Entry Sixty Five- Three

Happy Third Birthday Oscar! This time last year Oscar was pulling up to stand, standing independently at a horizontal surface and was working on transitioning between surfaces. I remember asking Oscar’s physiotherapist when she thought Oscar would be walking independently? She said that most kids who have difficulties with motor planning typically are not walkingContinue reading “Entry Sixty Five- Three”

Entry Sixty Four- Chronic Stress

Being totally transparent, I went back on anxiety medication. I slowly realized that I was no longer feeling like myself and that I wanted to feel better. I don’t feel stigmatized by having to take medication, but maybe subconsciously I had prided myself on being able to manage my anxiety with exercise, writing, and therapyContinue reading “Entry Sixty Four- Chronic Stress”

Entry Sixty One- He’s Cute, Right?

My son… he’s cute, right? I am his mom and probably a little biased, but he is cute, right? He has the most beautiful blue eyes and his sweet little smile can truly light up a room. It isn’t only me who thinks so…“He is so sweet I could work with him all day” ourContinue reading “Entry Sixty One- He’s Cute, Right?”

Entry Fifty Nine- Feeling Acknowledged

I am not sure if I shared that Oscar was discharged from neurology at The Hospital for Sick Children and referred to a community pediatric neurologist. Although it was (is) tough leaving the security blanket of the Children’s Hospital, it is great news that Oscar is currently not as “worrisome” to neurology as he onceContinue reading “Entry Fifty Nine- Feeling Acknowledged”

Entry Fifty Eight- Leave The Safe

“Leave the safe, explore the new, return to the safe…” (What Happened To You? By Bruce D. Perry and Oprah Winfrey) About two years ago I started therapy. I was a mess. I can still remember my mom telling me that I looked like I was on the verge of tears all of the time.Continue reading “Entry Fifty Eight- Leave The Safe”

Entry Fifty Three- An Analogy

Consider a fire at an elementary school. A veteran firefighter can walk right up to the flames and put them out, business as usual. In contrast, a first-grader witnessing his classroom burst into flames will experience minutes of intense fear, confusion and helplessness….a fifth grader in a different part of the building didn’t feel asContinue reading “Entry Fifty Three- An Analogy”

Entry Fifty – Stories

I think we all tell stories. We want to have control of our own narrative. The stories we choose to tell are the stories we want believed by others and by ourselves. “One system creates a story for public consumption, and if we tell that story often enough, we are likely to start believing thatContinue reading “Entry Fifty – Stories”

Entry Forty Nine- One of the Million Tiny Losses is You

In Entry Thirty Five- A Million Tiny Losses I talk about all of the small losses that I experience daily. I am sure that many of you can also relate to these losses. But there is one big loss that I failed to mention…me. There are a million tiny losses experienced by all special needsContinue reading “Entry Forty Nine- One of the Million Tiny Losses is You”

Entry Forty Five- “Small Percentages”

Back in October of 2020 Oscar had tubes put in his ears in the hopes of correcting some of his conductive hearing loss. The day of his procedure I was nervous (like any parent of any child going under a general anesthesia would be). Things had (have) been going so well and I was worriedContinue reading “Entry Forty Five- “Small Percentages””

How To Build Your Own Parallel Bars

Materials needed: (for 72″ in overall length) 4- 10ft pieces of 3/4 inch 40 PVC conduit ($6.47 each CAD) 10-PVC 90degree 3/4″ elbows ($1.10 each CAD) 8- PVC Tees 3/4″ ($1.14 each CAD) 12-feet of 3/4″ wooden dowel inserted into the upper PVC railing to give more rigidity to the top bars 1- can of PVCContinue reading “How To Build Your Own Parallel Bars”