Thursday, January 24, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
It seems that during the past 5 Years since I became an adoptive mother--most often I have words to write of troubles, sorrow, and fear.... Today is Gottcha day, we do not celebrate as it is just a reminder of what she has lost...and that loss has eaten up far too much of all of these years. Besides we have all four of our birthdays between January 6 and February 2! WE don't have time to celebrate anything else...
Last year on this day I was in tears... I was in pain because our beautiful little girl was not living with us in our home... she was in residential treatment, over the river in another state. We celebrated all of our birthdays in a tiny-dirty visitation room filled with old broken toys and decks of cards with missing ones assigned to the joker.
In fact we have not had a Happy Holiday Season or family vacation since Gottcha day... is it actually possible we just have just experienced some kind of miracle?
I have written so many words of woe I almost don't even know how to write something Happy--or even normal. When life is so full of stress and turmoil it can be hard to believe Peace and Joy have sneaked into the room! I need a dictionary just to remember the Positive Words I used to find so easily!
This past Christmas was filled with COMPLETELY NORMAL child behaviors--reactions and Glee! Did I actually just write GLEE? I received the best gift I have ever received in all my life this year... A RAD child who appears to be responding to LIFE Appropriately!
It could be the change of medications we started in September.. It could be that maturity has made her less of a baby... It could be returning to School with the boundaries and supports in place has made a difference?
I am not caring what it is--I am enjoying this time in life! The past several weeks have just plain been Normal and really that's all this mother ever wanted for her family.
Friday, January 04, 2008
*FASD Center for Excellence:
"About the Cost of FAS
Very little data are available on the cost of FAS, and none were found for FAE, ARBD, or ARND. Many sources discuss the cost of substance abuse, but few specifically address FASD. The information found to date was developed from the 1980s to the mid-1990s. A search for more recent data primarily yields references or updates to earlier work.
Over 30 reports, articles, and other publications include references to the cost of FAS. More than 80 Internet sites also discuss the issue. Most cost information falls into two categories:
Total annual cost of FAS to the Nation
Lifetime cost of each child born with FAS
Some of the estimates use well-documented approaches that clearly describe the cost components and formulas used. Others provide no documentation at all. A limited amount of other national, State, and local cost information is available."
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
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