Thursday, November 02, 2006

Wherever you go, HE is there

Abby has a tremendous fear of bathrooms. Public restrooms are the worst. They are a minefield of loud, impossible to predict noises and smells. The air hand dryers, the fans, and don't even get me started about automated toilets.

Anyway, she had been fine at school until the bathrooms by her classroom quit working. Because of the massive remodeling that is going on at her campus, they may not repair them since there are several other restrooms in the proximity. Abby has been having a really difficult time for the last two weeks. It has been a nightmare to be honest and I had exhausted my bag of tricks as of this morning. I was thinking I was going to have to bring in one of her former ABA therapists to come assess the situation. I was so frustrated I started crying after having spent an hour with her at school today investigating all the bathrooms to no avail. She was obviously terrified and it was breaking my heart. I could not believe that of all the possible major problems she could have with school this year, it was going to be those dang bathrooms that did her in.

Well, her teacher just called to report that she did it! She went and was very brave and did a great job.I sent Abby to school today wearing some dogtags of her dad's that have a shield with Joshua 1:9 written on it. She knows the verse by heart, but in an inspired moment this morning I got the encklace out and put it on her to wear to school. Her teacher said that after Abby used the bathroom she was so excited and proud of herself that she went and told her sister, who in turn gave her a big hug and jumped up and down. She told her teacher, "I HAVE to wear this necklace everyday I come to school from now on!"

To that I say, "You bet sugar-pie!!!"

Oh, I am so happy right now. An answered prayer! This was truely an act of God. I had just hung up with Jimmy telling him the bad news about this morning and lamenting the whole situation when the phone rang and I saw the school on the caller ID. I already had my keys in my hand, literally! Boy was I thrilled to hear the great news I received instead!!

I called Jimmy immediately following my conversation with Abby's teacher and after he expressed his joy over this turn of events he confessed that he thought I was calling him to tell him to go get her. What a pair of doubting Thomas' we are!

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
Joshua 1:9


Blogger Trisha said...

This is such great news, Susan! Congrats to Abby, for getting over such a huge hurdle!

8:31:00 PM  
Blogger Ashley loves Leo said...

Good for her! It made me sick to hear about her fear. Leo had the EXACT same fear - years of unanticipated plumbing noises....thank God for social stories! I still can't think of airport bathrooms the same way....

9:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a televisin producer doing a story on early diagnosis of autism. I read a post of yours (supposedly susan) from back in May 2006 on AutismDiva in which you talked about what an earlier diagnosis could have meant for you and your family. I'd like to explore that further with you. How can I contact you personally? Karen

12:30:00 PM  
Blogger supposedly susan said...

Karen, if you would post another comment with your email, I won't publish it, but will use it to contact you.
Thanks for your consideration,

4:35:00 PM  
Blogger Sister C said...

Shue that is awesome. God is awesome!

9:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bathrooms/ restrooms/ loos / toilets doesn't matter what you call them in whatever language wherever you are in the world, for some of us, they are a little room of torture.
Well done you. Ready for the next challenge, whatever that happens to be?

7:00:00 PM  

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