Let there be light!

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The groundhog saw his shadow today. Frankly, I didn’t need Punxsutawney Phil to tell me anything — the flamingos have been doing a pretty good job of letting us know what’s up around here, and it isn’t the temperature!

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The Scout had his MRI last week and we’re still waiting for the results. (SuperDad has put a call in to the doctor.)  Honestly, I’ll be surprised if it tells us anything at all. I have to keep reminding myself that he had a really horrid fall and it’s going to take more time to recover. It was encouraging last week to hear his teachers tell of seeing “more of him” lately, that more often now when he is in class he is managing to have that light on behind his eyes instead of a glazed-over look.

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After a weekend of low stress and winter camping — where he felt relatively good and hardly needed extra rest time at all — he figured out that the anxiety over trying to accomplish all of his schoolwork is stressing his system. So on Monday when he went to school, The Scout met with his guidance counselor (the same one who helped us get the 504 Accommodation Plan set in place) and requested that he be allowed to drop two of his classes — Spanish 2 and Calculus. Bless her, she worked to make that happen. He has been able to attend school every day this week because he has some built-in “down time” where he can catch up on assignments or take a break in a quiet alcove or even take a nap in the nurse’s office.

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Having my teenager engage in conversation with us is a blessing that I cannot take for granted. When the pain in his head (which he describes as “a hot iron pressing against my skull”) subsides enough to let him be his normal cheerful self, with a sense of humor and light in his eyes, I know how lucky we are.

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4 thoughts on “Let there be light!

  1. It is wonderful to hear how Scout has learn what helps keep things less strenuous and the school is making his workload and time at school a restful place for him to reels or rest when needed.

  2. Hi, Karen, I have recently been back on FB more often. I now knew more about your son’s condition. I am so sorry that he has been suffering and enduring so much pain after his bad fall. Hopefully with all the love and care of the family, friends and teachers’ help, he will overcome this hurdle. I pray for his full recovery and strength to live a happy active life.

  3. I am glad you’re “seeing more of him.” Those head injuries can really linger.
    As much as I enjoy groundhogs, your flamingos take the cake!

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