Aaron is a patient soul. Not sure if it is just because he is a second child or it is just his nature. This summer he has had to sit through too many therapy appointments. He has been sitting through these appointments since he was six months old but we have not had this many in a few years. We have out sibling routines. At the behavior therapist they let him pick out a movie from their collection to watch. At OT and PT which is at CHOP we wander the hospital. Sometimes we visit the beautiful library that not only has a ton of books but computers and games for kids too. Monday we hung out in the visitors center. I had a deadline and needed to work. Aaron happily played on my IPAD then we went to the stores at CHOP and bought some candy.
I can’t help but feel guilty when I whisk him away from the pool after tennis lessons knowing he would love to spend the afternoon. I try to do something with the boys after the appointment. This week after OT we stopped in at the Please Touch for about 2 hours before they closed. Today we are going to head for the zoo for a while before we come home.
I wonder how he will feel about spending so much time in a Children’s Hospital as an adult. Will he resent having to go with me or will he remember how much fun I tried to make the time around the appointments? Will this be a big deal as he sits on the psychologists couch when he discusses how much we messed him up as a kid or will it teach him compassion and sacrifice? Time will only tell.