Thursday, March 28, 2013

Reasons to be cheerful 28.3.13

Reasons to be Cheerful at Mummy from the Heart

I've not been a happy bunny this week, despite the promise of lots and lots of chocolate at the weekend. I've got Easter holiday cabin fever, and the news in Ireland and overseas has been very depressing.  Working women in Ireland are told they may have to go home if their childcare costs exceed their current salaries, the disabled and sick to bear the brunt of cutbacks in the UK, a rape victim in Ohio gets blamed, Gardai to be disciplined for a peaceful protest, and a website that is actually used by young people is vilified when some no-so-young people don't like some of the content.

So it's a good time to find some reasons to be cheerful:

CANCER FEARS

The lesion on my face that was removed in the same week as the colonoscopy and the smear, is not cancerous.  A huge relief, just waiting on the other results now, but they were routine tests, so I'm not too worried.

CHOCOLATE AND PHONES

Another package of phones arrived from my lovely friend in Slovenia for the Phones for AJ Appeal and she sent this too:



Isn't she thoughtful?

ASPERGERS, ANXIETY AND AWESOMENESS

My son has finally got over his fear of the bogey man in the local Tesco that he thought was trying to abduct him. It's only taken a year!  But at least we can now walk to the nearest  shops more often.  Now I just need to find a way to tackle his fear of the dark...

Like many children with Aspergers my son is fairly obsessed with gaming, and I'd never seen any advantages to this.  Until now.  You need to know that he really struggles with handwriting, and most of his written work is short and untidy.  But earlier this week I saw what he is capable of when given a laptop and a subject of interest: he'd typed up a 1000 word guide to building a character in the on-line game, Awesomenauts.  And you'd never guess it was written by an 11 year old boy - perhaps I'm finally getting to see the awesome side of Aspergers.

A SHOWER CHAIR FOR SMILEY

Finally we may have one, it's only been a year since the saga of the shower chair began, but it looks as though this one might work (and she was smiling just before I took the picture..)  Of course now the chair has to be sanctioned, ordered and delivered, which could take another 6 months, but hopefully it won't.


NIGHTS OUT WITH MY DAUGHTER

I still have to pinch myself to see is it really true that my 20 year old wants to go places with her Mum!  It didn't happen when I was young.  But we get on, we like many of the same things, so why not?  And  so we went to the cinema last night and it was lovely to get out :)

Reasons to be Cheerful is being hosted by Seasider in the City for a few weeks, so head on over if you want to read more positive stories...


26 comments:

  1. glad to hear your son got over his fear, my son doesn't like the dark either we have to keep a light on for him, i hope you all have a lovely weekend xx

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  2. Fantastic!! ALL of it! And delighted with your good health news. But don't mention gaming, or easter Holidays cabin fever......sigh.

    xx Jazzy

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    1. Not you too :( Hopefully we'll both get out soon xx

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  3. Some lovely reasons, must be a relief on the health side xx

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  4. That is awesome progress for your son, and has given me a good idea for a way to work through L's dislike of writing, thank you. I hope you get your shower chair sooner rather than later, and I'm glad you enjoyed a good night out at the cinema. Delighted with your good news re the lesion, what a huge relief that must be. Have a wonderful Easter x

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    1. Wow I hope the good idea works for L, that would be really great :) x

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  5. Fab reasons to be cheerful! x

    mumx3x.blogspot.co.uk

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  6. Well you have cheered me up too with your reasons to be cheerful and I love the blog makeover, must not have visited you for a while? That says more about my hectic life than it does about you! Still plenty of chocolate to be getting excited about yet to come, have a beautiful Easter with your fabulous brood of Easter Chicks:~))

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    1. He he! I'm sure you won't mind me saying that your blog was one of the ones I went to for inspiration for my makeover :)

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  7. You have found plenty to smile about!

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  8. These are reasons to be cheerful/ecstatic. Maybe aspergers should be renamed awespergers.

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  9. ahhhh how lovely to read this
    SO glad that the cancer fear is not real - so happy to hear that

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  10. I'm so happy reading this C. Has really cheered me up. So lovely that something for each of your beautiful children is here too.
    xx
    p.s. You still don't look old enough to have a 20 year old daughter

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    1. It's good to get the positive stuff out there isn't it :) And thank you for your kind words re my daughter! xx

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  11. My 9 year old writes AWESOME games based stuff- fiction and non-fiction, he wants to be a games designer, and I see no reason why he won't achieve that! Good news about your results and smileys chair. Hope you are enjoying the chocolate! :)

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    1. Stuffed with chocolate now :)

      Your 9 year old sounds very talented x

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  12. Awesome reasons to be cheerful. Great to hear that the lesion was clear.Can't you and Jazzy bring your kids for supper as well, would really love to meet them! Mind you, if you having cabin fever then it is probably a good idea to leave them at home! :-) xx

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    1. Sadly an evening meal out doesn't really work for my kids: my son wouldn't want to stay long and Smiley would want to go to bed :) xx

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  13. I'm glad your son has overcome his fear and I hope in time his fear of the dark can be one of the past too. I agree there are some awful things in the news and if im honest I have to tune out sometimes because it makes me so very sad. I hope this weeks feels better for you x

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    1. This week is going pretty well :) Hope yours is too x

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