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).
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.