I've been doing some thinking lately.
And this little statement here pretty much sums up my thoughts:
I've been talking to some pretty wise people the past few weeks (and yes, Mom, you're one of them!) and I've come to a conclusion about myself.
I am being swallowed up by special needs.
And here is what I mean:
The top of my nightstand is covered with special needs books.
I research therapies, products, treatments, doctors.... anything to do with special needs.
I send a written report every single week to Lily's California doctor.
I take Lily to ABA 5 days a week, speech 3 days a week, and OT 2 days a week.
I administer medication 3 times a day, 7 days a week.
I have a monthly parent training meeting at the ABA clinic.
I attend two monthly special needs support groups.
I am doing an online Bible study that is for autism moms.
I have several moms that depend on me for special needs support.
I take Lily for bloodwork every 6 to 8 weeks.
We just added an immunologist and an infectious disease doctor to our regular rotation.
We are beginning the public school process which means ARDS & IEPS are upon us.
80% of the people I follow on Twitter are special needs parents.
I read tons of special needs blogs.
And I try my best to blog about our own special needs life five days a week.
I could go on but I think you get the idea.
It's time for this mama to take a break.
To step outside and get some air.
To love on a very patient husband and talk about something other than the next appointment.
To spend some time with a teenager who's about to leave our little nest.
And to spend some time behind the wheel with another teen.
I told you in a previous post that Ryan is taking off the month of June.
Well, so am I.
Beginning today, June 1, and for the whole month of June, this little blog will only have a post each Friday. And those Friday posts will be called "The Week In Pictures" - hopefully filled with images of fun stuff the Rush Family did that week.
As for Twitter and Facebook, I'll be checking in off and on. But more "off" than "on".
To my sweet online community, I will miss you dearly. And I am already looking forward to catching up with you in July.
But for now, for this month, this is what "Lana's To-Do List" will look like:
Courtesy of Homegrown Hospitality
My family needs this.
I need this.
I am stepping outside and getting some air.
See you in July.