This picture is from June 2010 of Monroe being cuddled by a missionary 😉 imagine, who else could Monroe cuddle with, YOU?
I began looking up Monroe’s “issues”. Understandably, many people when they even read medical terms or hear them, they get intimidated and lose immediate interest. I have taken it upon myself to help in that category. I LOVE looking this stuff up anyway, helps Dan and I to be more open to special needs as well.
Spastic Cerebral Palsy– Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of cerebral palsy, accounting for nearly 80 percent of all cerebral palsy cases. Children with this type of cerebral palsy have one or more tight muscle groups which limit movement. Children with spastic cerebral palsy have stiff and jerky movements. They often have a hard time moving from one position to another. They may also have a hard time holding and letting go of objects.(http://www.about-cerebral-palsy.org/definition/spastic-cerebral-palsy.html)
Global Delay-A child with a global delay will have delays in all areas of development. It is usually caused by a static (does not worsen with time) encephalopathy caused by a disorder before or near the time or birth. Causes of global delays include prematurity, cerebral malformations, chromosomal disorders, infections, and progressive (may worsen with time) encephalopathies (metabolic diseases, hypothyroidism, neurocutaneous syndromes (neurofibromatosis, tuberous sclerosis), Rett syndrome, and hydrocephalus). Testing to look for the cause of a global developmental delay may include a head MRI.(http://www.keepkidshealthy.com/welcome/conditions/developmentaldelays.html)
No Speech– No noise! If having a non-verbal child intimidates you in anyway, I really encourage you to visit Adeye’s blog at www.nogreaterjoymom.blogspot.com and click on their adoption of HAVEN. Haven is non-verbal and happy! Imagine that. Besides, it will give you an opportunity to learn sign language. Why not?
If you’ve got health insurance you can get him physical therapy. The therapy you may have to do at home will be a great bonding experience for Monroe and his new Mama and Daddy.
And let’s not forget the most important part of what Monroe’s file says….
RESTRAINED IN A CRIB IN A DARK ROOM – that’s exactly what it means, folks. My children have NEVER BEEN restrained in any way with the exception of their carseats!! RESTRAINED! Dark room. Yeah…I would be lonely, depressed, and on the verge of craziness if it were ME and he is an INNOCENT child of the Lord! NO ONE deserves this type of treatment, no child anyway.
Please, when you see his beautiful smile and the life that is still in his eyes, consider him. $6,000 is a HUGE grant. Act NOW.