Thursday, November 21, 2013

Life Happenings

We had storms here Sunday night. Lost power for about 16 hours. Not too bad. St. A kids had a day off from school due to the power outage. Nicole had 2 days off. Had to throw out some food, but not much.

Bruce has been in AZ for a business conference since early Sunday Morning. He won't be back until late Thursday evening. It is sunny and warm in AZ. Low 30s and windy here. I am a bit jealous.

School conferences for St. A kids last night. Ashley is doing great. Talking about what Honors courses would be good for her next year as a freshman. Blake is doing good as well. His behavior is under control. They are now beginning to make him do his work independently. Blake is the type of kid who would prefer to have someone else do things for him. So this is a challenge both at school and at home. He will get there. Emery has improved on social interaction with her peers. One little boy in particular loves to play with her and her with him. Her classmates are so very sweet to her. I sure am going to miss her teacher when she leaves St. A's in January. Mrs. N was the girls kindergarten teacher and she is a great teacher and wonderful person. I can't say enough good things about the teachers at St. Anthony.

Basketball season begins the second week of December for Ashley. I really need to finish up the team plan and begin practice preparations! So very glad volleyball is finished. On to happier times. I know Ashley's basketball coach will play fair, be fair and appreciate every players individual talents. She is also very nice! Ha ha - I am her coach!

Need to get prepared for Thanksgiving, Black Friday shopping and of course, Christmas. Why do I always feel behind?

I feel like I have finally turned a corner on personal changes that I have been going through. Hoping and praying the end is near.

Blake makes his First Penance the first week of December. He will be so excited to dress up in a suit and tie and talk to Father Mark! Blake loves anything to do with Church.

We have been seeing some developmental changes in Emery lately. More spontaneous words, improvement in fine motor skills, and major improvements in visual processing. Progress, at times seems slow, but lately, the changes have been very noticeable. Very thankful.

Looking forward to going up to the cottage for Thanksgiving. I love cozy fires, relaxing with family, seeing friends, and visiting my favorite store! Hoping everyone has a great Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Updates on the Twins

Blake had his eye surgery on Oct. 23rd. Only one eye required the surgery. Basically, some eye muscles were tightened and some were loosened to correct his strabismus. The surgery went well and he had very minimal discomfort. He hates having eye drops put in his eye four times per day, but otherwise, recovery went well.

Blake is doing much better with his prosthetic leg. Several adjustments were made awhile back and he has complained very little about any pain or discomfort. He still walks very awkward and does not put much weight on the prosthesis. His therapist said his walking will improve as his muscles continue to strengthen. The therapist added on another 6 weeks of physical therapy so we will be going until the end of the year. Blake is still very sensitive about his scar. We practice having him touch it and mom touch it daily, as directed by the therapist. I am praying he continues to progress in the muscle strengthening and sensitivity areas.

We are making a school change for Emery beginning in January. St. Anthony's does not have the resources to increase her school time. After much research and contemplation, we have decided to enroll her in school at Horizons. Horizons is the place where she receives her therapy. The cost is scary. But, based on Emery's current needs, we feel it is our best option. School at Horizons will be based on a plan developed by Emery's therapist specifically for Emery. She will be taught one-on-one by a teacher specializing in developmentally delayed children. At this point, Emery's therapeutic needs are greater than her educational needs. Most of her school time will be spent meeting her therapeutic needs. With an additional 4 hours per week of therapy related activities, we are hoping to see improvement in Emery's sensory, speech and occupational needs. The goal is to improve her developmental and therapy needs so that her educational needs can be more easily met. So this is our new short-term plan for Emery. As scary as the cost is to enroll her, it is only a fraction of the cost of additional therapy. Since additional therapy is what she needs, this was the best choice we feel we could make for her at this time.

Emery will finish out the semester at St. Anthony. Her skills support teacher was sad to hear she will not be returning after Christmas break. But, she understands that it is for the best. Maybe if we can better meet some of Emery's developmental and therapy needs, she will be able to one day return to St. Anthony school. We will continue to hope and pray.