Funny thing this morning, well funny to me, I tried to get onto the blog site from Bing and it wouldn’t let me, it let me from Google, so that’s weird. But anyway, I’m here! Hello again!
I had the second and hopefully final part of my root canal done yesterday, it seems to be fine at the moment, no pain, my jaw aches, but that’s about it. Interestingly though, I asked about children’s dental checks whilst I was there because there didn’t seem to be any as far as I could make out. The dental receptionist actually said the dental care for children in Ireland is poor. Apparently they get seen through school, but I ‘think’ she said not until later on in infants, not in the first year and other than that, you have to book them in and pay 30 euro’s per appointment, even if you have a medical card (I think that’s right, that’s the impression I got). I have to say, the dental care I’ve had here, has been really good, and not that expensive either, to say it is private, so this shocked me a bit. Although it does also seem to be very much in the realm of deal with problems when they occur, rather than prevention of problems. I was really well looked after growing up in the UK, we had a brilliant dentist who taught us how to brush our teeth properly, talked to and educated us, made it (almost) fun to go to the dentist and I’ve had really good dental health until now (and this was only one tooth). I think this was also because my mum and dad were really strict on brushing regularly and drinking plenty of milk etc. I guess when you grown up with the NHS you get used to it and used to the privileges it gives you. I’d try and keep it if I were you!
Moving smoothly on with a link to the next subject, I guess we will be paying for our children’s dental checks then, as we’ve finally taken the decision to home school, at least for now. As I put in a post on Instagram, I know a lot of people will say WHYYYYY?? and won’t understand. But you know what, you don’t have to! I’ve prayed about it for a long time and we’ve made the decision and are quite excited about it, as is J. So instead of the why, try saying yay! and good for you! You can home school in Ireland, you just have to register with TUSLA and have a home visit before the child is six and you need a room with wall space to show art work. So here we go on our tentative journey. I’ve already seen that there are fairly regular meet ups so I guess we will start there. I’ve been thinking about it for a fair number of years, so I’m not completely ignorant of what is required, but I’m sure there will be some surprises along the way.
So good bye for now.