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Summer holiday - at last
Tuesday, July 21, 2020      8 comments

This is the first time ever, I have taken the school holidays off - or at least most of them. I'm having 3 weeks break now, teaching for one week in August, and then another 3 weeks before schools are back. I've found teaching online really hard... Read more
Looking back
Thursday, June 06, 2019      11 comments

This time last year I was setting off on a cruise to Iceland - a truly wonderful 12 days but with a sting in the tail. I had a fall which left me with a hip and knee injury which took until January this year before I could walk without crutches ... Read more
Tuesday, December 04, 2018      15 comments

I travelled up to Sheffield Sunday and got back home late last night. My brother has donated a fridge freezer to youngest son, Will who is still in psychiatric hospital and likely, it seems now, to remain so over Christmas. We were hoping he wou... Read more
Saturday, July 28, 2018      12 comments

Will has become more and more depressed and I had to call an ambulance on Friday evening, because I was so afraid he would take his own life. He is living in a 4th floor flat and he has talked before about throwing himself off the balcony in the... Read more
Update on the update
Tuesday, May 22, 2018      6 comments

Thank you so much everyone for your replies. My brother drove me up to Sheffield on Sunday to pick Will up, but he had calmed down by then and decided he needed to stay there to sort his flat out himself - get the repairs done and so on. He... Read more
Update on Will
Sunday, May 20, 2018      6 comments

This last month has been hard going for Will and for us as a family. He has had disgracefully little support from the community mental health team and has been transferred to a new social worker who in 6 weeks has only just met him for the first... Read more
Tuesday update
Tuesday, April 10, 2018      10 comments

Will is now back home in Sheffield. At his own request I put him on a coach yesterday morning. He is a nightmare at the moment as he is so chaotic and won't allow anyone to help. I can't deal with it, so hopefully he will get the support he need... Read more
Home again!
Thursday, April 05, 2018      8 comments

Will has been discharged from hospital and is managing incredibly well with continuing improvement to his vision. The re-enablement nurses came this morning, but in fact Will manages his personal care so doesn't need help with that, and he has g... Read more
Easter Tuesday
Tuesday, April 03, 2018      10 comments

I spent 3 hours with Will this morning waiting for him to be seen in the Eye Clinic. He has tunnel vision and can see a small inch sized circle clearly and then grey/black around the edge, so no peripheral vision. He could read every letter on t... Read more
Easter Sunday
Sunday, April 01, 2018      15 comments

So much more hopeful today than a few days ago. Will is beginning to see a little, but only about a square inch of vision and everything outside of that is black. It is impossible for him to walk about without a stick but he is getting very prof... Read more
Monday, March 26, 2018      7 comments

I spent most of the day at the hospital with Will again. I went with him to the eye clinic where they did a general test which established he could read 4 lines of the large letters on the wall but seems to find it very difficult to focus on wha... Read more
Saturday, March 24, 2018      7 comments

Thank you so much everyone for all your good wishes and prayers. Will was breathing on his own this morning so they stopped the anaesthetic which was keeping him asleep and allowed him to wake up. However he has lost his eyesight, although... Read more
A traumatic day
Friday, March 23, 2018      21 comments

We have had our youngest son, Will, who has bipolar, staying with us for the last three weeks, which have been quite up and down. Today he took a massive overdose and is not in a critical condition in intensive care. Thankfully, I went to check... Read more
Another new year, another new beginning.
Thursday, January 04, 2018      9 comments

. I found SparkPeople in March 2008 and made good progress during the first six months but fell by the wayside when my father died and I became responsible for looking after my very demanding stepmother who thankfully (for her and everyone else!... Read more
Busy weekend
Monday, March 20, 2017      6 comments

Two weeks ago in the gale we lost one of the biggest branches of our old apple tree so it was going to have to come down. It was riddled with fungus and overgrown with mistletoe and last year we hardly had any fruit from it. Last week we got the... Read more

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