Writing again, at last

Has it only been more than 2 months since I last wrote? Somehow it seems like decades ago to me. Yes in part it is because I enjoy writing and have missed doing so but mainly because SO much has happened during that time. 

In early February 2010, I brought Hubby-jr to a speech therapist for an assessment. Why? Well, even though I was hoping – hoping so badly I almost convinced myself Hubby-jr was doing alright – my gut told me he wasn’t. I knew in my gut that he wasn’t socialising or expressing himself as well as his peers and in a sea of primary school students it became more obvious. So I brought him for a speech assessment just in case (I was still hoping my gut was wrong). 

As it turned out, he not only needed to start speech therapy again (weekly for at least a year) I was also advised to send him for an occupational therapy check. Which we (hubby and I) did and bingo, he needed weekly occupational therapy as well. Apparently my son has sensory issues as well, perhaps due to his hearing problem (hard of hearing in his right ear). He has… here goes… vestibular and proprioceptive sensory issues. If you’re going WHAT?! Yup, sensory integration was a whole new world to me too. I’ll try to elaborate more in my next post. Promise. But for now, you’re stuck with just the jargons as I’m writing an as brief as possible update. 

At the same time I also came across some blogs and articles about children with mild to moderate hearing loss. It made me question if Hubby-jr seriously needed a hearing aid. So I emailed his audiologist and asked for a review of his records and asked for a recommendation. Guess what? They called me and said… yes, with his hearing profile his right ear should be fitted with a hearing aid! So my son has been wearing a hearing aid since 30 March 2010. Thankfully he adjusted to it very well right from get go and he told me it helps him hear better in school. 

So there, that is all (well not ALL but the more significant events) that’s happened over here in my home since I last posted. 

I battled through a wide spectrum of emotions as each news came. It has not been easy or painless. I grappled with God and tears accompanied quite a number of my prayers. But through it all I could see His faithfulness and feel His love. I may elaborate in my future posts. 

These days, I am hopeful (in the Lord) and… plain exhausted at the end of most days. Besides bringing him for the therapy sessions, I have to do follow up exercises (speech AND occupational) at home with him as much as I can. On top of that I’ve to help him with school work (homework, spelling). Not forgetting I DO have another child who still needs a fair amount of my attention. Yes, there’s also laundry, dinners to prepare… 

But by the grace of God I am coping, some days rather well and some days, not. All in all a whole lot better than I expected. I am learning to let go and let God. He is the source of my strength. 

Isa 40:28-31

28 Do you not know?
       Have you not heard?
       The LORD is the everlasting God,
       the Creator of the ends of the earth.
       He will not grow tired or weary,
       and his understanding no one can fathom.

 29 He gives strength to the weary
       and increases the power of the weak.

 30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
       and young men stumble and fall;

 31 but those who hope in the LORD
       will renew their strength.
       They will soar on wings like eagles;
       they will run and not grow weary,
       they will walk and not be faint.

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5 Responses to “Writing again, at last”

  1. Justpassingby Says:

    My dear friend… hang in there… it’s tough going… but the Lord will sustain you. Should you need a listening ear… you know where to find me. Struggling with children with special needs is a real challenge… but it is our privilege to parent them… because they are truly special. Each day, I thank God for my 2 SN darlings… because they challenge me to find ways to love them better, and help them cope… and yes, it is as much a challenge to also not forget the non-SN child. *hugs* and lots of prayers.

  2. TLC Says:

    Hi, I’m Sam’s ex-colleague, the SAHM whom u met at Pris’ farewell (or rather whose hubby was the ‘monster’ who terrorized all the kids). I’m really sorry to hear what ur family is going thru and think such ordeal is a painful, heartbreaking and tiring one for any parents. So I juz want to drop a note to hopefully make u feel better or simply to take ur mind off from the daily routine for a while (coz I can imagine the amt of tasks u need to do in a day…) Glad that u found strength in ur religion and remember that ur son will get better after all the hard work…
    On days when u need a breather, maybe we can arrange playdates for the kids? Anyways, my girl enjoyed playing wif the gor-gor very much 🙂
    (If u r keen on my suggestion, can get my contact details from Sam.)

  3. Tim Burtonesque? « Mommy-fied Says:

    […] April 21, 2010 — mommy-fied Thanks for dropping me encouraging notes in my previous post. Life has pretty much swung into a routine (albeit a new and more hectic routine) these days. And […]

  4. Liz Beh Says:

    Yeah.. finally you are blogging again.. but this time I can identify with you so much more. ST for a year! I was only thinking for 2 months or so for Shane.. when I asked they didn’t really tell me how long Shane needs therapy. How much does it cost over there.. for me it is RM110 per session over here and I’m feeling the pinch!

    If the hearing aid helps him hear better.. that’s great! Just like specs for those with myopia.

    Liz

  5. mommy-fied Says:

    Speech therapy costs us SGD110 per session and occupational therapy SGD130. Do the math and yup, OUCH!


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