Friday, September 30, 2011

Sharing Our Burdens...

Where did the day go? The boys and I were so busy from morning to night that the day just flew by!!

Right after breakfast, Miss Stephanie came by for Occupational Therapy. I was so excited that she liked the gift we got Gavin for his birthday...and even more excited that she was able to use it therapeutically!! With a weight on Gavin's arm, she had him turn the gears giving his little arm a real workout. I hadn't even thought to do that - brilliant!

After Stephanie left, we had a quick lunch and then the three of us headed to see Dr. Trish. When I initially made the appointment, it was for me and Gavin. But since I was alone with the boys, I had to bring Brian. Bringing Brian meant that I couldn't really get treated - I didn't want to take my eyes off him for too long in her office! So I asked her to treat Gavin and Brian today and I sat on the sidelines and watched.
They were both so good during their treatments. Gavin chilled out on the floor watching a movie and Brian had a great time playing with the toys from her toy box.
At the end of the session she told me something that I found quite powerful. As I mentioned before, I have been having some issues with my legs. In the morning, especially, it feels like they won't hold me up. And during the day they've been very achy. Well, during the boys' session today she said she was drawn a lot to their legs to release energy. She said she often felt when she was working on them that her legs may not hold her up. I told her that's how I've been feeling, too! She explained to me that children and their Mothers often share energy. Kind of like the boys and I are all carrying each others stress and worry and it's manifesting itself in leg pain or weakness or whatever. I physically take on the boys pain (metaphorically speaking) - and vice versa. Sounds crazy, I know. She also said she released a lot around Brian's throat chakra - an obvious sign to her that he has been working hard with his speech issues.

I thought about these things all the way home. On one hand, I felt so bad. Since Gavin's eye surgery back in January, I really got out of my routine of seeing Dr. Trish for sessions. I wasn't taking care of myself - and now it shows. To think that me not taking care of myself is possibly affecting my children - well, that was a wake up call. Just another reason why we, as Mommys, need - NEED - to take time for ourselves. We can't do it all, be it all, carry it all - and expect to be 100% for everyone. It's not healthy. I need to start taking care of me so I can take better care of them. I also started to connect some things. For the past few weeks Gavin has been very resistant to use his legs. When I try to get him to stand up by holding onto his hands - he just collapses. And forget trying to get him to take steps! I thought of what Dr. Trish said...about how she felt and released all kinds of blocked energy in the boys legs. I made a mental note to remind myself to keep an eye on Gavin for any improvements after today.

Well, I didn't have to wait long. We got home just in time to greet Miss Wendy for Physical Therapy. She couldn't have been more pleased with Gavin's walking today. He walked holding her hands...he walked using the shopping cart...
...and he stood at the table while she helped him play with a toy that usually scares the crap out of him. He was instantly different.

Coincidence? Maybe. But it's still fascinating to me. And it was the kick in the butt I needed to start getting my body back in order. I owe it to Gavin and Brian.

I'm taking the day off from blogging tomorrow...but I'll be back on Sunday with news from Gavin's birthday party!!

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