Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Into Battle Once More

You may recall, I was a tad annoyed the other week when I received a written copy of my Mental Health assessment. It 's fair to say, it was absolutely appalling and I was left absolutely fuming and with little faith left in those who are supposed to care and help. If you missed that post, you can catch up with it here. I've not put that complaint in yet, but I am going to the hospital next week so will hand it in when I do.

However, today I find myself once again, channelling my inner Katniss Everdeen and entering the arena. The difference this time is I am also wearing my mumma bear hat, so I suggest anyone getting in my way, jolly well move themselves pretty darned quickly. This girl is well and truly on the warpath.

I've said before how absolutely amazing my girls have been throughout my illness. They have done so much for me, and with me. They have held my hand, hugged me, passed me tissues, cooked dinners, done housework and somehow, still excelled at school.

From the onset, I let school know what was happening at home and between us we have secured support for both girls. This is really important, living with someone who suffers from a mental illness is very difficult and emotionally draining. I'm so pleased I did, even though it was difficult, because we now have a Family Worker and a Young Carers Worker who work with them and whom have both confirmed that one of the girls is struggling and needs more help.

I spoke to my GP yesterday (I have a season ticket and expect to get my own VIP waiting lounge with complimentary nibbles shortly) and explained that a referral was needed at the request of both parties working with my daughter. Knowing our family history, she was happy to do this and I said I would take her in at the end of the week. However, that went a bit pear shaped because said child is at home today, so it made sense to book her in for today and hurrah I managed to get an appointment before 9am. It was a bit of a rush getting there, but well worth it, I thought.

I seem to be using this phrase quite a lot lately, but here we go again...How wrong was I? First off, I made an epic parenting/ social etiquette faux pas. The 'check yourself in screen' didn't like me and told me to go to reception. I may have sworn quietly at it before turning round and seeing a room full of very silent people staring at me as though I had just committed murder (in my defence I had been super stressed trying to get there on time with 15 minutes notice). Oops!

That was nothing compared with what was to come (and how I didn't swear again, I do not know).

We were called in and my heart sank because the GP we were seeing was not our family GP, but one who is known for being a bit difficult. OK, thought I, this is a child and a child in need of referral for her MH and well being. This will be fine. I explained that two professionals had asked I get a GP referral for therapy for her, and that I had discussed it with my own GP at the same practice. Had you happened to walk into the room at that moment, you would likely have thought I had asked him to clean the practice toilet with his toothbrush, such was his obvious reluctance to help. He wanted written reports from the workers suggesting that a referral was required because he didn't know the background. First time that's been mentioned. I explained some more to him and he eventually (and reluctantly) agreed to help, but not without making it feel like a real chore.

What riled me more than anything though, was that at no point did he make any effort whatsoever to do his own assessment of my daughter. She was sat right in front of him. He didn't once speak to her and barely looked at her. I'm astounded. How can you have a patient in front of you and simply ignore them? She may be a child, but she is a very intelligent and articulate child. I can tell you she lacks resilience, I can tell you she has anxiety, I can tell you what her home life and school life have been like the last five months, but I cannot tell you how she feels you need to communicate with her!

I don't know what damage today's trip to the doctor's may have done. I know I felt hurt, let down, helpless and very angry. I know I wanted to just burst into tears because I felt as though I had let her down and put her through a horribly uncomfortable situation for nothing. Did my daughter deserve better today? Yes she bloody well did and so does every other patient walking into his surgery!

I've written and emailed a complaint in. It's the first thing I did when I got home. I'm frustrated that everything to do with MH Illness is a battle. I am sad that there are still some health professionals who don't understand it. I am sick of hearing of people being let down. I'm sick of the post code lottery. Most of all, I'm devastated that even our young people have to battle to get the help they need.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Celebrating Wednesday's #36

Hello everyone and welcome to the middle of February. Yes, I am fully aware of the date and, if you don't mind, I am going to ignore the obvious celebration and sit on my shelf with a cuppa. You see as well as it being 'that day,' it is also:
  • Ferris Wheel Day
  • Donor Day
  • Cream Filled Chocolates Day
  • Pet Theft Awareness Day
Personally, I think two of those are far more important than the very commercialised day everyone else is spending money on. That said, I would suggest not letting it slide if you have an other half who is a little sensitive about it, trust me, that's a can of worms you really don't want to open!

However, the day I have chosen for us to celebrate is one which kind of links back nicely to a post I wrote last week, Something for Tomorrow to encourage you all to take part in, Send a Card to a Friend Day.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

An Alarming Incident!

It's half term and I have to say, it's started off with a wee bit more excitement than I had anticipated. More's the point, it has started with excitement, which, quite frankly, I could have done without. Let me start at the beginning though, because some excitement was expected.

On Friday, I waved goodbye to my eldest daughter. Actually, I didn't, the coaches that were taking herself and her cohorts to Paris hadn't arrived on time (for a change) and so, parents were politely asked to leave so that the teachers and school buses could access the car park. Anyway, back to the story, Miss. D was off to Paris for a French trip. One day in Paris and one day in Disneyland Paris. Jealous? Yes, me too! Back home Monday afternoon. I know she wasn't gone long, but Miss. L and I missed her and were really looking forward to her arriving home.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Losing Faith

It's fair to say, I've been through the mill, as the saying goes, over the last few months. I've reached depths I never thought I would or, indeed, could. I've discovered that I am a natural born fighter; that even when I've wanted to give up, throw the towel in and just end it all, I wouldn't allow myself to, at least not all the time I still had some fight left. If I weren't such a fighter, I guarantee, I would not be here now. Thankfully, I'm a stubborn cow, so you're stuck with me. Sadly for you, I will fight against anything which I feel is wrong, unhelpful or unfair.

Thursday, 8 February 2018


If you've been reading the blog for a while, you may know I rather like dragonflies. Indeed, I have a dragonfly tattooed on my wrist, it's body is a semi colon, in honour of Project;. When I had my tattoo done, I had already suffered two 'episodes,' but never did I think that I would have one that would push me to want to end my own life.

When I was taking the full dose of my prescribed medication, I was literally bombarded by suicidal thoughts, every single minute of every single day. It was a terrifying experience. It was a lonely experience. I felt absolutely hopeless, and my much loved semi colon dragonfly became a huge irony to me. There I was wanting to die whilst carrying a symbol of hope on myself. At times, it felt as though my body were mocking me. Now I see that it was, in fact, my insane self mocking my sane self.

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Celebrating Wednesday's #35

It's Wednesday, it's the middle of the week and it's flipping cold outside. I don't know about you, but I am looking forward to Spring arriving in a few weeks. I don't mind the cold, but when it takes two hours to warm up after a twenty minute dog walk, well, need I say more?

Anyway, it is Wednesday, which means it's time to settle down with a cuppa and have a few minutes to yourself whilst we look at today's special day. If I may say so, I am just a little bit excited about today's day and I apologise for the number of photos I may use.

So without further ado, I present Wednesday's Special Day to you, which is...

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Something for Tomorrow

As you all know, I have become just a wee bit passionate about all things Mental Health. I make no apologies, whatsoever. Let's face it, whether your mental health is good, or bad, we all have it and we need to take care of it, by looking after ourselves and those around us. Yep, that's right, we have a responsibility to look after those around us too. The problem is, we all lead such busy lives that we neglect to care for ourselves sometimes, let alone those around us.