"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." -Aesop
Well, you may have noticed that I dropped the ball again on writing in this little space. It's going to my goal for New Years to write more! I blame being in the last trimester of pregnancy and Henry's never ending therapy and doctor's appointments (not to mention my own doctor's appointments because of the baby).
Last week we found out that Henry needs to have ankle/foot braces (a.k.a. the fancy word, orthotic braces). When he walks, he keeps his arms up to his sides to help him balance so something isn't quite right. Our amazing therapist, says that the issue is in his ankles and a space in his left foot.
But not only do we want to keep his arms by his sides when he's walking, it's distracting his mind from learning to speak. I'm learning that babies and toddlers have a one track mind, they learn one thing at a time. Often they're frustrated because adults like to multitask. If you think about it, that is why toddlers often become so frustrated and throw tantrums is because they want one thing and we're trying to do five all at once. It has made me slow down and focus more on doing one thing at time which in turn, gives Henry a feeling of security.
He needs custom made braces and not just a typical boot that some children wear. Enter HUGE unexpected medical expense on top of everything we're already trying to get for Henry. Then again, not to forget that we've been technically saving up everything for when the baby comes.
I'm a huge fan of sites like GoFundMe and GiveForward to help other people. I never really thought about doing one for my child because it means letting go of my pride and admitting that right now, I don't have the funds to provide this miracle to Henry. If I weren't pregnant, I would have just found a job and gone to work at a local grocery store at night or something to that effect.
Yes, I became willing let go of that pride and started a GiveForward page specifically for Henry's orthotic braces.
I have to admit, I am impressed by the GENEROSITY of so many! In less than 24 hours, so many people gave $1000 and then some to help him. We are keeping the fundraiser open for a few family and friends who may still like to help and I'm now asking you, dear reader, to see if you can give a little too. Every little act of kindness helps.
His appointment is right after New Year's and so we'll see how things go. I promise to give an update and hopefully, it will help some other mama out there whose child may be going through something similar.