Mayhem and Stardust

We are the proud parents of, amongst others, Jig, who has a handsome collection of diagnoses (ADHD, AD, FASD) which probably mean nothing and a generous smattering of fairy dust which probably counts for everything. School was a huge challenge and so we decided, probably rashly, to move to the country and home educate him. No medication, no 'support', chickens, space, a farm on the doorstep and a beach nearby. What could possibly go wrong?

A small green blip

As you may know we have been living very much under the radar since we moved Jiggy out of school and into the country.  As he says, the city made him feel scrunched up and there were too many noises in his head anyway. As we moved though we fell through the gaping cracks in the system with alarming regularity.  No one knows we are here or what we are doing.  The failure to notice us spread across two counties and several departments. It isn’t through any secrecy of ours it is through a systemic lack of interest in the individuals we are and blind adherence to procedure.  When that procedure fails we become invisible.  It is a scary thought that I could be intent on harming Jiggy rather than calming him…

Anyway, there are aspects to Jig that worry us all, including him.  I have toyed with the idea of sticking a toe back in the water of ‘support’ (why does that feel like a sanction?) for some time and have decided that we will, after all, raise just a tiny bit of us above the parapet.  We have a meeting with CAMHS in a week or so to discuss our concerns.  Part of me feels a little sorry for our need to be there at all (and, in fairness, for the person we are to meet) but also part of me is a little relieved not to be so totally responsible for such a powder keg.

We are now a small green blip on the very edge of someones radar.

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