Way back in June I pulled Sakura out of therapy, both physical and occupational therapy. And boy did I get some crazy looks! In the special needs community it is unheard of to pull your child out of therapy for several months. Maybe for a week to recoup or go on vacation, but not 5 months. Well, we did and it has been wonderful. I have a friend who takes her son to 8 therapy sessions a week, another friend has 9 a week. I had 3 sessions to get Sakura to every week and it was killing me. Between school, homework and therapy I was at my wits end with it all. I was even throwing out homework the last couple of months of school, straight in the trash when we got home. The joy of not having to go to therapy these few months has been such a relief for all of us.
To all you moms who are absolutely stressed out and maxed out, I would advise you to take a step back and breathe a little. This isn’t just for special needs moms. The mom going to activity after activity with their kids and hour after hour of homework at home, or the mom with 3 kids under 5 years old and 2 are in diapers take a step back and breathe. Give yourself a boundary, a margin for yourself. It’s alright to say “No more.” I’ve been getting better at saying that.
After 5 months without therapy Sakura is doing great! When I did restart sessions with PT and OT her evaluations showed a marked improvement. I just smiled and reminded her therapists that she hasn’t been seen in 5 months, just playing like any other kid. Here is how I see it: she has a life long disability and in the grand scheme of life 5 months is just a tiny blip. I’m happy we spent it living a little more carefree and happy.