After two months off I'm taking my first faltering steps back into blogging. I wrote previously that I would return only when we had made progress with Mrs Carr diagnosis and treatment. I am breaking my word but I feel if I didn't return soon I would never do so. Therefore, I will try to blog occasionally and just see how things go. If there is an adverse effect on the family I will stop immediately.
Little has changed for Mrs Carr other than her eating disorder (ED) treatment starts this month. This might seem like major progress but the ED, we are certain, is only a symptom of a much greater and deeper issue and treating the ED without a proper diagnosis of the other issues could lead to a worsening of her condition. Hopefully, the treatment centre will realise this too.
Every day is a struggle but her fabulous counsellor is a magnificent help and early this year we hope to get some additional support from Social Services and voluntary organisations. How much, we'll have to wait and see.
Our Health board is either immensely inefficient or is playing silly buggers: we have waited more than 3 months and still there is no reply to our MSP's second letter. Their first reply took 6 weeks but 3 months ..... When our MSP returns I think I'm going to ask her to up the stakes a bit - whatever that is. Might be involving the appropriate Ombudsman or going to the press.
I wouldn't wish Mrs Carr's illness on anyone but there are times, I must admit, when I wish some of those who have been unhelpful - to say the least - suffered for long enough to realise the torture they are putting us through. Those politicians holding the purse-strings who deny adequate funding to mental health could also do with a short dose of her symptoms.
Would there be a change in attitude? You bet - unless, of course, they managed to beat the queues imposed on ordinary mortals. That couldn't happen, could it? That would be corrupt!