No knitting done. With the result that I am thoroughly grumpy and twitchy. Tonight there WILL be a sock!
The kids went back to school yesterday, for the first time on the school bus. This makes some things easier, but also adds pressure in the morning - they MUST be at the end of the track at the right time with their bags and lunchboxes and PE kits and guitar or they don't get taken to school! None of the usual running in and out of the house collecting things while the engine runs! My daughter has to go on the secondary school bus with her brother and then walk herself to primary school - not far, but a new adventure. And on a Wednesday, we have to find an alternative way to get her home because the secondary school ends half an hour before the primary, and the bus leaves without her - sigh! The Council tells me she must not leave her school early to catch it and I must be grateful they have been allowed on the bus at all, when we live "out of zone" (the city / shire boundary line cuts across the field just south of our house) and I AM, really and truly I am, but right now it is a pressure I could do without. Today I will leave work 2 1/2 hours early to fetch her. Next week? Maybe she will have to go to an after-school club, or by private taxi. Or take up cross-country running.
First Love is in many ways much better, but he weighed himself at the GP surgery on Monday and had lost a stone in 2 weeks. Well, that's what happens if you don't eat! But last night he was terribly depressed about it - he feels too weak to exercise and he doesn't feel able to eat if he isn't using energy. Personally, I can knock back a pint glass of tap water just to hydrate myself, but he seems to have a mindset that he can only face drinking if he enjoys it.... same with food. I have warned him that he will end up back in hospital on a drip if he doesn't eat and drink. He is also disconcerted by being told by the MacMillan Nurse that he is eligible to apply for Attendance Allowance, with immediate effect. And we both read the guidance notes which say they only permit immediate payments under the "special rules" if someone is not "reasonably" expected to survive beyond 6 months...
So I am glad to be leaving work early today. I will collect my daughter, then settle down with my knitting beside First Love and just be there for him - he needs me there right now.