A Short Up-Date

Regular readers will know our living situation took a turn for the worse recently and if you missed it, you can read about it here.

Following our visit to Shelter, a request for a review was made on our behalf which we also confirmed to the Council in writing ourselves.  We also asked that we could remain in our current accommodation until the review was complete and a final decision made.  In most usual circumstances, you still have to leave the accommodation even if the review hasn't been finalised.  However, we have been granted the right to remain until a final decision has been made which is a relief.

I also contacted the Children's Centre where Harry attends nursery.  I had been reliably informed that just about every service is offered at this particular Centre so when the Family Support worker finally returned my call, I advised her of our current situation and she has made an appointment to see their housing specialist there.  Whilst this isn't until next Monday, this lady works part time for the Children's Centre and the rest of the week in Housing with the Council.  I am hopeful she should be able to point us in the right direction in terms of getting help to rent privately if needed.

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

At the beginning of last week, I went to my GP and poured out my heart.  I had received telephone advice that I had failed my pre-op assessment.  Actually, I am not sure if I so much failed the tests on the day or whether the anaesthetist refused to give me the all clear on the basis of my notes from genetics in which my geneticist has requested a heart scan (I can't recall the name!).  Whilst I was desperately upset and disappointed I logged onto one of the support forums I am a part of and it seems to be a fairly common requirement for sufferers of Chiari.  After bringing my GP up to speed, both on the op front as well as the housing front, she offered to write a letter of support to the housing team for us.  I am collecting this tomorrow.

We also received a call today.  I say we, really D had to take it since I have laryngitis at the moment.  Typical hey?  Feel the most mobile I have felt in weeks and get silenced.  Safe to say the Harry and D are loving it, Harry in particular when D had to go to the supermarket earlier and was left with me.

Anyway, our Health Visitor called today, requesting an update on our situation to see if we'd progressed at all.  So D brought her up to date.  She also advised that she too has written a support letter to the Council and has received a response confirming it will be taken into account.  She did warn us that the homelessness team have a particularly heavy load at the moment so to not expect any answers any time soon.

For now, that is where we are at.  Whilst in reality not a lot has changed, we have had a load lifted, albeit possibly temporary.

I would just like to thank you all for your support, you really have been wonderful.

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  1. Hope you get a good outcome. Our hv was useless. I do have a family support outreach worker involved now and part of what she will do is constantly nag at the council. I saw her today and spoke about the disturbances from other residents and she was immediately on the case to our housing officer. Good luck R. You need it as much as me! Xxx
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      I must say our HV has been fantastic. She was mortified when I reminded her we still haven't received the Healthy Start vouchers and she has said she will send a copy of the support letter she sent to the council. She has also referred us to a charity who do food parcels but we can pick the items ourselves, in an effort for us to try to save some money.

      I hope your family outreach worker has helped and that you can get somewhere more suitable soon. Xx

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      Thank you. The biggest obstacle when on benefits (even if it is because one is too sick to work!) with private rentals is that there are so few LLs prepared to let to us. Although as I discovered during a Twitter outrage when I shared Karen's post a few days ago is actually the mortgage providers won't cover benefit claimants. Xx

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      I have come to realise that when you have a child, you don't have much choice but to try to be strong and carry on for them. Thank you. Xx

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  2. Hello,Im just popping over from #pocolo,Im glad that things seem to be moving in the right direction for you and your family and I hope that the proffessionals that are involved in your case will continue to give you the support you need and deserve x

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  3. Oh honey, I have followed your story on your blog, and each time I read a post of yours I am blown away at your honesty and positivity when facing such tough situations. I work for an advocacy charity - not in your area - and we support people to navigate their way through all these systems. Have you come across this? If you like I could do a little research and see if there is another support route for you? DM me on twitter if you think it would be useful. Of course you may already have gone down this road, but thought I would mention it in case not. We are here for you virtually, and if we can help practically let us know xx
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  4. Aw - I'm popping over from #PoCoLo and just want to say that I hope everything is going to be resolved soon. It seems like things are slowly looking up and I will keep my fingers crossed for you and your family. xx
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  5. My goodness my lovely you really have been through the mill. I have to admit to not being a regular reader (smack me, it's fine!), I apologise for that but I am so glad that you linked this post to PoCoLo for some massively needed support. You really deserve it. It's good to hear that the professionals are doing what they can - although I know this doesn't help any. I really hope things improve for you my lovely xxx
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