Thursday, 21 March 2013

Sickness, science and a new job!

All sorts happening here in the Ministix household and I was getting quite concerned about how we'd fare this week, but no worries needed...

The NC has a new job, one that doesn't involve a 90minute commute, but instead a 15minute walk. We're really pleased that he'll be closer, earning a bit more, saving money on travel, we'll see him in the mornings, he'll be less tired. And instead of taking a whole days holiday for our midday fortnightly theraplay sessions, he can take a long lunch instead! It feels like a big relief after he's spent the last (nearly) 3 years commuting to a job that he hasn't ever really enjoyed, but had to take after his previous job ended in redundancy.
The downside is that he's spending his first week away to train...and it's weird. We've never spent this long apart in our 12 years together.
We'd prepared the children for daddy going away, and they've both been remarkably good. Mini's been a little star. Dollop less so, but she doesn't seem that bothered by daddy not being here. I've not coped brilliantly and have really missed him, but he'll be home tomorrow, phew!

What made the NC being away harder, was me being ill at the weekend. Both Mini and Dollop have both suffered with sickness (we thought Mini's might have been caused by a party he went to, or nerves about mother's day, then Dollop got it too). I managed to get the whole thing...sickness and diarrhoea, and I swear I've never been so ill with either. I was in such pain during the evening despite paracetamol, that the NC called NHSdirect, who were concerned enough to send an ambulance immediately. Friendly paramedics arrived within 10 minutes, and I just had everything checked...blood pressure (fine), pulse (very very high), sugar (high). I was told that it was doing the rounds and I'd have to grin and bear it. Luckily by this point strong painkillers were kicking in, and desire to sleep was overwhelming.
Of course though we were concerned where this would leave the NC who was also fast becoming ill himself!
He had to go of course, couldn't risk losing the job, and luckily his recovery was a quick one. Mine slower, but almost 100% now.

However, the week has been much easier than expected as Mini is coping brilliantly! One of the student teacher's that he's had (and seems to have been unsettled a lot by) left last week, so he's relaxed a bit. And this week he's had 'Science Week' at school. I was initially really worried by this, as each day he's moved around 3 different classrooms, been with an unfamiliar teacher (although with familiar teaching assistants) to do different experiments and science 'stuff'. But he's loved it!
We had a bit of an issue yesterday with meltdowns over wellington boots that were needed, then in the end, not needed, but other than that he's been fantastic. He's shown enthusiasm about going to school, he's told me about his days, he's brought home the tat  results of his experiments, the magnetic kite, the spinning top, the boat that floats (or does it? yet to be tested), and he's seemed lots happier. Today was an open afternoon so parents went in for an hour to see what the children had been doing and learning.
To top it all off, all children were invited to plan and make a moving vehicle. They'd have to present it to their classes, and then it would be displayed in the hall with all the others. Each class would judge their own entries. Mini and the NC made a car (which we later pimped up into a Spider Bus - don't ask!) at the weekend, and Mini presented it today. And he came 3rd in his class! He was really pleased and even won a little prize. And I was really really proud.
So yes, he's coped well, but then he always does do better when it's just one of us around, whether it's for a day, or an evening, or in this case, a whole week.

So that's us...in other news, we're still to-ing and fro-ing over the IEP. I've been sent some great links about IEPs, and will put together a post with them in when I've finished getting Mini's sorted. It's my birthday soon and the children are being secretive about what's in the Emma Bridgewater box that arrived this week, oh and tomorrow is WASO day!

22 comments:

  1. Glad the week went better than previously though although not the sickness and stuff never good! hope you have a great weekend! x

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  2. It's horrible them being away. My OH works away in Cape Town a lot. Very tricky. But you get used to it, and you become more organised. Plus in this day and age it's a job! However, I look forward so much to him coming through the door... relief! x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Lorraine. We coped, that's the main thing. With Mini's issues we were both concerned about how well he'd deal with it, but he was fine and it gives me hope for future working trips. But yes, big relief him coming through the door.

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  3. Sounds like you have had a bit of a tough week! The new job sounds exciting and although it might be hard whilst he is away training the benefits in the long run will be great! My OH worked away during the week for almost a year and it did take it's toll on me and my son. Hope you are feeling better now x #PoCoLo

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    1. Thank you, much better. It's funny, wasn't that long ago we were considering him working away during the week, but now I can't imagine how difficult that would be. Good to have him home x

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  4. the new job sounds great,i hope your feeling better, have a lovely weekend xx #PoLoCo

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    1. Thank you, loads better. Have a good weekend too x

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  5. How fantastic your hubby will be closer to home and have more time with you (after the initial training)

    Hope you are all feeling so much better x

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    1. Heaps better thank you. Yes, so nice to have him closer to home, we might even be able to meet for lunch! x

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  6. Great news about your husband worker closer to home. Your illness sounded pretty scary. And well done to Mini for coping so well with school and getting his third prize!

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    1. Thank you. It really was a big achievement for Mini and we're so proud of him x

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  7. having help close to hand will be a huge relief. My hub used to work away but with 3 adopted kids, it just isn't possible at the moment. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thanks Lesley. I don't know how well Mini would fare if NC worked away more often. His abandonment issues are bad enough as it is, without those extra anxieties. Although he's coped so well this week, it was only 5 days.
      Definite relief having him closer again x

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  8. Hope you are feeling better and well done to hubby on the new job x

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  9. Its never easy coping on your own with kids at the best of times, let alone when you're sick. Hope you are all feeling lots better now, hope NC is loving his new job oh, and I love how your crossed out the word tat! I am so with you!! Thank you for linking up for some #pocolo x

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. Perhaps I shouldn't have crossed it out - we have a boat made out of a paper plate!! Like that won't sink and leave a soggy mess in the bath! Oh well, all back to normal now :-)

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  10. Really good news about the job, sounds like a winner all round with more time, more money and less tiredness.

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    1. Thanks, we hope it'll be like that :-)

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  11. Oh congratulations on your hubbys new job, it must be a great feeling to know he's only down the road and will get to spend more time at home x

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  12. Sounds like things are coming together for you all, just so long as you get better!

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