Sunday, October 26, 2014

Just Me

Have you ever just wondered how you were going to live through the day, hour, minute or even second?  I am sure that we at some point in time have all been there. When raising a child with special needs there is never a true time of rest and relaxation. Many people don't know that because they haven't experienced it. I get frustrated sometimes that people have known you for years still just don't get it. On the other hand I am still very thankful for the ones that do. The hardest part for me is lowering my expectations of what people should be doing to help.  Sometimes I don't have family that is available or they choose not to help as much as I expect them too.  I am totally exhausted and need a break. 
My mind continuously races and I think about the future and if it will ever get better.  I know that I have not given up on trying to make things better, but the fact that I am mentally and emotionally drained and it doesn't seem to go away.  I am probably going to be cynical when I say this..but I really get sick of people that tell me "everything happens for a reason" or "God has a plan, you just don't know it yet".  Ya know?  I haven't lost my faith or believe in what God has planned for me, I am just so very tired. That just makes me want to slap the next person who tells me I am going through what I am going through because I did something wrong in my life and this is just Gods way of "getting my attention". Maybe?  I just choose to believe that right now I am suppose to just live day by day.

I try not to think too hard about tomorrow because we aren't promised tomorrow.  You will also have to excuse my sarcasm.  I wouldn't actually slap someone, but as my husband has jokingly told me in the past, "I just slapped you in the face with an imaginary fish".  All joking aside, it is scary and I'm left wondering when  Chris or I are gone, who will take care of my Bean? These things run through my mind daily.  I am told it's normal, which I am sure it is, I just don't let it paralyze me.  I have accepted the fact that for the rest of my life I will have to take care of a person who will not be able to take care of himself.  I still hope for a treatment or a cure, but I am trying to be realistic about it all.  That is a hard pill to swallow. 
I get frustrated when I try and talk to people who believe that he will "get better and grow out of it".  Yes, I do still hope for that, but in reality it isn't going to happen unless a miracle from God heals my little boy.  Which I guess He could, but I don't bank on it.  I wonder sometimes what I would actually do if he was healed?  Would I still be an advocate? Would I still be spreading awareness to help others?  I don't know?  Most likely, but that is part of me protecting myself from higher expectations and being disappointed later.  Sometimes I seem to get frustrated with how things are not moving as fast as I want I find myself getting mad at my own child's situation for being who he is.  It is hard dealing with the meltdowns, no breaks, no vacations, the financial stress and no help on a regular basis.  I do tell myself that it could be worse and I am sure it can be. It doesn't mean I don't have an occasional pity party. 
I have to keep strong, but sometimes I really need someone to be strong for me and my family.  These past few months have been trying on my patents and nerves.  I want my little boy not to have to suffer the confusion that goes on in his brain due to seizures.  His behavior has been off the chain lately and after many visits to the neurologist we are still waiting for a more conclusive solution to his emotional meltdowns and obsessive behavior.  On the bright side, Beckett has had more verbal progress in his speech.  He is trying to say more words and simple 3 words sentences.  He knows his manners and says "hank you" and "peeese" when something is given to him or when asking for something.  I hope the new EEG results come soon and that we can find a medicine that will work better to control his seizures and behavior outbursts.
Beckett's 3rd EEG of 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Busy Busy Bee!!

Over the last month I have been super busy.  I had the great honor of being able to attend a Patient Advocacy Summit in Huntington Beach, California with a fabulous foundation called Global Genes. They also had me as their guest at the 2014 Tribute To Champions of Hope Gala.  I learned so much and met so many people that have been an inspiration to me. It has renewed my energy and hope to continue to pursue my dream of raising awareness for SYNGAP. 
Another parent and myself have become the co-founders of our new non-profit called Bridge The Gap - SYNGAP Education and Research Foundation.  Our mission is to serve, educate and fund research for families coping with the effects of SYNGAP mutations. We have an outstanding group of individuals on our board that are from all walks of life and are driven to help children and families effected by SYNGAP. We are in the beginning stages and are in the process of filing for our 501c status.  I am so excited that doors are opening for us and know in my heart of hearts that when we are 100% established that we will be able to make a difference in lives of those who are looking for answers.  I will always keep hope for my own son to be able to take advantage of any therapies or cures found, but if not it will all be worth it to be able to help those we can.   I look forward to every day to see what new and exciting things are going to happen. 
I have to admit it has been very difficult to change my attitude and I sometimes still have my off days just like everyone.  A friend of mine Carrie Ostra, who I have been working with through Global Genes said something to me that has resonated in me since.  Just a quick back story first.  Carrie lost her little girl to a rare genetic disorder called Gaucher's disease at the age of 3.  I met her for the first time in person in California.  I told her how much she inspired me and how she had lived so positively and continued to fight after she had lost her precious baby.  She looked at me and said these very simple words, "What is the alternative?"  I was floored.  She was right.  What is the alternative to living positive?  It's crazy how those four words changed my thinking and still wondering why it took me so long to see it.  Granted, I still have me days that are hard and I still have those little pity parties, but I remember those words of a mom who lost her baby who is driven by living her legacy by helping others.  How fulfilling!  God uses people in mysterious ways and He spoke loud and clear to me through her.  I hope that I can pass that kind of attitude on to others through what our foundation is trying to do.  I pray that the good Lord above blesses it and allows us to bless others though accomplishing our mission.  Please check out my friend Carrie's Little Miss Hannah's Foundation, named after her daughter.  Beckett also carries the gene mutation for Gaucher's Type I.
Little Mr. B has been a busy, busy bee also.  He has a runner with the IRUN4 foundation who ran a marathon for him last weekend.  She did so good and we are so proud of her.  Kricia is an awesome friend and runner!  Of course you can see here that he is sporting the shirt she sent him. 

Beckett has been having trouble lately with his behavior and we believe that his medication will need to be changing again.  We went and saw the Pediatric Neurologist this last week. He will be doing research on SYNGAP children at Texas Children's and he is also a board member with our foundation.   He has ordered two MRI's and a new EEG for Beckett.  One type of MRI is new technology and can actually see the connections being made in the brain when "neurons talk".  I am curious to see what the results will be.  I am hoping and praying that Beckett's behavior begins to get better.  He has been scratching, biting and screaming consistently and especially when he doesn't get what he wants.  On the up side he has learned how to navigate and play simple games on the Ipad.  He seems to love it!!