Friday, May 16, 2008

Doors

This morning I opened one of my emails and my eyes filled with tears. It surprised me, really, that my relief was so strong it would elicit tears. I sat back in my chair, closed my eyes, and tilted my head back until the unexpected emotions ebbed as quickly as they had arrived, and I dabbed my damp cheeks with my t-shirt. I'm not really fond of tears, especially when they catch me off guard.

The email was from someone who can help us get KayTar into therapies, without cost to us. Not just the typical therapies either, but things like yoga, play therapy, pet therapy, day camps that both she and BubTar are welcome at...enriching programs that have always been outside of KayTar's grasp. It is the second time this week that I've watch a door be flung wide open for her. I also spoke with a special needs art program this week, where they teach music and dance and drama and the visual arts to these kiddos with limitations, kids like KayTar who could never keep up in a typical dance class, even though she loves to be the center of attention and will use anything as a stage, who I never really thought would be a part of those things...at least not at this time in her life. I can't tell you how many times I've looked into groups and classes for her, only to realize she isn't on par with the children in her age group, she isn't able to join a three year old class and keep up or understand. But now, here we are, looking at these options. Choices for her. Fun, exciting, enriching programs she can be a part of.

KayTar's pediatrician called me on Wednesday with a wealth of information about these and other programs. Another of her patients, a child with cerebral palsy, is involved in many of them and the mother mentioned something about their therapy program and our pediatrician thought of us and got all the contact information. (Have I mentioned how much I love our pediatrician?) KayTar doesn't have cerebral palsy, but she told the mother a bit about us and she didn't think it would be a problem to get KayTar into the programs. It could never hurt to ask, right? So we did. Thus far, the answers have all been very good.

And so this morning my eyes filled with tears without warning, overwhelmed by the ways doors can just swing open, if you only know which ones to knock on.

37 comments:

mommamia said...

I'm so happy thinks are looking up for her as far as therapy goes. One of my daughter's favorite things to do was horseback riding. Kaytar will find something fun that is also theraputic and as a bonus she will make friends.

Becca said...

Oh my gosh that is such awesome news! I can see why you were overwhelmed! I LOVE that picture of you two.

sheree said...

that's so awesome Kyla! Katie is going to love all of those activities!! She will thrive and be as happy as can be :)

Adrina said...

God is listening Kyla! I am so excited for you guys to have this wonderful opportunity! I love the idea of pet therapy! I have always thought animals were very soul calming!

jen said...

THIS is why we blog.

THIS. i am sitting here in tears too.

Aliki2006 said...

How wonderful about those doors! I am so very happy for you... :)

~aj~ said...

That is such fantastic news!!!

Liana said...

Yay! Fabulous, wonderful, incredibly happy news.
I lurk, mostly, but I'm HUGELY on KayTar's team (and your whole family's, of course!).
I'm so glad she'll get therapies AND lots of fun and cool things to do with other kids!

flutter said...

you guys deserve every single door and a few unexpected windows to fly open for you.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh Kyla, this and the potty too. SO GREAT. My eyes are tearing up for you.

This is so amazing. So amazing. So wonderful.

When my head gets above water, we're doing all the things we keep talking about. :)

Hetha said...

My eyes filled with tears just reading this. It is so hard to watch the world pass our kids by. I'll be experiencing similar feelings soon if E-boy gets into the deaf school. Go Kaytar!

Kristin said...

I'm so thrilled for Miss KayTar...and I love that picture of you guys.

When does she start???

Janet said...

Hooray for wide open doors! How fantastic for you guys!! I'm stoked.

alejna said...

Hurray! How wonderful that you've learned about these opportunities. And that you are sharing your knowledge. Maybe other people reading this will also learn of new doors to knock on.

I hope that KayTar has loads of fun! I can't wait to hear about it.

chris said...

The things that we ask for may not come at a moment's notice but they will come. All we have to do is to keep asking, keep waiting and to keep having hope.

Katie said...

Sounds like perfection to me. Amazing, pure and simple.

Chickenbells said...

I am so excited for Kaytar! I can't wait to hear all the updates...how wonderful that someone was listening for the knock!!

Family Adventure said...

What an amazing resource your paediatrician is! I can't wait to hear all about KayTar's experiences in these programs.

And I'm still loving those glasses...

Heidi

crazymumma said...

And doesn't she, don't all of you sooo deserve this. And all the opportunities out there.

She is going to love it!

amanda said...

AWESOME!!!

Congratulations on all the good news... She is going to love it.

slouching mom said...

Oh, YAY!

That is fantastic news.

Anonymous said...

I can not tell you how THRILLED I am for yall!
I can't wait to see all the pictures from all the new events! Love, Cori

womaninawindow said...

Your hard work is paying off. this is all on you! You and your big lungs. If you woulda just sat back there wouldn't even be a door to consider. You are bringing your own luck closer.

natalie said...

Those glasses are the cutest things I've EVER seen!

I can't wait to hear how sweet KayTar enjoys all the new opportunities. What a blessing for her!

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LisaStinnett said...

OOPS! I tried to edit my last post and couldn't figure it out so I had to delete it. LOL I promise it wasn't shady...just poor grammar and a quick "publish your comment" finger didn't help!
ANYWAY...I am so happy for Kaytar! She looks beautiful in her glasses...and I know her new activities and therapies will be perfect for her. She rocks! And so does her mama!

InTheFastLane said...

You have great people looking out for you and KayTar. Those doors will keeping opening.

Lisa b said...

I'm so happy for you Kyla. These programs will be wonderful for her.

Chaotic Joy said...

This made me tear up too. What wonderful, wonderful news. And answer to a prayer. Not to all of them, but a start.

Hey friend. Can I get you to go here and give my SIL a word of encouragement or at least commiseration. She just found out because of her twins recent autism diagnosis that their hands are tied for medical insurance. I immediately thought of you. My strong fighting friend.

Ben & Bennie said...

I know it's late in the weekend but this information made mine a great one. Awesome news!

PJ said...

I'm so thrilled that the doors are opening for Kaytar! That's a marvelous testimony to her mother's courage to speak out -- face the crowd and give a message!!! You've done a terrific job. I love the picture!!! The glasses are so chic!

dawn224 said...

I feel all cheesy but I have "What a Wonderful World" in my mind :)

carrie said...

Simply exstatic for you guys Kyla. And yes, the doors are there, but don't think for one minute that you didn't have something to do with all the good coming your way - because you've worked and fought very hard for your daughter and now, it's paying off.

I am so happy for you.

painted maypole said...

hooray!

Amy said...

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!

I am so thrilled and overjoyed for yall!

kittenpie said...

OMG I can't tell you how incredibly happy, relieved, pleased for you I am! Not that it solves everything, but to have some good news, something special for her, it's just so... wonderful, Kyla, really. I am so happy for you all, I'm a little giddy.

cinnamon gurl said...

Yippee!!!