Friday, January 22, 2010

Mortified

So you all know that Murray and I went away last weekend and got to sit in a spa and swim in a pool whilst relaxing on the marriage enrichment weekend.

There is something I should have remembered before getting in the spa - they don't play nice with my eczema.  Something about all that chlorine makes me really, really itchy.  Anyway, my arms and legs have gotten all itchy - I know you didn't need to know that. but this story is going somewhere... 

For some reason my chin also has the itchies.  Now the problem with my chin looking red and blotchy, is that it makes me look like I have a good ol' case of pash-rash.

One CANNOT be seen looking like they have pash-rash after being on a CHURCH run marriage enrichment weekend.  Especially if it isn't actual pash-rash!

Hand me the paper bag...

7 comments:

Sarah said...

Sounds awful, what you using on it to hopefully help it get better?

Alison said...

Its pretty much gone now - it was just a little embarrassing and kind of funny! I have lots of eczema potions I used on it.

Ally said...

pmsl. I shouldn't laugh!

Belinda said...

lol! xx.

Susan, Mum to Molly said...

You looked quite fine on Thursday eve - lovely to see you unencumbered! Hope you enjoyed your dinner.

That was our first time at DSC, and found it to be ok - but were glad of your heads up about the access.

Not many sleeps now till the big school & preschool starts... I fully expect to be a complete emotional wreck by the end of next week!

Holly said...

Hi Alison. I wrote a much longer version of this but fortunately for you your blog wouldn’t accept that many characters :) so here’s the shortened version.I’m happy to email you the longer version with all the specifics if you like.

As an Early Childhood teacher who has taught a child (I’ll refer to as T) with similar special needs to Ashlea I thought I’d share a couple of tips that worked for us in case they may help Ashlea with the transition to Pre-School.T had a significant level of cerebral palsy and was blind.One of the things I did to help her to recognise and locate me was for the whole school year I used the same deodorant, perfume, soap and washing detergent so T would be able to use her sense of smell to help her know who and where I was.I know Ashlea has some sight but given that Pre-School will be a new environment and initially will be much busier for her with different sights and lots of new people I thought it might be a tool you could use to help her too.The day I met T her mum established the physical cue of my long fingernails to help T identify me as T didn’t know anyone else with long fingernails.I knew that within a week or two of having my hands in paint and glue pots my long nails wouldn’t last long instead so instead of just letting T feel my nails when I was within reach of her I’d give the same pattern of taps on her arm with my nails so once my nails broke off I’d still give her that same tap on the arm with just my fingers so she knew it was me.We were able to establish though that she picked up on my presence by my perfume before I was within her reach to give her a physical prompt so we ran with that too.The first day I sprayed some of my perfume on paper for her mum to take home to help speed up her identity of the cue.The second week her aide chose a perfume different to mine and we introduced that to T as the scent by which she could identify and locate her aide.The second tip is one that may make things easier for you.We talked to the other children about T and played games with them (eg blindfolded games) to help them get a concept of T’s world so they could learn how to play and interact with her.Because they got opportunities to know her they very quickly came to accept T as just another member of the class.But I noticed very early on that it was the other parents that didn’t know how to act/react.Before and after school when waiting outside the classroom T’s mum was always left standing on her own.The other children would go up to T to say hi but the other mums would smile and say hello but that would be about it.I spoke to T’s mum about this and asked her if it would be ok for me to put something about T in our Pre-Primary newsletter to help the parents when their kids spoke of T but also to help T’s parents break the ice with the other parents.T’s mum thought it was a good idea and asked if they could write it.I readily agreed and the next day T’s mum returned with a perfectly written, hit the nail on the head letter that she and her hubby had written directly to the other parents detailing not only T’s special needs but how T was a child just like theirs who was there just to love and learn from the pre-school experience and that they welcomed and encouraged other parents to ask them any questions.We sent the letter home that afternoon and without exaggeration it changed things overnight–from the next day the other parents started to initiate interaction with T and her Mum to the extent they also made some new friendships for outside of school.The following year when T repeated with us we had the advantage of knowing in advance so I gave the letter T’s parents wrote (again with their ok) to all the parents with the handouts I gave them at the time of enrolment and it really helped break the ice for T and her mum with the new group of parents and children from day 1. Just thought I'd mention both in case it's something that you haven't already considered. Wishing Ashlea well for her transition into Pre-School.

Alison said...

Thanks Susan. I know I can't believe preschool is THIS week. Ashlea has never been cared for by other people before so it might be a little hard for me to let go!!!

Holly - thanks for those ideas. Ashlea's vision therapist is going to visit the preschool with her 'special goggles' that simulate what Ashlea's vision is like. Her teachers and other students get to try on the goggles and see the world as Ashlea does, so I am hoping that will help. I already know some of the parents so I am hoping things will be OK on that front although I am happy to send home a letter if it is needed.

I'll keep you all posted about how our first day goes!