This morning I have used helium to distract and redirect Maureen. Half an hour into her birthday she was crying that she wanted her mum. I tried to console her for a while before encouraging her to seek further sleep.
Once she was in the land of the nod I fetched a helium filled balloon with ‘Happy Birthday’ on it from my car. She stirred when I came back in the house and was very pleased to be reminded that it was her birthday. I then decided to begin the birthday celebrations by calling up appropriate songs on YouTube.
The early morning birthday party continued for a couple of hours. I’m not sure how we will spend the rest of the day. I have suggested visiting family but her understandable reaction has been: ‘why should I go and see them, they should be coming to see me?’
I very flattered by Maureen’s thoughts that she just wants to spend the day with me. However, I hope we are able to catch up with some people who are never too busy to show Maureen how much they love her!
Footnote: I have blanked out Maureen’s face following safeguarding advice.