This girl? This little pint sized dynamo? She went to speech camp throughout the month of July (two days per week for two hours at a time over the course of three weeks). I was admittedly skeptical. I feared the separation issue. I doubted there would be progress. I just simply hoped it would help speech therapy to be fun again. Perhaps awaken her spark to work hard at it. Maybe help me sort through my own set of "issues" surrounding the therapy, give me a little insight, shed some much needed light.
How did she do? Nailed it. Rocked it. Was the coveted pea sized participant at camp. All the girls wanted to take her home. Mama? Totally proud.....and a little surprised!
Did she cry? A little. Did she act like she wanted to go and then baulk when we got there? Sometimes. Overall did she enjoy it? I think so. Would we do it again? Yes. It was a worthy investment. The progress was limited, but the intensity and frequency of this camp did allow us to see a tiny glimpse of fruit from her labor in speech therapy. I had a conversation with the director of the camp on the second to last day and it was likely the most encouraging conversation I've had about Hannah and her progress in speech. Everything she said made sense and assured me we are headed in the right direction. Hannah is a fighter and she is trying so very hard to conquer all these tough speech sounds, but her palate is just not allowing her to do all that she needs to do. Despite the difficulty, rather than grow frustrated, Hannah just battled through each session she had at camp and tried with all her might to do what was asked of her. That is all a Mama can ask! I am so proud of her and all she accomplished at speech camp this summer. It was long anticipated and definitely a good thing for her at this juncture.
And now? It's creeping into August. We went back to school today in the Burri home. Summer is drawing to a close and while we spent the summer busy, we're back into full throttle. Ballet starts back up, AWANA resumes classes, our co-op is back in session, and it is time to dive back into "regular" speech therapy and all things medical for Hannah. The break in June was good enough to make me consider it again next summer for all of us.
As we enter the first week of August, we will find ourselves back in the operating room for Hannah. I've been a bit in denial about this upcoming surgery since June. I just don't want to put her through all of this and honestly, up until my conversation with the speech camp director, I was doubting a bit about the path we were on. I have peace now and our fabulous Dr. L has smoothed my ruffled feathers more than once and reassured me that what we are doing is necessary and of utmost benefit to Hannah in the long run. So we press forward. Another set of tubes, a tonsillectomy, and some photos of her vocal chords await us next week. We welcome your prayers. We know she'll do great. Why? Because she's proved to us time and again that she's the bravest.