Phone call from B-I-L. Sister won't be going home. 😟 Stairlift will be cancelled. As soon as she is stable she is being transferred to the Hospice. I have been advised not to wait until half term to see her, as it may be too late. 😥
Aaaah JCJ, let's hope your sister is home soon, sending you lots of hugs.
Perhaps it is a good time to think hard, re work, who needs that stress????
Now the stairlift, we could incorporate it in Summerpantoextravaganza thingy, some of the high tech gadgets we used for the "chariot race" could be attached, fastest stairlift in the world, rocket like, propelling all over Benchland??
Am soooooooooo excited cause don't need to practice keeling over putting on knickers, I CAN DO IT, can provide details on how to do it if anyone gets stuck, can we have some soft stuff to fall into please??
Yes you can bash my chariot and dress my new one, bashing commences as soon as the dinky, pretty one arrives.................WD40 has been sprayed all over think it's just had it's day................
FF, hope you did it all, hahaha!!!
grumpy, brilliant news about your new tablets, woo hoo!
What are you reading tat and jan??
Just munched a takeaway curry, obviously bug has flown xx
Don't worry, Grumpy, camels and companion animals will barge on and find their own parts They usually do?! 🙂 The panto must include the knicker-putting-on-falling-over-dance! Can we incorporate it into the dance of the forty fleeces? 😄
*sings* you put your left leg in, your right leg in, arms out quick shout, shaking all about!
Just spent the WHOLE afternoon cleaning the sitting room carpet! Borrowed a friend's carpet shampooer - never again....... it's such a heavy beast I could barely push it. Next time I will hire the one from our hardware shop, known as Tinnies, cos it's much easier. Got the scotchguard (other.......) stuff to spray on to resist the 8 muddy paws. Maybe I should consider laminate or vinyl???? And a nice big rug???
Got one of those healthy drink juicer thingies yesterday from a local store that sounds like where I live. We shall see if it's AS good as the much advertised one. Any ideas for recipes????
I hope you are all getting sorted with the various problems that abound, it sounds like hard work.
The balance meds seem to be working, I can go up and down stairs without holding onto the banisters, And I can put my knickers on without falling over HURRAY.
Love to all
PS ideas for the Summer Pantostravaganza are coming along slowly, but I'm having problems finding parts for camels and companion animals!!!
Briefly transferred to the CSL bench. Sister back in hospital. 😞 Colitis caused by leukaemia/meds. She's on IV antibiotics - again! 😞
Pulled myself together. Went to farm shop with OH for toastie lunch and fruit & veg shop. Came home and made carrot cake ( therapeutic to make and to eat!! 🙂 ) and beetroot coleslaw (MUCH nicer than it sounds!) for with pizza later.
Now back on the CBA bench. It really has made me think about using what's left of *my* future in a way that makes me happy!! Considering my options re work.
Only just made it to the CBA bench via several loads of washing, Zumba and a bit of bathroom cleaning. Hope it's warm, there's enough room for me and you lot haven't scoffed all the goodies 😉
Don't panic, KTC, I just thought I could put the defunct chariot to good use by mentally beating several shades of 'stuff' out of Lynn for being such an unwelcome pest 😞 Glad your week ended on a better note, JCJ. Only one more week until half term! So sorry to hear about your sister and I hope you have a good time together when you see her in half term. Dreadful weather out there, so I hope you made the sensible choice FF and opted for the CBA bench....
Lovely to see you on the benches again, Jan 🙂 You'll have to teach me to knit. My grandmother tried when I was about 7 or 8 and it was the only time I ever saw her get the giggles. I was that good 😉
Right, feet up, fingers twitching near the cakes, settling with my kindle (other e-readers...), but I'll leave you with two words: George Clooney. Sigh.
As this is Benchland where anything is possible - even me singing! Or skatng! Or even both at once! - could I suggest Richard Gere, as he was in 'Officer and a Gentleman', in the white uniform, of course. In Benchland, he'd even be able to carry me out of my workplace without having a hernia! 🙂
Travel 25 miles just to go shopping, FF? PAH! That's what t'internet is for!!
Can we play with your old chariot, KTC? I've got the WD40 (other...) and a large hammer at the ready to knock it back into shape!
My sister's last (she has to have them every other week!) blood transfusion has failed to stop her feeling "feak and weeble" so she has finally had to admit she needs a stairlift. It is being fitted on Tuesday. I can't stop myself thinking about my other sister: she didn't last long after her stairlift was fitted. In fact, I think she only used it a couple of times before she was bedridden with her 2ndary lung cancer! 😢 I know this is different, but M was told "months" back in October. 😞
We're going to go and visit in half term- not just to play on the stairlift! 🙂
School wasn't too bad. I got through the week, actually enjoying some of it. Some really good lessons,some really stressful. 5 weeks left of my "support" (that's a laugh!) Basically, it all depends on what/when they choose to observe me to see if I've improved!!
Shove up on the CBA/Kindle Reading bench. I'm coming in, armed with cake, tea, coffee and knitting needles. What are you knitting, Kayak? I'm doing squares for a cushion at the moment - the most 'normal' thing I've knitted in ages! 😄
Benedict Cumberbatch .
Dont expect this to have any relevance to anything whatsoever, just....... Mmmmm.
Oh my goodness - Katy. I hope your Mother is all right!
So, tomorrow? What's going to happen? Do I drive 25 miles to nearest city to do some techie shopping (need a new phone and laptop)? Do I stay at home and finally get on with the new cushion covers? Do I give my house the good clean that it is crying out for? Or do I end up on the CBA bench with a good book alongside Tat?
Answers on a postcard please. Will let you know Hope you all have a good weekend.
Brilliant news JCJ, their advice and aid can only make you feel stronger and more confident facing any issues now!
Chariot will be going tout suite, one wheel is not turning properly and am now aching all over moan, moan..........groany groan. Have ordered new one and am hoping it will be here beginning of next week. Don't really have to go out until Mon and that's just over the road to meet a friend for a muggachoc.
Don't want Mum's one because it's sturdy, hard seat etc where as I need a lightweight one, less pressure on body.
Please don't hit me tat, as Lynn is perched on my shoulder and she is not moving at the moment!!! hahaha!
My Mum is on the "bad behaviour" bench, she decided to take numerous painkillers in a short time span and now has been sleeping non stop missing a doc appt etc. She just wanted to have a good nights sleep????
Am furious............cause she says she can't see properly again, she's practically comatose from the drugs, gave her a huge telling off, grrrrrrr. She says she won't do it again. Told her to tell doc what she had done and she said she would, she didn't..............bad Mum. Hopefully it will have given her a fright and she won't do it again, told her I would phone doc if she didn't behave xx
Brilliant news re your friends and their advice and support, JCJ 🙂 Now at least there is a level playing field. And it's Friday. And it's nearly half term. Woo hoo!
So if you get a new chariot, KTC, pleeeeeease can we pimp it up? Then we can break up the old one and use it to beat Lynn into submission 😉
Rad number 4 this afternoon, 4.10pm, so I might be out by 5pm to play with the traffic again 😉 Travelling at rush hour has contributed to every appt so far being at least a 2.5 hour round trip...going to schmooze the team to try and get mid afternoon appts from here on in. Once today is done I'll be into the 20s, though, so that warrants a good slug of glitterberry juice, doesn't it? 😉
Hope everyone has a lovely weekend. I'll be hogging the CBA bench with a blankie and a good book this weekend given the weather forecast... xx
Gareth? I'm sorry, I'm a one man woman but having imprisoned Gareth in my understairs cupboard twice now you will all have to hide my involvement for him to agree!! I'll lie low and then pounce at the end!
Yay, You go JCJ, so glad that your friends have been... and will be... helpful to you.
Katy, glad that the flat was good, sorry that Lynn is being annoying.
Directors chair is in my conservatory Grumpy, will send it to you poste haste.
School has settled down to it's usual state of cleanllness, which gives me time to do the little extra bits that keep it really clean, so I'm happy at the moment and really happy that half-term is looming and I can have three days off!
Colin Firth, with or without the wet shirt?
Had my cuppa with friend and her husband and they agree that I seem to have been treated unfairly. They have given me lots of advice and he has offered to be my 'friend' if it comes to a time when I have to have scary meetings! There's a particular reason, which I hadn't known before, why that would be SO appropriate!! 🙂 But for the moment, I'm just going to try to prove I'm more than capable by doing everything as well as I can and asking everyone for help/advice to show willing!! I have to phone HR to get some info, so that I may be able to put up a challenge to some of the paperwork!
I'm feeling a bit more confident that I can get through this. 🙂
KTC, if your chariot has been worn out in the races, can't you "borrow" your mother's, if she's not going to use it??
We could ask what's his name from Top Gear - he could do the Star in an Average Chariot challenge down the prom.
Pssssssssssssssst, where's that very important chair??? Director extraordinaire Dame Grumpy will be seated and ready to commence xx
Forgot to say bumped into a lady today who as soon as she found out she had bc, remortgaged her house, went through chemo, rads then went on at least 5 holidays abroad a year, just did what she wanted, when she wanted, she was saying that's her been "signed off" 5 years have passed and she looks fabulous xx She also said even if she had spent all her money, she had had great fun and no regrets whatsoever xx
Woo hoo JCJ, you show them, you'll be even more "advised" after tonight!!!
Flat WAS perfect, so on the happy bench for ED, thank goodness, not too far from where she lives now, children will have their own rooms, will know officially next week but it's basically done and dusted, another woo hoo moment!!
Also on the "feeling sooooooo much better" bench, whew!!
Chariot is not behaving must have been all that racing, am out for a while tomorrow so will see how it goes, may have to have a new one. Been searching and found one that folds, then folds again which would be superly handy for car boots etc.
Well, well, well Lynn has also decided to sit on and around my shoulder, how completely annoying is she???? xx
Well then, how dare you imply my consultant was incompetent when he said I am normal!!! Of course I am, normal for Benchland that is.......
ENT prescribed meds do seem to be helping with the balance problems, so fingers crossed.
Summer Pantoexstravanza??? Oh yes, just give me minute......... get ready for auditions for parts/crew.
This time I think we should have a Guest Star - any ideas????
I shall need to borrow a frock again.
Hope the flat was perfect, KTC.
Things looking up everso slightly at work. I was petrified I'd be observed with THAT class again today and exec HT was around as well! 😱 Supply teacher in this morning, so they'd be even worse than usual! I asked the teacher who is supposed to be mentoring me about what was going on - and gave her the sheets she has to fill in (she'd never been shown them, never mind given them - I suppose that would have been my fault, if they weren't completed?) Anyway, no obs this pm, and when I said this to her she said "OH I popped in a few times and I wrote that you were well prepared (damn right! I missed lunch!), following the behaviour policy and when I came in all the children were doing their work" Atta girl! If she keeps that up they CAN'T start Capability Procedures!! 🙂 The behaviour was still appalling but if I'm following the Behaviour Policy (always did. It doesn't work!) then it can't be my fault??!! Mwahahaha!
7 more get ups to half term! Had a hot cross bun today. Yummy! 🙂
Thank you for ALL the cake FF, yum, yum! Can eat it in Benchland haha! Glad you enjoyed your course.
JCJ, keep your head held up high, you're worth it!!
tat number 2 today, we'll countdown with you.
jan, think it depends on who puts in canula?? I also didn't have chemo but noticed with lido that I had a thumping headache during and after treatment, until I was told to drink lots and lots of water, the difference is huge, check if it's the same with chemo.
Ali's camels, they will always be your camels ali,haha!!
A panto?? Another Summer Extravaganza, perhaps?
ED off to see flat today, she's pretty excited, we all are, hopefully this is the one, will make lots of worries disappear...............
Think I will have both grandchildren as GD was throwing up all over the place last night, honestly it's such a terrible bug!!!
Was out shopping for a little while yesterday and nipped into PO, lady said you're not looking too good, really???? Is it the pasty skin??? The hair that is hanging limply?? Or the screwed up face??? xx
School sent me on a safeguarding children course today. 4-6pm...... not the optimum time considering my hours of work! (3.30 - 6). My Senior Teacher said "just pop in and do the toilets and leave the rest " so that's what I did. As I arrive at school as the children leave and I have little to do with them, I thought I would be bored out of my mind on this course. Wrong, very wrong! I was not bored, I learned a lot and by the end of the two hours I found I had a new respect for the teachers and TA's and their responsibilities and their vulnerability to misinterpretation.
Have enjoyed another slice of Birthday cake tonight, this time with smarties!
Another panto JCJ? Not sure if I've recovered from the last one yet
Yay, to Ali's Camels! (have they been secretly reading Benchland?)
Hope all SE's are few for those having treatment.
Arrrghhh! It refused to post "correct the highlighted errors and try again" - then posted twice. Don't worry, you're not seeing double! 😜
OH that's classic, Ali! I love it when real life collides with Benchland! 😀
Today wasn't too bad. Most of my colleagues are really supportive. I will jump through all the hoops and be proud of myself for being professional. If I end up getting pushed out (current concensus, judging by previous events) then at least I am going to enjoy my last few weeks.
Public forum, so I won't go into details but this am hugely stressful for all of us, but pm I taught a maths lesson & an RE lesson and it went really well (or at least I thought so, and no-one else was there to contradict me!) I didn't leave school until after 5 again.
Thank you all for being so supportive. Yet again, I am grateful for this 'silver lining' of BC! I will write us a panto, with some toons, if I find myself at a loose end!
Thanks for the cake, FF. Nom nom nom!
I'm glad your treatments have started T4T & KJ - it brings the return to normality (really???!) just that little bit closer. Hang in there!
I sneaked onto the Feb chemo thread having seen you'd posted there, Jan, and was delighted to see you were scoffing cheese on toast 🙂 Really, really hope the next few days are OK for you ♥
A panto? Oh no you didn't!
First rads session today, only 32 to go! Once we found a parking space by stalking people (and I really mean that) the rest was very smooth and efficient.
How was your day today, JCJ? Hope you have felt even better today, katyc and everyone else is alright 🙂
Hello my lovely Benchies! I thought of you all at the weekend, I went to a panto performance of Aladdin. They used the bazaar set a lot, one of the shop signs was "Ali's Camels". It cheered me up immensely 🙂
CAKE. Oh, grandson's birthday cake. DIL has surpassed herself. A marble cake decorated with matchmakers, chocolate fingers, smarties, m&m's, chocolate buttons, revels. and fruit pastilles 'cos they're his favouite. It's in the shed, enjoy it...... but a small slice will suffice. I ate about three quarters of mine and then passed it on to son to finish.
So pleased that you have someone to advise you JCJ. You go girl, don't let them get to you, we're all behind you.
Tablet is back and working, 😁 but musical notes inserted using Alt 14 on desktop keyboard.
Currently watching Terry Wogan tribute on the One Show that I recorded earlier. That wonderful man was the background to my mornings for so many years, every day a smile or chuckle. His silent fireworks were a masterpiece (and inspiration for our Benchland ones) When I fist started driving to work I used to wish the journey was longer so I didn't have to stop listening.
Yaay! Brilliant that you have some knowledgable allies, JCJ 🙂 And well done for turning up smiling and showing willing today when everyone thought you would go off sick. Don't let the burgers grind you down!!
Just noticed (and snorted with laughter - NOT the correct response to a shooting on Silent Witness!) at your lyrics. You must have your tablet back and in working order if you can add musical notes :)) xxx
Oh T4T thank you! You made me laugh. And thank you too, KTC for thinking of me too.
I went in and smiled and joked with staff, was oober nice to the kids and made sure I did EVERYTHING to a level that couldn't be critisised. Senior staff slightly cagey with me, so I'm wondering what's been said to them. Some of the rest of the staff were surprised to see me - they thought I'd go off sick, but I'm not prepared to give anyone any more amunition against me!! Finally left after 5pm, having marked, and done various other jobs as soon as they were mentioned. It's going to be a long six weeks, but I'm determined that they can't say I haven't done everything I was asked to the best of my ability! If it ends in capability procedures and demotion/dismissal then at least I'll know there WAS an agenda!!
I sent a long email to an ex-colleague yesterday. I worked with her for years at a previous school, and she's been a good friend since my BC dx. She is now retired, as is her husband, who I also know from staff 'do's. He was a headteacher and then he supported failing schools, so he knows a thing or two about how things should be done! He read my email "with his Officer hat on" and they have asked me to go round,after school on Thursday,and take all the paperwork with me. I'm fairly sure he/they are going to be great allies to fight in my corner, because, unlike the big unions they actually KNOW what goes on in schools.
Watch this space....
In the meantime, I'll commence my research for Norecambe Nuptials and the accompanying sales jingles: ♫Here comes the bride, dressed in camel hide♫
Hope it's been a bearable day, JCJ. If you do go down the career change route, can we make suggestions? Obviously, we all think you should be earning squillions writing marketing jingles to the tune of Christmas carols.... 😉 But, you also have great talent and taste for event management, methinks 😉 You could actually start Norecambe Nuptials!!
Glad you're on the mend, katyc, even if it's slow progress. Cake is kind to the stomach 😉 It's incredibly gusty here too. On the home stretch with my dog today there were times I couldn't move forward against the wind!
Hope you are doing fine today JCJ, you keep your chin up, big time.
Fab your daughter has helped with CV, who knows a career change may be much more rewarding for you, fingers crossed. It's sad that this is the way of the workplace nowadays...........
FF, have a Happy Granchild's Birthday, what kind of cake are we having??
Feeling a LITTLE better, gosh it's horrid, this is the 5th day, geez!
Gale force winds and torrential rain here, heating on full blast, brrrrrrrrrrrrrr xx
Yes, with great sadness I had to delete the blue tennis. Can anyone beat Djokovic? Is he human or a robot?
Hope your CV brings positive results JCJ. Maybe a change is just what you need and holidays in term time are so much cheaper!
I did put the birthday cake leftovers in the Lost Plottery Shed but forgot to tell you. I hope you found them, there will be more tomorrow as eldest grandson becomes 12 years old. Where did that 12 years go?
Have thoroughly enjoyed doing nothing this weekend, just catching up with recorded tv programmes. Back to real life tomorrow with batteries recharged and hopefully raring to go????? Two weeks to half term and some time off!!
Thanks, girls. Unfortunately, I don't belong to a union because TAs are represented by the massive unions that know b. all about education, or by teaching unions, where there is a definite conflict of interest. I always thought I could rely on my own professional conduct and the support of colleagues - pah! Besides, several people (at least 3 teachers and a caretaker!) have brought union reps in recently, so the scare element clearly doesn't work - (or the prevention of dismissal??)
Today, with YD's help, via email, much to her delight, I have updated my CV (written in 2008 but not needed as school applications specify no CVs!) and posted it on Monster - we'll see if anyone suggests anything interesting. In the meantime, I will plaster on that positive persona and battle on. OH is wingeing on about me losing school holidays if I move out of education, but I'm quite excited by the prospect of being able to holiday in term time, and better my sanity than 6 weeks summer holiday??
Talking of sanity, Grumpy, are you confident in your consultant's credentials? He took a thorough scan of your brain and declared you 'normal'?? How did you get in to Benchland then?
I hope you are feeling better, KTC.
Delete the blue tennis, FF.
Thank you for all your kind words girls, very nasty bug but seems trivial compared to what's happening to you all.
Jan fingers crossed for your chemo journey, all the very best to you, lovely and exciting news about the new baby, something very much to look forward to.
tat, good luck with your rads, agree with the girls, it's fine really!!!
grumpy, great news about scan results let's hope tabs make a huge difference.
FF, enjoy your quiet time..........any birthday cake leftovers?? Both my grandchildren's birthdays are Feb, 3 days apart, not good planning by my ED haha!!!
Aaaah JCJ, if no plan of action was set in place for any sort of management or aid for yourself, how can this **** go ahead, would do as grumpy says and get the Union involved might give them a scare, sitting on the "FF" bench for you, absolutely ridiculous. Don't let them get away with it.....................
On a brighter note MMU4 have found the most perfect gift, laughed out loud when I saw it (that was an ordeal cause my ribs hurt a lot) soooooooo apt xx
I thought Serena would win too and although I recorded it, I just couldn't watch her lose it, so I deleted it but YAY to Kerber. Well done to her. I will be recording Andy tomorrow, if he wins I'll watch it, if he loses I'll delete it. I just can't watch him live. Seems that I need to know the result before I can watch any match if I *care* about the players.
JCJ I hope you have got your union o n board cos it sounds to me that this is being mishandled. AND WRITE EVERYTHING DOWN, you need a record of everything that happens, or doesn't happen in the case of support. Tat is absolutely right, it's poor management in following through with the kids that sanctions poor behaviour.
FF, we don't have Eurosport so have to rely on BBC highlights, which we recorded. I said to OH "shall we watch it? I don't suppose there were many highlights" I thought Serena would just win easily, yet again. So we watched the Murray match highlights from yesterday and only started to watch today's because the men's doubles was on it. WOW! What a match! GO KERBER!! 😄
JCJ - I didn't realise that your problems at school were quite so bad. I hope that you manage to resolve them to your satisfaction and considering all the other things you do that are not actually teaching, they should be jumping at the chance to keep you. No, you don't need the stress and other jobs are available.
Good luck on Tuesday Kayak, hope the SE's are few. Didn't have to have chemo myself so can't really comment about it.
T4T - rads I did have and, as Grumpy said, easy peasy. Just tiring and the worst of that is when you have finished them! Get yourself some aloe vera gel 99% and slather it all over.
So very glad that your MRI was normal Grumpy, even though it does not give you a definite answer to what is wrong. Hope the new treatment works.
Katy - hope you are feeling better???
Still watching blue tennis.....Serena lost...still don't believe it. Will Andy win? I hope so........but I don't think so......
Saw ENT consultant today. Results from head MRI scan are completely normal (!!??!!) He thinks it's restricted blood supply to my ears, so I've got to try brainstorm - no , betahistine - for 2 months to see if it helps. Will go to GP for a chat and give it a try.
I'll be rattling soon....
PS rads is easy peasy, just tiring especially if you to travel a long way. My rads was 80, yes 80, miles from home so that was the hard bit.
I am in a position to compare a number of schools, JCJ, and while pupil behaviour has declined across the board in the past decade, it is most noticeable in schools with weak leadership and management. Where staff are not supported effectively in disciplinary (or other) matters the kids quickly exploit the vacuum. I see the same kids outside of school and have some interesting conversations when they're on my home ground. They tell me it's not about the teacher. They play up because they know there are ultimately no consequences.
I hope you find peace about whatever decision you make. Life is precious, as we all know too well and if you would be happier working elsewhere.... Hugs xxx
I'll be thinking of you on Tuesday Kayak, and you when you start rads, T4T. I didn't have Chemo, but from my sister's experience and reading posts on here, it seems the anticipation is the worst part. Yes, there are SEs but you will have a caring team who will do what they can to minimise them. Also, as soon as treatment starts, you'll be on countdown to the end. I crossed my rads days off on my calendar. Such a feeling of achievement! 🙂
Thank you both for making me stop feeling sorry for myself and realise I have much to be thankful for. I had an observed lesson, last week, with the class, I have been having trouble with. It didn't, apparently, go as well as I thought, mostly due to the kid's behaviour between the observers leaving the room and coming back for the end of the lesson.
As I had that meeting back in November, and "despite support" (?????????? only from class teacher.
Bugg none at all from elsewhere!!) I have not shown any improvement in my behaviour mamanagemet so I have been given notice of 6 weeks to improve or Capability Proceedings will commence. 😢
After a sleepless night (for once nothing to do with Tapoxyfen) I have come to the decision that I will find out if there is a job for me at the school if I resign my HLTA role of whole class teaching. I will miss the good classes/lessons, (tho' they are getting increasingly fewer and further between - so perhaps it *is* my fault - losing my grip in my old age??!) and I'll have to take a substabtial cut in hours/salary, but life's too short to put up with this much stress. Whether they'll let me stay will determine whether or not they value everything else I do for the school. Otherwise: office job here I come - and the possibility of holidaying in term time!! Every cloud....?😁