Thankful Thursday is being hosted today by Laurel Wreath as Iris is taking some a well deserved break in blogging. I am so thankful for both of these bloggers and their faithful willingness to bless!
After spending the last 48 hours doing a ton of internet research and making and receiving hours of phone connections with Directors of Dual Diagnosis Treatment Facilities, I am thankful, in spite of my aching back and slightly irritated phone ear (can you get a boxing ear from spending hours on the phone???), for the number of resources that are available for our family. I have learned much--still we have far to go.
I became excited about a therapeutic treatment that integrates Brain Mapping. After yesterday's post, I don't think too many people have experience with this and I am not surprised. Brain Mapping is a cutting edge science, studying the neuropathways of the brain. It is a relatively new treatment in Psychology. It tracts the electricity of the brain as the patient is working on a computer or video and studies the area of the brain that have been closed off. For instance, the frontal lobe, where the executive functioning occurs (i.e. focus, attention, emotions, anger, impulse control) has been found to not function in those suffering with Bi-polar, ADHD, mood/anxiety disorders, etc.
But it was when I discovered San Cristobal Academy , tucked away in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo Mountains north of Taos, New Mexico, that my heart stopped! I am so thankful for their immediate email response to my inquiry and for the 1 1/2 hour phone conversation I had yesterday morning with the Director of the Program. There is hope, my friends, there is hope.
I am thankful for my husband. His willingness to persevere for our prodigal is simply, astounding. One only has to take a brief look at our society to see that many Dad's take the path of least resistance. His fortitude increases even though he, too, is battle weary. We have a long road to navigate and he remains solidly at the helm. I am thankful that I do not walk this journey alone, he is by my side--more importantly, he is on our prodigals side.
I am thankful that Dawn is in Minnesota!!!!! She arrived last evening to visit her childhood family and friends....and ME!!! After "knowing" Dawn for a mere 14 months through blogging, I will now get to meet her face to face! It seems so surreal! We have spent this year sharing in a very real way, yet, I cannot say, I have even seen her! Yet, she is part of my thoughts and prayers each and every single day. When I speak to my real friends and family about my friend Dawn and her family, there is a certain apprehension over their discovery--we have never met. Tomorrow, that will apprehension will all together and forever disappear! I! Will! Meet! Dawn! Tomorrow! I will bring my digital camera and you can count on it--they will be posted! I am so thankful to welcome my friend (and yours) to my hometown!
So as I will try to contain my bursting enthusiasm over this visit today as I pace to and fro throughout my summer-frenzied home! I feel a cleaning surge coming on so maybe, just maybe, I'll get a few things done around here today!
Have a great Thankful Thursday!