Today was a hard day. Since I'm having surgery Monday we said goodbye to our EI team officially today. We still have transition stuff but this was our last scheduled therapy day. I put together a nice lunch for everyone to celebrate such a special milestone. Here is the group except for our social worker who moved to Taos not too long ago.
Deryl FT started when they were 3 wks old and still in hospital.
Jorge FSC/DS started when they were 5 months old.
Sherrie OT was our newest team member who started a year ago
Amanda SLP started when they were 11 months
Marcia PT started when they were 6 months
This is a very special milestone. These great people helped me handle the challenges of premature infants, Callum with severe torticollis, helped Rachel do all she has, helped me learn to navigate resources, and sometimes just talked me off the cliff. Having 3 kids who each have had unique challenges I realize how wonderful people like this are. Callum today has no delays. Rachel is doing amazingly well despite her diagnoses. I couldn't have done it on my own and these special people helped us!
Harmon had his own amazing team but only for about a year. Ruben, Ronnie, Andrea, and a few other great people helped him in feeding therapy and community events like swim. Theresa his OT we still keep in touch with well. She was so great teaching me how to handle challenges that came with such a unique child. Anytime I had a problem I would come to her and together we would research it and try ideas until there was a solution. She taught me how to handle challenges I encounter with each of the kids. We haven't ever run into Jenny, his speech therapist even though she came to our house 2x a month for a year. That lady was just so sweet. Judson was a total character and used to jump over Harm's head like a gymnast. He now works with Deryl. His old FSC passed Bobbie passed on a few months after Harmon exited. She was amazing. She spent her entire life just helping kids until her last months. I wish I had been able to do what I did for the twins team and really say goodbye better.
Today though is chance for me to say thank you. Even though the kids probably won't remember all the help and joy each of these special people gave them I want them to know there were special people who helped them talk or walk. Each one has shown us so much love and I will never be able to say thanks enough for that.