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One of the images that I can't get out of my mind from this past week is what Elizabeth did on Monday morning. It was her first day back at school since her seizure on Thursday. Unfortunately, both second grade classes saw the seizure, so I immediately knew that we had to make this "normal" for them, too. I received some phone calls, emails, and notes through Facebook from moms who were attempting to explain it all to their kids and, while we had talked about epilepsy with Libby's class after she was diagnosed, that was a couple of years ago. We had to explain it to them and make it just a tiny part of who Elizabeth is so that she's not defined by her seizure disorder.
So, on Monday, she took in her favorite book about epilepsy, "Becky the Brave," and read it to both classes.
She sat in a chair while 35 other children gathered around her feet and she read the entire book to them. When students asked questions about seizures afterwards, she answered them proudly. She even ticked off on her fingers the seizures she's had and where she was when she had them. It took all I had in me not to cry. Her teacher didn't fare as well, though. It was one of those moments that I'll never, ever forget even though I have no pictures of it.
And since we love the Becky book so much, I quickly whipped up this layout last night and I'm going to frame it and hang it in her room. Because she is even braver than Becky. :)
So, deep breaths, and on we go. Today, we're all working on "normal." She made it through the entire day of school yesterday and that was HUGE. She was very tired and had to rest a few times at school for a few minutes, but she made it.
And, really, while I've put a lot about her on my blog this week, we are all going about our daily activities. We're not letting it consume our lives. But, my blog is my space to vent, so this has been a little Libby-heavy. :)