Among other things, Charlie's speech has been a concern for our family. We're all learning sign language and pointing at pictures and rejoicing in his small verbal gains. He sometimes says "mama" and sometimes says "dada" and every once in a while he'll pop out a fully formed word here and there. But it's nothing he's able to repeat and we usually watch that word come and go - never to hear it again. But that is all changing this week. Charlie has started talking! Here's a little video for your viewing pleasure. (Make sure you turn up your sound!)
A while back, I posted my Christmas wish list and at the top of that list was Charlie's wheelchair. Many of you darling readers have emailed me to ask if he got the chair within the insurance time-frame. Thank you for your sweet and thoughtful messages! I'm sad to tell you that the chair did not come before the cut-off.
For those of you who are thinking, "what the hell is she going on about?" here's a little explanation. I wanted Santa to bring Charlie's chair BEFORE the calender year was up. Why did I want this? Because if it was delivered before New Year's Day, our family would pay nothing - we had already met our out-of-pocket cap for the year. But when our insurance rolled over on the first - as it does every year - we would be on the hook for a few thousand dollars up front. As with most medical needs, help comes slowly and our chair is finally being delivered this Monday! We're really excited to give Charlie the mobility and autonomy he so deserves. We had a loaner chair for one week before Christmas and it was AWESOME! Here's a shot of my son, Walker, pushing Charlie around the hospital.
I am thrilled at Charlie's speech gains this week and really looking forward to seeing and using Charlie's new ride. It's going to be a big game changer. The fact that it's going to cost eleventy-gazillion dollars (not really) is just part of life now.
If you're interested in learning more about Charlie or donating to his medical fund to help cover the cost of his chair, please click HERE. And thank you darling readers for all your support and encouragement!