Tuesday, October 13, 2009

An Encouragement

Davin is in therapy presently. Therapy means driving for an hour each way and then sitting and helping while Davin does three and a half hours of therapy each day. He goes Monday through Friday. This time it is for two weeks. This is our second week. Davin is doing awesome. I think if someone asked me to work out for that long (and it is without a break unless his hands are getting purple or something and we need to give him a couple of minutes;), I would just collapse or certainly whine quite a bit. Davin does it like a trooper. I am always amazed at him. He loves his therapists and we have certainly gotten to know each other over the years that we have spent going to this therapy. God has been so gracious to provide the funds for him to receive this therapy and I am happy to take him.

One of the highlights of our weeks at the Rehab Center is seeing another girl who has CP and her mom. During my almost 17 years now (Yikes!) of having a disabled child, I have not had many friends who also have disabled children. I am not sure why, but I have not. My friends have certainly been a huge support for me and have loved Davin very much. However, getting to spend some time with another mom who deals with the same issues is just a blessing of a different kind. Anyone who has a child can relate to parenting issues, but I have always thought that the world that you walk into when you have a disabled child is just that, a bit of a different world. There are different rules, different timelines and certainly many, many, many more people interested in giving your opinion about how to best take care of your child. That in itself brings a whole different aspect to parenting. If I disagree with the professional (as I presently am on one issue), are they going to report me to Child Protective Services?

It made a good day at therapy just a little bit brighter getting to see this "therapy friend". I love the way the Lord provides what we need just when we need it.


Kelli said...

that is more than a long day! wow. Glad you found a friend, it does make a difference having that in common. How did Davin aquire his disablities if you dont mind me asking? and what exactly are they? you dont have to answer if you dont want to. Happy Tuesday night!

Heather said...

Kelli, you can ask me anything. I have also enjoyed getting to know you on here and fb since we have things in common as well. Davin has cerebral palsy (spastic quadraplegia). It is very involved. It probably happened before birth, but we don't really know and to me, it doesn't really matter. He also has a seizure disorder, but hasn't had a seizure for almost 6 years. Praise God. If you have any other questions, just ask me.

Martha said...

So glad the Lord has given you a friend with similar challenges so you can love and encourage each other. Those of us outside the realm of dealing with a disability from day to day often aren't even sure how to help or give encouragement. There are many times I am not even sure how to respond to my own brother and it is all too easy for me to forget I have a brother with disabilities.

Tina said...

I'm so happy to hear that Davin is doing so well! I have been praying for him. I'm also especially happy that God brought you someone to share with. Friends and family are wonderful support but there is just something special about a friend who has walked in your shoes. God is good. =)