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A healthy new respect… November 30, 2007

Posted by emsgeiss in parenting & family, toddlers.
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I have a healthy new respect for mothers (and fathers) who are taking care of a child who is chronically ill, has a disability or is in any way “special” or “differently abled.” Normally, I hate such p.c. terms, but having a child with a cast on makes me understand in a whole new way.

Trying to navigate daily life with a young child whose needs have changed dramatically is a new challenge—sometimes it is hysterically funny and touching; other times, it’s downright frustrating. I think the hardest thing (and I’m sure I’ve said it before, and I’ll probably say it again) is to watch your child in pain or suffering. Harder still, is watching a child who was previously “normal” expecting to be able to do the things he used to do, only to be met with resistance, pain and the impossible…that he (or she) can no longer do it. For a young toddler, who is just grasping basic vocabulary, it’s a double-edged sword because he does not have the words to describe what he’s feeling or in some cases what he wants or needs.

Our little toddler-with-broken-arm pales in comparison to what other parents handle, I know. The difference between our family right now, and many other families who have one or more children who are ill in some capacity, is that for us, this is temporary. The bones will heal. The cast will come off. He will regain his strength and his ability will once again, soon match his desire and ambition. And by the time my husband and I have figured out how to readjust schedules and homelife patterns to make living with The Casted One easier, he will have healed.

So my hat is off to all of the parents for whom a disabled/differently abled child is not a temporary situation, who handle it day-in and day-out, and some how manage to keep it all together.

The top pict is of him the day he got his cast on, and slighltly loopy on the meds they prescribed for him. This pict is from two days later when he was feeling a bit more like his old mischevious self.



Copyright © 2007 Erika-Marie S. Geiss

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