|Last week's hydro and C. is with the replacement therapist|
So I was blindsided this week when that therapist told me she could no longer work with C. and would be swapping with another therapist. Now, while she is the only other one whom I consider acceptable, she can't compare to her current one.
And here's the reason: She hasn't been feeling well recently (she cancelled last week's sessions) and was told by her doctor that one cause of her symptoms was stress. He advised her to eliminate as many stress triggers as possible - turns out our C. was top of her "hit list".
You're probably as baffled as I was until she explained that she always dreads that C. will seize in the middle of a session.
She said she hopes I'm not offended.
Now, since I've never blamed myself for C.'s epilepsy, I can't fathom why I'd take offense. But I sure am disappointed and confounded.
C. has rarely seized during a hydro session and even when she has, she's recovered within two minutes. And this same therapist has years of experience with epileptic children at C.'s old school.
But the bottom line is that it stresses her now. I can only comprehend her situation by equating it with my driving. Once upon a time, I was fairly confident behind the wheel and capable of inter-city trips with relative ease. But I'm so jittery now, I never leave our city limits and only take our grandchildren for rides of ten minutes maximum and only on routes I'm very familiar with.
Fortunately, C. has yet to scare away her Occupational Therapist or her Speech Pathologist. They both seem rather pleased with her responses to them. The OT is working on her grasping and releasing of objects and the SP on her her responses to questions of preference with her hand. Pointing her index finger is the sign for "yes" and a fist is "no".
E., her caregiver, and I are trying hard to incorporate various questions into her daily activites. So before every sip of water, for instance, we ask her whether she'd like some.
Hoping they don't ditch her any time soon.