R U OK Day - Today, I can say that, yes, I am ok.
But it certainly isn't always the case.
Three years ago today, we first brought Dexter home from hospital.
He was 4 months old, and we thought we had been through hell and back.
Little did we know what was to come.
I feel like a fraud when I'm sitting with him while he is in his walker. I offer words of encouragement as I see the concentration on his face. I smile at the curious glances of people walking by, but half the time I'm holding back tears – tears of frustration and tears of anger at myself for being frustrated."
This is a small section of a blog post Lenice wrote a year ago, and it's still relevant today. Please read it. Click on this link:
Lenice makes it all look easy.
She makes sure Dexter is wrapped in love and support, but also provides him with the discipline a three year old boy needs. Sure, he's not running around and getting in to things, but he can still be naughty.
She works herslef to the bone, every single day.
She has not had a full night's sleep in so long, and is exhausted... But, there is no opportunity for Lenice to rest.
The amazing achievements Dexter makes, are in the most part, due to Lenice, who works with him every single day.
Lenice is an incredible person, and Dexter is very lucky.
She is also incredibly brave, for sharing her hardest days on social media... sharing so we can all gain a little more understanding and respect for people living with disabilities.
There are many 'anniversary days' with Dexter, and most of them bring back painful memories.