IT’S NOT SPECIAL NEEDS THAT PREGNANT MUMS SHOULD FEAR

Perhaps it was the come down after Smiley’s wonderful graduation ceremony on Wednesday, but Thursday felt like the pits. My daughter finishes school next week and her graduation should have been a celebration of her school years and excitement about the next stage in her life. Instead she has nowhere to go and faces an unknown and uncertain future, like many other young adults with special needs.

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WHY I CANCELLED RESPITE AND WHAT I LEARNED

I don’t think it was the fault of the staff, I don’t think it was lack of information, I don’t think it was the place where she stayed. But last time that Smiley came home from respite she was clearly traumatised. And I don’t say that lightly. She was only there for one night. Lots of preparations had been made, yet something went badly wrong.

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WE’VE A DRAGON ON THE LOOSE AND A GIVEAWAY TOO

We’re big fans of dragons in this house, but sadly my brood are more interested in really scary adult dragons, so I’m looking for a home for the charmingly named Snotlout and Hookfang, who landed unexpectedly in my porch this morning to publicise the upcoming DreamWorks Dragons series on Netflix. So I thought a giveaway would be a good plan and the details are below. But first I let the dragon out of its cage box and we had some fun…

Look what I’ve done!

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HOW TO FEEL YOUNGER WHEN YOU’RE GETTING OLD

It’s my birthday weekend, and for once I’m feeling it. And not in a good way. I’m now officially in my mid 50s, and I do not like that place at all. On Friday night I celebrated Angel’s return from Tenerife and my last day in my early 50s with wine, and I’m regretting it now. It was only a couple of glasses too! It looks like me and teetotalism are going to be best buddies from now on. But perhaps that’s just as well.

Sometimes I feel about 100 as I look dispassionately and without recognition at the younger me in old photos. It’s not my face that’s changed, it’s what I do, what I think and how I feel. But I’m not ready to get old yet, and I think the key is in my head.

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REASONS TO BE CHEERFUL 18.6.15

Lots of little reasons to be cheerful after last week’s major one, which I’m still celebrating.

A holiday in Tenerife

Not mine. Angel’s. Delighted that she got a break. Relieved to get a text to say that she had arrived safely, and thrilled to hear the door open last night as she arrived home. And catching up with all her news this morning. Still, I wish I was there!

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THE PAIN OF LOSING A CHILD

I had an older brother. I never met him. I never knew him, I never saw a photo of him. All I know is that he was premature, born with spina bifida, and only lived for a few days. My parents only gave me the facts, they never told me how his death affected them or how they dealt with it. And now they are gone too and I will never know.

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10 LESSONS FROM LASER EYE SURGERY

I was doing fine until I saw the chair. It looked like a dentist’s chair, except the surgeon would be operating on my eyes, instead of my teeth. This did not make me feel comfortable, in fact it made me want to run. But how could I back out now? I’d spent years thinking about laser eye surgery, and with a friend’s help, I’d finally found a surgeon I liked, who was also going to do the procedure for half the normal price..

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