Retarded. I hear that word and it makes me cringe inside. I literally feel like I got punched in the stomach every time I hear it. I hear it more often than I would like and I know that no one ever means offense, but it doesn't change the way I feel when I hear it.… Continue reading The “R” Word
Luca had surgery to repair his lip in early December 2014 when he was just 12 weeks old. I remember being so terrified at the thought of putting our new baby under anesthesia, but it had to be done. The earlier we did the repair, the better the odds of developing proper eating and speech… Continue reading Luca’s Cleft Surgery
In December of 2016, Luca was diagnosed with Autism. He met with a physiatrist that is well known in our area. To get an appointment, I had to call weekly and enlisted the help of the a few of the therapists on Luca's team who had connections with her to try to help to get… Continue reading Autism: The Diagnosis
Infantile Spasms (IS) don't sound or appear harmless, but they are really detrimental to the brain of a developing child. They are considered an age specific epilepsy that typically begin between 3 and 8 months of age. We had already been warned at the time of the PT13 diagnosis that Luca may develop seizures at some… Continue reading Infantile Spasms and the Onset of Epilepsy
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