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    Default You Know You Have A Child With Special Needs When...

    - You compare ER's instead of grocery stores.
    - You compare your child's oxygen saturations.
    - You view toys as "therapy.'
    - You don't take a new day for granted.
    - You teach your child HOW to pull things out of the cupboard, off the bookcases, and that feeding the dog from the table is fun.
    - The clothes your infant wore last fall still fit her this fall.
    - Everything is an educational opportunity instead of just having plain old fun.
    - You cheer instead of scold when they blow bubbles in their juice while sitting at the dinner table (that's speech therapy), smear ketchup all over their high chair (that's OT), or throw their toys (that's PT).
    - You also don't mind if your child goes through the house tooting a tin whistle.
    - You fired at least 3 pediatricians and can teach your family doctor a thing or two.
    - You have been told you are "in denial" by at least 3 medical or therapy professionals. This makes you laugh!
    - You have that incredible sinking feeling that you've forgotten SOMETHING on those few days that you don't have some sort of appointment somewhere!
    - You get irritated when friends with healthy kids complain about ONE sleepless night when they're child is ill!
    - Your vocabulary consists of all the letters OT, PT, SP, ACSD, etc.
    - You keep your appointment with the specialist even though a tropical storm is raging because you just want to get this one over with.....you waited 8 months to get it.....and besides, no one else will be there!
    - Fighting and wrestling with siblings is considered PT.
    - Speech therapy occurs in the tub with a sibling.
    - When the Doctors/Specialist/Hospitals etc. all know you by your name without referring to your chart.
    - You keep a daily growth chart.
    - You calculate monthly statistics for the number of times your child vomits, and did this for more then one year.
    - His/Her medical file is two inches and growing.

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    thanks for that and I can add some

    when a trip to walmart doesnt result in a rage and its reason to celebrate
    when the shrink says no visits for 6 months and you celebrate
    when your adhd/sensory issue child can finnally wear jeans and you celebrate
    when you wake up every morning and first gauge your childs mood bfore talking


    - You get irritated when friends with healthy kids complain about ONE sleepless night when they're child is ill!
    I can relate I get a luagh out of hearing people complain about normal tanturms i think I wish mine was that easy try 5 hours with coming at a knife to you

    the first thing you do by instinct in the am is dispense meds

    you live by a strict schedule that your friends with normal kids dont understand

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    WOW! How very true how day to day stuff people take for granted. Being a mom of two special needs girls we have just excepted this is normal life and we deal with it. But when you step back you are right on the money of expainging everyday life.


    Smile as it is the best medician in life.
    Sara

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    I loved this.

    One of the families that I work for, had the opprotunity to speak to the med students at UWO about dealing with parents of special needs....the biggest thing that she said to them was...."You may have PHD behind your name...but I have M.O.M.....listen to the parents...they know their children's health, and needs better than any doctor." That is the only thing she really needed to say that day.

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    oh thank you! That was a good giggle. And an acknowledgement that sometimes, with a special needs child, you aren't alone in the world of "normal"

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    Really enjoyed this thread...
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