Things That Happened This Week

  1. It snowed, a bunch.
  2. I ate Cafe Rio with Jeff. We do lunch dates now.
  3. The physical therapist went from fixing my back to fixing my neck and now my knee, which is caused by my hip. Srsly tho.
  4. Jeff and I joined a gym, a previously impossible thing, now possible thanks to miracles.
  5. A person from the school warned me that Jack would likely be suspended from school because of behaviors.
  6. Jack was suspended from school because of behaviors.
  7. I lost a bunch of sleep over this development.
  8. I wrote a frustrated essay about why my nonverbal, disabled son being sent home from his special-needs school for being a person with special needs and related challenges is ridiculous.
  9. I showed it only to my writing group, who gasped, groaned, and laughed in all the right places.
  10. I had 700 conversations with the psychiatrist’s office, the university’s neuro-psychiatric hospital, the school, myself (in my head), Jeff, and God about the developments of the week.
  11. Jack went back to school the next day and was, according to his teacher, basically a peach.
  12. Henry made dinner one night, under duress. It was pancakes and sausage. He’s learning to do things, because I am teaching him to fish instead of giving him fish.
  13. Truman wore a pull-up that stayed dry, two consecutive days. Today, he’s in undies, and they are dry. And when he does a number two in the potty, he gets to buy a kid’s tool bench. This is big. Very big.
  14. It’s not a three-day weekend. This is good news for all the special-needs moms and dads out there.

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