“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.”

Hi Everyone,

This quote best describes our day. Corey is having difficult moments, so much so she couldn’t participate verbally in her speech therapy session. Fortunately, in Diane’s field, the literal practice of speech is just one task within the scope of the goals set for Corey to achieve. Diane also looks for Corey’s cognitive ability to understand language as a whole. She chose to test Corey in analogies and homophones. Today’s testing gave Corey the opportunity to write her answers giving her voice a rest.

Corey needed encouragement today. Diane took the opportunity to look up an interesting comment she documented on September 29th, 2011. ‘Corey’s written word can be understood 30% of the time’. That was six weeks ago. Diane documented today that Corey’s written word is understood 100% of the time. Corey not only writes her answers with correct spelling, but she writes clearly with spacing and is beginning to express her thoughts in complete sentences.

Day by day, little by little the changes happen so we can stop one day look back and truly see the length of the strides we’re taking with each step!

We went back to the Doctor’s office this afternoon to try to find relief to Corey’s mouth and throat pain. Dr. Brown found that Corey’s thrush is back and now in her throat. Thrush is a painful yeast infection that settles in the mouth and can grow down into the throat causing her pain to swallow, speak, and decrease her ability to manage her secretions. It’s also the catalyst to her burning mouth syndrome; as the yeast infection grows so does her burning pain. She prescribed Diflucan to combat the yeast and Nystatin for the topical treatment for the next two weeks. She cautioned that if these two prescriptions don’t begin to show improvement to decrease Corey’s pain by this Friday, we need to go back to the Ear, Nose and Throat specialist.

The medicine that had the greatest results for Corey was a visit from the kids tonight. JohnPaul and Caitlin came out for dinner. I saved a little sesame chicken for them. They loved that Corey cooked (just like the old days).

Our favorite family time is sitting together talking for hours, laughing and sharing stories. Every time the kids come home, it feels more and more natural. Corey laughs and interacts with them; and they tease and torment her loving that she can’t argue or give a smart answer back! This normal sibling banter is just one of the many things I love most about my kids. When we are together; it’s what makes this house a home.

Turns out it was the perfect prescription for me, too! xoxo