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» Amazing Projects

It was mostly for the kids...
When we moved to our current house I decided that we needed something to keep the kids' outdoor crap (or the kids themselves I wasn't too fussed). Hence the creation of:

(Thu 17th Nov 2011, 17:07, More)

» Helicopter Parents

Well it seemed appropriate to me....
When Boy1 (aged 4 ish) informed Mrs Ferret & I that there was an Easter Bonnet competition being held in school we made the niave assumption that we would have time to actually make a hat with him. Alas this was not to be the case as he only told us about 20 minutes before the start of school on the day of the competiton.

Being too soft earted to allow him to be the only one in his class not to have some sort of festive hat I looked around the house to see what I could craft for him that would embrace the Easter/Spring time theme. What could be more Eastery than a crown of thorns? A quick trip to the pyrocantha bush in the garden and the headwear was created. Boy went into school and all were happy (if somewhat bleeding). Upon collecting child from school that afternoon his teacher did ask if I could try to avoid making costumes that actually injure the wearer.

Not sure if this makes a helicopter parent for dropping everything to make a hat or not.
(Wed 16th Sep 2009, 23:47, More)

» Losing it

Very nearly resulted in paperwork...
By way of background at the point this happened I had three sons at home one of whom had hay fever (aged 3) and one who was on medication for a heart problem (episodes of subventricular tachycardia).

One day I was dispatched by SWMBO to dose youngest child with 10 ml of his hayfever medicine (ceterizine). As I was drawing up the drug into a syringe and about to dose him my wife came into the room and asked, in a very pointed tone, "Do you really want to give him that?". I replied with words to the effect of "Of course I do, you told me to do it". I was asked again if I should be dosing the child.

SWMBO then asked me to look at the colour of the medicine. It was only after a number of very unsubtle hints that I realised that I was about to dose a 3 year with approximately 10 time the dose of the 6 year old's digoxin which would have a very good chance of stopping the child's heart which, I fear, would have led to an unpleasant bout of paperwork.
(Thu 21st Jul 2011, 18:26, More)

» Ouch!

Following Discussion of Tonsils...
Below should be a video taken of Boy2 when he had tonsilitis. As you may notice he appears to be having a slight difficulty with his breathing...


Now you may be asking "Where is the pain in this?" to tell the truth I am not sure as when he woke up (just before the paramedics arrived in their large white taxi) he was as smiley and happy as could be. Within a few hours though we were presented with several medics discussing resucitation options in case of difficulty in the forthcoming operation.
(Wed 4th Aug 2010, 12:49, More)