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UnderTheNameOfSanders Wed 15-Jul-15 10:59:43


My DD has recently turned 16, and she was placed age 8. She doesn't find school, or organisation, or thinking for herself easy.


She is currently in Spain at a Spanish language international summer camp.
She knew no one else going.
She had to negotiate Heathrow and Madrid airports on her own.

She is missing us, but making friends exploring the town and having fun.

We are so proud of her. She is a star
She really tries to make the most of every opportunity we give her.

Velvet1973 Wed 15-Jul-15 11:16:58

Ah what a lovely post! What a fab mummy to help your daughter to feel confident enough to do this and well done dd!

ConfusedInBath Wed 15-Jul-15 11:19:57

That is amazing. Well done you and her. Made me teary actually.

Kewcumber Wed 15-Jul-15 14:47:32

What a star!

Both of your girls have had a good year with trips haven't they?

Hels20 Wed 15-Jul-15 20:51:32

Amazing! What a star indeed. I would be so proud of my 16 year old son/daughter if they did that - and even more so if they were adopted.

I love your posts, Saunders. It makes me hopeful for the future.

Hels20 Wed 15-Jul-15 20:51:57

Sorry - Sanders !

SirSpamalot Wed 15-Jul-15 20:59:03

If I thought my DS (almost 8, placed a year), could do this aged 16, I'd be over the moon.

You must be so proud.

Well done you and well done to your DD.

WereJamming Wed 15-Jul-15 22:52:43

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Tangerineandturquoise Wed 15-Jul-15 22:56:42

Wow that is amazing- You must be fit to bust with pride.

reddaisy Wed 15-Jul-15 22:59:47

Wow! I'm not sure many 16-year-olds could take that in their stride! Well done to you all.

UnderTheNameOfSanders Thu 16-Jul-15 11:14:11

Thank you all, we are very proud of her.

We are now on day 5 out of 21. List of illnesses/problems reported so far:

- aching shoulder
- burnt feet (from stepping on hot paving stones with no shoes)
- blue legs (she thought allergic reaction, turned out to be staining from something she was sitting on, and washing properly solved it!)
- stinging tummy (tripped by pool and did bellyflop into it)
- nosebleed
- food poisoning (she thinks, from fish eaten last night)
- feet being eaten by something (! - I have requested pictures, she says not just peeling from being burnt)

This, however, is pretty much par for the course. grin
I think it is unlikely her feet are being eaten, but you never know.

UnderTheNameOfSanders Thu 16-Jul-15 11:36:42

kew Well remembered about DD2. She has blossomed since coming back from her residential, and I am now much less worried about year 6.

DD1 has always been a mix between outward social confidence whilst being in need of reassurance (which is where some of the medical issues stem from). The trouble is, I get quite used to most of the chopping-finger-offs actually being very-slight-scratch that I can occasionally miss more serious things. The dyspraxia really doesn't help as her brain often doesn't know where different parts of her body are so she is prone to bumps, trips, cuts etc.

CloserToFiftyThanTwenty Thu 16-Jul-15 13:03:30

Brilliant, well done you and DD

MerryInthechelseahotel Fri 17-Jul-15 10:09:33

Amazing! You must be so proud!

selly24 Sat 18-Jul-15 23:08:42

Fantastic you must be so incredibly proud and happy to have brought her this far. Wishing her well in Spain

UnderTheNameOfSanders Sun 19-Jul-15 11:49:51

Thank you all.
Can you send get well quickly vibes to her?

She's not fully recovered from the fish.
The staff have been nagging her to eat and made her eat a full meal last night so she feels poorly again today. I've told her now to eat nothing today to give her 24hrs to help kill off any bug.

And I've rung and spoken to them too and said to stop being cross and be more sympathetic. I can understand they are worried but she needs time to get the bug out of her system.

She is enjoying herself despite poorly stomach though. She wants to stay and not come home.

LastingLight Sun 19-Jul-15 11:52:41

Poor DD, what rotten luck to get food poisoning, I hope she feels better soon. It's great that she is enjoying it and wants to stay though. You did a good job getting her to this stage of independence and must be very proud of her.

Lolimax Sun 19-Jul-15 11:56:13

What a lovely thing to read. Well done to you all smile I hope she feels better soon and comes home at the right time a bit more confident and rightly proud of herself x

UnderTheNameOfSanders Tue 21-Jul-15 20:37:13

She is feeling a lot better today smile ...

... after having an hour on an IV something drip yesterday morning shock ...

I got as far as flights booked and at the airport, but didn't travel.

Just the IV, which much have terrified her, made her feel a whole lot better, and today she has been able to eat properly, and has been out on a sight seeing trip. I am recovering with brew and cake .

Please can the next 10 days go well!

mcdog Tue 28-Jul-15 06:51:31

That is fantastic!! I love positive posts, we should promote more of them smile

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