Monday, 2 November 2009
I cant quite grasp how something as simple as a dream can have such a positive effect, makes me wonder about the power of our sub conscious!
Monday, 13 July 2009
Isn't it amazing what modern technology can do, this is a 3d scan of my grandson who isn't due to be born until end Sept / beg October 2009.
Now this is a nice image of progress, unlike the images i saw on TV of the monkey wired up to operate a device using thought patterns, even though that research may come up with numerous ways to help paralyse people it still left a bad taste seeing the poor animal :-((
Wednesday, 6 May 2009
Anyway after about 3yr of teen and a particular incident involving a 10yr olds unacceptable sexual behaviour we decided to change to under fives. Really not a lot of difference between a toddler having a tantrum and a teenager having one :-) To become Foster Carers we had to undergo a years scrutiny into every aspect of our life, nothing was private, family, finances, past marriages, childhood it was all assessed by a social worker who puts together a report which goes to a panel who decide whether to approve you or not. Following approval you have to continue to improve your skills with training etc. I have NVQ level 3 in children & young peoples care, have trained in numerous subjects such as health and safety, basic hygiene, safe care, record keeping, body language, listening and negotiating strategy's, first aid, behaviour management and various others which i cant even recall at the moment :-)
Never the less we as foster carers are often side lined by the so called professionals ie social workers , managers etc, parents of the children we care for particularly seem to think we aren't fit and continually try to undermine us, yes these same parents who have had their children removed because they have neglected or abused them. Not only do we care for the children's daily needs we also have to keep records of everything that happens while they are with us, we have to attend meetings relating to the children's care plans, child protection conferences etc, alas often we are treat as having little importance, information not shared with us our observations not taken seriously and even in some cases made to feel as if we are just the hired help, i guess in a way we are.
We have to engage with the parents and often they are given our address and contact details even in situations where they are actually a danger to their own children. Children continue to have contact with their parent usually daily and often supervised, the children quickly get used to being the centre of attention by a lot of people, drivers who collect them and supervisors of contact and of course all these people are experts on the child and always know more than us who have them the other 22hrs of the day do, or so they think :-)
Fostering babies is particular difficult as after putting so much effort into rearing them you then have to hand them over to adopters, your heart breaks in half as these babies don't understand what is happening and you feel as though you are abandoning them, its all for the best of course but you know that the break of their first bond is traumatic for them as well as you and the introduction and move is all done in a week.
Fostering also opens your eyes to a world which you find hard to believe still exists in 2009 a world where behind closed doors children are severely neglected and abused yet its a world in which we must not judge ;-)
Friday, 1 May 2009
I think all is about to change and people are going to drift away from worshiping material things and start to realise what is important in life such as family, health etc.
Hold on tight we are probably all in for a bumpy ride .
Friday, 10 April 2009
One of my pets died this week Dudley he was a green cheeked conure and we had him for 11yrs, quite a character we miss him a lot. Just cleaned and put away his cage, wont have another one as don't really like keeping birds in a cage but i loved him :-(
Have been following my healthy eatiung plan this last two weeks and have lost 7 lb so am chuffed.
Looking forward to having all the family over for tea on Sunday, hope everyone has a great Easter x
Friday, 6 March 2009
What I'll most likely be doing in the future
If I were a movie character, I would be
What's most likely playing on my iPod Don't have one :-(
My nicknames Cat Woman
Things I'm most likely to say
Something I can't leave home without
The soundtrack of my life
Tuesday, 3 March 2009
I,__________________, being of sound mind and body, do not wish to be kept alive indefinitely by artificial means.
Under no circumstances should my fate be put in the hands of pinhead politicians who couldn't pass ninth grade biology if their lives depended on it, or lawyers/doctors interested in simply running up the bills.
If a reasonable amount of time passes and I fail to ask for at least one of the following:
Glass of wine
Chicken fried steak
Cup of tea
It should be presumed that I won't ever get better. When such a determination is reached, I hereby instruct my appointed person and attending physicians to pull the plug, reel in the tubes, let the 'fat lady sing,' and call it a day!
Have a Drink - IT'S 5 O'CLOCK SOMEWHERE