Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Impossible is nothing

Fantastic is an appropriate word to describe our day and Jude's screening at the Children's Center for the Visually Impaired.  Our 9am appointment was greeted by smiles and warm faces, several in fact.  The objective of the screening was to assess Jude's initial needs and to get a basic plan for in-home therapy sessions.  Next week we will begin our first home therapy session and we couldn't be more excited.

The meeting with the professionals at the CCVI was consistent with what we've come to know of these good people.  They were calm, solution-oriented thinkers, rivaling only Jude's family with his best interest at the forefront.  We were reassured again, not surprisingly.  Our excitement for being a part of this special organization continues to grow.

The assessment consisted of observing his disposition, watching his play and tummy time, and evaluating his ability to perceive light.  As you may know, opthamologists from early on ruled out Jude's ability to perceive light due to his disorganized eye structure.  At the time, this diagnosis was disappointing.   The light perception, even minor, can be such a helpful sense for a toddler when trying to get them to walk or reach toward a light and later when acclimating oneself to their surroundings.

If there is anything we've learned through this process, it's that nothing is impossible.  We met a parent today who was told her son would never walk and would be tube fed through life.  She says now he runs nonestop and eats solid foods.  We started a Trolley Run team, hoping for $250, running with 10 supportive team mates.  We sit at 107 team mates and are close to $11,000.  We walked into the CCVI this morning understanding our son had no light perception.  Today, their therapists told us they disagree!

Impossible is nothing.

St. Jude: Pray for us.


  1. Such a promising day! Can't wait to hear more about Jude's progress!

  2. How Wonderful!!! So glad to hear things went well at the appointment.