Fit to parent a differently-abled child….
For the past month or so, Erica and I have finally found a way to divvy up Maxwell’s night time routine- we take turns each week, on who puts him to bed. This week (1/14/19-1/18/19) has been my week to give him his meds and put him to bed. However, in an effort to assist Maxwell’s nurse, who’s pregnant, we’ve now added a bath to his nightly routine, opposed to him being bathed in the morning by his nurse.
Thus, after giving Max his bath for a 2nd straight night, I’ve realized how big he’s getting. If you follow our family on social media, then you know that Max doesn’t walk yet, and you also know that he’s getting bigger by the day and seemingly the moment. So, giving him a bath is no easy task, when it entails picking him up out the bed, bending down to put him in the tub, picking him up out of the tub, and then putting him in the bed. It’s difficult because we have to pick up Max and his “live weight” with no assistance from him and often times, he may stiffen up and extend. That’s the bath routine.
Similar to the bath routine, is the task of putting Maxwell in and out of the car. Unfortunately, our family has yet to purchase a handicap accessible vehicle, and not only is difficult at times with getting Maxwell in and out of his car seat, it’s also the task of lifting his wheelchair in and out of the car. Needless to say, parents and/or caregivers to differently- abled children, no matter their age have to be “fit” for this lifestyle.
As I write this blogpost, my back is hurting and my neck is stiff and to be quite honest, I don’t know if it’s due to my workout today or, giving Maxwell a bath. I surmise, it’s a little bit of both. Whenever I feel these kind of aches, I always tell myself, that I must get in better shape, in order that I may be fit enough and strong enough to do what needs to be done for Maxwell, to live a Super Mighty Life.
In closing, if you are reading this as a caregiver to a child, spouse, parent, family member, or friend— how important is fitness for you? How could living a healthier and more fit life be beneficial for you? Also, are their trainers or workouts, that could be beneficial for caregivers to work on? Lastly, I ask that you keep all caregivers in your prayers! It’s no easy responsibility.
SuperHeroes, Super Mighty Blessed, and Smiles
Every year– every summer to be exact, there is a theatrical release of a new superhuman, superhero movie, which millions of moviegoers, including myself rush to go see. This year, I’m looking forward to seeing Batman v. Superman, Captain America, and X-Men. They all should prove to be really good movies and more than likely gross hundreds of millions worldwide at the box office. Why? I don’t know, I’m sure everyone has their own reason as to why they go see these movies, knowing that it’s fiction and impossible for a man to fly through the air like Superman, possess the strength of many men like Captain America, or command the weather to do as you please like Storm; but for me, I like the action and soteriological themes that these movies provide. The idea of one man, one woman, or a group of people using their powers to save the world reminds me of Jesus, a true superhero empowered by the divine.
The sad reality is, superheroes are like Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, they don’t exist. However, as my wife and I always try to communicate, ALL people are super, mighty, and blessed in their own unique ways.We ALL possess powers such as skills, talents, gifts, and attributes that set us apart from the world and make us appear to be superheroes, especially when our “powers“ are on full display. I believe we are endowed with powers such as singing, writing, athleticism, business acumen, public speaking, debating, design, cooking, care giving, making others laugh, and even something as simple as smiling.
Yes, a smile can be a superpower! A good smile is attractive. A smile can brighten up your day! A smile can put you at ease. A smile can get you endorsement deals (Magic Johnson/Cam Newton). A smile is easier to do, than to frown. A great smile is what my son, Super Mighty Max has. If he were to be a superhero, his “power” would be his smile. Max loves to smile! In the hospital her smiles. He wakes up smiling! Goes to bed smiling! He will even smile after a good cry. For a baby that didn’t smile much in his first few months, Super Mighty Max is making up for lost time, by smiling.His smile not only lights up my day, but it does the same for others who see him. His smile inspires people to face the storms of life, with a smile on their faces. Simply stated, Super Mighty Max has a super-smile!!
Today, I invite you to smile!
Stay Super, Make Mighty Moves, Be Blessed,