AAH and MBE

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22nd of May

This has been a very special week. And although I don’t know where to start or how to word it, I feel the occasion warrants that I at least try.

MBE Let’s begin with what took place today, Friday 22nd of May 2015, in London, England.
My Grandfather was invited to receive an award on behalf of The Commonwealth and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. He met Prince William who gave him the medal, and title, of M.B.E. for his life’s work with the deaf and hearing-impaired in Derbyshire and Lincolnshire, England. We’re all incredibly proud of him.

My Grandmother, his ex-wife, is also fluent in B.S.L.. And my Grandfather’s wife has a grown-up daughter who is deaf, and she married a deaf man too. Their two sons are not hard of hearing but sign with their parents. So there are quite a few speakers on that side of the family.

(British Sign Language – Learn BSL Online)

19th? of May

A few days before I had burst into hysterical tears upon opening three identical letters addressed to my mother, my sister, and myself. These weren’t sad tears but tears of shear relief, gratefulness, and praise to God. My Mum first started fighting to get us recognised as 80% disabled ine 2001, first for my sister then for all of us. Fourteen years… We finally have the A.A.H. (Allocation pour Adultes Handicapés).

Hope. Faith. Life.

“There have been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change is gonna come, oh yes it will!”


26th of June

Lily Câline joined the household today after a week of phone calls and one 45 min car trip in both directions in order to meet her. She is a dog who’s been much prayed for, long before we knew of her existence. God has been incredibly good to us.
Lily was rescued from a puppy mill by a local association. She is a “Little Lion Dog/Löwchen”, 7 years old, and thought to have had at least 3 or 4 litters already. :( Monday 6th of July at 10 A.M. she will be going to have a full check-up at the vet’s and we’ll see what options are available for her sterilisation.

She is such a sweetheart, loves humans, loves the love and attention. She came to us in a filthy state: knotted and caked up non-shedding fur so it just kept growing more and more tangled as the years of neglect went by, she had thorns and spiky dried grass sticking into her flesh preventing her from moving around freely, her behind and back legs had excrements on them, she had rastas coming out of her ears! Her back thumb claws had also grown all the way back into her flesh, but those were trimmed by a vet just before being dropped off in the evening with her papers by a volunteer working for the association.

And on the same day we were getting our kitchen put in order with the new cupboards put in. We’d had the old ones for over 20 years and they were actually crumbling to the touch and the shelves were collapsing!

5th of July

A relative from the U.S. got in touch today! The last time I saw her I was 3 years old. 😀

And Lily has been here 8 days now and we have washed her, cut off her hair, trimmed her “ear fur” (no more ear rastas, yay!), taught her her new name (having never been called her birth name, she didn’t know at first to respond to a human calling her), she can also walk on the lead, gets on fine with our other dog, Ginger, and spends her time cuddling with one human or another.

Before – After

Before - After

The Program

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NOVEMBER

sink removal (had to be smashed out!) and new sink put in
The old sink was still the original one from when this building was constructed in the 60s! Some of the ladies still here moved in over 40 years ago with their husbands. They brought up their children in this apartment block too, who’ve long since flown the nest. The husbands are now all deceased sadly. The lady who lived in our flat before us, she’d been here since the very beginning, moving in with her husband in 1965. She died last New Year and we moved in three months later. It was hard on the ladies at first as they’d known her a really long time and missed her dearly.

two home visits with one of the doctors who follows us

stripping, cleansing, and repainting of each room
… after finding out we’ve been breathing in poisonous residue from the old heating system they had here. Is it any wonder I’ve had such trouble breathing?
Mum’s bedroom was the first to be worked on, and my room was finished last week.
Next: my sister’s room, the kitchen, sitting room, and bathroom!

annual vet appointment for the two dogs
Tommy was lovingly put to sleep. He was 14 years old and a most wonderful companion and working dog. See short post Goodnight Mr Tom.

home visit with my sister’s social worker
And it went surprisingly well considering that every single interaction with her in the past left us all in tears. I kid you not. Looks like being married is doing her a world of good and we couldn’t be more grateful for her new found happiness.

bought a dish washer! YAY!

two days one night in hospital for my sleep recording session
Sleep Recording

DECEMBER

1st: Ginger Biscuit’s 9th birthday!

4th: finally moved back into my room!
So good to be “home” again. My safe place, my castle, with my noise-cancelling headphones and my bare walls. My books and my window’s view.

8th: delivery and installation of dish washer

9th: both my mother and myself will be spending two days in hospital, this time for my Mum’s sleep recording, and for me it’s to work out what kind and size of sleep apnea mask I will require. During the long waits between seeing the doc, having the equipment set up, wires and pads taped on to us, we will finish decorating the Christmas cards together. n_n

12th: my sister’s brain M.R.I.
– my mother will be spending the night and next day trying out different sleep apnea tests
(the kitchen flooded at 3am today because apparently the dish washer’s water pipe wasn’t properly connected! XD)

13th: ask Helper to drop off box of toys in town at the Fontaine Aux Jouets
There’s an old statue-topped fountain in center town where each year people drop off new or almost-new toys to be redistributed to families facing financial difficulty. So proud there is such an operation. Thank God for kindness and generosity!

17th: home-visit from Dr. again
It’s not usually this often! We’re followed by two doctors, with appointments every 3 months if no complications arise. Dunno what the visit is about this time. Or more likely I was told and have forgotten. ^^’

31th: possible bonfire with all the neighbours

What will December look like for you?