Great news! Sammy is doing very well and will begin going in for half days to school tomorrow! It has only been 3 weeks since his surgery and it is so exciting to know that he will already be returning to school. Of course, it isn't for full time but it definitely better than nothing... or even waiting the full 4-6 week term of recovery.
He has been in great spirits and has continued to get better each day. He spends more and more time out of his bed and is obviously perking up. This makes me so happy, even only hearing it over the phone, but knowing that Sammy is making such progress is so great to hear. Knowing that he was in pain was a horrible feeling (and still is when he experiences it) but also seeing him so sad and down everyday, was even harder to watch. That's not the Sammy we all know and love.
But, he will officially start back into school tomorrow and we are all so excited for him! Thank you again to everyone who has been there for us throughout this experience. We look forward to seeing Sammy continue to progress, go back to school full time, and be out of pain completely. Also, a special thank you to Patty and Tom Dalgleish.
Autism from a sibling's point of view...
My name is Paige and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Towson University with a Psychology Bachelors Degree. I am now working towards my Master's in Education of Autism and other Pervasive Disorders at Johns Hopkins. I am also a Behavior Data Specialist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit. My younger brother, Sammy, is 19 and has Autism. He is completely non-verbal, unaware of safety, is not toilet trained, cannot get himself dressed, and has difficulty with everyday activities that we all take advantage of. He works harder every single day of his life than anyone I know and he always does it with a smile on his face. He is my true hero and inspiration and because of him, I have dedicated my life to advocating and creating opportunities for individuals with Autism. I hope that I can make him proud and this blog is just a small part of the awareness I hope I can create about Autism and support other siblings impacted by Autism. I love you Sammy - thank you for everything.