From the last few weeks, some good stuff we’ve read that relates to adoption and/or parenting a special needs child.
As always, if you are a traveling family, or have posted something, or read something, that you’d like to share here on No Hands But Ours, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the news:
US News recently released their newest rankings for the top pediatric hospitals in the US for 2012-2013.
According to their findings, the top five hospitals are:
1. Boston Children’s Hospital
2. Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
3. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
4. Texas Children’s Hospital
5. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
They’re ambitious, beautiful, ready to take on any challenge life throws their way. And being in a wheelchair does not hold them back. That’s how Monika Joshi, of USA TODAY describes the leads in a new show on Sundance Channel. Push Girls features four women in wheelchairs in a new 14-episode unscripted documentary series.
In the blog world:
Amy at Learning to Fly with Chopsticks shares about the progress her son, Milo, has made since coming home. Milo’s special need is a missing hand – but check out the video of him peeling an orange all by himself.
Shannon, who blogs at Here We Grow Again, recently shared her heart about a boy, Charlie, that needs to find his forever family. And although she wanted Charlie to be her son, after much prayer and consideration, they determined that adopting Charlie was not God’s plan for them.
Yvette at Bringing Home Holland shares her thoughts on her son’s imperfect, but perfect-to-her, legs prior to surgery. A few days later, Cavanaugh had his foot amputation surgery to allow him to be fitted for prosthetics.
Hiking Mama from Hike. Blog. Love. responds to Margaret Cho’s recent comment about being older and the possibility of having a child with special needs. Cho remarked, “I get worried about that, as an older woman, I don’t necessarily want to have a retard.” Ouch.
And I’ve been chronicling our son Jude’s recent clubfoot relapse. At six years old, despite following the proper bracing protocol, Jude’s right foot is relapsing. We recently completed the required MRI (to rule out neurological issues) and are awaiting casting and surgery in July.
And lastly, if you’re like all of us around here, you’ll want to take a few moments (or hours!) and travel vicariously with these families currently in China to bring home their children.