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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I won’t take NO for an Answer

It is not an option.

It doesn’t exist in my vocabulary.

“Obstacles are put in our way to see if what we really want is worth fighting for,” unknown.

Here’s a letter I wrote to my students last week.



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These are true statements.  There is nothing I can’t learn, do, accomplish.  Do you know what the rate of mg/kg of Keppra Alexander needs to currently keep his seizures under control?  It is about 45 mg of Keppra for every kg Alexander weighs.  This means that at 11lbs 8oz, he weighs 5.2 kg.  He gets .8ml of Keppra 3 times a day.  The solution is 100mg/1ml.   The ratio comes out to 45mg/kg. (actually closer to 48... but you get the picture).

I hate math.  I hate calculating things.  And yet… I calculate.

I also calculate calories.  A constant mental calculation of calories that Alexander eats.  Liquid calories, food calories, supplementary calories… calculate, calculate, calculate.

Because I can.  If I can inspire one student to believe they can do something they thought they “couldn’t” … Then I can be a satisfied teacher person.  I know I’ve been talking about my big dream, but really – I’m living my dream.  This dream of changing lives one person at a time.

Inspire. Dream. Inspire. Believe. Inspire. Push. Inspire… Don’t take NO for an answer. 

We had our IEP meeting for Alexander yesterday.  It went amazingly.  Don’t take NO for an answer.

gait trainerAlexander will continue PT and OT
Alexander will begin the process for developmental therapy and speech therapy services.
We will continue the LONG process of getting a Gait Trainer for Alexander.
We are going to attempt to enroll him in a “daycare” / “playschool” for Alexander a few hours a week.
All of these are really more for the social aspect of his development more than the therapy.  I’m excited that more people will be around to give Alexander stimulation.  IMG-20110909-00273

*sigh* relief.  A meeting full of yes’s.  Because, honestly – “no” is not in our vocabulary.  An Obstacle is not the End… but the window into what we really want.

My children deserve everything I can give them.  My students deserve everything I can teach them.  Alexander is showing them why perseverance is so important.  And I’m proud of my baby. 

I’m linking with Shell today

Is there anything you won't take "No" for an answer?

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12 Comments:

At September 28, 2011 at 7:26 AM , Anonymous Denise said...

I love the confidence you have and the drive to make things happen. To inspire that in your students is wonderful.

 
At September 28, 2011 at 7:55 AM , Blogger Shell said...

There's nothing like sticking up for your child to show you just how much you have to decide that "no" is not an option.

 
At September 28, 2011 at 8:14 AM , Blogger Dwija {House Unseen} said...

This is my first visit to your blog, visiting from Shell's. I think we shared a brain last night writing our posts. I just want to...hug you or something for being so determined. I love it!

 
At September 28, 2011 at 8:42 AM , Blogger Tara R. said...

What an inspiring outlook you have! I have no doubts that you could accomplish anything you put your mind to.

(visiting via PYHO)

 
At September 28, 2011 at 10:28 AM , Blogger Anastasia said...

When it comes to my kids, there is nothing I will take no for! Good luck with your beautiful little boy.

 
At September 28, 2011 at 10:33 AM , Blogger Jenn [ Crippled Girl ] said...

Our world needs more inspiring teachers like you. Seeing that on the whiteboard at school would have stuck with me for a long time, I think.

With being in a wheelchair, there's a certain amount of acceptance that you just have to have with some things. I can't walk up and down steps, I can't run a marathon. But I hate when people assume I can't do things for myself and overstep the boundaries by trying to help. I wish they would see it more as undermining the abilities I DO have, instead of "just helping".

Stopping by from PYHO! :)

 
At September 28, 2011 at 11:38 AM , Blogger We 2 Bees said...

Stopping by from Shell's! I loved your post! It's so important to push through and not take "no" as the answer. Find a way! Thanks for sharing your heart today. So glad your meeting was full of yeses!

 
At September 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM , Blogger Adrienne said...

I want to clap for you! You are one amazing mommy! Your kids are blessed to have and your students are too. :)

 
At September 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM , Blogger Heather said...

I always hate to hear say "I can't" to everything because that means it is any accepted answer at home.

Not only are you advocating your son, but you are providing a terrific role model to all your children.

 
At September 28, 2011 at 4:50 PM , OpenID teamrasler.com said...

Bravo, I love your letter and your attitude. Our kids definitely make us more unwilling to take no for an answer, don't they? I'm so glad you have people on your side who will say "yes" with you.

 
At September 28, 2011 at 8:42 PM , Anonymous A Mother's Thoughts said...

Your students are blessed to have such a positive teacher. It takes a lot of work to juggle everything that you are , you are extraordianry!

Lynn

 
At September 30, 2011 at 11:19 PM , Blogger Non-Stop Mom said...

That does it. I want my kids to have you as their teacher.

You are amazing, Kristen.

:)
Amy

 

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