You can rest assured when I am gone for a little bit like this..that I am busy doing something..to improve the quality of life for my child..in some form of letters or phone calls in hopes to improve his chances at growing up to become as productive member of society as he can be.
In Labrador..that means many changes have to happen within the health care system and education system in order for him to have those opportunities to do so...leaving here is not a financial option for us.
There are no charity groups or Groups to compensate in a rural area..like in major centers.
There was a recent story in our local paper ..one that in my opinion told it like it really is..for children facing mental and physical challenges..You can read about the story here..and what the family talks about is the truth...Compared to other parts of Canada and the world..what the special children of Labrador get is almost comparable to a third world country. Provincial cut Backs in Health Care and Education are severely having an impact on the future of our children..and they are growing up not being given the opportunity's to become productive members of society..and a future burden to a already over burdened social care system..and will become resented..for being such a burden...(update, the original article has been removed from their site I am planning on emailing them to ask permission to put it on here.
I was approached by a reporter to do a story regarding things that have happened and are happening to my boy..after hours of reviewing..reports and documents I have written in the last years..I felt so deeply saddened by it all and felt as though I had failed to protect him from people I should have been able to trust.
It was very difficult and painful to look at the battles we have faced..I sat with the reporter..for a few hours..but later that night declined to do a article as I felt it was not in my child's best interest..and the article would not depict the whole picture..which is far greater then just the school board..but lack of funding to attract professionals to work in a rural area.
We are in desperate need..for speech pathologist, educational specialist, nurses, doctors..and there is not enough money going to these things to attract them to come here, which is very sad. There is a need for missionaries and Charity's to get involved, a big brother organization and many many other things..such is the way of rural living in Labrador and Rural Northern Canada.
I opted instead to write yet another letter to the school...At first I thought it would do not good...but when I looked back at a twenty one page report I did..two years ago..when my child went missing in -28 degrees of weather..in February month...from school...with no hat, coat, mitts on..and I was called at my place of work and told he was missing from school..I realized that I had indeed made small changes and showed I was trying hard to communicate with them in a positive way despite the fact that my child could have died..that was very hard, to tuck away the anger I felt at that time and be positive.
When he went missing that time..and they called me..at work.
I asked where is he..they told me that they did not know..that he was off school premises and not there responsibility, now how a nine year old child with left hemiplegic cerebral palsy gets off school premises, who cannot walk very easy when he is supposed to be with a student aid at all times is beyond me but only an indication of the quality of care he gets in school.
We took him out of school after that for over a week....and that was the last time he went missing from school.
Prior to that when he was seven, there were more incidents with him going missing - one time he was found him on the bridge trying to find his way to his mommas work and a young girl in town found him there and took him to me. He was supposed to be on the special needs bus coming home...it has been a long hard experience...his education is sub standard compared to the capital of our province or the rest of Canada .. small .. success's have been made.
The school now has a special education and life skills room.
They are still not wheelchair accessible..but there to...are our hopes for future change...but when I go missing this is what I am at.
Sammy is my first priority.
I let Sammy pick out what to share today...and did a grab bag of what he picked..you won't be disappointed..he likes bright colors..and says all women like flowers momma...
You can download Sammy's Grab Bag of Goodies Here
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