Not many people know this about me, but before I got pregnant with Ellery I had gone back to school to get my PhD in counseling psychology. I was a year into the program and interviewing for internships for the next year. The internship I really wanted (and ended up getting) was one at Texas Childrens Hospital in the neurology department. I was (and still am) fascinated with the brain and how it works, specifically in children because their brains are so malleable.
The minute I fell in love with Ellery Paige though, school took a backseat and I quit to be a stay-at-home mom. I have never once regretted that decision.
I never imagined I would be back in the neurology department at Texas Childrens with my own child. I would have much rather been there as an intern.
All this to say, I still enjoy reading about the brain and neurology. It is my pleasure reading, which makes no sense to Nathan. He's always telling me to read something a little lighter! Now that we have Price, my desire to know more and more has only increased. One of his therapists told me I should be a neurologist, but I told her I would only know really well one condition...my sons!
Two books that I have read in the past couple of weeks have really inspired me in different ways. The first was LeAnn Whiffen's "A Child's Journey Out of Autism." She is a mother-warrior who fought in so many ways to rescue her son. It shows just how impressionable a child's brain can be and how we can retrain the brain and make new, more functional neural pathways with the right work. While Price has not been diagnosed with autism, there are some overlaps with his delays and kids on the autism spectrum. Price also has some sensory issues which are often times found in children with autism.
The second book I just finished reading is called "Fixing My Gaze" by Susan R. Barry. The author is a 50 year-old neuroscientist who had vision problems her entire life. She viewed the world as flat and could not see in 3D. She began an intense vision therapy program and now sees the world as the majority of the population. This really stood out to me because it shows us that the brain is not only malleable during a specific period of childhood like many believe. Our brain can be rewired at any point in our life, given the right tools.
I keep praying for the "right tools" for Price. I do not want to ever look back and think we did not do enough for him. As his mom, I will keep fighting for his development and progress with everything in me, although at times I want to just throw in the towel. But more than the "right tools", we most importantly believe that the Lord is the ultimate healer. Nothing is impossible for Him. Please Lord, if it would bring you much glory, heal our Price.