School’s Out for Summer!

It was the first day of Joshua’s school holidays, so he got a lie in as Yorkshire Grandma was coming to get him at 10am. Of course, because he is contrary, he got up soon after 8am, when he didnt need to, and came downstairs where I gave him his breakfast and morning medication. So Joshua was knocking around when I went to work, already throwing cushions and trying to escape through the front door! He looked as though he might be a handful so I hopped onto my bike, and cycled the 2 miles to work, leaving Dad in charge!

I had a really busy morning at work but  was aiming to leave at 2pm. My bike chain came off as I cycled home and as it was very greasy, I let it be and pushed my bike the remaining quarter of a mile, where my husband fixed it and showed me how to for next time. Yorkshire Grandma brought Joshua back and we simply swapped cars, he was mad not to go inside the house, but we had a dentist appointment to get to and we were running late. Joshua’s latest trick is to bend down as though he is going to sit, as a way to object and in this position he is very hard to move, it s very effective as he plants himself to the floor.

It soon became clear why he did not want to come with me in the car, as within 5 minutes, he began fitting again. I pulled the car over, as he had three short seizures then put his head on his pillow to sleep them off, so we continued our journey.He was very perky at the dentist – waving at everyone, grabbing pens and telephones etc. In the surgey itself I gave him a marker pen- with the lid on!- and so he set about ‘scribbling’ on the walls and whiteboard, while I talked to the dentist about his impossible delay. She is hoping that he will get an appointment for his fillings, under sedation, in September. That will be 9 months after she initally referred him and when I chased it, the lady on the phone told me that some people wait for 14 months. I told her that that was nothing to brag about!

We went from the dentist to the supermarket – I know, I know how to treat my lad on the first day of his school holidays with the dentist and then shopping! But he did have fun – he loves to push a trolley, even though we hadnt bought enough to justify one, he adored the sloping escalator which took us upstairs and down again and he dragged me into ‘Donalds’!, for some chips and orange juice – he would not take no for an answer, even though he had eaten lunch with Yorkshire Grandma.

Then we drove to see a friend at her house, where he demanded attention while we sat talking and drinking tea. He used a variety of tactics to get our attention:

  • He pulled his t shirt up to show us his tummy. My friend began to squirt him with cool spray to cool him down, which made him do it even more
  • He lay on the kitchen floor then started to scoot around on his bottom
  • He grabbed at my friend’s son’s glasses, trying to pull them off and making him shout to be rescued
  • His eyes went dazed and in opposite directions, threatening more seizures
  • He climbed onto the table that we were sitting at, lying between us both, giggling

After a couple of hours we came home again, where he was calmer and after my tea, we had a cool bath to ease his heat rash. On the first day of his holidays, he was tucked up in bed at 9.30pm. I wonder what today will bring?

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