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:
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...