During our recent week away, I had one focus: unplugging and recharging.
Special needs parenting often leaves caregivers feeling perpetually foggy headed.
Thanks to amazing colleagues, I checked out of work. I told family to e-mail me about urgent issues, but I tuned out everything else.
I slept very well – passed out before 11 and woke up at 9. The 10-hour sleeps, fun at the pool and beach, and plates of fresh tropical fruit helped clear the persistent fog in my head.
Spring Break was an important reminder about self care and refilling my cup to help others.
I returned home with renewed energy for T.
I spent last weekend organizing and filing away documents related to T’s school and community services that have piled up over the past year.
It helped the hubby and I prepare to regroup with T’s FASD service coordinator on Monday.
It had been several weeks since they provided T’s FASD diagnosis and the hubby and I had a chance to digest the report and recommendations.
We had a great discussion focusing on what we feel are the priorities for T’s immediate future:
- Behaviour Support – Now that T’s aged out of behaviour therapy services with Surrey Place, they recommended another organization’s 12-week parent-child program that may be a fit. There is a waitlist and we asked if the coordinator could help us with the intake process. T has made great gains and we want to help him build on his success.
- Physical Recreation Activity – We’re gonna register T for swimming lessons this summer and are looking at basketball team activities to build on his teachers’ observations of how much he loves it at school and to give him opportunities to build teamwork skills. The coordinator let us know about potential supports that may be available for these activities.
- Respite Support – One recommendation in the diagnosis report is the importance of self care for the hubby and I. The coordinator is helping us look into potential respite services.
- Social Connection Opportunities – We also told the coordinator it was important for us to build a community of similar aged peers for T who are on a similar journey as him.
It was very helpful to start to collaborate with the service coordinator to identify a plan for T and we are reconnecting again in a few weeks.
Meeting with the coordinator reminded me about who we work hard for every day: our amazing T.
It was one of those clear-headed moments of gratitude and optimism – and I savoured it, because dark clouds and fog are always on the horizon.
During recent moments of stress, I am thankful to be able to mentally escape to recent memories on a calming beach unplugged from reality.