Russ and I started today with two hours of meetings. The first was an appointment to receive feedback on Dimple’s neuropsychological assessment. It was a conference call with our local case manager, Dimples’ therapist in MT, and the folks at Seattle Children’s. As we expected there was nothing discovered that gave us incredible insight into our challenges, but there was support for some of the things we’ve recognized. Fortunately, Dimples has been blessed with a great mind and the ability to learn, which is going to provide her with many opportunities as she grows, in addition to helping her be successful in school.
Our second meeting was a continuation with our case manager who is guiding us through myriads of paperwork and advising us as we press through this process. We’re also planning ahead toward the day when Dimples comes home. Remodeling our home is not optional, but a necessity, in order to provide Dimples with her own bedroom, as well as some space for the other kids.
A friend invited Russ to go cross-country skiing tomorrow morning and we were both so happy that he could simply say “yes.” Weekends have always been particularly difficult and involved extensive planning; Russ rarely left me alone and couldn’t do the things he loves. The freedom for him to go skiing is a big deal to us.
My bookgroup is reading Unbroken, which we gave to Samuel for Christmas last year. I picked it up and it immediately grabbed me. Somehow I feel guilty reading for pleasure because it feels like I should be working doing something… Last month my group read The Big Burn, which I didn’t manage to read, but Russ listened to as he traveled to a meeting in southern Idaho.
Unbroken is sitting on my desk alongside a stack of trauma/attachment/adoption books; I should probably pick it up and read while the kids have Quiet Hour. I’m also making my way through Building the Bonds of Attachment again. It’s been several years.
I don’t think I’ve cried today (yet) and I actually slept last night; I was stunned when I woke up and the room was already light. I think we’re making progress.
Have a great weekend friends.