March 8, 2009

Just the Facts!

Please see this post that I entered on Roo's blog! Since March is National CP Awareness Month you may be seeing a lot of posts here to help bring awareness of Cerebral Palsy. I would love it if you would add his blog to your list of reading! And help spread the word! See his blog at Caring for Cole and grab his button (on the right or on his blog).

Roo was born not breathing! They never knew why or for how long he was without oxygen. He was born VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)and entered this world only two and a half hours after my water broke and contractions started.He was rushed to the NICU, for 21 days, at a different hospital than where I had to stay for three days.

THEN:in the NICU,no clue of even the possibility of CP


NOW: dealing with the effects of CP


March is National CP Awareness Month!

Our baby recently turned two years old but at times, other than his size, it feels like he is barely one. Intellectually I know he is two and should be way ahead in his milestones. At times, it is very easy to forget as I still have to 'do' for him like I did my other two boys at about 8 months of age.

When Cole was 9 months old I was told he had Cerebral Palsy! I had absolutely NO idea what this meant, how it would affect him or how it would affect us as a family.

This is the month to spread the awareness of Cerebral Palsy.

~CP, the most common cause of motor disability in childhood, is a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and keep his or her balance and posture.

~Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles.

~The symptoms of CP vary from person to person. A child may simply be a little clumsy or awkward or unable to walk at all.

~CP is caused by damage to or abnormal development of one or more parts of the brain that control movement. The damage or abnormality happens during pregnancy, near the time of delivery or early in life.

~The part of the brain that is damaged determines what parts of the body are affected.

~CP itself is not progressive—the brain damage or abnormality does not get worse as the child gets older; however, the physical characteristics can change over a person’s lifetime.

~Depending on which areas of the brain are affected, one or more of the following may occur: muscle tightness; involuntary movement; difficulty in walking; difficulty in swallowing; and problems with speech.

**This information was found at Reaching for the Stars. Please help spread the awareness of CEREBRAL PALSY.

12 other ramblers babbled:

The Rambler said...

He is such a beautiful boy!!

Really.

And thank you for sharing about CP!

xoxo.

Your twinnie.

blueviolet said...

I didn't know all of that and I appreciate you sharing it. I knew very little about it actually.

Janna Bee said...

Thank you for all of the information on CP. I know so little about it.

Your son is beautiful!

Mel Fraase said...

Good job on the post. Give Cole big kisses for us!!!

Impulsive Addict said...

You just educated me on CP. I knew some of it but I learned some new things too!


My name is Impulsive Addict. Maybe you could visit my blog soon? That would be great. Thank you. SLACKER!

pam said...

Thank you for sharing about such a personal part of your life. I didn't know all the facts about CP, knowledge is power!

The Frugal Angel-Guided Psychic said...

I just love stopping by here and learning more about CP! Thanks for sharing, I know how difficult and relieving it can be.

You bless us!

Thanks,
Kara

Tenakim said...

wow- you're even more amazing than I originally thought! He's gorgeous and lucky to have you!

Katy said...

He's such a sweetie!
Thank you for the info. on CP, scary stuff and unfortunate.
You seem to be doing such a great job with him, GREAT mommy.
I'll grab his button and stick it on my blog, it's about time... RIGHT!?!
Love ya girl, Katy

Just A Mom (Call me JAM for short) said...

What an amazing mom you are and what an amazing little guy you have! Thanks for sharing your knowledge of CP with us.

Been missing your posts. Hope all is well.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Thank you so much for sharing the info - I really knew very little about it...your son is absolutely ADORABLE! Like JAM mentioned, been missing your posts and hope all is well... ((HUGZ!))

April said...

Thank you for the CP information....I really didn't know much about it.

Cole is beautiful!