I'm Sophie, married to Simon and mum to Jeremiah (10), Isaac (8), Malachi (5), Ezekiel (3) and Zechariah (2). Also our 2 little ones in heaven, Eleanor (2005) and Elisha (2011).
Jeremiah has Autism.
Isaac has hypermobility syndrome/Ehlers Danlos type 3 and uses a wheelchair for anything other than very short distances.
Malachi has hypermobility and wears piedro boots to support his ankles
Ezekiel has a cleft palate, hydrocephalus, hypotonia and development delay
Zechariah was born with sepsis and has mild development delay.
Friday, 27 July 2012
Since I posted Maddison's letter on my blog I have thought about the things she wrote about the lack of awareness of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I know I had never heard of it until Isaac was diagnosed with hypermobility and I did some googling. If you look hard enough there is a lot of information and online support groups out there but you do have to look for it.
Somewhere between 1 in 5000 and 1 in 10,000 people have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. This makes it rarer than Downs Syndrome (1 in 800), Autism (1 in 100) and Cerebral Palsy (1 in 278). It is only slightly rarer than Spina Bifida (7 in 10,000) which I was quite surprised at as I think Spina Bifida is a lot more well known than Ehlers Danlos Syndrome.
When people ask me what's "wrong" with Isaac (and we get this more often now he has his wheelchair) and I explain about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome I normally get the "I've never heard of that before" response. If I say that the main symptom is hypermobility a lot more people know what that is also most people's experience of this is being able to bend their little fingers and thumbs backwards. It's not much but it's a start.
Thursday, 26 July 2012
On Tuesday, Malachi and I took advantage of there only being the 2 of us and we went to one of the toddler groups that is still open in the school holidays. It was a bit more expensive than the other toddler groups we go to (£3.10 per child) but it was good value for money as they had a huge bouncy castle, various craft activities, ride on toys, cars etc. Malachi loved it.
Today all 3 boys spent ages in the paddling pool. The weather has been so lovely this week. Photos to follow when I can get them off my phone.
Monday, 23 July 2012
Saturday, 21 July 2012
Malachi was very interested in the water although when he got in he decided he didn't like it. Isaac wasn't keen at first but when he finally got in he loved it. Jeremiah loved the water as usual.
Friday, 20 July 2012
No school runs for six weeks! I've got a few things planned for the holidays, including various craft activities and trips to the park.
Wednesday, 18 July 2012
My name is Maddison Parker, I am 9 years old and I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. I am wanting the world to understand Ehlers Danlos Syndrome so am sending this email out. I have some questions for you all! I would like to know why no one cares about Ehlers Danlos Syndrome? May was Ehlers Danlos Awareness Month and no-one really cared because I didnt hear anything about it anywhere! My grandma even sent a letter to A current Affair telling them it was the awareness month and again, nothing happened, they didnt even reply!!
A week in my life is full of pain. I'm constantly heating up my heat pack, and needing pain medicine. At school i cant finish my school work because Im in so much pain and all my joints dislocate. In case you dont know Ehlers Danlos syndrome is a connective tissue disorder that makes all my joints flexible, and pop out for no reason. It makes me very tired all the time, I cant play with all my friends because when I run around my joints pop out and it hurts and I get really tired. It doesnt just make my joints pop out but it effects my balance, my eyes, my heart, tummy, skin and even my blood. It is a really painful thing to have. It's not fair!
Im in and out of hospital and my wheelchair. I dislocate my joints every day and have pain all day every day. If I break a bone it takes me 3-4 months to heal when a normal person only takes about a month to heal! And my muscles disappear when the bones heal.
Im sick and tired of everyone saying there is nothing wrong with me because I look fine and that its all in my head. For lots of other disabilities you are trying to raise money to find a cure. But NO, not for Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. As I said before, I am in and out of hospital, I know every corridor of the childrens hospital and the sunshine hospital. Even some of the doctors say "You again!" So I want to know WHY arent you trying to raise money to help cure my Ehlers Danlos Syndrome???? The doctors dont know much about it and cant really help me.
If I could change one thing about the world it would be the way people understand Ehlers Danlos Syndrome! I want to know WHY no-one cares and WHY no-one is trying to raise money to find a cure! WHY don't I matter??
From Maddison Parker
Monday, 16 July 2012
However Isaac absolutely loves it which makes all of it worthwhile. In the buggy he was almost always in a sulk or a strop but in the wheelchair he talks to everyone. Jeremiah's teaching assistant got a shock this morning at school when Isaac started talking to her. Malachi is also enjoying having a better view.
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
Today has been one of those days. It started with Isaac not wanting to wake up which meant I had to dress him. He has fallen off the toilet today and generally been unsteady on his feet. So today I've been trying to do bits of housework in between helping Isaac with everything. Of course Malachi wasn’t keen on Isaac having all the attention so he was shouting as well. Nothing terrible happened but it was one of those days where I feel like I’m running round in circles. So I did the only thing you can do in this situation. Jeremiah, Isaac and Malachi had a quick early tea and for the last ½ an hour we have had my glee dvd on and we have been watching all the songs from the special features. Malachi is in the jumperoo and the older boys are dancing. Well, Isaac is on the floor mostly but at least he is happy. Jeremiah is attempting to breakdance which is absolutely hilarious.
No news from the SENCO today. But the class list for next year will be posted either tomorrow or friday. I don't mind what class Jeremiah is in but he is desperate to know one way or another.