Thank goodness for friends! Today started miserably. Corey had the worst temper tantrum I’ve ever seen. I had no idea what to do so I told her to go for it…Kick, Scream, Curse and Throw what ever she wanted to. I even handed her some things to throw. When she was kicking I told her to kick harder. When she was screaming I told her to scream louder. If anyone in this world deserved to be outraged it was her. (Our nurse watched our encounter in complete shock…I think she thought I lost my mind) After Corey’s tirade she was much calmer and we were able to talk through what was bothering her. I think she just needed permission to be angry and throw the lemons back at the universe!
Shortly after our “chat” Corey’s girlfriend from NY called to let us know she and her family were in DE for a hockey tournament. While her brother played his game, Ashliegh spent the day with us. Corey was thrilled.
She decided to show off some of her skills. Corey was in her room but wanted to join Ashliegh in the kitchen. She didn’t want to use her wheelchair to get there. For the first time she walked from her bed up the ramp to the kitchen table, about 30 feet. The key words were “UP THE RAMP”; Corey’s never walked up an incline before and she managed it beautifully. She wanted to sit at the kitchen table; another first ~ she sat in our kitchen chair to eat. This is a major accomplishment as Corey has not had the upper body strength or control to sit in a “regular” chair. (Check out the photo gallery)
Corey you are fighting everyday to execute daily tasks that used to come naturally. That fight is why you are achieving the goals you’ve set for yourself. Don’t think for a minute that you are the only person that has bottled up anger that ferments to rage and then implodes. Everyone at one time or another (some on a daily basis) release that steam. It’s okay to be angry. It’s okay to be sad. It’s okay to be frustrated…so what are you going to do about it once you put a voice to it? You have two choices; sit in it or get up and move forward. You, Miss Corey, got up and not only moved forward, you walked past it! I am so proud of you, xoxo