Back to "Normal"

Tracy Davenport, Ph.D. Health Guide
  • I am one of those people who really gathers strength by watching others succeed. In fact, sometimes just knowing one person has been successful at something that I am struggling with is enough to give me hope.


    It is in this spirit that I dedicate this blog to the act of "window washing."


    Just this past weekend we washed a multitude of windows in our house. It was the first time we washed them since my son was born and subsequently diagnosed with acid reflux more than five years ago. Washing those windows was such a simple act, and yet it stopped me in my tracks.


    As we scrubbed and cleaned I couldn't help but notice how far we had come since he was first diagnosed. Those first few years after he was born, we barely even washed our faces, let alone took care of the house. And yet, here we were, washing our windows once again.

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    By no means have we returned to the place we were before my son was diagnosed with his illness. This new "normal" has specialists, prescription medications, unplanned nightlife, and very limited food choices. But now it also comes with clean windows.


    If you are in a new caregiving situation, hang in there. With patience and persistence, you will also see the sun shine once again.


Published On: July 25, 2007