All in Disabilities

Hand Surgery Check Up

Nathaniel saw the hand surgeon today. It has been almost a year since surgery to rotate his right thumb and six months since our last check up. The surgeon is very happy with the placement of the thumb and Nathaniel's ability to do the pincher grasp with the right hand now, something he was not able to do prior to surgery. Nathaniel's right hand will probably not be his dominate hand; we expected that. But surgery has created a very useful support hand.

We have been working on hand strength for months in occupational therapy. Nathaniel struggles to pull up his pants or separate pop beads. The right thumb, while in a good position now, lacks normal muscle structure. Surgery included splicing a muscle on the pinky side of the hand and bringing it over to the thumb to increase muscle support. Nathaniel has a curled pinky finger as a result of relocating the muscle.

How Hope Yields Joy

Four years ago this month, I wrote a three part blog series on the cost of homeschooling. It makes sense that I wrote that series in January. January is when I start to think about the next school year.

For almost two decades now, we've deposited that spring (IRS) check in a special savings account earmarked for school costs.  Some years we haven't needed all of it, some years we have. Many years, the doldrums of winter were chased away by browsing curriculum catalogs, comparing programs, making wish lists, and dreaming of next year's fun.  The Cost of Homeschooling, Part 1

The Year Baby Jesus Had a Tracheostomy

A friend sent me this photo on Christmas Eve. "Baby Jesus has a trach this year," her text said.

Doll baby Jesus' mother is six-year old Maggie. Maggie's mother is a medic who spends her days training first responders in tracheostomy emergencies.  Maggie's grandmother is a Sunday School director. Maggie's grandfather had a trach. Blend it all together and it is logical that when a baby was needed for the Family Service nativity at church that Maggie's trached baby doll was cast for the leading role.

The baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in the feeding trough had a tracheostomy.