Although I do plan to write about how and why we live an organic lifestyle, for now I've been focusing on the progress my middle son, Liam, has been making since his stroke on June 30, 2012. It's interesting to note, some in the medical field consider a stroke to be an "organic brain injury" as opposed to a "traumatic brain injury."
I just finished creating this list of "house rules" using my favorite scrapbooking software. Some of the ideas for rules I saw on pinterest and others I thought of myself. I hope my boys learn to understand the last one - in relation to their behavior towards others, but also in relation to how they treat their bodies. We have multiple conversations throughout the day about why we eat what we do and why we avoid eating and drinking certain things. Quinn has reached the age where he insists that when he grows up and makes his own decisions he's planning on eating McDonald's every day with an extra large Pepsi. (I will say I'd rather him drink a regular Pepside than a Diet, but still...) Some might say we're encouraging this rebellion by not allowing him these things as a treat once in awhile and I need to insist that we do offer treats, but not "treats" that Mike and I both consider to be toxic and addicting. Someday I'll write a post about what we avoid in our foods/drinks and why, but until then.... take a look at our house rules and let me know if you see any typos or if something looks "off". I'm planning on having it made into a wall print, framing it, and hanging it in a much used room of our little house.
Yesterday while Liam was with his occupational therapist I was caught off guard when the pediatric physiatrist came to speak with me about him. I've been meaning to make an appointment with her, but have been waiting 'til all the tests were done. She oversees the treatment plans and provides her expertise to the therapists working with Liam. She's certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, pediatric medicine, pediatric rehabilitation, and neurodevelopmental pediatrics. She knows her stuff and I was looking forward to having an appointment with her.
Liam's favorite pool while we were on vacation in the Dell's was the wave pool. He loved everything about it - getting splashed, the waves pushing him up and down, riding in the tube, jumping the waves in the shallow section... and especially laughing at me when I got splashed!
A year ago I wrote my last post on my old blog. It wasn't an official last post, but a post that is worth directing you to now.
Everything about Liam's appointment today was easy. There was little to no traffic on the way - allowing us time to get a little treat before the EEG and still check in early.
Taking a trip to Six Flags can really eat at your bank account. Every year Quinn's school does a reading incentive program - read for six hours and earn a free ticket to Great America. With regular ticket prices costing $62, parking $20, and kid prices at $42 - the cost to take your student to use his free ticket can really add up.