Eyes and Independence
This morning, I woke up again in a bedroom in a house where I feel safe and loved. When I let you know I’m awake, I know that you will come in real soon and greet me smiling and talk to me, cuddle me, tickle me, blow raspberries at me, tell me how you’re feeling and ask me how I am. Although at the moment I can’t communicate with many different sounds, I can share some gestures and gurgle a little to let you know that I’m happy or sad or frustrated. I almost forgot to mention that I have to include a sound for hungry or thirsty too – especially in this hot weather.
I wonder if we will have any visitors today so Nan & Pop can show me off. I’ve learnt some new things with my legs lately and they seem to be moving faster when I bend them, than they used to. I have to keep remembering my arms too that help me move along. When I do my physio and go in the water, my legs work even more and tell my brain ‘I can do it’.
Sometimes I don’t see that well and it takes a bit of time and moving around, to remind my eyes that they can see some things. I notice bright colors and things close up sometimes. I don’t always know what it is straight away but when I touch it, it makes more sense. My Nan has lots of fun looking at things on the computer and a few days later, surprises arrive and I’ve suddenly got something else to play with, to make a sound with, to tap or shake – every day is a fun day! I think I’m really lucky living with Nan & Pop because they love me, they feed me, put clothes on me, talk to me, cuddle me, keep me safe. What else do I need?
HAPPY GRANDPARENTS DAY, love your grandchild xxx
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Kerri Weaver is a passionate and caring service provider. She loves sharing her knowledge and skills to supporting those with vision impairment and additional disabilities. Kerri has worked in the field of disability for over 30 years. Her experience includes working in Tonga with a specialist team on multiple occasions.
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