Ethan’s Progress Report


I sit here smiling as I type.  Because, it was a good week.  And, I am so lucky to be a mom to three amazing children.  Happiness truly, truly is being a mom.

Ethan had a great week.

I loved meeting him for lunch at school yesterday and hearing, “Ethan is so happy today.”  I loved his little smirk when I walked into his classroom, as he tried to be all coy and pretend like it was no big deal that I was there…until he finished his book…and then ran into my arms saying, “Momma!” as he grinned from ear to ear.


I loved hearing his teacher tell me a story about his library books.  She asked him, “Ethan, who reads your books to you – Momma or Gabriel?”  He clearly said, “Momma”.  She loved hearing him say it, and I loved hearing her repeat the story to me.

I loved receiving a text from his teacher yesterday with no words, just this simple picture.  It was reading buddy day, and my boys are buddies at school, just as they are at home.  Thank you, Lauren!


And, I loved meeting Ethan’s new GI doctor.  He was truly amazing.  I started off by telling him that Ethan was primarily non-verbal but that he understands everything.  He started off by asking me to tell him all of Ethan’s non-GI related issues.  I loved that.  I loved that he wanted the full picture of Ethan…because that told me that he wanted to dig deeper and not just put a band-aid on the problem.

He has preliminarily diagnosed Ethan with GERD and esophagitis.  To get a more clear picture of what is going on, he has ordered an upper GI and an abdominal ultrasound.  In addition, he ordered some blood work, which we completed yesterday.

I loved how Ethan was such a champ while they were drawing his blood.  He wanted me to cover his eyes while they stuck the needle in his arm, and then he watched while the nurse drew 4 tubes of blood.  He told her what to do every step of the way – which arm to use, where to put the needle, which sticker he wanted.  And, he conversed with her in his little way.  She was great with him….she was his 2nd new fan of the day.


His first new fan was his new doctor.  As I mentioned earlier, I had told him that Ethan is primarily non-verbal but that he understands everything.  So, during the exam, I was picking up some of the blocks that were on the floor.  The doctor was telling Ethan what all to do – open your mouth, stick out your tongue, lift your shirt, lay back and put your head right there, etc.  I was watching out of the corner of my eye.  After awhile, the doctor looked at me, smiled, and said, “Yes, he really does understand everything.”  Oh, how I love it when people see, really see, my Ethan.  It was a small victory, and it felt great.

PhotobucketSo, yes, it was a great week.  My boy got to celebrate Halloween, come home early on Wednesday to spend the afternoon playing with his siblings and cousin (early release day), get the rock star treatment at the doctor’s office, and have a little date with me.  We still do not know much more than we did last week.  But, we do know this.  We found someone else who believes in Ethan and who wants to try to determine why he has health problems and why he has developmental delays.  We needed some new members on Team Ethan, and I am so happy that we found a new recruit.

Have a great weekend!


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2 Responses to Ethan’s Progress Report

  1. Shirlene says:

    That is GREAT News! I just love it when a Doctor really wants to Doctor these days and not just shove a drug at you. I pray you will find answers with this great team member. “Go Team Ethan” rah rah rah! Have a blessed weekend.

    • Natalie says:

      One of the things that I love about writing Ethan’s Progress Report is anticipating your comments. Thank you so much for your kind support. I truly, truly appreciate it.

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