We have put our best efforts into making sure Donnie and David are healthy kids. I try to prepare as many whole foods as possible. The boys get plenty of exercise and exposure to intellectual stimulation. David has been on a rigorous program for about two years...
A little too rigorous. For everyone.
I became so compulsively focused on working on David's recovery program, I let it completely take over everything, to the detriment of our family. It has been three weeks since we have stopped the Institute's intensive program, and stopping has been overwhelming to me. Where to begin? Oh man...this may take several posts. I'll start by sharing a photo of a typical day for David:
That's right. About 200 things to check off. Outside of what is on the chart, there are basic needs for everyone to be met and preparation of reading materials. As much as I have put my trust in IAHP, taking time to rest and really look at what is happening has really made me think about a lot. It feels other-worldy after the manic pace we worked up to doing the intensive program.
I think we are experiencing the most normalcy to date as a family. By normal, I mean that the boys get to play outside. Donnie gets to go to swimming lessons and regular outings. David gets time to rest and explore. Mom gets to go to more places than just the grocery store at 10:00 at night and take a shower on a regular basis and eat and sleep and even read a book. This makes dad happy to come home to a wife that is not either utterly spent or writing homemade books at 2:00 am.
The past year has been a tremendous learning experience in so many ways. This post just scratches the surface. I have been absent from the blog for so long. I hope you continue reading about our journey now as we consider the health of our whole family.
For the first time in almost three years I feel like I can just...exist.