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August 10th – Shopping Blues

1999:  Nanny came round to help mum choose a new lounge carpet from the samples we got in Allieds.  Personally I liked the bright gold but they opted for a duller (more boring) colour.  What the heck, it will look more colourful once I get to work on it.  Off we went to Allied to order the chosen carpet then to B & Q and finally we went to Pizza Hut for a buffet lunch.  Unfortunately mummy noticed MFI just as we were leaving.  Then she had the cheek to wake me up after only five minutes kip in the car to drag me round Macro’s!  Well, we’ll see about that.  I put paid to her plans and we left after 5 minutes.  Sounds fair to me, 5 minutes kip = 5 minutes shopping.  

2019:  No shopping today. Still struggling to go out but at least Zof is home today. We have been looking at houses to buy in Norwich though but tied in to renting here until March next year

#mentalhealth #anxiety #depression #toddlers #mums #grandparents #growingup #carpets #Allieds #B&Q #Pizzahut

 

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26th July – Donations to the Cause

1999:  I slept right through until half four this morning, when I woke up in my own bed and was alive and kicking.  Mum still wanted to sleep and after several disruptions to her shut eye she shut her bedroom door in my face. Charming!  By the time she got up – 45 minutes later – we were back on talking terms.  I jumped in mum’s water and drank all her tea (except 3 mouthfuls which she’d managed to swig before I got my mitts on it – gonna have to speed up my tactics). Went to Edons and when mum picked me up she had a tricycle for me which one of her staff had kindly donated to our cause!  Mummy let me ride it out front for a while and then we went round to the back where I found her a lovely feather (the first of her collection) and it wasn’t long before the hose pipe came out.  I surprised mum by counting to twelve in the bath tonight, following which we both fell asleep on my bed at 7.15

2019:  A long drive from Lowestoft in Suffolk in Bala to Wales ready for my Snowdon run,  The alarm is set for 4.40am. The day has come round so quickly ans I am soo literaly nervous and I have no idea why. I have absolutely smashed my fundraising target which currently stands at at £685 towards Crohns and Colitis UK, and now to absolutely smash this mountain.  Hopefully gonna be stting off at 6 am tomorrow and provised all goes well i’ll be returning at some point before 10 am. This is more nerve racking than when I was waiting to go for surgery. Time to show the world that us people with chronic, invisible illness are the most strongest physically and mentally set people! Im not just doing this for me, but my friends, family and everyone in the invisible illness community. Thank yo to everyone who donated and thank you to my family who have come along with me  to be waiting at the end with a long, stiff drink!

#toddlers #childhood #mums #childminders #adulthood #crohns #crohnswarrior #notalldisabilitiesarevisible #ibs #crohnsdisease #mountain #snowdon#wales #snowdonia #trek #family #crohnsandcolitis #fundraising #lowestoft #suffolk

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Stopping the Stork

Overheard this in the waiting room between mum and a circa 4 year old daughter.

Girl: Why are we here?

Mum: Because I’m getting an injection in my bottom

Girl: What for?

Mum: So you don’t have any brothers or sisters at the moment.

Now that’s nearly as confusing as the stork!

#babies #contraception #humour #pregnancy

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Summer Holidays Panic

So this morning I was frantically racking my brain to see who I could contact to see if the kids had finished school for summer at Spilsby or if Jack needed to go in today. I was running around trying to find a uniform whilst going through my Facebook contacts. It was a complete nightmare and then I woke up. I mean he left school 6 years ago and we left Spilsby 9 years ago!

#ditzy #dreams #nightmares #school #holidays #humour

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June 25th – A Little Trick Every Child Should Learn

1999:  We had to wait for the washing machine man again this morning before leaving for Edons.  When we got there I presented mummy with my first handmade card that I had made at toddlers yesterday.  I think she liked it, but I’m not that sure because her eyes looked a bit wet.  When mummy picked me up she had the card in her car and said that she had also had it on her desk with her at work today.  Edon reported that I have been a tyrant today (whatever that means!) and that at toddlers I hadn’t let anyone else play with the toys.  Well, why should I?  They’re all “mine” and it’s not my fault if the other children have a problem accepting this fact.  Things didn’t get any better with mummy  She thought it would be a nice relaxing change tonight to take a walk to the pub and have some chips and a “dink”.  She eventually gave up on the walking, putting me in the buggy and stating that it was a change but the relaxation thing just wasn’t working out.  In the pub garden, I made a discovery and I wanted to share my tip with other children.  If you sit on the toy train ride and shout “mum” at the top of your voice at least 50 times, your mum may ignore you but the nice young lads give you 20p to put into the slot just to get some peace. The way I see it everyone’s a winner – they get a quiet peaceful drink, I get a ride and it hasn’t cost mum a penny! 

2019: Haha. Can just imagine me continually shouting out. My stubbornness hasn’t abated. But to be fair, I wold also be one of the lads giving the child money for a ride! No pub tonight but dinner was ready and waiting for her royalty when she got home – Blue Cheese Brioche Burgers, complete with flowers and rose wine.  Hmm. Not sure how the cheese is going to get on in my bowel. Think it might be in for a tough fight! They tasted good though

#toddlers #tantrums #washingmachines #repairs #childminders #toddlersclub #sharing #cooking #bluecheese #crohns #IBD #childhood #adulthood #pubgardens #screamingkids #childhood #adulthood

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June 12th – The Big MAP Shave

1999: I woke mum at three shouting “mummy, mummy, mummy”.  She came to, to find me falling out of her bed (she didn’t even know I’d got in).  She managed to catch hold of my legs and pull me back just in time.  Mum made cooked breakfast this morning, but I only ate the bacon.  It’s rainy but warm this morning.  I didn’t want to go swimming – I wanted to go to the park.  Mummy took me to Whacky warehouse which was good fun.  I put 20p in a machine to get some Jooster sweets but I opened the door too early and they fell all over the floor so we had to try again.  40p for 11 Joosters and mummy ended up eating the lot because I didn’t even like them!  Mum bought me a new pair of trainers and a big boy’s booster seat (which she now feels was a mistake because I discovered a new game – undoing the seat belt whilst in transit!) and an Action Man bag to take my many changes of clothes to Edons.   I had a bacon roll from the burger van (well two bites) and a can of lemonade which I was apparently meant to share with mum! Oh well, she got double bacon roll – even if she didn’t actually want it. 

2019: Mum text me today as just realised, the date I’m running up and down Snowden for @crohnsandcolitisuk, is the same day she had her head shaved to raise money for the MAP Vaccine. This is a potential cure for Crohns and is in its second phase of human trials. Corina and Lukes Big Map Shave raised £1112.03.  MAP (Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis) is proven to cause Johne’s Disease, an inflammatory bowel disease affecting livestock and is very similar to Crohn’s disease. It is thought that thid is passed to humans in pasteurised milk and the only thing that kills it is sterilisation, but I just done like it!  MAP has been found in 92% of Crohns sufferers with a test developed by Prof. Hermon-Taylor , Kings College London. His team have developed a vaccine to try and eradicate this.  A potential cure for over 4 million sufferers worldwide, including  1.2 million in the USA and 250,000 in the UK. For more information on Crohns and this fascinating research and the vaccine go to http://www.crohnsmapvaccine.com/

#toddlers #mums #parents #burgervans #playareas #crohns #mapvaccine #crohnscure #IBD #Colitis #childhood #adulthood #kingscollege #chronicillness #cattle #milk #Johnesdisease