How much is enough? And how do we not feel guilty when we hear of others who are seemingly doing so much more and maybe even different, alternative therapies?
Because of where we live, we just don't have the option unless we travel. I used to spend lots of time feeling bad about this (and I still do sometimes), but I've had to come to peace with where we live. We trade this way of life, the beauty of our state, the community we live in, for many things (like access to certain types of therapy). But some things you can't put a price tag on (like family, friends, and jobs... OK, maybe you can put a price tag on that last one!). It's about learning how to be content with what you've got - such a continual theme for me lately!
This year I've been letting go of the therapy guilt. This fall, we've cut down Jack's therapy time. We try to have speech therapy weekly and occupational therapy every other week. We are not traveling to our other therapy clinic this winter (the one that's two hours away with physical therapy and feeding therapy) because driving in the icy snow, with Jack in the car, is not my cup of tea. Plus, we just travel as a family way too much. It was getting too busy, with each and every minute filled. I don't operate that well unless I have plenty of down time.
One thing I feel we've been good at is doing our therapy homework. When a therapist gives us something to do, I try my best to do it at least every day. Like in physical therapy for example, we are supposed to be working on going up and down stairs. I try to just fit this into our daily schedule, into our life. It only takes five minutes. Pretty easy, huh? I don't need to travel into an appointment to do this. I can do it at home. Less time in therapy equals more time hanging out, living our life.
Our biggest priority this year? Getting Jack used to school. Working on communication. Everything else I'm not going to stress about.
P.S. totally off topic, but we got our bill from when Jack got botox about a month ago. Guess the damage? $9,000!! That's some pretty expensive botox. Thank God for good insurance!