“I wanted to share a sweet story from one of the patients I have been working with since February. Therapy 2000’s mission is to improve the lives of their patients, but sometimes our lives are the ones that end up changed.
Today was my last day working with one of my patients and his family. I say the patient AND the family because I have truly worked with the ENTIRE family! The child’s mother, father, brother, and sister are always present during my session. I made a point to include at least one or two members in the family during each session. They are one of the ONLY families that demonstrates true compliance to the Home Exercise Program; they are ideal! I have seen tremendous improvement in this child’s language and articulation because the child’s mother is so attentive to her child’s needs. I’ve told her many times that she should have been a speech pathologist. I’m convinced she gives better prompts than I do!
At the end of today’s session, the patient’s mom asked if I would like to sit down and have dinner with them. Mom asked the child to invite me to the table for dinner…..a true generalization of the skills we have been targeting! The mom had prepared Pakistani meat pies, lentil bread, and sweet donuts. We sat together and enjoyed the food and company. I am so blessed to work with such a caring and attentive family. I can count on one hand how many times I have NOT been sent home with a snack, dinner, or some kind of homemade dessert. I’VE EATEN GOAT!!!! This was very special to me for many reasons. This family is Muslim and I am a devout Catholic; however, each of us have been able to share stories about our cultures, religions, and home. I’ve told them about my trip to the Holy Land and what it was like growing up in New Orleans. They’ve told me all about living in Pakistan and their diet restrictions. Today’s session was more about ME receiving education instead of the family receiving education, suggestions, or a home program packet. Tomorrow begins a month long fast for their religion, and they were eager to share their reasoning behind the fast and to have one last treat before Ramadan begins! These special moments are very few and far between and a family showing such kindness and love has been one was the greatest gifts I have ever received.”
Aimee Dufreche, M.S.,CCC-SLP