Torn – My #WOTW 

By | June 15, 2017

Torn, as soon as I wrote that word, the tune by Natalie Imbruglia popped into my head.  I LOVE that song, it brings back both good and bad memories of a time when my little family unit had been rocked to its core and we got through it.

It’s felt like that kind of week, although not as severe but it’s a been a week when I’ve been really disappointed in D’s school and been torn about what to do about it.

Communication from D’s class has been really poor this year, they are fast enough to email saying she needs to bring in 50p for a snack but emails from me don’t get acknowledged (and I don’t email often, it’s normally things that I can’t put in the home-school diary puberty-related) similarly notes in the diary (although I occasionally get a “tick”). 

Frustrating eh? I get the impression that they perceive that because D is now 13, that they rely on the children to pass messages on but what they don’t take into account is that, if there’s been a bad day, then any potential messages are forgotten or not relayed until she’s feeling calmer.  

So, this week hit a new low when D came home in a heck of a state, with plenty of “I’ll tell you later” and, in between the fist-clenching (from her) and the pressure-cuddles from me, she eventually told me that she’d been taken out of class to have a booster injection, news to her and news to me!

As you can see, there was nothing from the Thursday before (the injection was on Tuesday) and that little note was meant to make it alright!

I’ve been very torn between going in and requesting a meeting with the Head or writing in the diary, I opted for the latter as I didn’t want there to be any repercussions for D, her classmates would have been very quick to tell her too if they’d seen me at school.

I’ve had an apology but it doesn’t change the fact that an injection should not have been given without prior warning (I had signed a consent form for the injection and the booster but a specific date for the booster had not been given).

And there’s also the prospect of my next foot operation in six weeks, I can’t decide whether I’m relieved that it will be happening, that – hopefully – by the end of the year I’ll have had both operations and have happier feet or – and this has been my predominant train of thought – thinking “sh*t! Less than six weeks before I’m laid up, I’ve got so much to do!”.

So, you see, Torn.  Allow me a bit of a warble to some Torn lyrics:

Illusion never changed

Into something real

I’m wide awake and I can see

The perfect sky is torn

You’re a little late, I’m already torn
So I guess the fortune teller’s right

Should have seen just what was there

And not some holy light
It crawled beneath my veins

And now I don’t care, I had no luck

I don’t miss it all that much

There’s just so many things

That I can touch, I’m torn

Fingers crossed for a slightly less Torn week next week, how’s yours been? 

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Kim Carberry on 15th June 2017 at 8:50 pm.

Oh gosh! Poor D. Whenever my teen gets injections at school we get a text from the school the day before reminding and warning us. I would have been livid if I wasn’t told especially in your situation knowing how much D hates injections.
Good luck with the op.
I hope next week is better for you x
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Jeannette on 15th June 2017 at 8:58 pm.

Thanks Kim, like you say, D’s had so many injection issues, it’s really felt like she’s not been considered at all. It’s a shame because she is (generally) so happy there x


Angela Webster on 16th June 2017 at 8:19 am.

That’s truly awful, I can understand you and your daughter being so upset. I hope your foot surgery goes well. #WotW
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Jeannette on 16th June 2017 at 9:53 am.

Thanks Angela, me too. Not long to go now, eek or aargh!


mummy here and here on 16th June 2017 at 9:12 am.

Oh this is just awful and terrible of the school. I am not surprised you were both upset, I would be absolutely mortified especially as it is a traumatic experience especially with unexpected change. Sending lots of love to you X


Jeannette on 16th June 2017 at 9:52 am.

Thank you x


Anne on 16th June 2017 at 9:45 am.

I can fully understand how you feel. My girl never gives me any verbal messages from school so I always get a phone call. I would have been livid in your case though, some things should be agreed with parents consent for sure. Poor D, I hope she soon got over it. xx
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Jeannette on 16th June 2017 at 9:51 am.

Thank you, lovely. She’s so happy there with all the musical and art activities but the general comms are really letting them down. D’s very worried about suddenly being taken from class for another one now x


Cheryl | TimeToCraft on 16th June 2017 at 10:35 am.

I’m really surprised. We have plenty of communication about jabs before they happen. With info sent back afterwards to watch out for side effects. Not the kind of surprise anyone needs. Hope D feels more settled now. #wotw
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Jeannette on 16th June 2017 at 10:40 am.

It surprised me too Cheryl, apart from that little diary note and a card to say when it was done, there was nothing x


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