Tuesday January 4th 2010

Here I am back on board (sort of). Bridie is off for a play and Paul has taken Beth and Bill to spend their Christmas money so I thought I’d best pop on here while I have the chance. As you can imagine it’s been strange holidays so far with me in hospital and then in bed (I’m going back in a minute). Beth has been a bit out of sorts for the last few days. I’m thinking it’s because I’ve been a bit out of touch and though she doesn’t say so I think it’s shaken her up a bit.

Paul has been in the sailing championships since Christmas and it finished yesterday so he’s been handling things as best as he could with not being here a lot. Bridie and Bill have been camping out on the loungeroom floor and Beth had been sleeping with Paul in my bed while I was in hospital. She slept with me for a couple of nights when I got home and last night camped out with the other kids. She’s not keen on staying in her room for some reason. 2 nights ago, when my pleuratic pain was extreme, I asked Paul why she couldn’t sleep in her bed so we tried her in there again. I ended up with Bridie in the bed with me and then Beth came in at about 3am. I didn’t have the energy to send her back so it ended up being the 3 of us together. She’s not great to sleep with, I end up with her feet on me all the time and if I try to move quickly the pain kicks in and it’s awful. Bill is the same, he always ends up completely the wrong way and with his feet on me. I have a king sized bed too so they have lots of room. Bridie on the other hand stays still and for the most, quiet so I don’t mind her with me at all.

Beth was invited to her friends house for a play today. I’ll call her Jen. Jen has called a couple of times over the holidays to try and have a catch up play with Beth but with me sick and Paul sailing the kids have spent most of the week with Bev and John. Today was the first day that we could. I called to speak to her mum today as I have never met her and I wanted to know what she was in for. I spoke to Jen who then asked if Beth could bring her bathers along. That worried me a bit as Beth has her monthly this week and I didn’t know if others were invited to play too, leaving Beth out of the pool. I had a doctors appointment and while I was gone Jen called to say that her mum was sick after all so it has been put off til next Monday. Beth was in tears but I was secretly relieved, at least she can go in the pool if it’s a nice day. It’s lovely for Beth to get invited to somebodies house. I think a combination of my blog post about friendships, the teacher giving the class a talk about kids being left out and the effect that young Mikaylas death has had on all the kids at school has made people think. Jen in particular has been especially lovely to Beth lately, even giving her Christmas presents.

Because Beth was so upset I asked Paul to take her out shopping. A dvd always cheers our girl up.

Beth seems pretty happy with her Christmas presents. She absolutely loves the pixarpaedia and reads it all the time. She loves to tell me facts about pixar movies and it has statistics, who plays each character as well as people who voice different characters in each movie. That’s the bit that she loves about it as she researches things like this on the internet all the time. She also seems to love her Zhu Zhu pets, annoying little guinea pigs that scurry around making dreadful noises!

I’ve decided to start another blog this year. I haven’t got it up and running yet but it will be titled Skinny Dreams. I really want to get fit and healthy this year, not only in body but in mind too. I figure if I write it down as a diary then I’m more likely to get somewhere. And once again my ego tells me that people DO give a shit about all that is me! Another once again is that my lovely friend Paul from XNet is setting it up for me. Thanks babe, I really appreciate it. xxx

I’m going back to bed now. I’ll write again soon (if the kids let me on the computer). Only 6 more sleeps til Beth’s playdate – yay!

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Mother of an autistic child wanting to write about my personal experiences
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