Sunday, October 25, 2009

Where have I been?

Well it's certainly been a long time between posts. So much has happened but so little at the same time.

Still home schooling and into the swing of things now. I've changed much of what we were doing from when we first started as I have got to know my boy's learning style much much better.
Interesting to say the least.

The big news is that after waiting 6 months to see a specialist pediatrician we have a diagnosis of both inattentive adhd and Aspergers which is a form of high functioning autism. No one the poor little buggar didn't stand a chance in school. It explains soooooo much.

I'm sad and relieved at the same time really. Relieved because I finally feel validated that there was "something" going on with my son and sad because, well, who wouldn't be.

My first little boy died when he was just 5 weeks old. Complications at birth left him severely brain damaged and without going into detail I was totally let down by the "system" and there was nothing I could do about it (or so I thought at the time). I've never felt the same about our "systems" since.

When my son started having problems at school and the "system" was basically laying the blame at his feet my maternal heckles were raised. I have not stopped fighting for Kye and that is why we are now home schooling. I will not leave him in the care (non-care) of a system that is meant to cater for everyone but in reality only looks after those that fit, that aren't needy, that don't take up extra time, that just get on with things and don't rock the boat.

I've trusted out "systems" (sorry about all the inverted commas haha) before but will never ever look at our educational system in the same way again. I used to think that because they were the so called experts then they therefore know what they are talking about. Biggest load of bollocks I've ever believed. Always trust your gut instinct. I was right all along.

Can't half tell I'm a tad angry right ;)

We've made some giant leaps of progress since learning from home. In a year and a half's worth of Italian at his primary school he learnt 1 word. We have been learning Swedish for only a few weeks now and he can count to 10, say hello, goodbye, good morning, good evening, please, thank you, excuse me, I'm sorry, how are you, I'm fine and you, cockroach, bird, duck, dog, fly and a few others I can't think of right now. Hmmmm, spot the difference.

I think I'm in love with homeschool :)

On the weight loss front - haha, what weight loss. One minute I'm on board, eating well etc and the next I'm in and out that fridge quicker than a fiddlers elbow.
I know I need to take care of myself now better than ever before so I really really need to get in a good head space with it all.

The other thing is back in 2003 I was diagnosed with MS. Know one would even know unless I told them and people are usually genuinely surprised when I do (mostly I don't). Another big, big reason to get back on board. It's a little scary now knowing that Kye really needs me to stay well, he REALLY needs me to stay well.

It's funny, just typing that helps me see the importance of getting myself back on top the priority list.

Today is another day, nothing like the present hey. I can start right now.

I WILL start right now. :)