Saturday, May 3, 2014

Two Celebrations, A Trial and An Update

Update ~ Goldilocks' therapeutic caregiver has decided to go through the extensive training (which she already has but needs to take the classes anyway) and licensing to be a very specialized mental health foster parent. She will be only the fifth in our county with this training. This means that Goldilocks can stay where she is for many months before stepping down to a less restrictive form of care. This is great news. The bad news is it all takes time and will cost us thousands of dollars in the next two to three months while we wait for licensing. Then we will have to pay a substantial room and board fee monthly to the mental health agency. However, the overall picture is good news and we will just have to wait and see how the finances will work out.

Tom Sawyer Turns 12 ~ We had a wonderful birthday celebration for Tom Sawyer. He decided to have a very small birthday party this year with just four boys invited. He just wanted to embrace calmness. We are all craving that around here. We kicked off his birthday with dry ice fun. We used long 1 1/2 inch diameter PVC pipe with an end cap. Then the boys added warm water, dry ice and food coloring. My dh supervised this fun activity.

The result is colorful smoke. The kids then added dish soap, which made bubbles.

The general theme of the party was Minecraft, but Tom Sawyer really only wanted Minecraft decorations.

Tom Sawyer loved the organic soda with the label that said "potion of healing". I think that was his favorite decoration of all! Our party favors were Mad Libs which were popular. It was a happy birthday for our boy!

The Special Olympics Qualifier ~ Tom Sawyer attended the qualifier for our county this past week. He did really well and performed his routine in front of a judge on all of the apparatuses. He got really nice scores and took a first place ribbon in five events for Level 1!

A Trial ~ Tom Sawyer fell off of a chair while changing a light bulb last night. He instantly started screaming and was in intense pain. After applying ice and seeing that his knee was swelling up like a grapefruit, we took him to the ER. Through x-rays and a CT scan they found that he had a patellar avulsion fracture (a fracture of the underside of his knee cap). We do not know yet what all of this will mean for the Special Olympics, his dance classes, his performing in the upcoming Alice and Wonderland or any other sport activities in the near future. For now, he is in a leg brace and on crutches. He is sleeping through the day on high doses of Advil. He will see an orthopedist early next week to determine what care he is going to need and how long it will take to heal.

Your prayers for our family are so appreciated. Thank you!

Blessings, Dawn

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  1. Sounds painful Tom Sawyer. Im glad something is stabalizing for Goldilocks even though it will b e a finacial burden. Out of curiosity what special needs does Tome Sawyer have that qualify him for SO? I am a fellow SO mom as my daughter has Down Syndrome and swims. She is 14 and homeschooled.

  2. Oh, dear! When it rains, it pours, doesn't it. Praying for all of you to get the peace you need. (Hugs) Happy Birthday, TS.

  3. Oh dear, what an exciting yet difficult week! Praying...always!

  4. Gosh, what an up and down week. You must be exhausted! I'll be praying Tom Sawyer will heal swiftly and completely. His birthday looked amazing - my son would love a Minecraft themed party. So cool!

  5. What a week! I do hope Tom heals well, and is able to enjoy all his wonderful activities.

  6. What a week!! I pray that Tom Sawyer heals quickly. I will also continue prays for Goldilocks and for finances for you!

  7. Dawn we pray for you every night. I so hope that everything works out with Goldilocks. I KNOW how it feels to be constantly worried about money. Tom Sawyer's birthday party looks like fun. I love the dry ice experiment. I am so sorry about his knee! I pray that it heals so quickly and he is back to gymnastics very soon. Happy week to you all!

  8. Oh dear I feel so terrible for Tom Sawyer. To be such an active boy having such an injury must be very difficult to put it mildly! I'm glad he was able tom have happy birthday first and that things are going better for Goldilocks. I'll continue to pray about the situation!

  9. Oh my goodness! What a mix of fun and ouchies!! Hope he gets better soon! My 18yo daughter with moderate cerebral palsy does Special Olympics bowling, but it's hard to get an injury or not participate through an injury with that. After heel chord and hamstring surgery when she was 11yo, she was in a cast from her hip to toe for two months. But, she was able to bowl form her (temporary) wheelchair! Hope your son can get back to SO!

    (Visiting from FriendshipFriday!)