In my defence, I didn’t mean to throw a spider at him

by Veronica on October 2, 2013

in Blogging, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome

Two nights ago, I was feeding Evelyn at some godawful hour, when I felt the pitter patter of tiny feet scurry across my forehead. I reached up and grasped something with too many legs and way too much exoskeleton for my liking. With minimal freaking out because Evie was asleep on my chest, I grabbed the spider, flinging it across the room.

Or at least, that’s what I tried to do.

Instead of the spider flying across the room, I threw it onto the bare chest of my almost sleeping husband, making him do the spider dance in the dark.

It wasn’t my finest moment.

On the bright side, neither of us got bitten and in the light of day, it’s amusing me. Even if I am now checking my bedding for stray spiders more than is healthy.

I’ve been writing a lot of things lately.

At Ramp Up:

My Disabled Body, My Choice

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Although eugenics is widely condemned today, the practice of shaming disabled women for having babies continues.

Recently I was the victim of a comment implying that because I am disabled, I should not have had children. I’ll leave aside arguments like the fact that I also pay taxes, and instead focus on the implication that I should not have had children because I have a genetic mutation that causes issues with mobility. Read more.

At The Shake:

Perception is more important than reality.

A few months back, I set up a new account on twitter, in order to promote some of the genre fiction I’m writing under a pen name. It’s been a hard slog, but today I can let you know that my pen name has twelve followers. Thirteen if we count the one tumblr follower I have. Read More.

Breastfeeding and Supplemental Formula.

Two weeks ago I put my fourteen month old daughter on supplemental formula under the guidance of a Dietician working through the Royal Hobart Hospital.

I remember reading somewhere, back when I was pregnant with Evelyn still, that formula will not poison your child and breast milk will not make her fly. I chanted that as a litany in my head when, as a neonate in special care, she required formula through her NG tube as my milk came in. Read More.

What are you afraid of Mr Prime Minister?

Tony Abbott’s behaviour is not that of a man confident in his leadership, or his power. He’s been elected to the office of Prime Minister, but instead of grabbing the job with both hands and doing it for Australia, he’s been hiding away in an office, refusing to let the people of Australia see him have an opinion on anything. Read More.

How are you, Internet? Any spider stories to share?



Kim @ Frog Ponds Rock October 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

One leaped from the top of the shower rail onto my shoulder this morning as I was about to step into the shower. I may have squealed.

river October 2, 2013 at 9:37 pm

well, there’s the spider I saw on my front porch and I stared at him until he backed away and disappeared behind a pot. Of course he was probably going to go there all along, but I like to think I stared down a spider.

shygirl October 10, 2013 at 3:05 pm

wow, just read your disabled/eugenics piece and all the comments. holy smokes! glad i was diagnosed with my disability after i had kids . .

Rebecca October 13, 2013 at 12:34 am

Hi Veronica,
I read your RampUp piece and it really stuck in my mind, mostly because my first reaction was also quite judgemental, like many of the other respondents, until I thought about how prejudiced and unfair that opinion was. I was inspired to write about it on my blog:

I read through some of the recent posts here on your site and very much identify with trying to find the time to write, as well as the sleepless nights! I look forward to keeping up with the further adventures of you and your family.

Best wishes,

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