Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Coffee Shops and Clinics - A magical mystery tour of London via "Underground Ernie" with a princess and her wand!

"So that's a tall, skinny, sugar-free vanilla Macchiato...." the Starbucks barista repeated back to me trying to suppress a grin. Well, it had been a long day, I *shouldn't* be drinking that much milk but a black, brewed house blend just wasn't going to cut it this time....

K and I had travelled into London (sorry, "Town", with the important capital "T") for two appointments with two different Speech and Language therapists and a Video Fluoroscopy (real time swallow X-Ray) in an attempt to make further progress and future decisions on her reflux and the impact her gut symptoms were having on her pro-motor development. The day started well, we left the house before H had woken up, K had chosen matching skinny jeans and her Next imitation Uggs to "match Mummy" and was surprisingly excited given the previous trip last month for more invasive tests.

We travelled light - one child, no buggy and gratifyingly normal adrenaline levels since I had avoided the pre-Ritalin nightmare back home. (I cannot describe the enormous positive impact that has on the rest of the day.) We ate breakfast at Liverpool Station, a necessity rather than a luxury since by 9am I was in dire need of caffeine after far too little sleep over the past week month year.

Today I saw a different London. Our first appointment was in Sloane Square and it was my first ever visit to this part of London. I found myself in a delicious time warp of duffel coats and Startrite T bar shoes, feeling oddly unique in up to date fashion myself. There wasn't a child there without a cashmere cardigan, tweed shorts and beautifully tailored shirts or blouses. I found myself pondering whether I should be growing out K's fringe and clipping it to one side, but quickly snapped out of my reverie.

We were drawn to "Peter Jones" and after the princess had been supplied with a magic wand to compliment this fairytale idyll we window-shopped, finally purchasing some of the ubiquitous shoes for school described above.


 Having never before been to Kensington/Chelsea I'm not sure we did it justice since the shoes were required and we paid no more than at home, but they DID come from "Trotter's Children's Outfitters" and we have the bag to prove it.

Our experience was complete as we passed Dame Maggie Smith as we headed back to the tube!
K sang "Underground Ernie" much of the way to the hospital, then back to Liverpool Street as we hurtled round the entire Circle Line during our trip.

It was, in actual fact, the single most useful and enlightening trip of its kind for us (obviously helped by the magical powers of K's new wand!!!) and we will be returning to my (newly) favourite part of London for Speech Therapy sessions in the not too distant future. Next time though I might leave the skinnies and Uggs at home and make sure K has her Startrite Mary Jane's on. It wouldn't do to let the side down.

19 comments:

  1. I hope you get the answers that you need and I have to say I love startrights over uggs everyday!

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  2. Hope you get a positive outcome from your hospital visit. Uggs are very comfy but I much prefer to see a proper shoe x

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  3. Venturing into London with kids seems like quite a challenge to me, but it sounds like you've got it sewn up!

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  4. I prefer startright to Uggs as well for some reason.

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  5. What a lovely picture. She is such a cutie. x

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  6. I think I have to agree with the above comments, Startrites for me too. Although kids Uggs are particularly cute. Hope the appointment went well, might see you in London sometime.

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    1. Oh I 100% agree on the shoes - the irony being since going on to gain a diagnosis of Ehlers Danlos Syndrome with considerable hypermobility, Startrite are the only shoes she CAN wear now!

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  7. I hope you get to explore a little more of London next time. Also wear what's comfy for you.Nevermind the tread.

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  8. Must have been good to explore some of London Kate. Wands are brilliant too, POD loves hers! Totally with you on the shoes. Hope you get some answers soon

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  9. would love to take the kids to london and let them explore the capital , our sons goign in july , wish it wa me x

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  10. I hope you get some answers with your appointment. Lovely picture and well done for braving London x

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  11. Oh I love the way you write. I felt as if I was there. I hope you are making the progress you need to and that the outcomes were good. Liska xx

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    1. That's really kind - thank you so much!

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  12. I hope that your visits for the various therapies goes well - and that you enjoy future trips into London! x

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  13. I love trips to London - I hope this one ends up with some positive answers. Such a cute photo!

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  14. I haven't been to this area of London since I was in uni but remembered thinking 'wow so THIS is how the other half live!' x

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  15. She is sooooo gorgeous, I love that little smile on the photo :)

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  16. London does have this other-world feel to it. More so if you are in Kensington/Chelsea, I suppose.

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  17. I hope you get answers you are hoping for and get to spend a little more time exploring London in future x

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