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Monday, September 3, 2012

Up north with SP (not a DS post :o)

SP loves that shipped in bakery from the grocery store up north too! In fact it was her idea, not MA's to start buying it! (MA just didn't want to be left out!) SP also loves sugared cereal, cotton candy and licorice flavored ice cream. Always the unusual flavors. SP is motivated by food.

There is a whole psychology approach (that teaches at Universities and trains providers/staff across the country), that discourages using food as a motivator for people with developmental disabilities.
Try telling that to SP. At 57 years young, she will not even get out of her bed or get into her bed! without the offering of "pop" or coffee. And she'd gladly take a beer, but I warn her it's dangerous with her meds. (she tells me she doesn't care ;o)
Don't let this smile fool you! She is not easy to get along with. Of course she's cute as a bug, but not easy to get along with! :o) Tom calls her a "contrarian". She says the opposite of everything we say. If we say it's sunny out, she says it's raining! If we need to do something she asks "Why?" or "what if I don't?" We know most of the key words to keep her cooperating, but she's often much quicker and smarter and beats us to the punch! LOL!
SP was my first group home client that taught me, believe it or not~ I don't know everything about women with developmental disabilities!! SP is complicated. She keeps us humble. She keeps us on our toes!
We like to tell her she looks like Gomer Pyle in this hat! LOL! We all grew up on those old TV shows so we laugh and joke about them alot! If we let SP, she'd wear the hat over her eyes and fall down the steps! OY! She has no self preservation skills.
This is her new patio rocking chair~ she loves it! Her old one wore out.
This summer MA decided to surprise us by being more than happy to go up north. With MA's alzheimers you never know from year to year!
So of course then SP who had been begging all winter to go camping, (we had very little snow and a really warm winter) decided she did not want to go! ugh.
Twenty three years ago this Labor Day weekend SP moved in.
We thank God and her wonderful family for sharing her with us!

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