Last night, Al and I went to our family therapist to talk about "starting" family therapy. She has already met and evaluated each of our kids, and last night was the first night we came away with a concrete plan. We have truly awesome kids, but our home is unpeaceful. I know that a large part of that is my fault because I am so often unpeaceful. But we decided, together, to work on our relationships with our children. How? Turn off the TV and tune in to our kids! Sounds so easy, but so challenging when I am so exhausted after work and on the weekends that all I want to do is veg out in my favorite chair with the remote in hand or computer in my lap. But our kids need us, and we need them, so I am trusting that sacrificing some of "my" time will be met with God's grace, as sacrifices always are.
Another quick update: we met with a new physiatrist today (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor, i.e. physical therapy specialist) who is going to give Al Botox injections in his arm and leg to reduce muscle tone and spasticity and hopefully give him more "bang for his buck" in terms of therapy. Al does not like this idea at all since it involves needles and poison, but it is a promising therapy, as many people have had great results with it.
Final update for now: I joined Weight Watchers online. With everything I have to do, I added keeping track of food and "points" (which I absolutely hate doing), but I was given a wake-up call at a doctor's appointment the other day when I weighed in at 190 - holy crap! Time to do something drastic! You can read a little more about it in my other blog: Jenny Sue Got Married.
I truly hope to give more thorough updates in the coming days - I haven't even taken pictures of Al's cool electrostim equipment yet, so that is coming too.
Thanks for staying with me!