Long Exposure


Among the people you’ve known for a long time, who is the person who’s changed the most over the years? Was the change for the better? 


Before my son was born I knew very little about kids with developmental delays. But now that I’m living with someone who needs a little extra help each and every day I have learned so much.

My son was born one month early and was in the Nicu for two weeks before he was allowed to come home. That’s when the sleepless nights, dirty diapers and lots of trips to the ER started. My son had trouble keeping formula down and was diagnosed with GERD after a week long stay in the hospital. He had to be put on special formula that was really pricy and sometimes hard to find. Things got a little better until my relationship with my son’s father started to fall apart. Me and my son moved back home to live with my parents and soon me and ex husband got a divorce and me and my son started over.

As it turned out my son still had a long road ahead of him. He continued to not sleep at night for longer then 3 hours at time, when he did sleep. I spent many a night with no sleep. Then came the ear infections and they never seemed to go away. We would try antibiotic after antibiotic and nothing seemed work, he had to get a shot every time. After many months of battling ear infections he had to get tubes in his ears. He has since had two sets of tubes.

His speech became delayed because of the ear infections and he still attends speech therapy to help correct that. He is now speaking full sentences and comprehends most things. He also was able to potty train pretty fast. And while he still has a ways to go he continues to work hard and over come more than anybody I know and he does it all with a smile on his face.

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