Wednesday, December 10, 2008

More Family Info


Ok so our appointment in Syracuse went great. Even though Doug and I are often plagued with insecurities about insulin units and how many carbs Ginger needs, or doesn't need, etc, etc, and we had a million questions, which our nurse patiently answered, she also said we should keep doing whatever it is we are doing, because Ginger's 3 month average sugar levels were awesome, better than some people who DON'T have diabetes. By the time we left the clinic, Doug and I were incredibly relieved and just a little bit full ourselves for handling these first few months pretty well. Of course there are a lot more months coming but again, not thinking about all that today.

Last night I wrote up a whole long thing about our older son but have decided not to post it because this morning it seems like too much for my little ol' art blog here. But I will put up the short version of this story because well, I am posting every day this month and am already getting desperate for subjects. heh. Anyway, this is it:

K. (who is our nephew) came to live with us when he was 4, he was mentally disabled although we weren't really sure of the extent at the time. We eventually adopted him, and now he is an adult which is a bit surreal! He has been on a waiting list for a state funded community group home for disabled adults for the last few years. He is to be included in a house that is suppose to be ready in March, however, the state's economy hit the fan and now there is a spending freeze in New York state. So we don't know if the project will be funded. Because, you know, the first things to get cut from a budget must be the already minimal assistance to handicapped and other vulnerable children and adults. Yeah.

Like most kids his age, our son is ready to move out, and we are ready for him to move out too! We love him dearly and will always advocate for his needs, however he can be difficult and we need a break! But because we have learned not to depend on the government for help concerning his needs, we are working on a few back up plans now. The group home is our first choice though, so we are crossing our fingers until next week when we will find out if our son's home will be funded.

Stupid economy.

8 comments:

self taught artist said...

congrats on your daughter managing her health so wonderfully!
i had no idea, of course how would i? about your family stuff. it's intimate but i am glad you posted it as it just enriches who you are as an artist, wife, mother and woman.

ps i like this painting..in fact the last few have such an eerie hue, there is something (dont take this wrong) carnivalesque about this one that is dianne arbusy) COMPLIMENTS really!!!!

Karen Jacobs said...

Paula said it best... the info enriches who your are. I'm impressed with all you do and how you do it so well.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

stupid economy alright, thanks W!!!
let's blame the weather on W too: has it done this at your house yet? the temps just dropped 20 degrees and the rain is now ICE

Tracy said...

Paula, I was totally thinking of Diane Arbus when I did this painting! I was just finishing up her bio, came across this photo in my stash and tweaked it a bit. Love having an eerie feel, not something I manage very often.

Thanks Karen, well, we just muddle through, some days are way better than others:)

Gary, raining all day, but I suspect it will turn to ice tonight, precisely when I have to go pick up my kids:)

Natalya said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed too...

Sydney Harper said...

Congrats on Ginger's excellent health report. Hopefully the group home will get funded.

Tracy said...

Thanks Natalya, and Sydney, I really hope so, will find out soon.

self taught artist said...

thats so cool to hear about dianne!!! (sigh of relief)