Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Change


"Oh wow. He has a sparkle in his eyes!" was one of the first things our Occupational Therapist uttered during her visit yesterday. I have heard that exact same phrase from others at least a half-dozen times over the past 3 weeks, and it makes me smile each and every time. Nathan spent the majority of our OT appt playing with our therapist, which is something he has literally never done. He climbed on her back and loved on her for a bit before she left...he was a totally different kid...even down to the toddler tantrum that he threw when he didn't get his way. As our OT was getting into her car, she just shook her head in amazement and proclaimed that she was in awe at how different Nathan was now.
It has been concluded that before the extra oxygen, Nathan was doing everything he could to just survive. Breathing is difficult for him...it tires him out and sucks up all of his energy. Since giving him some help in this area, he is a totally different child on the energy front, the happiness front, the cognitive front. He is thriving! For the first time in his life, I do not wake up worried about his health because he is doing so good right now. He seems to be healthier today than he has ever been, and we are indeed thankful for that. So sure, having him on O2 continuously is a pain in the bodunkadunk, but it is completely and totally worth it to see the change in our little guy.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

No one can put a smile on my face like Nathan. So precious! I love the gator...chomp,chomp!Love, Amanda McCook

Emily on September 30, 2009 at 12:00 AM said...

Oh, he is so sweet!! It's amazing that the oxygen has made such a difference for him. How awesome that he is thriving and you don't have to worry so much anymore!

A Trailer Park Mom on September 30, 2009 at 12:25 AM said...

I'm so glad he's doing better! He's adorable & I loved hearing him talk.

Laura on September 30, 2009 at 6:25 AM said...

Wow! Amber, that's amazing!

Cassie on September 30, 2009 at 8:13 AM said...

too too cute! looks like you have another precious one to interview often now! I think I might show my little one this to inspire him to step it up in the talking dept.

Carol on September 30, 2009 at 8:19 AM said...

So glad to hear the O2 has made that big of difference for Nathan!

And to answer your question from our caringbridge site, yes, we'll be in Lexington, KY this weekend. :) Happy to find your blog, also.

Tara on September 30, 2009 at 10:18 AM said...

That video is Precious! It is amazing, what the extra oxygen has done for him...he is totally different! Love him!

Anonymous said...

Brian and I have looked at your pictures over and over the past several weeks. It is amazing the difference you see, before and after being placed on the oxygen. He is so precious!!! We love you!! Beth

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