I've been doing that thing you aren't supposed to do. I've been googling stuff on the Internet. Every time I hear about some disorder that affects how a person thinks, I google it and become convinced that Logan has it too. ADHD? Yep, I'm sure he has it. Dyslexia? Without a doubt. Auditory Processing Disorder? Clearly. Male Pattern Baldness? Well, maybe not that one. Not yet, anyway. The problem is that so many of these disorders share the same symptoms, that it is very challenging to determine if your child is having difficulty following multi-step directions because he has dyspraxia, or ADHD, or Auditory Processing Disorder, or maybe it's just because he's six years old and Jake and the Neverland Pirates is on t.v. So what we end up doing is putting the child through all these tests, and essentially turning him into an experimental subject, all so we can figure out what is going on inside his brain, an organ that is so complex we will probably never really understand it. Meanwhile, the whole time my child really just wants to go play, I've got a load of laundry that is lying untouched and a house that still needs to be cleaned.
On the up side, he loves his new teacher this year, and he can't wait to go back to school tomorrow. And to add a bit of perspective, my thoughts this week are with a family in our community who lost their son this week. He was healthy, very talented, intelligent, kind, funny (and developmentally on track), and he died at the age of 20. At his moment, my son is happy, healthy, and safe. He's alive. I'll take the challenges of raising him over not having him anymore any day of the week.
I am so glad you are here! Welcome to my blog. This is your space, too. My name is Amy, and I am no stranger to the ups and downs of life. Join me as we search for beauty, authenticity, tell our truth, and hold space for each other in the messiness of life.