Me and my girl and boy, raising awareness and acceptance of autism

With everyone that’s gone on this week, it’s quite insignificant really…a blocked washing machine filter isn’t it?

Let me see..there was T’s diagnosis on Tuesday, the confirmation that we have two children on the autistic spectrum – one severe, one high functioning – and then yesterday, an afternoon where D was poked, prodded, blood tested and x-rayed. Challenging enough for anyone, but throw her anxieties and learning difficulties into the mixture and it was a long afternoon.

So, really a washing machine malfunction should be a breeze, shouldn’t it?

Not so, when it occurs at the end of a long, stressful week. Not so when you know that the shirt T is expecting to wear tomorrow is stuck inside, Not so when there is water to manually drain, a kitchen to clear up. It all takes time and has to be done before the children get home, before they notice that something is adversely different, before they worry.

I thought today was going to be calmer, I thought I’d be able to spend it thinking of ways to drum up votes for the BiBs, something that I need to do justice, I’m the only autism blogger in there. Here’s the link to vote btw, I’m in the Commentary section.

But I haven’t. I feel like I’m on a tightrope today, trying to get across. Various things keep trying to knock me off but I won’t let them.


There is no answer but to keep going, appreciating the positive, forgetting any negatives. Grabbing any little bits of respite as and when. Hoping that the blooming machine gets sorted out later and – for the most part – keeping calm and carrying on.

Comments on: "In the grand scheme of things…." (16)

  1. I love the picture! And yes, sometimes it is the little things that push us over the edge! Hugs!

  2. What a pain, don’t blame you for being fed up. Life has a lovely habit of tripping us up every so often. As you say, the only thing for it is to keep on keeping on. Hope you all have a nice weekend after your hectic and stressful week.

  3. Sometimes it really is the straw that broke the camel’s back isn’t it?! You really are doing such a fantastic job and using this space to come and get it off your chest is one of the best therapies in the world. Thank you for linking up to PoCoLo, lets get you some support xx

  4. judithkingston said:

    A bust washing machine is a genuine, bonafide disaster in any house with kids – throw in the kind of week you describe and I think you deserve a week’s holiday in compensation. At the very least a very large whiskey. xx

  5. Oh I do feel for you – I’ve had no dryer for 3 weeks and that’s been bad enough.
    How do you feel about the diagnosis? Is it any easier second time around? (((hugs))) hopefully next week will be a better week for you x

    • Thank you, it’s a pain but it could be worse. Silly machine gave up finally yesterday.
      Diagnosis second time around does seen easier as we were very prepared, but it was still a bit sad to be officially told. He’s doing very well though, that’s the main thing.
      Thank you for the comments x

  6. So sorry to hear you are having a tough time. I recently went through a load of bad luck but there is light at the end of the tunnel. It does get better and we are all here for you even if it is just to listen. If you are feeling stressed I recommend a theraputic piggy cuddle. Just sit down, cuddle and think of nothing else. Whatever things need doing can wait five minutes for you to take a break.

    If you ever need someone to talk to, you know where we are


  7. Oh gosh, poor you. A broken washing machine is bad enough, without everything in the mix that makes it so much harder and more important for you. Do hope that next week is a better week for you. xx #PoCoLo

  8. Keep your chin up my lovely xx

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