|Cruddy phone pic, but you get the idea!|
Two, or even one, year ago, this would not have been possible! Between the diversity of activities, the responsibilities, and the sensory overload, Boy Scouts was not something I would have considered as a healthy choice for N.
But Now!!! He is so much healthier that he looks forward to the meetings! He memorized his oath, and various pledges in one week to earn his Basic Scout badge. Now he's beginning work on his next badge which requires him to build up to a 4 mile run. He is looking forward to camping out as well as all of the other skills he will be learning, and is in awe of the older Scouts around him that are working on their Eagle Scout badges.
We have decided that this is a perfect opportunity to observe the expected behavior for young men, and to practice those social skills we have been studying. Plus, it's motivating him to develop interests in other areas, areas that do not involve screens or power cords! (Yes!)
He signed himself up to sell popcorn for 2 hours in the foyer of the local department store on Saturday, and is eager to go door-to-door to peddle more. He is becoming increasingly self-sufficient and independent before my eyes. I am so excited for him as he begins to finally navigate this world that has bombarded and overwhelmed him for far too long!
In 3 weeks we head back to New York to visit Dr. Bock. We will find out the results of the labs from August, and hopefully see if we can go from an 'attacking' posture to one of 'healing' and restoration; namely in the area of reintroducing foods and reducing meds. I am hopeful because of the huge behavioral changes that I have witnessed this past year, but I know that we could still have a long road ahead before his immune system is fully healed. Regardless, I will praise the Lord for his blessings right now, and joyfully anticipate the bright future that lies ahead for my sweet N.