Last night was the first night in several days that Namine didn’t wake up in the middle of the night crying. We used to suspect that she has nightmares, but our suspicions are confirmed and we wonder no longer at the subject of those terrible dreams.
Jessica and Namine were running late after therapy this afternoon. So late that Namine would miss half of her school day – although in this case “day” is only two and a half hours. So Jessica gave Namine the choice – go to school, or go home. The answer? “School!”
Today was the Children’s Hospital special needs picnic. We had quite a fun time last year, and we were looking forward to going again. This was the perfect opportunity to show off Namine’s wheelchair – but more importantly, her skill in navigating it.
I’ve seen quite a bit lately on Twitter about grieving your child’s special needs. Most often, this applies to autistic kids (kids with autism? I won’t get into a semantic debate with anyone), but it also pertains, really, to any disability – whether “visible” or “invisible.” And I think it’s a load of crap.
I’m on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. I’m most active on Facebook and Twitter – I really don’t post on Google+ very much, maybe a picture here or there every couple days. I just wanted to organize my thoughts here on why I use Facebook and Twitter more than Google+, when I feel that Google+ really is superior to what I feel are its two biggest rivals, at least as far as social networking goes.
Just in case you haven’t seen pictures of Namine in her wheelchair, here are the most recent ones. Some of these were taken at school, and some at the doctor’s office.
Namine’s doctor appointment came and went with little fanfare. She sounds great – with not so much as a cough now – and had no difficulty blowing the little pinwheel for the pediatrician. (She gets better and better at it every time. Speech therapists and pathologists would be proud.)
Or whatever it is that we got sick from, anyway. I woke up this morning feeling more pressure in my head than I’d gone to sleep with, and I had more congestion, too. Jessica sounded okay – tired, but otherwise pretty good – and today wasn’t an early day, so I let Namine sleep. I hoped that it was just me who was sick again (or still). I was wrong.
Today concludes Namine’s first day of school – although unfortunately cut a little short due to an ENT appointment. We’re glad she enjoys school, but today that backfired a little. She was quite unhappy to leave school, especially for the hospital.