Last week, I had a couple experiences that left me with a lot of hope. Since I live in such a small city, it is easy to feel lonely in this special needs world. Add in two years of RSV isolation, where I didn't make it out of the home more than once or twice a week, I just didn't get to meet many who are in the same boat as us. And frankly, there are not a whole lot of 23 weekers in my state. Maybe one or two more? It's a very isolating feeling.
I am happy to say that in the span of one week, I got to meet up with three other moms who have kids with varying health issues.
And it felt so good.
Just to talk together. To laugh. To cry. These woman have all dealt with a "new normal" and suddenly, my own experience didn't seem so unique. I felt like I had found my tribe. Like they immediately understood this crazy world that I come from. I didn't have to explain things. I didn't have to put up a protective guard. I could just be.
If you are one of those ladies, thank you. I really needed it.