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Nick was Determined!

Some days for Nick are better than others.  His capabilities and capacities seem to be variable.  When he is having a good day, we encourage him by letting him be as independent as possible in his self-care.  Sometimes if we are in a hurry or forget that he can do a task, he will remind us by saying, “I do it myself.”

On Saturday, I was assisting him with dressing.  We had learned of a baptism at church and he wanted to go, so we had to hurry.  I kept going back into his room, directing him with the next task in the process and then returned to my room to continue my own preparations.   We were dressing up for the occasion.  We were almost done, the final step was putting on his socks and shoes.  I told him that I would be back in a few minutes to help with that.

Take a look at the picture.  Nick wears hiking boot’s with ankle high orthotic inserts in them.   All of this is designed to give him the best stability possible so that he can walk.  It is an ordeal to get his feet into them.  We have had these new orthotics for 4 months now and sometimes even with lots of effort we haven’t been able to get his foot into the shoes and have resorted to using his old ones.  That is not ideal, but sometime it has been the expedient thing to do.  Especially when everyone is frustrated that the foot didn’t go in.

I was completely surprised when I walked back into Nick’s room and his shoes with the new ankle-high orthotics were on his feet.  I just stood there, shocked.  Then I said, “How did you do that Nick.”  He looked up at me, with a huge smile of accomplishment on his face and said, “I wiggle, wiggle, mom and my foot go in.”

He was so proud of himself.  He figured out how to maneuver his foot to get it into the space.   His socks were upside down on his feet and to avoid him getting blisters, I had to take his shoes and socks off of him.  I helped him with the socks and he showed me how he had gotten the shoes on.

He figured out how to do something that Arden and I hadn’t had success doing.  It is pretty awesome.  Again, he showed me that I shouldn’t underestimate what he is capable of doing.  He continues to amaze us.

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Announcing that I have finished a book with the working title of “The Fairy Fort.” I am currently pitching it to publishers. Keep checking back to watch the progress of my newest novel.

Here is a quick glimpse of the story.

Sarah Doherty is an 18-year-old living in rural Ireland at the tail end of the Great War. Plagued by severe epilepsy, she is protected by her parents and lives a sheltered, secluded, lonely life. The Fae, local Irish fairies, interfere with her life. She falls forward a century in time through the local fairy fort of standing stones. She had a seizure in 1918 and woke up in 2020. The 21st century world includes life-saving prescriptions, physical comforts and the independence and freedom she seeks. The locals are welcoming and Andy Mclaughlin, a handsome young historian, is intriguing. She doesn’t want to return home.

Then a letter arrives from Boston divulging the story of Sarah and Andy’s lives that are deeply entwined in the previous century. They are not yet in love but as they seek to verify the letter through online resources, they feel a growing obligation to their unborn family and to each other. What would happen to their posterity living in Boston if they don’t return to 1918? Even if they do make it back, her parents can never know what happened to her or that would change everything.

This Young Adult time-travel romance explores the question: Do we have the freedom to make choices or is free will an elaborate illusion?

This is my third book. I love reading time travel romances. I am an advocate for epilepsy awareness because my 43-year-old son has intractable epilepsy. As a genealogist specializing in Irish research, I live part of the year in the village where the story is based. I wrote the book to help young adults understand that difficult situations can change your life. Sometimes miraculously.