Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Yesterday I posted a photo on Instagram. It wasn't just a picture, it was a moment which captured the essence of the Finley meeting the next chapter of her life.
I want to thank you all so much for the support and love. I also want to explain a little about what her getting this wheelchair means.
Since she was 3 months old she was receiving weekly in-home physical and occupational therapy services through Inland Regional Center. They offer infant stimulation/massage, speech, physical, and occupational therapy. It's a state funded not-for-profit program that provides these services and programs to more than 30,000 people with developmental disabilities and their families in California until the child reaches the age of three.
The last year we have been receiving therapy services through a state-funded program and they also provide loaner equipment. Up until now you've see Fin on different loaners. This will be the first equipment that is our very own.
Fin will be transferring over to the School District as she will be turning 3 in July and will age out of the early intervention therapy program. Which means she will be in pre-school. I know, I'm already crying about it. My baby in preschool.
She will use her walker and get pulled out of class for different therapies throughout the day and week while she is in the classroom. The wheelchair will be for transporting her room to room, bathroom, assemblies, and fieldtrips. It's for her safety.
When you see pictures of her in her walker I'm very close by. She isn't able to get into it herself, so she will need to be monitored closely while at school. The idea of the wheelchair stung a little, I'm not going to lie. But seeing her so happy in it made my heart burst with joy.
It's in these moments that I'm grateful to be a special needs mom. I'm always a proud one, but the gratefulness comes in waves. We aren't sure how long the wheels will be with us, could be forever or could be three years... We are going to have lots of ups and downs I'm sure, but I'm excited to reach this next chapter.
I want to thank every single one of you who tell me about the SDR surgery. We have reached out to Dr. Park's office and are in the application process. We are not sure yet if our insurance is going to cover it yet. I will definitely be keeping y'all updated.
Please don't be a stranger and if you have any questions please email me!