10,000 Hours #10: Life is tough...

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Blog entry by LucasWoods posted 06-12-2015 01:16 AM 959 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So it has been a very long time since I have really done anything in my workshop. It has been tough to get the time or even the motivation at this point. My family and I have been trying to figure out what is going on with our daughter Chloe who is turning 3 soon. It has been a long journey… We started off with her breaking her ankle at roughly 10 months old (I was deployed at the time as well). She was in a full leg cast that went all the way up to her hip. So once it came off we needed to get her into Physical Therapy due to the cast messing up the way she learned how to walk and her hip placement. Her Physical Therapist was amazing and we would discuss some other issues we had been having with Chloe as far as her developmental delays. I am so thankful to God for helping us find the right therapist who helped us along in getting Chloe more help. We go in to talk to her doctor and she is delayed in speech and she has some behavioral problems/anxiety as well. So at 2 years of age Chloe was in Occupational Therapy and Speech. She improved a lot in her speech though she is still very far behind the children of her age. OT helped with some of the other issues we were having. In February the Air Force moved me to Colorado so we had to stop her Therapies and get her started here. This is when we started looking for more answers to why she is the way she is. This led us to a Developmental Psychologist and another doctor (not military). She has begun Speech and OT again… but we still felt that there was something else going on. About two weeks ago we finally got an answer and as a father I was relieved to finally know what was “wrong” for lack of a better term and absolutely terrified. Our Daughter has been diagnosed with Autism. It has been a hard 2 years to finally get an answer and finally start our daughter on therapies that will be geared more towards her Autism… we have only told family so far but I felt like this blog that I started would be a good way as well to talk about it. Thank you all for listening…

-- Colorado Springs, CO

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#1 posted 06-12-2015 12:00 PM

Our daughter will be 5 in August. She was diagnosed with autism last Jan after an extensive series of tests.
In a lot of ways the news was a relief because we had known for about 2 yrs that she wasn’t developing at the same
rate as a normal child. Thankfully she is not severe but verbal & cognitive skills are only about half of what they would usually be expected to be.
Laura started in the autism unit of our local school about 3 mts ago. There are 5 other pupils in her class. She has a qualified teacher & 2 assistants in the room with her and really looks forward to “big” school every morning.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#2 posted 06-12-2015 06:13 PM

Thanks for sharing, Lucas. As a father of two myself, I think anyone with kids can relate to wanting the best for them and wanting to help them get better. Hopefully having this answer now will help to give her (and you) a more-informed start in the next direction.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#3 posted 07-08-2015 05:24 AM

I too wish I could spend more time in the shop. I have a 3 year old boy and he keeps us quite busy as well, at the moment his health is good, but for some time his asthma was horrible and constantly was getting viruses. Time in the shop for me lately has been to fix toys he’s broke or make small things we may need. I know autism has its ups and down and can be quite frustrating. It takes a blessed parents to rise to the occasion and I’m sure you’ll do fine, I wish you and your family the best.

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