It has been a week since our adventure on the east coast began. The fantasy of this experience has been building up in my mind for about 2 years and more so since we paid the deposit on the town house rental back in February. When Sonzee landed herself inpatient in May, we quickly realized that our planned summer of tranquility and family bonding might not occur in the way imagined. As June approached at an insanely fast rate, this trip felt slightly out of reach. Similar to a person reaching out their hand, but they are just a fingertip shy of being grabbed. Thankfully, in this case we were able to get a grip at the last minute.
I am not naive enough to think that by flying multiple time zones away that Sonzee's challenges and our predicament will simply vanish. I know no matter where we go or where we are that things will not drastically change. Sonzee is not going to have a functional CDKL5 gene just because we are in a calming and cooler climate. Yet, somehow the fresh air, the ability to take multiple outdoor walks, the chance for her to swing and go to an outdoor park in the middle of summer are making this journey a gazillion times better.
The fresh air of the Catskills is doing wonders for all of us as a family, I especially. The kids are able to run wild and free outdoors. They walk to their friends and play in a grassy field with other children and I am able to fight my urge to be the helicopter mother. The pace is ironically slow for us being in New York. There is only camp drop off and pick up besides Sonzee's medication alarms that provide an actual schedule. I have been able to spend more quality time with Sonzee's siblings, my patience is slowly growing, the weights and pressures of everyday are slowly lifting. I am so glad this summer dream was able to become a reality, and I look forward to making many more memories this summer and in years to come. Sometimes changing your environment can actually change your perspective in more ways than can even imagine.
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