Inspired by GurlwiththeFrothyCurl really lovely post yesterday, i thought I'd start one where everyone can share the nice things that strangers have done...
We've had a bit of a tough week; DD is in the final stages of being statemented so we've been getting daily reports from the professionals highlighting how severe her needs are (I know this is a good thing, but it's never easy to see it in writing), her glue ear has returned worse than ever & she's been in hospital because she couldn't eat or drink for 3 days due to severe tonsillitis. All of this has meant that none of us have slept for the best part of a week, as DD kept on choking in her sleep (swollen tongue & having Down's really isn't a good combination!)
Anyway, Saturday afternoon when DD was released from hospital, I needed to rush to the only chemist in the area to pick up her medicine. I got there a couple of minutes before it was due to close for the rest of the weekend, and not only did the lovely woman keep it open especially for us, she even hugged & sang to my DD whilst I filled in all the paperwork, whilst making another member of staff open a pack of the extra soft tissue to wipe DD nose. When I tried to buy the box of tissues she wouldn't take any money.
I know it's not a big thing, but the chemist was so lovely, she always remembers DD's name & makes a fuss over her, and her kindness after a rough couple of days really made my day!
What a lovely woman! Yes it is nice to hear there are still some good guys out there! I still remember the lovely Irish woman who sided up to me in Starbucks , when DS was having the tantrum from hell, and said quietly "what can I do to help?"
A woman at a checkout once bought ds1 a creme egg because he had waited so well while her shopping was held up by a problem. There is also a former nanny/helper who still babysits but will not take any payment so matter how hard we try. So many great people out there to counteract the bad
We meet a mix when ds1 is doing his handbrake stalking. From the awful ('fuck off') to the wonderful ones who show him their handbrakes and put them on and off for him. And all the lovely surfers who let him sit in their cars (and ON their cars actually). Ds1 always reveals the best and worst of mankind. He's my little (or rather large) filter.
Oh and the old lady on a train who came and talked to us when ds1 was kicking off big time about having to wait for the train to start. She tried all sorts of distraction techniques and wasn't fazed by a somewhat large teen refusing all and screaming the place down. She had a severely autistic grandson mind
The checkout clerk at Asda who, upon hearing DS2 go on (and on and on) about how much he loved gift cards (to play with), went and got him a brand new Spiderman gift card (with no money on it naturally ) and gave it to him to keep. He was over the moon.
All the staff at my DS2's old special pre-school who helped him so much and supported me when DS2 was getting his DX. Especially his SALT who was the first person to gently suggest that maybe I should be concerned and introduced us to PECS. He left this school in 2005 and I still count the staff as friends, indeed I have the SALT, his class teacher and the HT on Facebook.
My sons consultant who unexpectedly turned up to a MDM yesterday - we had asked but were only given a few days notice and we didn't expect her to be able to clear her diary in time. So wonderful to have her support and guidance - it was like having a friend there ecpecially as she has known him for the longest time and we trust her more than many others! I could have cried with relief when I saw her sat in the meeting room. Thank God for people who do actually care.