Monday, December 1, 2008


Let me start off by saying...."I HATE December"
Yes I know hate is a very strong word and not to be used lightly, so again I say "I HATE December!"

Let me explain why.
Its not that its just the most commercialized holiday month known to the frickin' world. Although that is a good one to start off with. It just sucks when all this month means is having to spend outrageous amounts of money on gifts. Gifts that people probably won't touch much after a couple of weeks! I suppose if we had lots of money my thoughts on this would be different. The stress factor just stinks too!

Its the cold and the snow. Yes the snow is beautiful when its falling, and the ground is freshly covered with all the whiteness. But try driving in it. I absolutely get a pit in the bottom of my stomach when I have to drive in snow. Yeah, I grew up in Michigan you'd think I'd be use to it. I'm not! I tend to be overly cautious and people in Michigan think they are indestructible so they drive like butt-munches!

Then its the season where parents become stupid. I think its just a given, that all parents regardless if you are the parent of a SNK or a typical child. People, if your child is sick, don't send them to school or therapy. Just because you don't want to stay home from work to watch your sick child, or your tired of hearing them whining so figure you'll send them off for someone else to take care of...NOT COOL! Also, for those that are sick....stay home, don't spread all your germs to us innocent bystanders, what did we ever do to you?!? Yes I'm bummed that Daniel has missed a week of school, along with a week of therapy sessions. But guess what? I don't think its fair to bring him when he isn't feeling well, we won't get any productive therapy out of him. Plus I have now gotten Daniel germies all over Daniel's therapist who will pass it to the other "immune suppressed" children they treat. They will also take it home themselves and pass it around their families (and miss more therapy sessions because they are sick or a family member is sick!). Now wouldn't' that be a wonderful gift to give them this holiday season? NOT!

Lonnie and Daniel are still sick. Lonnie was running a fever of 102.+ on Monday so needless to say he stayed home from work. Daniel also stayed home from school again. He still has a boogery nose and a little cough. I managed to keep Daniel away from Lonnie most of the day in case what Lonnie has isn't what Daniel had! All in all it was still a productive day and we were able to get in 3 hours of ABR! YIPEE !!

We're probably going to get kicked out of therapy for missing so much but I just don't like the idea of spreading the germs all over the place. But we are doing things at home along with the ABR, we are walking around the house chasing each other, we are doing flash cards, working on feeding (getting him interested in food again), potty time, and lots of hand work with the splints.

December also sucks because this is the time of year when my mom use to be making her holiday gifts of Christmas candy and cakes, and since she passed away a little over a year ago, its still a difficult time. Holidays just aren't the same with the family...seems that everyone is going their separate ways and stuff. It also sucks because another year is gone, another year where I look back to see the progress or regression that we've made. And wonder if all this work is doing anything at all or if we'd be at this point even if we weren't doing all the therapy??


Erin said...

Hey there. Can totally relate about December meaning year's end and looking about everything the kids have, or haven't, accomplished in the year. It can be hard. Also for me because Fletcher's birthday is in December.

Because Fletcher is our only kid, and he doesn't "get" christmas presents yet, we don't have to worry about going overboard. Plus I told my extended family that I didn't want to do presents this year. It is completely understandable because of the layoff, etc, but I still felt like a scrooge!

Hang in there, Melanie, you are doing a great job.

Anonymous said...

I know what I'm about to say doesn't at all relate to your comments, and believe me I totally agree with what you said, but I wanted to say that I love how you use the word butt-munch!!! It cracks me up every time. I think I'll start using it myself.

Ellen said...

I go back and forth on December. All the stuff you mention annoys me, too (although we don't have that much snow in the Northeast anymore, thank you, global warming). I'm sorry about your mom. I know the holidays can be hard that way.

I do love the decorations and the festive feeling in the air. Max's birthday is in December, and I'm past the point of mourning what happened to him on that day and just celebrating the fact that he's here.

Um, and I will second the appreciation of "butt-munch."

Bird said...

You could move down here and never see another snow day again. Well, we occasionally get flurries, but it doesn't stick. I saw drifts on the ground for the first time when I was twenty-five. I went to a wedding in Colorado.

As for the gifts. . . last year I was completely traumatized by Charlie's health problems and I was completely lame on the gift-giving front. I hated it. This year I was determined to do better and now I'm almost finished! Hooray! Charlie just gets a few gifts and the hubby and I do small stuff. Still, it's been fun.

As for the therapy, well, I feel like the therapists are there to give me feedback and suggestions, but I am Charlie's number one, all encompassing therapist/teacher. And frankly, I feel better about ABR then I have about anything else we've done.

I'm sorry you hate December.