#4 of Overcoming Challenges Series
Today, I welcome Ro Tamayo as my guest to the blog. She has an amazing story of caring for special needs children and their parents, too.
One of the things I do is that I’m a Pediatric Nurse. I’ve worked with kids from all ages ranging from babies to toddlers and older children, and I take care of them in their homes.
Although I’m there to do a job and take care of these precious human beings from the nursing and medical aspect, I also feel like I am there to help the parents as well to be their support system.
Right now, I take care of a little baby boy who’s 10 months old. He has a rare genetic disorder that contributes to certain health ailments that he has. I never look at kids like him as being different. However, they do have special needs.
Who Are Special Needs Kids
Special needs, to me, means that these kids require to be cared for and looked after more because of their needs and health condition. They may be “different” but they’re no different than other kids because they, too, want what any other child wants, which is love and affection.
Parents of Special Needs Kids
Sometimes due to the nature of the child’s condition, there may be certain requirements or extra measures when caring for them. However, I find that parents of special needs kids don’t treat them any differently than their other kids just because of their condition. Yes, there may be the extra nurturing and attention that they show them.
These parents also know that by allowing them to get away with certain behaviors such as crying for attention or wanting to always be carried, is not good for their child and at the same time is not good for the home environment.
As their nurse observing this, it’s just not realistic. This is why I try to go above and beyond being there for them and not just as their nurse.
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Make Time for Mom
To me, it is also important that they know they have my support. For example, you can’t stop doing the things that you love to do. I encourage parents, most especially Moms, to go out and have time for themselves while I’m there to take care of their child.
Moms typically are the ones who are with their child all day, they’re making calls to doctors offices, they’re scheduling and at doctor appointments and have other kids and the house that they need to attend to. I encourage them to make time for themselves as well.
Special Needs Kids Just Want Love
What I learn from my patients is that they just want to be loved. Most people might look at them as being different. Who really has it worse? Do they have it worse or do we? It’s easy for some to judge, stare or come up with these conclusions just because they may look or act differently.
They’re actually smart. These kids are very bright and intelligent and they only know love. They don’t know hate. Others who don’t understand can sometimes take life for granted.
I find that these kids are fighters and they’re resilient, and the parents and families have a level of compassion, understanding, patience, and love that is beyond measurable.
You can follow Ro Tamayo on her blog at www.liveyourbestselfie.com
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