For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
...For everything Thy goodness sends. ~
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
"Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." 1Thess. 5:16-18
I would like to think that I am thankful for what God has given me more then one day a year. However, on this day when most everyone spends the day with a heart of thanksgiving it seems to up the ante a bit.
I could give you a list o mile long of all the "things" I am thankful for but this year I feel those "things" to pale in comparison to the people and relationships in my life.
Having a child with special needs brings the necessity for many "things" such as wheelchairs, suction machines, feeding pumps, therapy toys and tools, augmentative communication devices, modified cars and homes, amongst many, many other things. For all of these things we have been able to provide for Makenzie I am so very thankful but for me the great healing of God can not be realized by any one of those "things".
However, there are many people in our lives that have been the healing hands of God and sanity for my soul.
For starters, of course my family. Even though my family does not always understand what I am going through or why I do the things I do the way I do them, their love for me has never faltered. They have walked by my side through all of the good, bad, and just plain ugly! For my family, I am eternally grateful!
Makenzie has also had many therapists over the last 3 years. I am grateful for each and every one. There are several however that have seen it all and love Makenzie very deeply.
First Makenzie's PT, Pam. She has known Makenzie for her whole life. She was one of the first people I called after her accident. Pam came to "see" Makenzie in the hospital and was the only one who was successful at getting her to truly relax! She has been there for me on many levels over the last 3 years and has worked with Makenzie 3-5 days a week, never once giving up hope for my beautiful girls full restoration! For Pam, I am eternally grateful!
Stephanie is Makenzie's OT. She came into our lives after several of Makenzie's therapists where not able to meet her needs. She started working with Makenzie a couple times a week and is now also a huge part of our lives! She has traveled to California and Costa Rica with us for IMOT and stem cells. She loves Makenzie deeply and continues to step up to the ever changing challenges of Makenzie. She does not accept anything but the best from my girl and pushes her to the max. For Stephanie, I am eternally grateful!
Christa is Makenzie's PT at the clinic. She has been seeing Makenzie since we were discharged from rehab. She brings a great second set of ideas to the table. Makenzie's loves to go "play" with Christa. Christa has provided us with many resources and has been a wonderful support during many times of frustration and uncertainty. Christa pushes her and also believes deeply in Makenzie! For Christa, I am eternally grateful!
Jill has brought us a whole new world of communication . As her speech therapist she helped me decide what the best way for Makenzie to communicate to the world was! The first time we met with Jill I spent the rest of the day in tears because she unleashed Makenzie's voice. Even though communication is a times painfully slow Jill has never given up on Makenzie. She stands firm on how many things she knows and understands, never ceasing to believe in Makenzie's ability to communicate. She has advocated fiercly for my princess when it comes to school issues and is convinced that one day soon Makenzie will be moving herself in a power wheelchair. Jill also shares a deep love and commitment to Makenzie! For Jill, I am eternally grateful!
I am also thankful for Makenzie's rehab doctor and pediatrician. In a place where western medicine is so highly utilized these 2 doctors have supported me on all of my crazy quests for alternative therapy. They have been there for Makenzie and the boys at all hours of the day and night. Hours have been spent talking things through with both of these doctors and never once have I be made to feel like a bother. They have given all of my kids the very best care possible and stood up numerous times to a very unbending system on Makenzie's behalf. I trust both of these doctors with my children's lives and words could not tell you the impact they have made on this family! For these doctors, I am eternally grateful!
Last but not least, I am thankful for the many people I have met on this journey. Some of you I have gotten to know well. This blog has allowed me not only to share Makenzie's story but also share in your stories. To reach out to others, to laugh, to cry, to celebrate, to grieve, and just be with others who walk down a similar road. You have allowed me to feel the power of prayer and love from all around the world. You have given me the support I have needed when I don't feel I can go on. For all of you, I am eternally grateful!
What a ride the last 3 years has been!
Believe... Prayer Works!
Thursday, November 25, 2010