Saturday, February 21, 2015

Perfect Match


We met Mason and his family a few years ago at the orthotics office. We usually meet the best people in waiting rooms! We stayed in touch through the eSpeciallyBen Facebook Page, and when Ben was ready for a larger tricycle, Mason was a perfect fit for Ben's old one.


Mason came over at Christmas time to try it out and since it was a cold day, we stayed inside and he rode it around our house. It was obvious that he loved the bike. He had been quiet at first, but once he was on the bike, it was hard to get him off. He made motor sounds while he was "whizzing" around the house.

I was sad to see the bike go because Ben had a lot of good times on it, but knowing that Mason will enjoy his time with the bike made it easier to say good bye.


Mason's parents sent these photos of him riding around his own neighborhood. Go Mason Go!





Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snaggletooth is Back

Every time Ben goes to the pool for physical therapy, I am sure he will hit his mouth and rechip his tooth while getting out or while crawling on all fours on the deck. After almost two years, nothing has happened. In fact, at the dentist last week, the doctor and I congratulated ourselves for making it almost two years.

Ben chipped his tooth on the school playground about two years ago. We had it repaired and it has lasted without any care to what Ben munches on.

Yesterday the weather was cold and soon to be icy so we changed the physical therapy session from the pool to our home. About 15 minutes into the session, the PT yelled in a panicked voice, "Ben chipped his tooth."

Sure enough, Ben chipped the same tooth that had been repaired. The fake chip came off when he hit his desk while making a transfer from his desk seat to a regular chair. When I called the dentist to see if I needed to keep the broken bit, he said we had jinxed our luck the other day by talking about how well the tooth was doing.

I guess we head back for another repair. Knock on wood and all that.

More on the chipped tooth:
Chip in the Armour
Dental Plan

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

Ben's Bathroom


Rebuilding Together Charlotte and NARI (National Association of the Remodeling Industry) are partnering to build Ben the accessible bathroom he needs. We are very excited to see this project finally come to fruition, and we feel fortunate that these two organizations are coordinating their efforts to make it happen. This is a big project on an old house (99 years) and requires special care, expert advice and quality workmanship.

These photos are from last week's NARI meeting. A table was setup for contractors and other companies to sign-up to help with specific aspects of the bathroom construction. By the end of the evening, a variety of companies volunteered to donate labor and materials.

It is a good thing I was not there to see people signing up to help with Ben's Bathroom. Just seeing the photo above sent to me after the event, brought tears to my eyes.