The non-Grief of Special Needs Adoption

April 5, 2013 § 5 Comments

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We don’t fit in. Ben and I are special needs parents by choice. It wasn’t forced upon us by birth, sickness, or congenital abnormality. We don’t fit the stereotype. From reading many stories and knowing people personally who were surprised to learn of their child’s disability, there is a process of grief and coming to terms with their child’s disability.

Many people will ask me if parenting Nathaniel is “hard” or if I grieve his disability. « Read the rest of this entry »

Mall Walking

March 20, 2013 § Leave a comment

Nathaniel practices walking at one of the local shopping malls with a shout out to his grandparents.

How YOU Can Help the Least of These: Sponsor a Child with Special Needs

March 12, 2013 § Leave a comment

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In honor of Zambian Youth Day, I want to highlight an easy way for you to help a child here in Zambia:

Sponsor a child with special needs.

Maybe you’re reading this and dreaming of living in Africa yourself. Maybe you want to teach your children about giving. Maybe you are waiting to adopt a child and are looking at other ways to help. Maybe you are looking for a good organization to give a charitable donation. Maybe you are tired of living for yourself, your own children, and your own well-being and want to give to someone who doesn’t have as much as you do. Maybe you have a special needs child and know the extra challenges involved in special needs parenting.

Sponsor a child with special needs.
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Update on Nathaniel’s Surgery: Walking after surgery

March 9, 2013 § Leave a comment

Home from surgery!

February 14, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Nathaniel is all done with his surgery! He came through it just fine and we are very thankful. Dr. L at Beit Cure hospital performed a gastroc recession to lengthen his tendon and prepare him for walking. The doctor said he wants to see his cast beat up when he comes back because he’s been active so much.

The medical care at the hospital was great. I was very impressed with the anesthetist and how he explained the procedure to me (without knowing I was a nurse!). He was great at managing Nathaniel’s pain too! He didn’t cry after surgery at all.

The nurses were good although they wouldn’t let Nathaniel eat after surgery even though he had bowel tones and was hungry (I checked, even though they didn’t). I told the nurse he should come sit with my cranky child if he wouldn’t let him eat anything. He relented and said water was OK. When he held that down ok, I took the liberty of advancing his diet and ended up sneaking him half a plate of nshima and chicken. Naughty Mama!

I also convinced the surgeon to discharge us today instead of tomorrow. We are glad to be back at home with Nurse Mama on duty. I do like having control, what can I say??

Nathaniel was a little celebrity at the hospital as many people remembered him from when he was small. We even got to meet his neurosurgeon and thank him for saving Nathaniel’s life.

Tonight, we are tired but very, very thankful for our sweet boy.

Back at Beit Cure

February 13, 2013 § 3 Comments

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Nathaniel is having surgery on his leg tomorrow to lengthen his tendon and reduce some of the contractures.
It seems as if we have come to the end of physical therapy for a bit and now need surgical intervention to help aid him in learning to walk.
Although its a relatively simple procedure, the policy is to be admitted to the hospital the night before and the night after surgery. I will be staying with Nathaniel in a private ward so at least we can be together. He’s had multiple rounds of anesthesia since he’s been home with us and is one of those kids that ALWAYS cries when he wakes up, poor baby.
Even though I am a nurse it’s always hard when it’s YOUR kid having surgery. Sometimes I think I know too much. If I can help it, I try not to tell the staff I’m a nurse too but it inevitably comes out.
We would appreciate prayer for the surgery and recovery time. We will update as able!

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