Monthly Archives: May 2023

Once again, Bridget teaches me

Part of my decision to do the Achilles Tendon Lengthening surgery was the fear that if I didn’t do the surgery now it would mean Bridget would not walk later. I was worried about the post-op, the recovery but that did not weigh as much as what happens if because of toe-walking Bridget becomes wheelchair bound?

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When I don’t ask the right questions

I have not always made the best choices for Bridget. I do not always listen to the experts. It’s not that I do not value their opinion. They are knowledgable but they don’t live this unexpected life. Sometimes I am proven correct, and others….

Well I have to admit when I should have asked better questions.

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Out of all the therapies…

Throughout her life, Bridget has been exposed to just about every type of therapy designed by the medical professionals.

Speech therapy is probably one of the most frustrating for families. Unlike ABA, PT or OT, Speech therapy takes years to see any progress. With the others there are goals that have mini-steps, so while they do take time to see progress the patient and caregiver get mini-wins along the way.

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Just Say Yes

Like most parents, I struggle with taking care of myself. I was talking to a friend last week and she relayed a conversation with a childless friend that said she should just “do what makes her happy”. At first frustrated, how could this person without children tell her to put herself before her family. Did they not realize that it is not that easy? We cannot just “do” something because we have other responsibilities that take priority!

Until she finally said yes to herself.

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