Lessons From A Nursing Home

I never really thought about it, the fact that each moment you can walk out of a door to the outside should be regarded as a great moment.  Or the chance you have to sit outside your home and watch the trees blow in the wind.  Or the fact that when you get to pick what you want for dinner and feed yourself you should rejoice.   I never thought about these things until my family was brought face to face with the world of a nursing home.

As many know who follow my Facebook, my beloved Dad recently passed away after being in the nursing home for over three years.  Dad was an amazing man. Full of love and wisdom, hugs and humor.  To watch his decline and spend his last days holding his hand have left me quite emotional and if I am truthful, quite pensive.  I prayed for his peace, I prayed for him to go to God, and now that he has, we are left…thinking.

I can remember one particular Sunday, after being there at around 9:00 to noon to help my mom.  I was headed home, I rounded the corner to get to the door and I looked at a little older gentleman in a wheelchair.  He was sitting there staring out the door…just staring.  I said” good afternoon” to him and also “excuse me”  as I went around his chair and pushed open the first of two doors to get out.  I was greeted by fresh, cold air (it was Winter).  But that air that felt too cold just the other day, felt fantastic at that moment.  It was that one moment, that one second in my life I will alway remember.  I was alive, able to move, able to go where I wanted.The man in the wheelchair could only look.  This moment has been the catalyst to so many thoughts over the three years. Continue reading

My First Product Review- The Master Opener from Kuhn Rikon

We bought this opener in December of 2013, I had had such a hard time getting Elizabeth to open cans for our cooking time or for her snacks ( she loves tomato soup).  I saw this and thought “Yes, something that will keep her hands safe”

She and I talked about how to use it and worked on her hand grip to get the right angle to get the hook under the can tab.  We practiced and practiced and then she GOT IT!   Lid off….soup is on!

We have worked on the other types of cans and bottles it opens and it really does help.

I advise watching them as they do this, so as to avoid a cut or other mishap.

For us, with Elizabeth’s dyspraxia, it is all about practice and practice.  It was hard for Elizabeth to orient herself as to which way to hold the opener, so I drew a smile face of the side of the tab opener that would be facing her when in use.  I told her to always look at the smile face.  This helped her to process which way to hold the handle and aided in her success.

I hope this product will help your child be just that much more independent.  Good luck!!

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As a mom to a child with Global Dyspraxia,  the challenges of breaking down skills into manageable steps is challenging. And having the same child have Sensory Processing Disorder or (SPD) makes its it extra challenging.

Dyspraxia is a motor planning disorder that makes learning and completing motor tasks very difficult.  Skills like writing, coloring, and cutting can be affected. As are those of running, riding a bike and even talking.  For those new to my site, I have more information located on it about the disorder.

SPD,  is a disorder that affects how her nervous system processing information that we take in from all our senses.  For Elizabeth, all the sensory information feels wrong or offensive to her.

We have worked so hard to have Elizabeth achieve as much independence as possible.   Like most people who have Dyspraxia, she wants to do something by herself, but can’t.  This makes her frustrated. Continue reading