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Tuesday, October 27, 2009
"Hey guys!! I want to play with you!" Grace yells from the sofa, as Mack and Sophia are building castles on the floor. This request is now being made at least once a day along with...I want to run with you Mack...I want to help you Soph...etc.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
...But I wonder.... Is all of the therapy really helping make Grace the best she can be? If it is, than you should continue to pursue it aggressively, as you are. But in my own situation, I feel like therapy is overrated. I have felt in the past like maybe I am not doing enough, but at the end of the day I just decided that my goal will be to help my child have as fulfilling and happy a life as she can...and I just don't think all the therapy really enriches her life that much.
We do therapy twice a week. Once it's traditional PT at home with a private therapist, and once it's hippotherapy. Both are paid for through our health insurance. We have never paid out of pocket for any therapies. To be completely honest, part of that is because I am a skeptic by nature, and I really wonder how much any of those therapies work in the long run. I do believe that a lot of them make noticeable difference in the short term, but when my child is an adult will they really have done any good? I don't want to spend all of her college money pursuing therapies that are not going to help her when she is an adult.
I also don't want therapy to cut into my child's time to just be a normal kid. I looked into other therapies, but both would require such a huge time commitment, in addition to the money, that I didn't feel it would be fair to my child or the rest of my family, especially not knowing what the outcome would be. The bottom line is that my child (and Grace) will always haveCerebral Palsy. It's not going away, and all the therapy in the world will not make her "normal" to the rest of the world.
I'm sure that I will always have some level of doubt over whether I did enough...but I think at the end of the day I know I AM doing enough. We try to incorporate therapy into our lives in an unobtrusive way, and balance it with trying to include my child in every activity that we do in the best and easiest way that we can.
Anyway, I really hope that you will not be offended or feel like I am trying to tell you in any way what YOU should be doing. But I do want you to know that you have already done SO MUCH for your children and it's okay if you take a step back and take a break from all the therapy. I have used the money that we are NOT spending on therapy to take fun family vacations, for dance class, and swimming, and saving for college and any equipment that might enhance our lives along the way. It's okay to do that. It's okay to spend your money on having fun as a family. And it might even have more of an impact on Grace's life in the long run.
The email continues with encouragement and support and ends with the following...
And it's okay if you need to take a step back and regroup. Take a break from ALL therapy if you want! It really will be OK!
As long as Grace has a loving family who treat her with kindness and respect, she will be okay. And she clearly has that:)
Monday, October 5, 2009
The Lemonade Award is supposed to honor those people who show great attitude or gratitude, and I assume the origins of the title are from the old saying 'When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.'
So now for the rules of the award, I must follow....(and so must you if you get the award!)
- Put the Lemonade logo on your blog or within your post.
- Nominate at least 10 blogs with great attitude or gratitude.
- Link the nominees within your post.
- Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
- Share the love and link to the person from whom you received this award.
So without any further ado, my nominations are:
4. Angela at Busy Lizzy
5. Nelba at Chocolachilli
6. Kristina at How Life Happens
7. Patricia at My New Normal
8. Erin at Smallest Smykay
9. Cara at Adding On
10. Jocalyn at Kendall's Hope
Ok go ahead........take a few minutes and read about these incredible parents and their children!
Friday, October 2, 2009
I was...I mean the girls were SO excited. I'm so happy that they appreciate the happiness that comes with "raw umber", "thistle", "mulberry", "blizzard blue" and a built-in sharpener.