“But It’s So Hard, Mommy”
by Jen Lee Reeves on November 26, 2013
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For almost all eight years I’ve written this blog, I’ve focused on Jordan’s health. Everything I do is focused on making sure she is strong mentally and physically. That’s why we’ve made a glorious return to occupational therapy to prevent periodic shoulder pain. Our recent appointments have shown Jordan’s left shoulder blade is weak and it could be to blame for some of her recent clavicle pain. Her shoulder also has some slight separation as well.
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As we drove away, I asked Jordan if she understood why we go to occupational therapy. She said she didn’t know, even though we talked about it a few weeks ago. So I told her about limb different teenagers and adults I’ve met who have chronic pain. Others I know who deal with pain if they don’t exercise often enough. I explained to Jordan that my goal as her mom is to help her learn ways to stay strong and do whatever we can to prevent her from hurting a lot. A little bit of work can stop a lot of hurt when she’s older.
“But it’s so hard, Mommy.”
Oh, my heart. I know, Baby. I reminded Jordan how a year ago, she couldn’t even run a couple of blocks with me. But we’ve worked and worked and she ran a whole mile without stopping with me last week. It took effort and hard work, but it got easier. I promised her that it will get easier.
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Read stories like this enough and you might wish for things to be different.
Then you read about Laue, Kevin [MC2012] and wonder if what we see as “minus” is really a “plus”?
I’ll think of this little girl when I think I have problems.
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