Monday, September 17, 2012

Mental Health Week

Our lives revolve around Josie's therapy and medical appointments.  Just to give you a feel for what kind of commitment that is, Josie sees a pediatrician, pediatric pulmonologist, a physician who specializes in Down syndrome, a nurse practitioner who helps us with her Mic-Key button, a GI doctor, two physical therapists, two speech & language pathologists, a feeding therapist, an occupational therapist, a literacy tutor, a developmental teacher, a college student who helps reinforce those skills...and I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty.

While we are dedicated to doing everything we can to help Josie reach her greatest potential, sometimes we all just need a break.  That's why we decided to take a "Mental Health Week".  That's just code for taking the week off, as the alternative would have likely been this frazzled mom being committed to some sort of a mental health institution.  And if I feel that way, you can imagine how Josie must feel. 

Bea, one of Josie's wonderful physical therapists, fully endorsed the idea.  In fact, she mentioned that there is a school of thought that suggests that taking some time off can stimulate a breakthrough.  So this week, there will be no exercises, no flash cards, no hip helpers, no walker, and no being awoken from nap for the next appointment.  That leaves a lot more time for the really important things like experimenting with funky new hairstyles (because no one is going to see you anyway)...
...taking goofy self portraits...
...stealing your sister's pants so you can see how they look on you...
Pantsing (verb - transitive) - The act or practice of pulling someone's pants down; to pull down an individual's bottom-wear, exposing their underwear. A form of public humiliation.
What?  I didn't see any rule posted about not pantsing my sister.

And you know that thing that Bea said about a little time off leading to a breakthrough?

That's just Day 1 of "Mental Health Week"!  We can't wait to see what the rest of the week holds!


    I can't wait for the day Everleigh gets up and takes a step. I might have a heart attack. Keep up all the great work!!

  2. Yeah Josie!!!! Good job....Oh the day my little begins to walk I will be doing the happy dance.

  3. WOOT WOOT Josie! We are all for weeks off. Too much therapy makes mama crazy! LOL

  4. Go Josie!!!! Best video I've ever seen, I've watched it twice and I love the comedy value! X

  5. Go Josie!! I love the video best one I've ever seen!!! The comedy value is great! She's so funny when she says oh no!