Thursday, July 11, 2013

The appointment

I have many appointments.  Many many many appointments.  Sometimes I feel like if I want to spend any quality time with anyone in the family I need to pencil them in my book.  You know how it is.

Some appointments are good, some are bad, and some just are.  But yesterday was a big one.  It was equipment clinic.

This appointment marked a new stop in my journey with Cary.  It is like a transition and I am not quite sure how I feel about it.

It is a transition from items I have adapted by hand like my baby stroller, a exersaucer, and an infant chair to a adaptive stroller, a stander, braces for little legs that cannot support themselves fully, and a modified chair.  They come with names.  Rifton, buffalo, penguins.  Friendly names.  But they scream to me your child is different.  Your child needs extra help.

Don't get me wrong, I know she needs help.  I know these things are going to give her the support she needs.   Everyday items and toys just don't work for her.  I have made them work.  But now it is time to give her what she needs to be successful.

So soon these new items will come home and we will start a new transition in her life.  A transition that for better or worse is here to stay.  So I will learn.  Learn to adapt and embrace the change.  Learn to keep moving forward and enjoy the journey.

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Amy Fields is a mom, pet lover, and an advocate for her special children.  You can find her over at Many Kinds of Families.