Wednesday, March 28, 2012
In moments like these I think back to the day of her birth and all of the fears I had about her disabilities. I wish I could go back and tell myself to not fear and that her abilities will far surpass any box I tried to put her in.
In other news, I got a phone call today from the special education teacher asking if we could switch Lucy's intervention time form morning to afternoon. (1/2 day kindergarten but she stays all day) In Lucy's IEP it states, "Lucy will attend all-day kindergarten. She will be fully included in the morning kindergarten session. Therapies and/or any intervention where it is necessary for her to leave the classroom will occur in the afternoon."
There has been a schedule change and they need to switch things for Lucy. They want to pull her out of class for a 1/2 hour of intervention in the morning. There doesn't seem to be any other option for the teacher. It's our first time in making the choice between learning "skills" and being fully included. There are pros and cons to both. This is a math intervention. Reading is definitely her strength. I really needed time to weigh the options but they needed to know today.
Since the answer had to come today we decided to keep things they way they are. This will change up what she does and who she works with in the afternoon but I hope it shows how we are committed to her being included.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Unfortunately the gate only seems to slow her down. We can no longer keep her book baskets or toy stroller in her room and I've had to put one of those mats that you put under rugs to keep them from slipping under her toy box. She would find a way to slowly push her full toy box across the room and use it or these other items to scale the gate. So we had gotten every thing out and used the mat under that toy box. Success!! Not so fast mom.
So this is what she discovered. If she takes a pillow from her bed and lays it on the pedal it increases the surface area enough that she is able to jump and get it to open.
Seriously!!! Although this is very frustrating because I want her to be safe. It is the part or her personality that I love! I love that she doesn't give up. I love that she can look at what she has and try to solve her own problems. I love her desire to be independent. I'm frustrated and proud all at the same time.
So these pillows can no longer be in her room at night. I'm sure this isn't the end.
Friday, March 09, 2012
It is hitting me so much harder this time around. At the beginning I just had this hope that everything was going to be fine. She was going to grow out of this and it was just going to be one of those things. When it comes to down syndrome she has always been one the right side of the odds. She has had no heart, bowel, or ear problems. I "felt" that JRA would work the same way.
Dr. Spencer put her back on a full dose of Enbrel and Naproxen. He told me I could discuss it with Kevin and talk about if we really wanted to do Enbrel or not but we just don't feel like we have a choice. So far it's the only thing that has worked for her and I just can't risk the permanent joint damage. I hate it's potential side effects and the fact that it really lowers her immune system, but she is pain free.
I started this post last week...Today I'm taking the advise of my husband and focusing on today not what could happen in the future. Today I'm thankful for this medicine.