Seven months ago, the future of my son was bleak and uncertain. On his first day of life, he suffered a major stroke to the left side of his brain. He was suffering from seizures and he was living in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit).
As an occupational therapist, I knew that his life would be different from the one I had envisioned. I was prepared to accept that my child would be different.
I was ready to deal with right-sided weakness, trouble breastfeeding, trouble holding up his head, trouble rolling, trouble sitting up, trouble swallowing solid food, trouble crawling, and many other milestones.
I prepared my heart and mind for the challenges to follow. I was going to be a super mom/therapist. I would do everything in my power to help my son reach his potential.
I knew it wasn't going to be easy. I knew my own illness would make things even more difficult.
Almost 6 months old
Things didn't turn out as difficult as I imagined.
Not only is he reaching his milestones, he's reaching some of them ahead of schedule! How did we do it? That's coming next! Stay tuned!