I just can't help it - my mind and body still work on a school year schedule. And that means that summer equals break time.
That's only part of the rationale behind our recent decision to cut back on Collin's therapies for the summer, though. Around March or April this year, we realized that something had to give. We were having two, sometimes three or four therapies a day throughout the week aside from the usual doctor's appointments and Collin's NACD program, which takes around 4 hours a day. We never went anywhere or did anything because of all of the therapy. I tried to keep some balance by declaring Fridays to be therapy-free, but Collin and I both ended up spending Fridays recovering from the four previous days. I talked things over with Kyle and it became clear that we were going to have to make some changes.
Now, there is a very special bond with an early intervention therapist. They come to your house and see you in your sweatpants every week. They teach you that there are people who are not at all intimidated by your child. They listen to accounts of terrible weeks or horrible appointments and understand as much as another person can. They think about your child when they're not there and then put their head together with yours to solve the mysteries. They break down the impossible into doable steps. They love your child like some strange and wonderful family-friend-expert morph. This is not the kind of person you want to stop meeting with.
But the fact was that Collin never played except in therapy. He didn't have time to rest or to just be a 2 year-old. And I spent all of my time being his therapist and physician, with hardly any left to just be his mama. These are things we knew we wanted and there are only so many hours in a day, so we decided to let some things go.
So, for six months (we started this plan back in April, but have been too busy with retching and appointments to enjoy it so far), Collin will be having speech therapy once a week, aquatherapy once a week (with some extras thrown in over the summer), and nutrition and occupational therapies once a month. We are also going to try to take it easy on NACD program for a few months, focusing on getting in 2 programs a day rather than 4.
This has opened up some breathing room for our whole family. We're planning to fill with walks, swimming, exploring, and hopefully some laziness.