Monday, 22 April 2013

Silver lining to the unemployment cloud

I've now been unemployed (outside the "gardening leave" state) for just over a week.

While it's utterly annoying to be without work, it came at a good time for Holly. It meant that I was able to attend her intensive therapy sessions without worry of missing work or having to take holidays. Unfortunately Sue could only attend the days she didn't work (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

We're looking at booking more intensive therapy in 4 to 6 weeks. I really hope I'm not still job hunting at that point.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Intensive therapy for Holly

Over the past two weeks we've been doing intensive therapy with Holly. Given that she's only one year old, this really means doing an hour a day for four days a week (she has Wednesday as a rest day).

Sue and I were sceptical and hopeful before we began the sessions that they would aid Holly overcome her movement related issues. At the beginning of the session we had to list some goals we had for the two weeks.

Happily enough, one of the goals - Holly sitting unaided for a small amount of time - was achieved long before the end of the two week session.

Both Sue and I are really ecstatic with the progress Holly has made and we've seen how tiring it has been for her to do the work, even for the hour session. Now that the two weeks is over, Sue and I have our homework to continue what we've learned, while going back to having the one hour a week session (plus the hour a week NHS session).

Sue and I were so happy with how things progressed that we're eager to book in another two weeks. This won't be for another 4 to 6 weeks, to give Holly time to take on board everything she's gone through these past sessions.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

MMR jab for Holly

Let it be said that scare tactics do work.. sometimes.

In the case of the measles outbreak in Wales and its impact on our decision to get Holly the MMR jab, job done.

Sue and I had really been humming and hawing about whether to get the jab for Holly (it should have been administered about 3 months ago, around her first birthday), but all the horror stories of it opening the floodgates to autism were all too real for us to want to proceed any further.

It's really the lesser of two evils - the horrors that can come with infant measles (which are NOT nice) or a lifetime communication problem.

This hasn't stopped us videoing Holly in an attempt to remember the good times (and to have evidence if the worst does happen). We realise the evidence linking MMR to autism has been discredited, but when you read about people winning lawsuits, it makes you sit up and notice.

We're hoping for the best with Holly in all this, and if Emily wasn't an Autie, we probably would have no concerns. Time will only tell if we did the right thing. I'm hoping this is not yet another instance where I wished I had a suped-up Delorean.

Friday, 5 April 2013

Cease therapy for Emily

We've started Emily on the CEASE therapy homeopathic treatment. We've read up about it, and had a consultation and at this point we're willing to try anything to alleviate her symptoms, increase concentration, etc. etc. etc.

The only problem is (well, so far anyway), there's a LOT of pills for Emily to take in a day and a few of them are "horse pills". I've crushed them up and boiled them, but I still have to come up with incredibly inventive ways of getting them into her system.

Yesterday I added a stupid strength amount of squash to the pill mixture that would have drowned out just about any other taste known to man. That combined with one of her beloved bendy straws saw the entire mixture downed.

Not sure if I'll have the same luck today.

We're also supposed to start seeing some signs that the therapy is working. Others would call them side effects, but apparently as Emily releases the toxins and pathogens from her system all kinds of crap can happen (I mean that literally as well).

Here's hoping we get something meaningful out the back end of all this.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Therapy is paying off for Holly

Sue just called me with two pieces of excellent news.

The first is that Holly not only sat up by herself (which she CAN do when she really wants to) but she then sat unassisted for just over two minutes! This is fantastic news really. Her trunk is the part of her body that's letting her down and will most likely be the cause of issues for her in later life, so if she's able to control it already, things are looking up!

The second piece of good news is that BUPA have agreed to pay for another set of sessions. We WILL have to look for some money to continue the private therapy, but at least we have another 6 or 7 sessions sorted out!

All around good news then.