves on ice cream. (Ours included.) A big group of friends joined us and we were all entertained by lions, tigers and… monkeys. Oh my! May and I started off the day in their Living Rainforest where we attended a special visually impaired...

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May vs The Hospital: Part 1, Missing information

Posted on May 20, 2012 | 11 comments

Last autumn, my husband and I sat down with a lawyer to instruct him to open an investigation into May’s birth. The only cases I’ve heard of going through, and I do know personally of a couple, are ones where the hospital admitted fault from the very day it happened. The moment of wrongdoing was that obvious. We can think all we want that the birth did go wrong; unless the lawyer can prove it, forget it. In our household, even with our beliefs that things did go wrong, an investigation will probably not uncover that one terrible moment. As if there is one moment, I believe there...

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The So-called Social Services strike again

Posted on May 16, 2012 | 5 comments

The So-called Social Services strike again

Back in December, I contacted Social Services about getting my daughter’s chair fixed. The chair supports her fully so that she can use her arms and head without also concentrating on keeping her body erect. She eats in it. She plays in it. It is a very important piece of kit. It’s mid-May now. Six months later. Is the chair fixed? Nope. Of course you may recall this phone conversation with a Social Services Occupational Therapist (SSOT) or our subsequent meeting. What fun! To his credit, the SSOT did get the ball rolling again after his phone call and meeting with me. A woman...

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