It is almost Christmas. While I am overjoyed to spend this wonderful holiday with my sweet rainbow girl, I am sad I will not be with my extended family back home in Rochester this year, for the first time ever in 30 years. I will not be making the trip because I have to work all week after Christmas next week, because I have no time off to take, since I used it all to take extra time off with miss Eliana. I need a little reminder right now, as to why I do what I do. Here is a letter I received from a mom a couple of years ago:
“I want to thank you for your support, guidance, knowledge and expertise in speech delay and development. All of these factors enabled my son and I to develop a relationship with you.
I brought my son to you almost a year ago with barely a vocabulary of 20 words. I know his disability was mild compared to the many children you and your colleagues work with on a daily basis. This helped me to count my blessings and be more patient. At the same time you did not minimize his disability. You instead gave me hope, helped me overcome my own guilt of what I did or didn’t do right.
In our therapy appointments you taught me how to communicate with my son. Watching you in our weekly sessions and participating, I was able to learn those tools and incorporate them at home. This I believe was huge. I learned a lot about speech delay, therapy and techniques of which you taught my son and I.
Therapy with you enabled my son to increase his vocabulary. He then learned to put 2 words together, then three. “M” has now progressed to where we even hear a sentence. What a success! I can’t even describe the feeling inside as a mother how I feel to finally hear my son talk.
Andrea, I thank you for that feeling I have inside and the hope I feel. I thank you for the hard work you do on a daily basis for me, my son and families like us. I thank you for the outstanding qualities that you possess as a person and incorporate them into your profession. I thank you for your knowledge and expertise. Children’s Hospital, my family and others should be grateful for you and what you do.
Thank You, Andrea!”
This little boy is now in regular education, private school, 1st grade with speech and language within normal limits and was discharged from therapy in April, just before Eliana was born. This is why I do what I do. This is why I will begrudgingly drag my feet to work next week, even though I want to be home with my daughter and/or back in Rochester with her and all my extended family celebrating the holidays, because it isn’t always about me. It’s about kids like little “M” that need me too. It is about being where you are because you are meant to be there.
Forever Missing Kaiya Rae
Ladybugs and Rainbows