I feel like I have so many professions all rolled into to one, ME! I am a cook/housekeeper/butler, chauffeur, paraprofessional, nurse/caregiver, secretary, personal shopper, therapist (physical, occupational...), consoler...most of all MOM! 24-7 the duties of a mom is never ending.
Since the diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy, we have been faced with so many other diagnoses and terminology it gets pretty hard to keep up with it all. At the start, Cerebral Palsy...I was a two something mom, first child, and to hear at her 6 month check up that she may have a mild to severe case of cerebral palsy was shocking and very hurtful! I had no idea what it was, what to expect, what it would do to my daughter. To be clear, if there was/is a question...Cerebral Palsy is NOT contagious!
Cerebral Palsy: is like an umbrella, covering a few forms of motor conditions that affects the development. Cerebral refers to the cerebrum of the brain. Palsy is uncontrolled movements of the body.
There are different types of Cerebral Palsy (CP); spastic, ataxic, athetoid and mixed. We would have to see a neurologist to determine the type; Spastic quad.
After that first diagnosis there came so many terms I needed to be aware of, so many doctors Kerstin would have to see. Never imagined the journey we would be on. I had heard of seizures before. Never thought I would witness one firsthand, and it be my child fully convulsed. April 15, 2004, is not a night I will long forget. Epilepsy! Another diagnosis, she will have to be followed closely by the neurologist. At first, it was thought that her seizures were febrile, then pain related, not so much the case. She has been having unprovoked seizures. Recently having a few small seizures, four in the past week. Her Depekene dosage has been increased by 1 mL.
More terms I'm becoming an expert at and wish I wasn't: Atelectasis, bilateral triple arthrodesis, bolus, chest percussion therapy (CPT), gastrostomy tube (g-tube), pulmonologist, scoliosis, Dandy Walker Syndrome, developmental delay, dysphagia, failure to thrive (FTT), seizure disorder...
Raising a child with special health, medical and education needs is no easy task for anyone. Place this task on a single parent and it can be overwhelming. I am doing my best. I constantly pray for the strength to do all that I can and to have the patience to do so.
Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers!
More to come...