About

This blog started as a record of random happenings that I’ve experienced over time. It is was also about capturing everyday life, through image and snippets of conversation and observations, at home, on the bus and just wandering through life. Key players in these events, apart from LB (see below) will probably include Richy Rich and kids; Rosie, Will, Owen and Tom. As for me, I am a sociologist by background and work at a local university focusing on disability, health experiences, difference and inclusion.

The focus of the blog has shifted to ‘transition’ as LB comes to the end of his school life and stands, unaware, on the edge of a huge gap in adult services. 

It’s now about the experience of negotiating mental health/learning disability services, as the lack of both meant that LB was admitted to inpatient care a few months ago now.

Some people suggest that LB  (17) has various labels like autism, learning disabilities, epilepsy and Klinefelter syndrome. I just think he is one crazy dude who loves Eddie Stobart, drum and base and going to London.

LB died in a local NHS run short term treatment and assessment unit on July 4th. He was found dead in the bath. There were five patients and a minimum of four members of staff on duty 24 hours a day. Investigations are underway into how this could have happened.

See summary tab for more details (sorry, chaotic blog organisation reflecting life).

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The photo’s and drawings are mine unless otherwise specified. Liberal credits are sprinkled throughout, because everything is intertwined really.

All posts reflect my own, and only my own, personal views. And please don’t use any photos without permission. Oh, and last thing, if I’ve snapped you and you would like a copy, leave me a message here.

24 thoughts on “About

  1. I just love your blog… I pop over now and then for an update and a view of some pretty fine buses… or something equally enchanting. Thought I’d leave you a little note so you know I was here.
    Leah

  2. Hi Laughing Boy. You may be entitled to Legal Aid for breach of privacy, trust, abuse etc. Does your mother have assets worth suing for? You don’t have to put up with this. Do you have any friends that could help? You are a young man. Reject this controlling voyeurism. try shrink4men Do not consent to being put on electronic display. And its drum and bass. As you know. Good luck mate. You’re going to need it.

  3. Hi, love the blog, am trying to follow you via WordPress reader but can only manage email follow – any ideas how? (Not very good at this blogging malarkey.) You may like my blog too – I’ll let you know if I do one on dual diagnosis as that’s always been my personal favourite niche of the drugs field.

  4. Hi Sara, I am a reporter for the Daily Mail and am very sorry to hear about what happened to your son.We would like to look into his case and tell LB’s story if this is something you would support?
    Please feel free to email me at inderdeep.bains@dailymail.co.uk if you would like to exchange
    numbers and discuss this. I understand this must be an incredibily difficult time for you and I sincerely hope you don’t mind me contacting you.
    Regards
    Inderdeep
    Re

  5. I am so sorry for your loss. I have read back your story and hurt for you. I just wanted to send you condolences. Worth nothing I know but I wanted them to come your way.

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  7. We have a 19 years old young man- learning difficulties etc etc. Came across your blog when researching the shit that it Personal Independence Payments. Just wanted to say how sad I am on reading your blog. We know what it takes (and what it takes out of you) to get a young man from birth to that age. I hope that life is kind to you from now on.

  8. theres more to it than has already been said.in that respect how come no emaiul address.weve got so much evidence that underpins the horrific situation than can be put here.theres massive corruption going on in hants.and throughout uk involving Coroners. Courts.Councils.Health Authorities..Police violent threats to us telling us to shut up about local religion/press/council/courts/mind/hosps/pals/ and others. Previous evidence was gathered over 12 yrs on foot in cent london;The list continues -D of H jeremy hunt. D of Injustice brennan. Dept Edu.Attorney General. Cameron and his constit office at Witney.Old Bailey. Magist Courts.PCA. Crown Prosecution. Social Serv. Census Office Vaux Br Rd. BBCtv and Radio4. Channel4.and on and on.
    We did the work cos we were told to stop state of the art work on major psych clients who had recd 20 yrs drugging and abuse. They needed and got 7 hours that addressed the issues that the drugs had not. We were told we were upsetting BUPA/ Psychiatrists.and a host of others who thet said needed the money. We nw have evidence of the coroners in Hants covering up in Winch Crown Court. The coroner nor the law firm he works for in partnership with Hants County Council BLAKE LAPTHORN wont or has not yet answered neither have loads more Coroners doing the same scams. Loads people killed by the police.Implicated also is Southamptons Royal Hosp and even S-hampton uni. WHERE IS YOUR EMAIL ADRESS PLEASE.John Raynham 01329841173 nearly all days/hours with some gaps as we cant sit near the phone and im dying of an illness like a maiisive allergy and cant get help.WE DONT NEED TO SAY WE CARE ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING

  9. Hi — I really like your blog; I would like your permission to assign it as class reading for my disability studies course (Toronto). However, I have been reading your blog from Facebook friends’ posts and can’t seem to figure out how to get to the start of your blog, or the blog address, or link… sorry, can you help with this? Tanya

  10. Hi Sarah. I am part of CHANGE, a user led organisation for people with learning disabilities, We have been asked by the Local Government Association to create a discharge pack for ppeople with Learning disabilities leaving ATU’s, including information about their rights. As part of the project we are consulting with current patients, ex patients and carers about what they think should be included in the pack. It would be great to speak to you about your views my email address is erin@changepeople.org Thank you! Erin

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