I’ve received so many truly supportive and kind comments on this blog – it’s been a wonderful surprise to me, over and over, and I thank you! The kindness of strangers is just one more thing I never imagined when I started blogging. As I wrote here, I’d thought that this blog would have a lot more about writing in it, but as it turned out my lovely Dafter has had a rough year and she has been my top priority. And as I wrote here, she and we recently made a rather heart-stopping leap to yet another school. She enjoyed her first day there, and then fell ill. And although in between course 1 and course 2 of antibiotics she went back for two more days, she has been home unwell ever since. We have been in a strange land of illness for four weeks now.
This past week the doctor had been thinking perhaps she’d developed ME (having ruled a number of other things out). However, having seen her this morning it seems the infection is still there. It seems strange to say that this was sweet music to our ears! But if there is an identifiable cause to her total lethargy, and it can be treated, that’s great news. So fingers crossed that this third bout of antibiotics will have the desired effect.
I’ve been very tired and frightened for a while now, but I know this is all part of family life. I’ve been wondering whether I would be able to keep on working, but my colleagues have been absolutely brilliant in accommodating me working from home, rushing off for appointments, and so forth. So I do hope the basic framework of our lives can stay in place, and that the Dafter will regain strength, and will be able to settle in to her new school.
No matter what happens, every day I count myself so lucky to have had a Dafter at all. For so many years I thought I would never be able to have children, and I have had two! She is a great girl and gives us so much pleasure. I have a clear picture in my mind of her happy, laughing and confident, as she was at the end of primary school and as I know she will someday be again. It’s a cliché but my children and my family are the most important thing in my life and so I just pray to God to show me the way and I will take it.
Thanks again to everyone for your interest and all the good wishes you have been sending us. I’m sure they’ve helped!
Enjoy your weekend. Can you believe it’s OCTOBER already?!