J.P. has recently decided to either be fussy at bedtime or to whine in the middle of the night. We still have a monitor in his room, so we get to hear it all.
When J.P. turned 13 years old, it was a milestone and reason to celebrate. While J.P. was considered by most to be a miracle baby, his medical challenges had the doctors warning us that he would likely never become a teenager.
Exercise is important — even for our family members with four legs. In the beginning of April, I made a decision to stop walking the dog and running by myself. I decided to teach the dog to run with me, so I could get… Continue Reading “My four-legged running buddy”
Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m passionate about two things in life: My family and the care my son receives at Florida Hospital for Children in Orlando. We spend a great deal of time at the hospital — both inpatient and outpatient… Continue Reading “Pushing for family-centered hospital care”
The past few months have been a roller coaster when it comes to J.P.’s health. Shortly after Thanksgiving, J.P. started to have issues where he sounds congested and eventually vomits. For Paige and I, it seemed very similar to what happened while we were… Continue Reading “Rocks and hard places”
It’s that time of year, and J.P. appears to be battling something just as cold and flu season arrives. Just before I was supposed to wake up and run Wednesday morning, J.P. could be heard over his monitor, and he just didn’t sound right.… Continue Reading “To hospital or not to hospital?”
Finding a new normal is actually something quite common in the Cousins’ household. Those of us with children with special needs know things change quite often, and we simply must adjust to do what we can for our young ones. What’s unusual is the… Continue Reading “Finding the new normal”
Dad’s note: In honor of J.P.’s 12th birthday, I’m writing “The J.P. Story,” which looks back at our journey through birth and now approaching teen-hood. I hope you enjoy. The ninth chapter looks at how we learned of J.P.’s disabilities and the way doctors informed… Continue Reading “The J.P. Story: Mixed blessings”
Earlier this month, I posted about Paige’s back problems and inability to lift J.P. for the past few weeks. Unfortunately, the problem caught us a bit off-guard. We have no lift in the house for J.P., and we have no nursing help or aide… Continue Reading “The talented Mr. Royalty”
Dad’s note: In honor of J.P.’s 12th birthday, I’m writing “The J.P. Story,” which looks back at our journey through birth and now approaching teen-hood. I hope you enjoy. The eighth chapter looks at how we got started on our journey with J.P. after being… Continue Reading “The J.P. Story: Early steps”
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