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ELSA Email - Wednesday 17th June

Hello everyone, 


I hope you are all well and that this week has been a positive one so far.


Some of you know that I take in lots of animals that need a home and have over the years given a home to many small animals; gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters and my absolute favourite, fancy rats. Just before lockdown we took in quite a few rats whose owners were unable to keep them during lockdown. One of these rats is a lovely girl called Skittles. Recently we noticed she had a large lump growing so she had it removed yesterday at the vets. As you all know everything is more difficult at the moment; we had to talk to the vet via video call and then give her to the vet in the car park, not at our local vets. I found this really difficult, and I felt really worried leaving her, but, once we got the phone call to collect her I realised that we are really lucky to still be able to get things like this sorted. Just because things are different doesn't make them bad. 

Look at her bald patch! But the lump has gone and she's loving being spoilt with all her favourite treats.


Here she is in her hammock with her sister Roxy and friend Hebe. 


At school we often play a game where we try and turn negative thoughts into positive ones. It's tricky but becomes much easier when you practise.


Negative thoughts such as "This is too hard, there's no point" can be turned to "If I try again it might work out, and may even be fun"


"It's not fair, I lost the game" can be turned to "I can't always win, it's nice seeing someone else win sometimes"


My negative thoughts yesterday were "I'll get lost driving there and the vet won't be able to sort it, the lump is too big" Whereas actually I used the satnav, didn't get lost and the vet did sort it!


I've written down my thoughts for you on a sheet.


Enjoy the rest of your week and remember ... Change your thoughts and you will change your world.  


Much love 


Mrs Rock