It’s been nearly a week since Grayson got his diagnosis. I am so thankful for the abundant love and support our little family has received. We know people care about and are praying for Grayson around the country (and even the world) and are so grateful.

I’ve cried almost every day since Friday. Since we started this journey, I really haven’t cried much- I guess I feel like the majority of time I have to keep it together for him- if I fall apart, this whole operation falls apart. But the reality of the situation has been sinking in- my son has a chronic disease that will affect him his entire life. His life will be very, very different than the life I imagined for my child, and as a result, our family will be very different as well. No, different isn’t necessarily bad, but this disease isn’t “good” either. Having a 19 month old who doesn’t eat, crawl (yet!), sit up, walk, or talk is hard- it just is.

I saw my counselor on Monday and she helped me work through my fears, especially the fear that Grayson has Leighs. But the reality is we don’t have any idea which type of Mito Grayson has, and won’t know for at least another few months, if ever. So I’m not going to be in denial about it, but also can’t let fear take over my life. I have too much to live for and enjoy right now, today.

My little guy has truly been amazing me the past few days. The Mito specialist doubled the dose of CoQ10 prescribed by our neurologist, as well as increased the dosages of his other supplements. I’d been giving him too little of the CoQ10 because I converted the milligrams to milliliters wrong (yes, I’m a former math teacher, shame on me). So actually now he’s getting 10 TIMES the amount he has been the past few months.

Well, it’s doing it’s job, apparently. Grayson spent a good part of today in this position.

And he has figured out he can MOVE himself by picking his hands up and turning his body.

CoQ10, where have you been all my life?

Sadly, he got his first “crawling” injury a few minutes after I snapped this picture- a busted lip on the wood floor. Poor little tough guy.

The most amazing thing today (and I didn’t have my camera, grr) was when I went into his room when he woke up from his nap. I got right up close to him so he could see me, and he got a big grin on his face, pushed himself up and grabbed the crib railing! I seriously almost fell over.

I’m realizing there is a good thing about having a child with developmental delays, as I’ve been told. I truly do marvel and appreciate the “inchstones”. Any tiny bit of progress is cause for celebration (or a slobbery kiss from Izzy).


  1. andmom on April 27, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Awesome progress!That really is one of the perks – you appreciate every little thing that much more.

  2. Traci on April 27, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I think he's very proud of his inchstones! Look at those smiles!

  3. dave on April 27, 2012 at 1:37 am

    This is great!

  4. Hannah on April 27, 2012 at 1:55 am

    So happy to read this! Go G man!!

  5. Jillian Moller on April 27, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Yippee! SUch good news and only the beginning of things to come!

  6. Amber on April 27, 2012 at 1:59 am

    He is SOOO adorable!!! And he looks so happy about his progress. :)I cannot imagine how tough it must be to face a diagnosis like his. And I don't have any words of wisdom, because I fortunately haven't had to endure anything even close to this. But I hope you know how many people are praying for your family. His story and his accomplishments continue to amaze me.

  7. Erin on April 27, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Fantastic news! What wonderful pictures, I am so proud of him. Get that video camera charged and be ready to record him crawling! Amazing what a difference the supplement has made!!!

  8. Jenna on April 27, 2012 at 2:58 am

    That is such amazing news!!!! I am so excited right along with you to see all of the progress!!!! It is so amazing!!!!!

  9. Coco on April 27, 2012 at 3:39 am

    YAY for inchstones and gratitude! Hoping and praying foryou!!!!

  10. Courtney on April 27, 2012 at 3:57 am

    Look at him!!!! He is such a motivated little guy! It seems that he's made a LOT of progress the last week or so. YAY!

  11. Laurie on April 27, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Look at him go – progress is one amazing feeling!! Praying Grayson continues to progress and stay healthy. Prayers for you too girl – I know how hard these times are. I'm here if you need someone to cry to, scream at, laugh with or all of the above 🙂

  12. Becky on April 27, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    What a joy to see that progress! And yay for the medication working as it's supposed to!!!! What a fabulous little creature he is 😉

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