It’s that time of the week again. MONDAY. Ugh! I home school, so for me, that’s back to lessons, plus my normal “wifey/mother” duties. It also means therapies. Double UGH!
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m super thankful my son has these therapies. I actually fought hard, for YEARS, to get him these therapies. So the fact that he has them, is a good thing. The part that I don’t like is the IN home therapies. I mean, out of home therapies means wearing REAL clothes, AND being “peopley,” and leaving the comfort of home, and if you follow me, you know I don’t much care for those things. BUT it also means that my inner sanctum stays private. It stays “safe.” It also means, I don’t have to worry about people seeing the messes Liam leaves.
Monday through Friday I’m a teacher, a mom, a housewife, and more. On Saturday, I do absolutely nothing. On Sunday, I clean and I do laundry. I spend all day straightening, cleaning and being the maid, then by Sunday evening, Hurricane Liam hits again. So you really can’t tell I even did anything. I know, “therapists don’t come here to see my home. “I also know most don’t care. But I care. I don’t want people to think we’re pigs.
You would think that after FIVE years of having strangers in and out of my house all week, I would be used to it by now. Heck, by the time SOME therapists leave, we end up being more like family, because we have all spent so much time together. Still, I’m not used to it. I chalk it up to my social anxiety, and having to have small talk with someone, first thing every Monday morning. Maybe I’m just weird. I don’t know. I don’t care either. I just know it’s out of my comfort zone.
Liam doesn’t care for it either. He needs it though. When he gets mad that I refuse to cancel Monday therapy, I justify it by explaining to him all the things he can now do, that he couldn’t before. I worked with him for years on writing, and tying, and buttoning and so forth. He still couldn’t do it. Enter a trained OT and he can do all of those things. He still struggles, but he’s getting it. So yes, the therapy is a huge benefit for my son. We both know it, but that doesn’t mean we have to like it.
Let me add that we like his OT very much. We just don’t like IN HOME therapy. Is it just us? Do you have in home therapy? Does it make you uncomfortable? Would you choose in home or out of home if you had the choice?