The results are back and my lung problem is something unpronounceable but not life-threatening. The prescription? Physiotherapy, regular flu vaccinations and lots and lots of exercise! So I'm determined to make the exercise fun and go to the occasional class with friends while the kids are at school, or run along the beach rather than pound the pavements along streets I've seen a thousand times before.
I grew up surrounded by music: my father, his father and I all played the piano, I sang in the school choir and a couple of groups. I always assumed that my children would be the same, but so far my piano sits unloved and unplayed in the back room. Yet my son always showed an interest in music, both at home and at school, but never went quite as far as learning an instrument. Until now. In his secondary school all the boys begin learning the recorder in second year, and my son has taken up this challenge with gusto. I know this because my ears tell me that he has spent more time on his music homework than any other subject. It's a good start.
Well since I wrote the post about being offered meetings instead of services, things have been happening for Smiley. Perhaps it's just a coincidence though. But the shower chair is now being repaired, I have a replacement tray for the broken one on her wheelchair, the respite issues are being addressed, and appointments have been made to investigate her sleeping problem. All is improving in her world.
When I started yoga two years ago I only knew the lovely lady who organised it. But being me, I started sharing the details of the classes all over social media, and interest slowly grew. And at this week's class I was surrounded by friends, not just the new ones I've made but also five friends I've met through special needs. Oh and I still try and put my yoga mat beside the door!
As you probably know by now 'reasons to be cheerful' is about looking at the positive things in your life and the good things that happened over the previous seven days. It's blogging as a form of therapy, and I find it very helpful. So I'm also planning to join in with this new initiative from Kate on Thin Ice . This week's theme is "Being Different is Good", something I know all about as a special needs Mum! Here's her questions, and my answers:
1. Are you different and, if so, how?
I guess I feel that everyone is unique so we are all different, but perhaps some of us are more different than others. There's a good chance that I have Asperger's Syndrome like my son, and that would explain a lot of the difficulties I had as a teenager, my social awkwardness and the constant niggling lack of self-confidence that I just could never seem to fit in anywhere.
2. Do you celebrate your uniqueness or strive to fit in?
A bit of both. Social media helps, as I've found other adults who are obsessed with everything Tolkien, indie music and fast cars!
3. Are you ever judgemental of other mums who are different from you? Answer honestly even if only in your own head.
I try very hard not to be judgemental, but I'm sure I am: some very harsh parenting methods upset me for example.
4. What would you like to be different about you?
To have better social skills.
5. Have you ever being attacked or bullied for being different? How did that affect you?
Yes. I was an uberconfident child, but bullying in my teenage years changed me completely, though I learned to act confident, even if I didn't feel it.
6. If you had to write an advert for yourself as a limited edition, what would you say to make people think you were great?
I wouldn't want anyone to think I was great!
And that's all for this week...