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Visiting Suzanne (Part Six): Special Needs Parenting 101.
By Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
Tuesday, July 08, 2008

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Much to her mother's delight, Suzanne, brain damaged from an aneurysm, is now back home, where she continues to receive ongoing therapy and care.

Call it a miracle of sorts.

Our daughter, our beloved Suzanne, is now home from the hospital, where she has been since becoming ill nearly one year ago.  She suffered a devastating brain aneurysm that left her brain damaged and having to learn how to do everything all over again.

She just woke up from a lengthy coma not even two months ago; she is still learning where she is, who she is, what is giong on.  She has no recollection of life B.A. (before aneurysm); she only knows the here and now.  It's as though she's reverted to being an infant; to see our once-vibrant, giggly teenaged daughter lying in her hospital bed, barely able to move, and unable to eat, dress herself, or even go to the bathroom on her own has been one of the hardest things we've ever had to face as parents.

It's better than when she was lying in the Intensive Care back in the hospital, hooked up to a whole forest of tubes, wires, and monitors, and hearing the doctors' grim prognoses day in and day out.  Compared to where she was, our daughter, even with all her infirmities, has come a very long way.

Suzanne can let us know when she needs a change of clothes (diapers), is hungry, sleepy (tired), or bored; she still has the expressive eyes we've known all our lives.  Her eyes are big and green; they're her father's eyes.  They are absolutely beautiful!  Suzanne is very good at letting her feelings (wants) be known.  She may not talk (yet), but she is direct in her answers, her feelings.

Every day is a slow, ongoing process.  As with anybody, she has bad days and good days; she can do well in her therapies one day, and the next, slide back into her previous pattern.  It's very frustrating; just when we think she's making strides, she will revert, become more like an infant.

We have nurses that come over every day, to help us with Suzanne's ongoing medical care.  A team of therapists come too, and she has checkups every week, to ensure that she is continuing to improve.  It also gives us, her family, a much needed break; we actually get to go shopping, out to eat, or to a movie if that's feasible. 

If it were not for these breaks, we would have gone crazy long ago. 

I will continue to keep you updated on Suzanne's progress on a (semi) regular basis.  Until then, this is Margaret Richey, Suzanne's mother, signing off.  Take care and God bless!  Continue to pray for us; we can use all the prayers we can possibly get!

~To be continued.~

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Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 7/10/2008
Yes, we must thank God daily for good health, stories like this one lets you realize how fortunate we are.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 7/10/2008
I been out for a while and missing but a few posting that hadn't came through, so, a few of you that thought been left over...blame AD for scrambling now and then a few postings.
Mothers are supposed to care for their children, not to suffer for them when so much love is there to be given without the interference of the physical world care for the ill.
Hope that small mercies come her way.

Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen 7/8/2008
I can not even begin to understand the pain that this Mother is going through
In Christs Love
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 7/8/2008
It's so sad the parents and the child both have to endure this agony, but they say God never gives us anything we can't handle.

Reviewed by Rose Rideout 7/8/2008
Too often we think of our suffering which really isn't anything compared to so many in the world. thank you for sharing the truth in your sad write dear Karen.

Newfie hugs are on the way, Rose
Reviewed by Cryssa C 7/8/2008
Great write, Karen... well done!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/8/2008
There, but for the Grace of God, go I - this is what came to mind reading this shattering lines. Well done, Karen.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/8/2008
So very sad, and what Felix said, is so very true.
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/8/2008
Good update and again allowing us to see just how fortunate we are with our own lifes and how our often petty little problems aren't all that bad.


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