Natalie visited the Rehab center in American Fork today. The therapist did well helping Natalie feel comfortable. Natalie didn't want to go, once she began the session she warmed up. It was interesting to see how they test the cognitive processes of the brain.
The therapist was very good. I felt good about the visit. He confirmed that the injuries on her brain are indeed affecting the way she is able to process information. He was able to explain the many things Tyler and I have not been able to put our finger on, even describe to another. He gave us specifics. The therapist is hopeful that he can teach us the tools necessary to help her brain compensate and bridge the gap that exists. This will make a huge difference in Natalie's future.
I am anxious to get to work.
I will explain more details later, as we learn more. It's fascinating to me.
Tyler and I are trying to be careful that we don't provide a crutch for Natalie. As long as she works hard and views herself no different than another we can be successful. We try not to give her excuses as to why it's harder for her to understand things. We reassure her of her strengths and remind her that she is capable of great things, and that it's important to work hard and never give up. We have hard days...this is inevitable. She came to me a couple days ago in tears, after working on some homework. She said, "why don't I get it...I can't understand."
At first I wanted to tell her that she had experienced severe seizures and therefore her mind isn't able to process information as easily as it normally would. I wanted to take away her heartache and make it all better. I caught myself before speaking...I immediately sat down with her and told her about the life of a Caterpillar. She knows how Caterpillars become beautiful butterflies, however, she didn't know how they have to endure immense pain and pressure before they can be beautiful. If they skip this vital step they cannot fly and will never see the beautiful earth from another perspective.
I'm not sure how much sunk in or was understood, however, she seemed satisfied. There will be many more similar conversations to come, I'm sure of it.
I am reminded of how thankful I am for hard things, despite how tricky it can be sometimes to recognize. I would be very sad if I arrived into the life hereafter and felt I didn't get to experience the fullness of victory, accomplishment, and growth . I know Natalie has endured far more than most can imagine...she must have a great reward in store and a triumph to cherish.