Friday, May 06, 2005

Frustrated....bad knitting week....

I killed my computer. Some sort of Master Boot Record malfunction which necessitated re-formatting the hard drive. Yikes! Fortunately, I was able to remove the hard drive from the computer before reformatting it and use a second computer to retrieve email, photos and other important files. The big pain was the hours it took just to get back to where I was days before.

The timing was particularly awful from a knitting standpoint, in that my SIL's baby shower is the weekend of the 14th. Working backwards, I figure that I will need two days to block the finished blanket and a few hours to weave the ends in neatly...I still have about 12 hours of solid knitting to get to this finishing point. I have finished the body of the blanket and am knitting the eyelet border and saw-toothed edging. It isn't difficult, but it's not quick knitting, mostly because of the awkwardness of jostling the entire blanket on your lap while working on an eight stitch section.

No pictures of course. I'm not trying to keep you in suspense until I have a finished object, I just haven't gotten around to re-installing the camera software and I can't afford much more non-knitting leisure time!

On a non-knitting note, Gillian's IPRC meeting was last Tuesday. I was prepared for the worst, but it is always disheartening to read reports and hear "experts" discuss your loving, treasured child in terms of her "glaring" deficiencies. Disheartening isn't really the feeling...crushing is closer to the sensation. Anyway, the upshot is that she was recommended for an appropriate, supported Grade 1 placement, which I will be allowed to visit before accepting for Gillian. I am cautiously optimistic.

Apologies to the members of the Scarborough Stitch N Bitch for being such a wet blanket on Tuesday night. I had expected my spirits to be more buoyant after the meeting.


At 12:13 PM, Blogger Maggie said...

My dear, you can be as wet a blanket as you must. Meetings like that can really take it out of you.

I don't know if you remember or not, but my son has Asperger Syndrome and I used to have to go to a bunch of meetings to discuss his diagnosis at school. It is turning out that Alex is extremely high-functioning and he's progressing at a rapid rate, catching up socially and emotionally to other kids his age. As it stands right now, we're not going to be needing any extras from the Board at this time and I guess we'll see how his senior elementary years go before I'm going to need to request IPRC involvement for high school. But I remember the way the "experts" discussed him, so factually. Hard to hear. It's so hard to sit and listen and not jump up and defend.

With Asperger Syndrome it's much different because Alex never has academic issues, only behavioral and emotional ones. He'll always be able to go to a regular school and handle a regular course load. He's lucky there.

When he was much younger I worried that he wouldn't be able to lead a normal life...grow up, live on his own, hold down a job. Now, watching him develop, I am confident he will.

I don't mean to compare us to the hardships you have with managing Gillian's education and keeping her stimulated and active. I know it's very different and her care needs to be much more involved. Good luck! I hope the school placement works out really well.


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