>A Day At The Races

>As I blogged a few weeks ago, my Dad turned 60 on 20th December. We celebrated as a family that day and then on Tuesday this week we had a day out at Newbury Racecourse with some friends, some more family and a few of Dad’s work colleagues.

We dressed up all smart (which was really nice, I’m usually a bit of a scruff and a chance to wear fancy clothes was appreciated) and hired two boxes for the day. Having seen the size of our two boxes together we definitely wouldn’t have gotten all 27 of us in anything smaller. We had a lovely buffet meal of hot steak pie and roast ham and beef and chicken. Crusty bread and melt in the mouth new potatoes. A glass of champagne and some wine (well just 1 glass of wine for me).
There was a covered balcony where you could go out and watch the racing. When we first got there we saw that there was a step down to it which was disappointing as they’d said it was accessible but they got me a movable ramp and kept me well informed that they were looking for it, etc. The layout in the room meant I needed help to handle that ramp etc but I could go out on the balcony which was fun. We were right by the finish line too. In the box itself there were two big screen tv’s which also showed the racing so the races I didn’t go out for I watched on there.
The tote had two desks on the floor we were on so we didn’t have far to go for bets. One was right by where we were and the other was at the opposite end of the floor but right by the disabled loo so it was easy and if one had a big queue the other didn’t. I spent £30 on bets and had a second placed horse which won me £2.80 and a third placed horse which won me £13.20 – I was well pleased!
By the door of each box there was a name plate for who was in there. One right next to us was a Brigadier and another was a Rt. Hon. someone or other. John Motson (I think that’s the name) had one but I didn’t see him and Matt Le Tisier had another – I saw him a few times (but only knew it was him when it was pointed out to me!). He was in the queue for the tote the same time as us a few times and it was amusing because most of us where betting two or three pounds each way and he was going up putting on £25 each way – well I suppose if you’ve loads of money, £50 on a bet is nothing. But it also meant that whilst we were collecting a few pounds or so in winnings he was getting a few hundred. Ah, well.
Oh and I did think Matt Le Tisier looked a bit of a scruff (sweatshirt and trousers) – maybe the smart smart dress code was one my mum had made up not the racecourse. Although I read in the racecard that they don’t allow you in in sports wear.
It was sooo much fun and I really enjoyed it. Much more than I had thought I would. I love the races but don’t go too often. I had anticipated that people would go off and go for a wander and that I would find that bit hard to join in on so might get a bit left out (only accidentally) and also had been worried about the lunch as I’m such a fussy eater. But no one did go wandering and there was sooo much food that I was able to have plenty of the stuff I did like and I was completely stuffed.
Some people were talking about maybe doing it again next year and everyone paying their own way. I’d really like to do that but I also think at those prices the phrase “too rich for my blood” comes to mind and it’ll have to remain a once in a lifetime experience.
It was a fantastic day though!

>Update on all things Christmassy.

>Christmas was good. I did end up staying from Christmas Eve until late on Boxing Day (well I came home for an hour first thing on boxing day to shower and get my other wheelchair so I wouldn’t need bringing home and people could have drinks). But that was decided before I went so I had everything I needed and then some rather than the few things just in case I’d planned on taking.

I didn’t do too badly staying which is something. I slept on the sofa which was a little difficult as I find it really hard to get up off of. In the early hours of Christmas Day my mum came down for something (she sleeps terribly) and I asked her to help me to the loo. I couldn’t get off of the sofa even with her helping me. She was going to go wake my dad but I knew I could get on the floor and that I’d be able to get myself from the floor. So I got on the floor and I was crawling trying to get myself situated so I could pull myself into a standing position and get in my wheelchair.
Every single night since I got the action3 I’ve taken the footplates off before I go to bed. I do so many transfers last thing at night and first thing in the morning that keep swinging them in and out of the way annoys me so off they come. Every single night except that night. And I’m on the floor crawling right by one of the footplates. Footplates which have ankle straps.
Moved my right arm and lost my balance. I fell so that the top of my right arm went onto the screw or whatever it is that sticks up holding the strap on. Ooooh my GOD that hurt. Mum said she’d move the footplate and for a minute there I thought she wasn’t going to be able to, I seriously thought I’d actually impaled my arm. How there wasn’t any blood I don’t know. It did come up with a small bruise straight away and you could see where it had gone partially in… the bruise spread a lot and it’s still pretty sore now. Everyone has said how bad it looks. I have stretch marks on that part of my arm and I am amused to see how different the bruise looks on those bits.
I spent the next day or so going “how the hell did that not end in lots of blood and a trip to a&e” and also wondering how we managed to not wake my sister up – mum said she was amazed I didn’t squeal very loudly at all seeing how painful it looked.
The next night I fell getting onto the sofa to go to sleep but didn’t injure myself. Decided against staying a third night just in case 😉
I got nice gifts and enjoyed my Christmas dinner and spending time with family. Most of my gifts were books which obviously I loved. When my mum was helping me gather my stuff up to go home she joked that I’d been given enough books to stock a library. I think I already had enough books to do that but it would definitely fill another shelf in said library…
I also got some DVD’s and a couple of cool tops. I’m planning probably new years day or at least at the weekend to have a knitting and DVD lazy day.
Overall it was a very good Christmas. We played a lot of games, especially Mancala which I loved. And my Dad and I did a silly jigsaw that I got in my stocking on Christmas Day in the afternoon. I tried to do it alone but got stuck and didn’t have patience with it so Dad helped me.
The day after boxing day I went very briefly to the sales as my parents were going. I got a couple of new cardis which were good bargains. It was absolutely carnage there and I sort of regretted going. My Dad dropped us outside M&S and by the time I’d wheeled to the other side to go to the main shopping street I was thinking the best thing to do would be buy a magazine and sit in a coffee shop for the two hours until we were leaving. But luckily that was the worst of the shops and I could at least move in the rest.
Monday was a hugely lazy day, I went to my parents in the afternoon for a bit as my mum got an iPod for Christmas and wanted me to show her how to use it. But their computer is really slow so it took ages to download itunes, install it and put a couple of CDs on there. Then it wouldn’t recognise the iPod and my trick of turning it on and off again didn’t work so that was unsuccessful. Someone else will have to help mum with the rest – she doesn’t have patience with it and I’d had enough by that point.
Tuesday I will blog about separately.
Today I went to the sales properly. I finally bought a new camera and I got a couple of books with some smiths vouchers. I’m really pleased with the new camera.

>A Review of 2009 in Survey Form

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This is a bit of a New Year/December tradition for me and this is the sixth year running I’ve done this meme. As a side note, I started doing this on Monday and have only just finished it. The event mentioned as happening “tomorrow” was our day out on Tuesday (which I just blogged about in my previous entry) and I think probably will remain stuck in my head.

1. What did you do in 2009 that you’d never done before?
Probably the biggest thing was getting rid of the carers – I’d been thinking about it but then there was a major to do with the agency (which I’m not getting into but which I have described to several people as “they screwed me over”) and getting cleaners. I am managing way better than I thought I would without carers. And my house is cleaner too!
2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I don’t think I did. I’ve been working on the 101 in 1001 project the past several years. I made good progress with the current list this year and plan to continue next year. I’m also toying with some big changes for me but those won’t be new years resolutions.
3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
No (this is the sixth year I’ve done this survey and I’ve never once been able to answer yes!)
4. Did anyone close to you die?
Kind of. A man who volunteered at CAB and who I’d known from my very first day died very suddenly in April. We were both Wednesday people and I didn’t really know him well as he was very private but we had our little jokes and his death hit me (well, a lot of us I think) very hard as it was so surprising. Every so often another volunteer will mention him to me or I’ll mention him to her and we think that we miss him.
5. What countries did you visit?
Once again – None!
6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
A decent working camera (mine has been busted since April). And as I said last year but still didn’t manage to do this year – a decent break that’s actually a break.
7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Lots of days have been very special for a lot of different reasons but I can’t specifically think of one date that will stick forever. I am half wondering if the do we are going to tomorrow will turn into a memory to cherish. But that’s kinda a lot of pressure so I’m trying not to wonder that too much.
8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Completing NaNoWriMo for the first time in several years and writing more for it then I ever have for anything before.
Taking on a new responsibility and really trying and succeeding even though it was something I’d not really wanted to do and was finding so much harder and more stressful than I anticipated.
9. What was your biggest failure?
Not losing any real weight. And not keeping my house very tidy between cleaner visits – particularly at the moment, the words “looks like a bomb hit it” spring to mind.
10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
In 2008 I took myself off of both my meds. In March I went back on fluoxetine and in August back on Baclofen (which I swear I only need due to the fluoxetine doing a number on my spasticity). But that’s not really illness. I had a bad patch in the summer with a virus but I’ve been very well this year and haven’t had any antibiotics at all!
I did have a bit of a nasty accident in the early hours of Christmas Day however and my first thought when it happened was that this was going to be very bad as in A&E bad. But – and I have no idea how – it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as we thought and there wasn’t even any blood.
11. What was the best thing you bought?
I’d say my new chair but wheelchair services funded that so – my new furniture for the flat.
12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
My parents have done a lot of running around and helping me out this year, particularly lately.
The cleaning company I use have also been much better than I anticipated them being.
13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
My former care agency
14. Where did most of your money go?
New furniture and bills. Improving my finances and budgeting is still something I’m working one.
15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Meeting up with old friends i’d lost touch with for the first time in about three years.
16. What song will always remind you of 2008?
Teamwork from the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang soundtrack.
17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? About the same but more realistic which may make it seem like I’m sadder
ii. thinner or fatter? A few pounds heavier
iii. richer or poorer? A bit better.
18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Writing. Knitting. Reaching out to friends.
19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Getting frustrated and upset about things that I can’t control or that don’t matter in the long run.
20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I was at my parents house. I wasn’t supposed to stay over but ended up staying from Christmas Eve until Boxing Day evening pretty much due to the bad weather.
22. Did you fall in love in 2009?
No. Lately I wonder if it will ever happen and if I really need it to.
23. How many one-night stands?
Zero.
24. What was your favourite TV programme?
I enjoyed a lot of documentaries and docu-dramas like the five day special Channel 4 did with different actresses portraying the Queen at critical points in her reign.
25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Hate is too strong of a word. I have been disappointed by some professionals in my life but not really by friends.
26. What was the best book you read?
Both of Chris Cleave’s books.
27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Not exactly what the question meant but I started listening to Jack FM in the mornings and I’ve been loving that.
28. What did you want and get?
More storage in my flat and a new wheelchair.
30. What was your favourite film of this year?
Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince
31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Went to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with a friend; had a night of games, dinner and a dvd with my family.
32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
I can’t say, really it’s been a pretty good year overall. But part of me is very frustrated that I didn’t get seen by wheelchair services and get a new chair much sooner than actually happened. It’s made such a difference to my mobility and my pain levels. I never even suspected that my hip pain could be helped by my chair or that my back pain improved like they have been.
33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2009?
Lots and lots of skirts in the summer and trackies earlier in the year. In the past few months I’ve found both jeans and just recently smart black trousers that fit even though they are bigger than I would like! So I’ve been trying to smarten up a bit lately but really overall I’m still living in trackies and comfy clothes.
34. What kept you sane?
Different things at different times. Good friends. Reading. Afternoon naps.
35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
I can’t really think of anyone.
36. What political issue stirred you the most?
The save DLA campaign
37. Who did you miss?
Lots of different people at different times and in different ways. Sometimes things I wouldn’t have expected made me miss people. I was surprised by how much I missed my CAB colleague who died. But this year has also been a good one for reconnecting with old friends so I missed them less than previously – whilst also missing them more because I’d been reminded of how great they are and how much I enjoy their company.
38. Who was the best new person you met?
As I’ve said in previous years, I really don’t like this question. I don’t feel like I’ve met too many new people this year but those I’ve had I’ve liked for the most part.
39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2009:
That at times I can be stronger and more capable than I think I am.
40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
It’s something unpredictable but in the end it’s right. I hope you’ve had the time of your life.

>Christmas Magic

>I’m very interested in all things medical and especially in transplants as some of you will know. You also might have seen a few months ago I was including the hash tag #savejess in most of my tweets. This is the story of why. And more importantly, of a little bit of a Christmas Miracle.

Two of my friends had Cystic Fibrosis and had extra time due to transplants. I also know of two others whose lives have benefited through loved ones having transplants (the mother of a once acquaintance and the son of someone I met through CAB training several years ago – I’ve lost touch with both people now). Those experiences especially with my own friends have made me a strong believer in transplantation.

A lot of the blogs I read are either related to disability or otherwise medically involved. Not all of them, I also read some crafty ones and some diet ones as well as one or two hard to classify ones. But I do read several blogs by people who have had or who are waiting for transplants. And of a couple of people with CF.
One of the people I became aware of some time ago through various different blogs and also a few bits on TV is Jessica Wales.
She has CF and for some reason reminds me a lot of one of my friends who had CF. I’ve been following Jess on her facebook group and she’s been really poorly. She’s been on the transplant list since she was 16. 4 years later she’s now 20 and had 9 calls where the transplant couldn’t go ahead. Given that she was told she had two years to live when she went on the list it shows what a fighter she is. The last update I read last night was that she was seriously struggling and really made me think that this morning I’d read that she’d been one of the three people who died yesterday whilst waiting for transplant (the shortage of organ donors means that 3 people die whilst waiting for a transplant every single day in the UK).
At literally the 11th hour for Jess she received her transplant last night and is currently stable in ITU.
I wanted to share that story because it touched me so much and because even though I’ve believe in organ donation for as long as I can remember it reminded me of why it is so important.
You can read more about Jess on her facebook group – search for Jessica Wales Rocks My Socks or click this link.
For more information about organ donation you can visit Live Life Then Give Life
Or to sign the organ donor register go here.

>101 in 1001 – Item 33…

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Read 100 books in a year

…has been completed!
I finished my 100th book of the year last night which was The Silver Chair by CS Lewis (One of the Chronicles of Narnia).
That’s a goal I’ve been trying to achieve since I first started tracking my reading in 2007. In 2007 I read 93 books and last year I read 72. I was a part of the 100 books club but that appears to now be defunct. I had achieved the pages goal (25,000 pages or 100 books is the goal) but never the books one and I wanted too! So when I wrote my new 101 in 1001 list (which isn’t new any more, really being more than a year old) I put it on there.
I’m really pleased. And I’ll update the books list on here later but I don’t have time now.
My dad said he thinks I get my reading love from him but it’s been magnified about fifty times in me, LOL.

>Updatey Stuff

>I feel like I haven’t updated properly in ages. And I said I was going to do several updates over the last few days but didn’t. I’ve been planning to update about several different things in several different entries but will try and do the condensed version here. So here goes:

Healthy You Challenge
No idea how that’s going, my scales are broken. Thankfully they are under warranty so I should be able to get them fixed but it’s still a huge frustration as I’ve not had them long. Realistically I’ve not been doing great with that.
101 in 1001
I’ve been doing my second list of that for just over a year now and have done something like 14 of the goals. Plus I’m all but finished with another (read 100 books in a year). Unfortunately I have completely failed on three of them but overall I’m pleased with how it’s going. I know a lot of people take the time to review their list after a year or so and change some of the goals but really I don’t feel like I want too.
Possible New Years Resolutions
I’m thinking of not really setting any proper new years resolutions just to continue to work on my 101 in 1001 list. But also I am well aware that I need to make some big changes in my life to be healthier etc. In a strange way I am looking forward to those changes. Meds has to be one of the most important ones I think and I haven’t missed a dose this month. Very pleased with that. I bought myself a NOMAD box and that’s helping a lot.
My Birthday
I’m a Christmas Day baby but we always celebrate my birthday a few weeks early. I went to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang with one of my friends which was fantastic. My favourite song from the show was Teamwork which isn’t in the film and unfortunately it seems that the soundtrack to the show isn’t available to buy. Usually my mum and I go to see whatever the Christmas show at the New Theatre is for my birthday but she was adament she didn’t want to go see Chitty so she paid for me and a friend to go. We had an evening of presents, playing a few games (of UNO mostly) and then watched Elf. It was fun. I had two books (have read one of them since I got it), a top which I chose, a membership to the arts centre, a game for my DS, the first series of Torchwood on DVD and a few little bits.
CAB and all that
Is going well but I’ve not been there very much lately, partly due to the bloody snow. in many ways that’s been good thing as I’ve been in desperate need of some proper rest over Christmas and I do feel so much better for that now! I’ve not left the house since I got home Monday lunchtime. I’ve been asked to take on the rota which is a much bigger job than i anticipated and was driving me a bit crazy but its done for January now. Plus I had a chat with one of the other advisers and an off hand comment she made had me going “oh!” and realising how to make it much easier (i hope!)
Christmas
I’ll be spending Christmas with my parents and sister and my brother and his girlfriend will be popping in (but will spend the day with her mum). I hope to come home at night to sleep and shower etc as that will make things much easier all round – plus it gives me a few minutes to myself and I find that I’m the sort of person who loves being with people especially my family but needs alone time to thrive. Given the weather however I will take a change of clothes etc just in case. New Years Eve I’ll be at a friends house.
Writing
That’s something I really need to get on with after the new year and make a big attempt at. I told my mum that 28 is going to be a good year for me and I’m going to make a big go at becoming a writer and lose some weight too. I don’t know if the creative writing course is going to run again in January or not but am leaning towards not doing it even if it does run. I suspect it won’t anyway. But I’m planning to try and have one day a week which is my writing day and maybe take my netbook to a coffee shop or the library and do some writing that day. I do better when I’m not at home for writing it seems. Once I’ve gotten started I can keep going at home but it’s the starting that stops me if you know what I mean!
Merry Christmas Everyone!!

>Opening Lines in 2009

>I’ll probably be blogging a lot over the next few days so brace yourselves.


I love this first lines meme and couldn’t resist sharing it here. I went back to my old blog to get the earlier months ones – it’s interesting reading back.


January – I’ve signed up to do NaBloPoMo this month.


February – My first project for Thing a Day 2009 – new images and design for my Twitter Feed (FunkyFairy22) I am also planned that one day I will do a new layout on my blog as a thing.


March – Just in case you were wondering:


April – I got my wheelchair batteries replaced today.


May – This isn’t the post I was planning to write for Blogging Against Disablism Day this year.


June – I don’t think I blogged about this before so here goes (if I did I don’t remember doing so but sleep is an issue at the moment so…)


July – I went to the wheelchair clinic today to see if I needed a new wheelchair.


August – Back again.


September – It was a wordpress error and not a problem with the renewal that had this blog down over the weekend.

October – Earlier in the week my landline phone went and it was a wrong number of a sort

November – Firstly, I’m still doing NaNoWriMo.


December – I have zero time for a proper update.


>Chilled Celebrations

>Today is my Dad’s 60th Birthday.

We had a lovely chilled day – first my dad picked me up and we went to check out access for something then he dropped me home and I raced round like a mad thing for half an hour trying to wrap his present and get everything I needed to spend a whole day out the house.
Then I transferred to my powerchair and walked up to my parents – what with my knitting and present and a box of sweets and an extra layer for walking home and a knitted gift I took to show my mum as well as all the little bits you need I ended up with my big flowery bag, my handbag and a carrier too.
We did presents and stuff for my Dad and it was great because he thought we were done with them and then my brother popped to his car “for his slippers” and came back in with the huge main present. My Dad’s face was a picture at that point – he was ecstatic with the TV we got him and so shocked.
Everyone else messed around snacking and sorting lunch and setting up dad’s tv. I played with my DS a bit (got the 42 all time classics game for my birthday) and we watched The Grinch but i have to say I wasn’t really paying attention.
Huge yummy roast for lunch and it really did feel like it should be Christmas Day – I’m in the bureau tomorrow and that just feels wrong! I think we all ate much more than we should have but I just can’t say no to those roast potatoes (or the little sausage rolls that were there for snacking on before lunch). LOL time to diet again after Christmas me thinks!
I’d been using my walker all morning but Dad got my Nan’s old wheelchair in for me to use just after lunch. Mum tried to convince me to keep walking and sitting in a chair but as much as the fact I need to be moving more is becoming obvious (a topic I must blog on soon) a whole day with the walker would probably have left me struggling for a few days to come. I think that’s actually the first time since I got the action3 that I’ve been in it and it made me think just what a poor fit for me that chair is.
Dad stuck a DVD he got for his birthday on but I was trying to knit (gave up because I think I’d copied the pattern out wrong) and then playing on my DS. I also tried to read a bit of a book I borrowed from my mum. Didn’t manage more than about 15 pages though. I was really sleepy but was the only person who didn’t sleep at all in the afternoon. Doubt I’ll manage that on Christmas Day though, an afternoon sleep is a given!
We also watched a load of Fawlty Towers (which I’ve never really watched a lot of before and enjoyed), maybe three episodes as Dad got that for his birthday too. Then we had a quiz my dad had made up in the evening which was a bit bizarre but fun and played a few games.
I think everyone else was going to watch another film but as it’s not one i’m in to and it was getting late I came home.
I curled up in my action3 all comfy with a heat pack and read A Christmas Carol cover to cover. Which was lovely.
Now I just came online quickly to check my e-mail and have been here longer than planned so I’m going to BED!

>101 in 1001 Item 44…

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Reorganise all of the flat and possibly get some parts decorated
…has been completed!
Thanks mostly to a trip to IKEA (yay!) a lot of help from my dad with new furniture putting together and my mum with organising.
Have had a major declutter and sent loads and loads of books to the charity shop and recycled a load of bits too. I have no idea how many books I got rid of but it took three trips to get them all out to my parents car. And that was after my sister took 1 book home with her and a friend went through the charity shop pile and took 14(!) books home with her.
I’ve been trying to be a bit brutal and get rid of as much as possible. It’s worked well although a few things felt strange. Like through away a whole folder of old notes from uni. I graduated five years ago and I wasn’t ever going to look at them again but it was just one of several things that were so important so long ago and now are just gone, no longer wanted or needed.
None of my flat has been decorated. In my bedroom the skanky old blue curtains are down and I just have the blinds up now whcih looks great. I have a new desk which is actually the same as the old one but not broken, a big storage unit by it. Then I had a new draw unit by my bed and have replaced the old bookcase with a big tall Billy one from IKEA. My silver craft unit has been emptied but remains (will find a new use for it) but I’ve gotten rid of the silver shelf units I had (in a cupboard out of sight right now) and the plastic storage units I had from uni. I could use a new bed really but that will wait.
In the hall I’ve put a new two draw small unit. I’m thinking paperwork will go in there once it’s sorted. Sorting paperwork is liable to be a HUGE job. I will tackle it soon though.
In the lounge I’ve got a second Billy bookcase the same as the one in my bedroom. That’s completely full of books, no room for any more. It was a bit of an afterthought too but I’m glad I got it, it looks great. The one in the bedroom has very little on right now – a lot of my stuff that’s been sorted is in storage boxes in the corner of my lounge and needs homes.
The bathroom remains as is although one of the outside walls has gone a little bit nasty so it could do with a bit of paint or something. The kitchen is mostly remaining as is. It does really need a shelf or some such putting up as it lacks storage a bit.
So this item is done enough for me to tick it off but a few more bits remain. I’m happy though because the major concerns are done and that’s what I needed the most. It’s pretty good timing too because I got the keys to this flat on 16th December 2005 and moved in over that weekend (think I was actually in on the 18th but then the heating was broken so I was at my parents overnight and my first night was the 19th) so this is my 4th anniversary of living here.

>Cinema Fail

>A friend and I attempted to go and see Disney’s A Christmas Carol this afternoon. I say attempted because it turned out to be the 3d version.

She has unnamed neurological issues and didn’t even make it through the titles before she had to leave because it was doing a number on her vision. I forced myself to try to watch it but gave up eventually and left because I felt incredibly sick. I still feel kind of rough now and I know that my friend had to go to bed because she felt bad.
I let the matter go when I left the cinema (although their customer service had already proven to be bad) and am debating if I’m going to let it go or write a letter. But my friend spoke to a staff member and asked for a refund (which was refused) – she had said in passing when we went in that she had a neuro issue and then when she complained was told that a lot of people with neuro issues have problems with the 3d films.
And googling provided me with a page that said people with a lazy eye (which I have as well as my CP) and other visual problems can have issues with them.
ARGH!
If a company knows that people with neuro issues may have an issue with their 3d films why haven’t they got signs up listing that?!?! My mum said that maybe they think you’ll know that already. But 1) We had wondered about my friend (but not for me although I’m thinking it’s probably not the CP/neuro side of things which made me nauseaous it just gave me nausea as my mum has a similar issue with 3d films she says and she’s Neurotypical) but didn’t know or have any indication of known links and 2) surely in a day and age where a packet of microwavable pasta sauce has to have a warning that it may be hot when microwaved, the cinema must be required to have a sign – a sort of “informed consent” thing?
Also why do they only have 3d showings and 1 or 2 2d ones?! The listings outside the cinema made no mention of it being a 3d one although I see on the website the 3d showings and 2d showings are listed separately.
Seriously not impressed.