Dr. Barry surprised me!

She called me! I wasnt expecting a call from her at all! I had postponed my apt, or I was thinking it would be postponed, when I said I didnt wanna go up to the clinic due to the coronavirus outbreak. But she called me! I didnt recognise her voice when she called, and she was like, hi carol anne? And I was like, whose this? I was surprised someone was calling me who knew my name! Then of course she’s like its me Dr. Barry, and I went, oh! Hi! Thanks for calling me! It was such a nice thing! So good to chat to her! She said they are doing most appointments via phone for now at least, but they may move to using zoom later on in the month, they are awaiting the technology from their employer. If they start using zoom, that will be 3 things that I am doing that are now using it. Therapy, slimming world, and dr. barry. Good thing I learned how to use it! We talked about working from home, and she encouraged me to do my work from just one room in my house, and then to have some wind down time afterwords, which I was doing anyway. She said its important for me to take care of me during all this, do a lot of self care stuff. I am taking next week off from working, as I’ve worked every day for the last 2 weeks, and its taxing, and overwhelming to listen to people being so anxious and upset and depressed. It doesnt make me feel any less anxious or fearful thats for sure. So I’ll take a week off next week, and Dr. Barry encouraged me to do that. We talked about the social worker contacting me, which happened recently. She’s helping me to try to get more PA hours. She’s a new social worker, so I dont know her and I told Dr. Barry I wasnt very open with her since I didnt know her. Dr. Barry told me she’d explained to her about me having did, and she told me to trust her, and that the new social worker is very thorough, and she did seem that way when I spoke to her last week. We talked a little about therapy, and about meds, and about my plans now for traveling. That was most of the appointment, she said she’d make another appointment for me for 2 weeks time, and that she’d phone me again, which I am so glad about. Its a bit weird not seeing her face to face. Even she said the same thing, she said its very weird doing it over the phone. Its actually the first time me and Dr. Barry have spoken on the phone. I’m just so touched that she decided not to postpone my appointment, and that she took it upon herself to call me, even though I’d said I’d be ok with postponing, I made that decision in a rush, and was sorry after I’d made it, but now I still had my appointment, which is great.

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Book review: Bleak alley, stories from the margins, by Shane Dunphy

So this book by Shane Dunphy was really good!
Shane dunphy is a social worker, or he was. He’s now a journalist, I think he got burn out so he quit being a child protection worker. He lives in ireland, in the south east of ireland.
He has written a lot of books, but there are only two on audible at present. This one, bleak alley, is his latest book. Its superb!
Its six hours in length!
It tells the story of Mikey, who lives in black alley, which is nicknamed bleak alley. Mikey had a bad upbringing, and has gotten involved in a gang. Shane tries to work with Mikey and get him to see that being in a gang isnt the only way.
Mikeys mother is schizophrenic, and his dad is an alcoholic and regulary beats both Mikey and his mother.
There are many twists and turns in the book, I wont spoil the story, but it is well worth a look, if you enjoy true stories, and authors like cathy glass, maggie hartley, casey watson etc.
Plus another thing that makes shane’s book special is that he reads his own book. I love when authors do that. It really brings a personal touch to the story knowing he’s reading it.
He’s a great reader too!
I hope if you check out the book that you enjoy it as much as I did! Its on audible, in paperback and on kindle.

Meeting my resource worker for the blind

I was meant to go in and meet my resource worker tomorrow. She works for NCBI the blindness organisation here where I live. She’s new, and she wanted to meet me to chat and get to know me a little bit.

I was also meant to start a course tomorrow, a back to work initiative, also run by the local blindness organisation. However the date for starting got put back a few weeks. So that meant I had to reschedule my appointment to meet my resource worker.

I emailed her, and she never emailed me back, so today I rang the office. I left a message, and she emailed me to reschedule. We’ve rearranged the apt for next week.

I am wondering what it will entail. I hope she’s nice. I spoke to her on the phone previously, but I’ve never met her. This will be my first time to meet her.

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Book review: Groomed, by Casey watson

I just finished reading the book groomed by UK foster parent casey Watson.

It was a brilliant read!

Below find a summary of the book followed by my own thoughts on it!

Summary

It’s late on Friday night when Casey’s mobile starts to ring. She is expecting it to be her daughter, Riley. But it isn’t Riley. It’s a woman from the Emergency Duty Team. So begins Casey and Mike’s latest fostering challenge – a 15-year-old girl called Keeley who’s run away from her long-term foster home 25 miles away.

The Jonathan Ross Show has just started when Casey gets the call. She thinks it will be Riley – telling her that her favourite actor is going to be on TV. But it’s something far more urgent: a 15-year-old girl who has run away from her foster family and accused her foster father of sexual abuse. The family deny it vehemently, but such an allegation can never be taken lightly, so a new home must be found for Keeley.

Keeley is polite, but she’s sharp, and she has all the hallmarks of a child who has been in the system a long time and knows how to play it. Whether the allegation is true or not, Casey knows there will be no winners here. If it is true, then a young girl’s life has been torn asunder. If not, then the heartache for the family will be surpassed only by the bleak outlook for Keeley.

In the short term, it’s a case of providing a safe, supportive home for a vulnerable child. But with the dangerous world of the internet at her disposal, it seems this strong-minded youngster has her own ideas of where that safe place should be….

My review…

This is a really gripping read! I kept wanting to read more! I didn’t like the reader, the reader of these books is annoying, and irritates me, so it took me longer to read this book than it would normally take me. I did like the overall story though. Once I got into it I thought that it was amazing and would highly recommend it!

I do prefer the other fostering memoirs written by Maggie Hartley and cathy glass to Casey Watson, I don’t like her parenting style as much and I think she uses fancy words in her books where there really doesn’t need to be any, but I’d still read it, and would still recommend it to readers!

If you want to read this book its available in paperback, on kindle, and from audible in the UK and in the USA!

A 5 star book!

Book review: Finding stevie, a dark secret, a child in crisis

This is a book by author Cathy glass. Cathy glass is a Uk foster parent. She writes about her foster kids and her experience of fostering them.

Summary

Finding Stevie is a dark and poignant true story that highlights the dangers lurking on online.

When Stevies social worker tells Cathy, an experienced foster carer, that Stevie, 14, is gender fluid she isnt sure what that term means and looks it up.

Stevie, together with his younger brother and sister, have been brought up by their grandparents, as their mother is in prison. But the grandparents can no longer cope with Stevies behaviour, so they place him in care.

Stevie is exploring his gender identity, and like many young people he spends time online. Cathy warns him about the dangers of talking to strangers online and advises him how to stay safe. When his younger siblings tell their grandmother that they have a secret they cant tell, Cathy is worried. However, nothing could have prepared her for the truth when Stevie finally breaks down and confesses what hes done.

My thoughts?

This book was fantastic! I cant say enough about it! I highly recommend it! Actually I highly recommend any of Cathys books. She’s a fantastic writer!
You wont be able to put this one down! I read it in two days!
Gripping, poignant, there are many twists and turns!
Its a fabulous read! With a happy ending!

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Question of the day

What did you want to be when you grew up, like as a kid, what were you hoping to be?

Me I wanted to be a social worker! Or a psychologist!
I also wanted to be working with people with special needs or who had disabilities!
I also wanted to work with kids!

You?

Virus-free. www.avg.com

Book review-Where has mummy gone? By Cathy glass

I just finished another amazing book by UK foster parent Cathy glass.

This one is her latest book, called, where has mummy gone? Its a fab read!

A summary of the book follows:

Summary

The true story of Melody, aged eight, the last of five siblings to be taken from her drug dependent single mother and brought into care.

When Cathy is told about Melody’s terrible childhood, she is sure she’s heard it all before. But it isn’t long before she feels there is more going on than she or the social services are aware of. Although Melody is angry at having to leave her mother, as many children coming into care are, she also worries about her obsessively – far more than is usual. Amanda, Melody‚Äôs mother, is also angry and takes it out on Cathy at contact, which again is something Cathy has experienced before. Yet there is a lost and vulnerable look about Amanda, and Cathy starts to see why Melody worries about her and feels she needs looking after.

When Amanda misses contact, it is assumed she has forgotten, but nothing could have been further from the truth….

****
This book is a page turner. There are many wonderful twists and turns in it. If you read it you wont be disappointed…

Its available in paperback from all good book stores, on kindle, and from audible.