Nine Days

In nine days we’ll be flying on a jet plane towards Montreal, Canada. Our goal is to improve the both the shape and the function of Charlie’s body. We’ve got two doctor’s appointments next week and that should complete my pre-trip checklist. Lord help those doctors if they tell me something I don’t want to hear! It’s neurology and neurosurgery, which are not my favorites.

Honestly, I am SO glad that we are doing this now. Just looking at Charlie, I’m starting to see how his brain injury is keeping his body from developing properly. He’s strong as in ox in some places and other places are so weak. He has a desire to do so much and I can only hope that this will help him with those goals.

I hate to fly and that will be interesting, but both of my parents are going. That will be fun. Also, there will be time every day to see the sights and I’m sure my dad (aka the tour guide) will be scheduling our every second. My hatred of flying has really cut back on the amount of traveling I do, so this will be a great opportunity.

There are many Internet families going to ABR this session. Melanie has composed a list here, and I’ve had fun getting glimpses of all the people we will be meeting. Kids just like Charlie! A bunch of them! That will be really cool.


In other, non-Charlie, news, I’m on the brink of sharing all of my business plottings. My SIL came and we talked, did research, and she had a lot of great ideas to help me. I would talk about it NOW, but I have some legal mumbo jumbo to sort out and I need to get that done first.

And, in the money/Charlie arena, let me say that children with disabilities are not cheap. While I do NOT begrudge Charlie one cent that I have to spend on him, now is pretty much a terrible time to take money out of the market. I’m not worried about the long-term health of the stock market, but do worry about the money I will need in 2009 to pay for ABR. With that in mind, I have two ideas for fundraisers. My husband absolutely refuses to ask people to donate money and I agree with that–there are people who need it more than we do. I’m not, however, above having garage sales or doing other things like that to raise funds. So, 2009 will be busy! Life just keeps trucking on, doesn’t it?

I got three more votes:
Yeah, it’s sideways–it’s like I have a disorder or something.
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  1. Love the clapping video (even if it is sideways. ha.). Quite the accomplishment.

    Looking forward to meeting you and Charlie in a little more than a week!

  2. Nadine Hightower says:

    I have an idea and your creativity… I think that’s it. You make things to sell. Hand made painted or what ever your niche is. I have been mulling it over myself.

    It’s an idea. and you are artsy.

  3. Nadine Hightower says:

    WE are Happy and we know it!!

    He’s so cute!

  4. Nathan Charlan says:

    Thanks for watching our testimony video. I’m trying to catch up with a lot of the things you’re going through. This is the first I’ve ever heard of this ABR treatment. Can you tell me more about it?

  5. Hey we have that same chair!! Daniel still to this day sits in and loves it. That chair has been our life saver for the last 3+ years!
    Can’t wait to “meet” you guys at ABR. I’m all nervous and jittery about it! YIKES!

  6. Small Town Girl says:

    I’m sure having your parents with will take some of the pressure off of you. At least you’ll have them to help out with Charlie on the flight.

    I’m so excited to hear what your business is going to be. Whatever it is, I’m sure you’ll be great at it. You’re so talented!

  7. -clevergirl says:

    Such an adorable video! Charlie is such a sweetheart!

  8. Funny you mention the trip, just the other day I was wondering when that was! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!