Family Update February 2021
Here is our BUSY Family Update February 2021. For the shortest month of the year, it *feels* like this month lasted 428 years. So. Very. Busy. That meme cracks me up. I’m not sure if it is my guardian angel, my mama, sister, or therapist. Maybe all of them do that when I tell them something new. Tis my life.
Still, Job Corp is not open. I believe, to date, one has opened, so that is progress. Right? Noah got accepted into MSU and got his financial aid going. He is figuring things out, so I don’t have to. We’ve decided that Hunter will have his therapies at school. Virtual therapy is STUPID. It is seriously the dumbest thing ever. He will only be at the school for an hour and a half. Physical therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech will all be done weekly. Maybe we will see some progress.
As for the boys, Jude is doing well. He is learning to take his time. The school gives him the ability to redo his assignments, but not tests or quizzes. He is learning to ask questions and study. It has been a journey. Daniel is struggling. With FASD, it is hard. Teachers “see” one thing (virtually), yet life is another. We are going to take him 2x a week for tutoring. After much back and forth, we adjusted his 504. Praying that is going to help.
There have been lots of birthdays this month. Grayce, Hunter, Alyssa, Mimi, daddy, and several nephews have celebrated. Also, we had a wedding shower for Alyssa on Hunter’s birthday. That is one way to crunch it all in. Originally, we had a separate day to do their share. Sadly, Alyssa got the flu or a stomach bug. She was pretty pitiful. We were not certain what she had, so we canceled until the 19th. That would be one day before her wedding.
The rehearsal didn’t quite go as planned because there was a major snow/ice moment. We considered postponing the wedding. It was touch and go. Alyssa was a wreck. Arkie was a rock on the outside, still unsure of what lies beneath. We got that done, without Arkie’s family. Sadly, they got more snow than we did and just couldn’t make the trip. I know that was a hard decision for them to make.
Once home, we did their shower. Luckily, both my moms were here. Hannah and Savannah were here. Once the parents left, we started cooking. We were all so tired but got it done. Then, my girl came and snuggled with me until about 2 am. Sigh. Worth it all for that moment.
All in all, we got it done. My daughter was breathtaking. Simply breathtaking. Arkie. I tied his tie and saw this sweetness in his eyes. He really is a sweet boy. Change is just hard. Alyssa. Stunning. His family was able to come home. The sun was shining. Her pictures will be so beautiful with her flowers and the snow.
My mom knocked it out of the park with her flowers, doors, and all the things she creates. She is brilliant. My other mom was so helpful. I’m so thankful my aunt was able to come. The boys kicked in and helped clean up. The food was good, the company was good. Alyssa was so full of joy. Arkie was so excited about his apple pies.
Big Daddy was diagnosed with diabetes. He has lost a lot of weight and his sugar levels are really good. My plantar fasciitis sucks pond water. That is in my right foot. In my left foot, I’ve lost feeling in a couple of toes and the top of my foot. It is due to a bone spur. Eventually, when I lose feeling in more toes, we’ll address it. My essential tremors have calmed down as have my psoriasis.
We have some upcoming appointments with Daniel to have him assessed for autism. Honestly, we have always suspected it but as he gets older, things become more prominent. Also, we have some upcoming appointments for Jude. We are hoping to get some help with his FND. Hunter had a massive treatment that I will address in another post. So, stay tuned.