No, she has a spark. More than that—a flame of real intelligence. I just know it,
It takes time to accept the limitations of a beloved child. She has cerebral palsy, Mrs.Brooks.
You can also decide to put Melody in a residential facility where she can be cared for and kept comfortable.
I know the name of her condition, Doctor, But a person is so much more than the name of a diagnosis on a chart!
You’re lucky she hasthe ability to smile and laugh. But Melody will never be able to walk on her own or speak a single sentence. She will never be able to feed herself, take care of her own personal needs or understand anything more than simple instructions. Once you accept that reality, you can deal with the future.
You and your husband have several decisions to make: You can choose to keep her at home, or you can send her to a special school for the developmentally disabled. There aren’t many choices here locally.
Melody is, ah, five now. That’s a perfect age for her to learn to adjust to a new environment. You and your husband can get on with your lives without her as a burden. In time, her memories of you will fade.
Let me tell you something, Doctor. There is no way in heaven or hell that we will be sending Melody away to a nursing home!