Therapy Cups for Tessa
Tessa and Cole are middle school sweethearts who have been together since 8th grade. They are parents to two young, special needs children. Damien was born early at 35 weeks and was slightly over three pounds. He spent two weeks in the NICU. Damien is currently seven years old and struggles with ADHD, ODD, and SPD. His speech is delayed and he attends speech therapy sessions weekly.
Raven was born at 28 weeks. She weighed just two pounds and was only 12 inches long. She spent her first 15 months in the NICU, with her parents by her side. Her many diagnosis include: Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, Congenital Lobar Emphysema, Pulmonary Hypertension, Bicuspid Aortic Valve, Mild Aortic Root Dilation, Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum, Absent Septum Pellucidum, Aortopulmonary Collateral Vessels, Asthma, and Sensory issues. Raven has been on life support five times, and was given next to no hope of surviving. She is still 100% gtube dependent and does not eat, drink, or take anything by mouth. She is delayed in all areas of development and is around a 12-18 month level, though she will turn five this February. Raven requires constant care and is very susceptible to illness, which can quickly become deadly.
Daily life with two young, special needs children can be trying for Tessa, now a stay-at-home Mom. Raven is fed every three hours for about 25 minutes. Tessa, who’s day starts before five each morning, also works with her on physical, occupational, and speech therapy, in addition to caring for Damien. Both Tessa and Cole request prayers for strength to keep facing the battles that come with raising kids with special needs, wisdom to keep making decisions for the good of their children, for good health and the ability for their children to thrive.
Tessa was sent Rachel’s first pregnancy announcement and has been a member of the Earls Fam ever since. Tessa says watching her children struggle with their delays, surgeries, hospital stays, and medical needs can sometimes be heartbreaking. The Earls' uplifting videos make her smile and provides hope and a good cheer for her and her family.
The Earls Fam Foundation provided Raven a ZVibe tool with attachments which will help her in her feeding therapy. Raven does not yet know how to suck, bite, chew, etc. but these special spoons and cups will aid her learning and development and will help Raven’s parents continue to love and care for her.
Please keep this young family in your prayers as they, with their children, strive to love God, love people, make a difference, and be thankful, each and every day.
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