We got to visit with Lukey, so I thought I would post a quick update on him.
Out of respect for Lukey's privacy, and that of his new adoptive family, I will not be answering questions, but I can say, he is doing quite well in his new home.
His new parents have both worked with individuals with special needs in a professional capacity, and that experience has really benefited Luke. His new mama was able to request medication that has helped mellow out his constant screaming and self-injurious behaviors. I'm annoyed that his prior neurologist (here with us) made it sound like if we tried drugs to alleviate some of his more intense behaviors, he'd end up like a zombie in a stupor. That hasn't been the case at all. In fact, he's learning.
The very biggest change in Luke is that he walks holding a hand now! We were led to believe that he would neither walk nor speak. He's still non-verbal, but his new mama has high hopes for him in that area, too.
His new mama reports that he knows the daily routine and goes to his wheelchair when it's time to get ready for the school bus.
It was really good to get to spend some time with him. I was reminded of all the little things that make Lukey unique, like his bruxism and his double tooth. He was happy, sitting and feeling the grass with the back of his hand.
I appreciate everyone who prayed for Luke, and for our family, these past 3 years. Those prayers are being answered, and I'm just so thrilled for him that he's learning and growing and flourishing.
While I wasn't able to be his forever mama, I'm grateful to have been a part of his story, and I'm blessed that his new mama is very open to continued contact. I'm glad I can share such a happy update with long-time readers who were supportive of our family during the most difficult times.
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