Welcome to Friendship Friday, the place where friends both old and new gather together to share what’s been going on each week!
Today finds us making the all to familiar three hour trip to Albany for Bethany’s neurology appointment. I am very thankful that she has been behaving and in good mood most of the time for that past few weeks for this gives me hope that the day will be a happy one. We also plan to stop at our nearest Trader Joes to stock up on Christmas goodies/ (Yes, unfortunately our nearest one is about three hours away!)
This week we have been baking a lot- chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal scotchies, white chocolate chip blondies, and vanilla bark with pistachios and craisins! We have decided to forgo our traditional Christmas dinner and go with Greek foods and vegetarian sushi! We’re all kind of tired of Turkey and stuffing.
Jeremiah has been busy learning about the scientific method and cells. He completed his poetry book and has declared that he can’t stand his Detectives in Togas reading book! He does seem to be enjoying learning about Ancient Greece, though. He actually asked if he could study Greek Mythology next. This leads me to believe that he might like it and find it interesting!
Now if I could just get him to write. I know some would say I should just make him write. However being a unschooler at heart, it’s kind of hard for me to insist on it. Crazy as it sounds, I almost have to discipline myself to require it of him! He is going to be twelve in February. It’s time!!! On a more fun note…Jerry also worked on making some origami Christmas ornaments this week!
Bethany is continuing to work on her independence skills, particularly in the shower. Having spent nearly twelve years of her life physically dependent on others for the most basic of tasks including even going to the toilet alone (because of her severe seizure disorder), has made me very apprehensive about letting her be completely on her own in the bathroom. Even though she miraculously hasn’t had a seizure in 14 months, it is still a very real possibility that a seizure could strike at any time. This makes it impossible (in my opinion) for her to ever take a bath or shower, or go out in public totally on her own.
Bethany has also been enjoying cut and paste math activities, dot painting Christmas trees, and stringing the beads from the set that her behavior therapist gave her for Christmas. We are moving right along with her CSS plan which I’m hoping will be in place shortly. I am looking forward to her beginning art therapy at Catholic Charities in January and we are looking into finding a music therapy program for her too.
Bethany had a present ready to give to Mary, her respite worker and then proceeded to open it for her and eat some of the goodies in it!
Our weather lately.
In case you missed it…A Dangerous Medication Glitch and a Whirlwind Weekend.
If we don’t connect before Wednesday for all you Christmas celebrators please do have a Merry little Christmas Day! A healthy and safe one too!
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