Sunday, 10 May 2015

The dust settles and we move on

So the dust is still settling after the general election in the UK. Saying that people are not happy is a bit of an understatement. It does make me wonder what is going to happen for the majority of people, like myself , pensioners and working families over the next five years.
Food banks are now popping up every where and its not just the jobless who are having to rely on them more and more. Disabled people who have had their benefits cut and families who even though they work, are still on or below the bread line.
It makes me ask the question, what experience have these political think tanks have of the real world? The issues that low payed working families or disabled people may face on a daily basis? The same with the Prime Minister, who was bred for a political career, never held a 9 - 5 job for a pittance on a zero hour contract. Didn't have to make the choice between putting the gas or the electric on this week or go through the humiliation of being told what he could do , afford and buy. What I found ironic was it was 70 years since VE day, and on that day we handed the country back over to a government that is turning more and more into a dictator ship,plunging this country back into the dark ages of poor/work houses and making the class divide even greater. It seems to make a mockery of what our predecessors fought for.

But enough of this political rant. It does however worry me about how the changes in benefits for disabled and the selling off of the NHS will effect me and mine. I have sent off my PIP form last week and now have a nervous wait to see if I need to attend a consultation. Not only was it depressing to fill in the form, well you don't normally stop to think how these things effect you on a daily basis , it is not ideal for trying to explain every thing. You are not even guaranteed a medical professional to access you during a consultation. So how the hell are these people going to have a clue what it is like to live with no legs for example? never mind every thing else. Now am not saying we don't need something in place. Unfortunately, due to the small few who do take advantage of the system, we need some kind of process, But surely during the consultation it should be a medical professional such as a GP or consultant and some one who has first hand experience of that disability? Example for me an amputee or they have a family member who is or they suffer  with fibro? with me?

That aside it has been a mixed bag since the last post. First exam out of the way. Stayed very calm and am quietly confident that I got at least a pass. The things that where put in place where great and helped a lot. My own room, lap top and the extra time made the difference for me. Next exam is tomorrow so fingers crossed.

Booked hotel rooms for me and Annabelle to attend Asylum 16 next May. Its a Supernatural convention in Birmingham. Gutted I missed it this month as the actors who play Crowley, Dean and Sam are here. But still got the London Film and Comic Con to look forward to yet, One day hoping to get to Sand Diego Comic Con.

Still looking for another star to attend our Monster Masquerade Ball, so any one famous reading this please get in contact lol. Set up a website for The Psych Twins as well so will be building on that over the summer months . Hoping it will be a source of support and information for any one who is disabled or has a family member who is or suffers from a metal health issue.

 Agreed to do the Great North Run in 2016. Why do I do this to my self? Anyway still looking for a trainer to help with the fitness thing and we have decided to run it as Patsy and Eddie from AB FAB. You might be asking why we are doing this? Good question ! The Psych Twins would like to open a center  in the North East that will offer people support, advice and information to any one disabled or family member of some one disabled as well as parents with children who have ASD or ADHD. 
The vision is that people could pop in for a coffee chat to peers who are going through the same thing, find out what events are on that are suitable, what help is available, help with filling in forms and get advice as well as a counselling/ therapy service for any one who needs one to one help.
I also see us running a play group once a week for parents of children who have ASD/ADHD so while the parents are having a  coffee a break and able to exchange tips and advice with their peers, the children are in a sensory room  and organizing events for families to attend. Big dreams I know.

On a personal level I have started up the exercise routine again and going to get David to show me how to use the treadmill . Also having another go at the slim fast diet again so fingers crossed.  Hopefully I will pass onto the second year at campus because there is so much I want to do. After getting the degree,as long as it is a 2:1 I will be accredited by the BPS and then the plan is to move to Teeside University to do my doctorate in counselling Psychology so I can be registered and practice CBT. After that maybe sit my licence to practice in Florida. Who knows?

Big plans, Big dreams but back to earth at least until the next two exams are over with lol.

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