Returning to 'Normal' What I’ve been considering blogging about is how anxious I feel about things seemingly returning to normal when, for us, the danger is still lurking. As it already seems like some people consider the pandemic pretty much over, it can feel like anything goes. Whereas, we still severely limit our contact with people. We have not formed an extended household as rules allow, and we have still avoided meeting others for activities such as running. We wouldn’t dream of going into a cafe or restaurant. For us, the risk to Thomas is too great. That includes doing things without him, as, whilst we are vaccinated there is no certainty we can’t transmit Covid to him. The day began with a chat with a GP, following on from me enquiring about Thomas being vaccinated for Covid during a consultation last week. I raised the easing of restrictions, and that we feel families like ours are forgotten as the attitude of the public appears to be that anyone vulnerable must have been vaccinated now, so it’s all over and they can relax. We discussed the information we’d both found and the GP was really understanding and supportive of our position. I’d love for Thomas to be vaccinated, being confident it’s safe and the best thing for him, but at 10 years old nothing is approved for him. It was left that Thomas would be placed on a list at the surgery of those to monitor for receiving the vaccine and we’d keep in touch as more information comes to light. Not too long ago, we heard the news that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved in the UK for those aged 12-16. This is a positive move for us, I felt, as we can be reassured it is more likely to be considered for Thomas, as he’d only be 18 months younger than the minimum age, and we can discuss the possibility of vaccinating him with medical professionals and push for it if we decide it’s in his best interests. Then I saw an organisation that supports families of disabled children had posted this news and there were many negative comments along the lines of vaccinating children against Covid. This is difficult to read. Of course parents all have to make their own decisions for their own children and some people are concerned about the vaccine and, given the mimimal risks of Covid to children, don’t feel they would wish to give them a vaccine that is so new, that they don’t have confidence in. However, for families like ours the risks are different and it feels hurtful to think people may judge me if I choose to seek the vaccination for Thomas. I therefore find myself at the end of the day again feeling that this is in no way over for us and that we have been forgotten. Read more from Lucy on her blog Riding on a Star Find out how to apply for a Family Fund grant here. Read more from our Family Fund Bloggers.