Monday, February 27, 2012
Be Yourself: I had an extraordinary experience with my son last week. Literally extra-ordinary, out of the ordinary, something I always hoped for but never thought I'd see. He had an important evaluation for which I wished dearly that he would show the doctor his best self, display all his abilities. This has always been a pipe dream; generally, doctor appointments have caused him to proudly bring out all his very oddest behaviors and talk more to his imaginary friends than to the professional in attendance. Which in turn causes said professionals to look at me funny when I talk about how well he's doing and how capable he is and how included he is in school and how college seems like a good plan. How well I know that proceed with caution, mother is deluded look. This particular evaluation came just a day after he'd had an ambulatory EEG, 48-hours of head-wrapped misery, and I would have very well understood if his supply of stress-tolerance was drained to the last drop. But this day, this glorious day, he went into that office and talked amiably in a normal tone of voice and focused well on all the tests and did not complain and did not talk to invisible dogs and truly did the best he could do. Wow. How do I make that happen again?
Posted by Terri Mauro at 11:00 AM