Monday, June 6, 2016

The Same Little Girl: A fictional story based on my life

*A fictional short story based on my life.

“The Same Little Girl”

 “I would like to schedule Gracie for an EEG,” Dr. Moore said.
Sally and Jess exchanged looks.  They don’t know what an EEG is or what it does.
“A what?” Jess said with a puzzled look on his face.
 “An Electroencephalogram, or EEG records the electrical activity of the brain by picking up the electrical signals from the brain cells.  We are going to place little electrodes to Gracie’s head to find out how her brain works. The test will tell us if she is having seizures or not,” Dr. Moore said writing notes on her chart.  “Gracie will have to stay in the hospital for a few days,” Dr. Moore said. 
“Can we stay with her?” Sally said.  “Gracie has never been without me since she’s been born.”
“Yes, of course you can stay with her the whole time,” Dr. Moore said.
“Is it safe?” Jess asked. 
“Will it hurt?” Sally asked. 
“Yes, it is safe. We do it all the time.  There is no pain other than the uncomfortableness of the glue and electrodes on her head,” Dr. Moore said.  Dr. Moore is a short women, about fifty or so, with huge glasses that engulf her face and short black hair cut straight around her head at the ear. Dr. Moore asked Sally and Jess many questions about their family history, and the episode that they thought may be a seizure.
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Gracie had only started going to school a few month ago, after she turned three.  Gracie’s pediatrician had recommended a special school for her as Gracie had been falling behind developmentally.  Gracie did not talk much and when she did, there were only a handful of words she used.  There had even been talk of Gracie having Autism, but her parents weren’t convinced. It was a Tuesday when Sally went to Gracie’s school to pick her up; as she did every Tuesday.  But this time was different, this time Gracie’s teacher, Mrs. O’Neal, stopped Sally in the hallway.  Sally was not ready to hear the truth about Gracie but she would soon learn the truth is harder than the lie she told herself.
 “Does Gracie have seizures? I think Gracie had a seizure today.” Mrs. O’Neal said.
Sally couldn’t believe her ears. “What did she say?  A seizure? My daughter doesn’t have seizures.” Sally thought to herself.
“Excuse me, what did you say?” Sally said. 
“I wanted to know if Gracie had seizures,” Mrs. O’Neal said. 
 “No, Gracie has never had a seizure,” Sally said to Mrs. O’Neal, insulted at her even suggesting Gracie had seizures. Sally had always wanted to be a mom, and when she had Gracie she knew she would stay home and take care of her. Sally was a planner and there was no room in her plan for seizures.   “I am running late for an appointment.  Can we talk about this another time?” Sally said as she grabbed Gracie’s hand and walked down the hallway.
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 “This is going to be your home for the next week,” the nurse said. 
Sally thought they were only going to be at the hospital for a few days. 
“A week,” Sally said. 
“Well, it could be shorter, we’ll see,” The nurse said.
 The room looked like any other hospital room.  In the center of the room was a big picture window with a royal blue couch that rolled out into a bed; in front of it to the right was a hospital bed with white sheets.  Behind the bed were wires, hoses, and machines. To the left was a TV mounted to the wall. Underneath it was a built in closet, and to the left of that was the private bathroom.  In the left hand corner of the room was a wooden rocking chair worn out from moms rocking their child to sleep.  On the ceiling was a huge tinted dome, Sally could still see the camera inside of it. The nurse caught Sally puzzling at the camera.
“That’s the camera. It is on 24/7, so if you need to change, go into the bathroom because it cannot see you in there,” the nurse said as she pointed to the bathroom.   Gracie went into the bathroom and changed into a hospital gown. It was yellow with tiny tigers all over it.  Gracie sat on the hospital bed, playing with her toys. 
 “All looks good here,” the nurse said as she took Gracie’s vital signs. Then she left the room.
A technician came into the room to put the EEG leads on Gracie.  Gracie laid still while on the bed as the technician stood at the top of her bed; he measured and mapped out her head so that he knew where to place the electrodes. The technician put some type of sticky glue on the electrodes on Gracie’s head.  It smelled like burnt rubber.  Gracie squirmed a little bit, but Sally put her favorite movie on the iPad and let her watch it while the technician placed leads on her head. When the technician was done, he wrapped her little head in bandages around her chin; all anyone could see was her eyes, nose, mouth and chubby cheeks. 
“Here is the red button; you will have to push this every time Sally has an episode,” the technician said. The button is plugged into the wall and clipped to the side of Gracie’s bed.  “One more thing,” the technician said. “It is very important that you do not leave her alone.  If you need to go to the bathroom or get something to eat, you must call a nurse.” 
“Gracie wouldn’t let me leave even the room even if I wanted to,” Sally said as the technician left the room.
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The last day of a person’s normal life does not announce itself;  to those living it, it is just another typical day.  
“What smells so good?” Jess said, as he walked into the kitchen and placed his black leather brief case on the floor.  Jess was tall with sandy brown hair in a military cut. Jess’ broad shoulders filling out the navy blue dress shirt, he stood loose his red tie.
 “I am making lasagna, your favorite” she said as she pulled the hot pan out of the stove and placed it on the counter Jess had just cleaned. 
“I can see that. I think there is more on the counter than there is in the pan,” he said laughing he grabbed the kitchen cleaner and a towel; he wiped the counter.
“You look as beautiful as you did the day I meet you, ten years ago,” Jess said as he put down the cleaner and placed his hands around her waist.
 “The moment I say you in my senior English class I knew I was going to marry you,” Sally said as she looked up at Jess and kissed him passionately. 
All of a sudden they heard a loud thud and turned towards the sound.  It was Gracie.  Her head had hit the wall and she was lying on the carpet, her hands and feet were twitching. 
“Gracie what happened?” Sally said as she ran to Gracie.  There was no response.  Her eyes seemed to look past her mother’s eyes as if no one was there. Jess stood there watching in horror.
“Gracie,” she said as she stroked Gracie’s head, “Gracie!” 
Just then Gracie turned her head towards Sally, “Mommy,” she said. 
“Baby, what happened?” Sally said. 
“My head hurts,” Gracie said as she sat up.  Sally scooped Gracie into her arms.  Jess softly kissed Gracie on the forehead followed by his wife.  Jess put his arms around the both of them and held them as Gracie fell asleep. After that day, normal took on a whole new meaning for Sally, Jess and Gracie.
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 Now, Gracie lay asleep on her hospital bed as Sally sat looking out the window into the parking lot where people were walking, driving and parking.  Sally felt like she was a prisoner stuck in a tiny room for days 
At least prisoners get to go out to the yard once a day for fresh air and sunlight.” she thought to herself.  “Not me I was stuck in this tiny room, smaller than a bedroom for day or weeks maybe.”  The smell of the cold sterile hospital room had become familiar to her.
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Sally was watching Gracie. Gracie was smiling and playing with her dolls, when silence suddendly filled the air.  Gracie stopped playing.  Her body fell backward as if she was fainting, but her hazel eyes were open.  Sally ran to Gracie and looked into her eyes.  They were glazing over and her pupils were dilated.  Sally felt Gracie’s body stiffening, shaking, trembling, and thrashing all around.  Gracie’s mouth was half open.  Sally could see her tongue shaking.  She was drooling onto the hospital bed. Sally’s heart raced.   Her anxiety rose.  Her eyes started to tear. In these few moments time slowed down seconds felt like minutes.  A voice came over the overhead speaker, as if God were speaking to Sally. 
“Can you please hit the red button,” the technician said from the overhead speaker. 
She searched for the red button clipped on the sheets of the hospital bed.  Sally grabbed it hitting it so hard she thought it would break.  A loud beeping sound and flashing lights came from the door of the hospital room.  Nurses and doctors came running in and pushed Sally aside. 
“What was she doing when it happened?” One nurse yelled at Sally.
 “Are these the episodes you were talking about?”  Another nurse yelled at Sally.
All Sally could do was nodd her head. “I didn’t do anything,” she thought to herself, “they told me to push the button.” She opened her mouth but no words came out. The tears were pouring down her cheek, there was no consoling her.   Sally just kept her eyes on Gracie.
Gracie’s body began to relax and once again, Sally saw the sparkle in her eyes. The nurses moved, allowing Sally to walk over by Gracie’s bed.  Sally gently stroked Grace’s hair, kissing her on the forehead and whispered into her ear, “It’s going to be okay.”  But secretly, Sally was asking herself, “Why her daughter. Why Gracie?” Gracie closed her eyes and fell asleep. 
            Later that day the nurse came into Gracie’s hospital room.
“Would you two come with me, Dr. Moore would like talk to you,” the nurse said.
“Don’t worry about Gracie, a hospital volunteer will come to sit and play with her.”
 The nurse led Sally and Jess down the hospital hallway to a door with a sign that read, “Family Consultation Room.”  When Jess opened the door he noticed Dr. Moore was already in the room, sitting at a big round oak table.  Sally and Jess walked in and sat across the table from Dr. Moore. 
“We were able to catch Gracie’s seizure on video,” Dr. Moore said. “ And It is just as I suspected, Gracie has epilepsy.”  
Sally squeezed Jess’s hand as she heard the word epilepsy; her worse fears were confirmed.  “There’s more” Dr. Moore said, “We know what’s causing the seizures. Gracie also has Rett syndrome.”
Sally and Jess were in shock as Dr. Moore explained Rett syndrome.  She told them it was a chromosome abnormality and would affect every part of her body from speech to motor function. 
“Gracie will slowly get worse and worse,” Dr. Moore said. “Most of the girls end up in wheelchairs.”
Sally felt nauseous. Jess’s mind filled with questions.
 “What’s her life expectancy?” Jess said. 
“There is no cure at this time.  You need to prepare for the worst, most girls do not make it past their twentieth birthdays,” Dr. Moore said.
Sally just replayed the words over and over again in her head, “prepare for the worst.” 
Jess listened to Dr. Moore as she rambled off numbers, percentages, and talked about anti-seizure medication that Gracie would need.   Jess spoke her scientific language, but Sally just sat there nodding, not saying a word.  
“Do you have any questions?” Dr. Moore asked Sally.  Sally went blank; she could not think of anything.  She was in shock as she shook her head side to side. 
“When can we take her home?” Jess said. 
“We will take the leads off today and start her on the first dose of anti-seizure medicine. If there are no side affects you can take her home tomorrow,” Dr. Moore said as she stood up to leave.
Jess stood up, followed by Sally. Jess placed his hand round Sally’s waist as if he were holding her up.  Jess shook Dr. Moore’s hand. Mindlessly, Sally shook Dr. Moore’s hand.  Sally was in shock, but she couldn’t stay there for long.  They had to tell Gracie.   
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Jess scooped Gracie into his arms, careful not to pull on any of her cords. 
“How’s my little princess? Jess said.
            “My head hurt,” Gracie said as she scratched her head.
Jess pulled Gracie into his chest and took a lollypop from his pocket.  “Here you go baby girl, this will help,” Jess said. 
“Thanks, daddy,” Gracie said.
“Gracie, we have something to tell you,” Sally said.  But when Sally looked into Gracie’s eyes; she saw her own eyes staring back at her.  Sally saw all the things her daughter would never be: a ballerina, a wife, a mother. Sally ran out of the room crying with her hands covering her face. 
Jess looked down at this daughter and placed her on the bed.  “Gracie, I will be right back,” Jess said and he left.         
            Jess found Sally outside the door crying.  Sally looked deep into Jess’ blue eyes and wondered where they would go from here. 
            “I can’t do this, I am not strong enough,” Sally said. “She’s only three years old.”
“Yes, but she is a fighter and she will fight this,” Jess said.  “We will fight this.” 
Sally just stood there with tears rolling down her cheek. Jess looked at her face and wiped the tears from her face.  She thought about how her daughter soon wouldn’t be able to hold a doll, play a game of kick ball, or even ride a bike.  Sally thought about how one day she would have to bury her daughter. Jess looked at Sally as if he knew what she was thinking.  He pulled her into his chest and squeezed her tight. Sally sobbed uncontrollably into his shirt.  
Jess grabbed Sally by the arms and shook her.  “I don’t care what the doctors say,” Jess said. “She is the same little girl we brought into the hospital. This diagnosis doesn’t change anything.”  Sally stopped crying.

Jess was right, but Jess was wrong too.  Gracie’s diagnosis changed everything.  And together they walked back into Gracie’s room.

Monday, March 21, 2016

I have been told that putting your feeling down on paper can be very therapeutic. Here is a poem I wrote.
My daughter's Seizure
Girl is playing, 
Smiling,
Singing,
Happiness fills the day.
Mom is watching,
Always waiting for the thief to take it away.
The thief steals her joy,
He takes her time;
It’s all a ploy
For him to get his way.
Mom is no longer waiting, silence fills the air
The thief is here to steal the moment
To abduct her daughter into his deep, dark world.
Eye staring, glazing over, pupils dilating,
Body stiffing, shaking, trembling, thrashing all around
Mouth open, tongue shaking, drooling on the ground
Mom’s eyes are tearing, heart is racing, anxiety rising, labored breathing,
There’s no consoling.
Time is ticking away,
Slowly ticking,
Minutes turn into days
Gently stroking, whispering, kissing, she’s going to be okay.
Her body relaxing,
Her eyes sparking,
The thief withdraws his grip,
Seeping back into the darkness, until his unquenchable appetite strikes again.
Girl is playing,
Smiling,
Singing,
Happiness fills the day,
Mom is watching
Always waiting for the thief to have his way.
~ by Wendy Buxton

Sunday, August 3, 2014

New Dial Coconut Water refreshing Mango Body Wash review and giveaway

   

I have been using Dial®  body wash for some time now and I really like the way it makes my skin feel so soft and smooth.  As a Purex Insider I was given a sample of New Dial Coconut Water refreshing Mango Body Wash to sample.  

I really like the New Dial Coconut Water refreshing Mango Body Wash hydrates my skin.  It smells of fresh coconut water infused with citrus mango. It leaves my dry skin feeling clean, healthy and hydrated .  Its like taking a shower under a tropical waterfall.  

 Coconut water  is a leading trend known to be rich in antioxidant and electrolytes that helps provide replenishing hydration.  Mango  is known for bring nutrient rich and adds a touch of tropical freshness. 

Healthier Skin. Healthier You.  Learn more at Dialsoap.com 

Now for what you have been waiting for....

The giveaway will be for CLOSED! The winner is cheryl 

    Your Prize Pack will contain : 

    • (1) one coupon for a FREE Dial® Coconut water body wash 11.75 oz.(expires 09/30/2014)



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Disclosure: Dial provided a free sample of their Dial®  shampoo and body wash courteous of Purex insider for me to review. However, all opinions expressed are my own.



Friday, July 25, 2014

Spellbinders Celebrations review and giveaway

The spellbinders brand provided me with a sample of Spellbinders Celebrations collection in exchange for a product review. However, all opinions expressed ere are my own.

 In a world where you can send a message instantly, have we lost the art of handmade cards?  I really hope not. I have noticed that people do not send cards as much as they used to send cards, but why?


I do not know if you are anything like me, but I still enjoy receiving and giving handmade cards.  There is something to be said about how much time it takes to sit down and make a handmade card, write a note, address it, stamp it and send it in the mail. Think about all those steps. During each one of those steps that person was thinking of you. It is enough to make anyone feel loved, valued and cherished. So why don't we do it? 

Time!



It can take long time to make a single card, but what if I told you it does not have to take a long time to make a high quality card, just a few minutes. 




Thanks to Spellbinders Celebrations by Richard Gray , I was able to complete the two projects (pictured above) in under 5 minutes.  With Spellbinders Celebrations collection of dies, stamps,  paper ink and accessories all coordinated to work perfectly together, your creations are endless.    

You can customize your own card to create a one-of-a-kind gift. You can also make a scrapbook layout to fit your unique style.  


Now for what you have been waiting for....

The giveaway will be for :  Closed: The winner is latanya t



    • (1)  Spellbinders Celebrations "Many Words" Clear Polymer Stamp (SCS-004) (clear block not included) 


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Friday, July 18, 2014

SeaWorld Texas water park: Aquatica review


This summer my family and I attended Adventure Con 2014 hosted by SeaWorld / Aquatica (see my post on Sea World ).  As a mom with a child with special need I was a little nervous to take my Special Needs child to a water park like Aquatica, but since I check it out last year without her I was sure we would have a great time.

Since I was there for a Blogging Conference I was not able to spend the whole day in Aquatica, but we did make the most of the time we had in Aquatica.


First we ate lunch at Waterstone Grill. The sausage wrap and potato salad was really good and my daughter enjoyed eating the watermelon.  While we were eating, her favorite characters Shamu and a penguin mascots came out to visit with the kids.  She was so happy to see them and they both came over and hugged her.


Did you know Aquatica has animal encounters?
While our lunch settled we headed over to Roa's Aviary, in Loggerhear Beach of Aquatica. There were more birds than I was able to count. As you can see by the pictures the scenery is breath taking not to mention you can either walk among the tropical birds or wade through the waterfall.  Some of the birds in the aviary are considered threatened or endangered.  We were even able to feed the birds and see how amazing they are up-close.  Sea World educations are also there to answer any question we had about the birds.


Birds were not the only creatures we saw, we also saw turtles and stingrays.  We laid against a small wall and were able to feel the stingray as they glided passed us. They must like to be touch because they would come by us time and time again.  It was incredible to see the kids faces light up as they toughed the stingray. 

As a family we also took some time to float along Loggerhead Lane river.  The river's current pushes us along as we maneuvered through the different water obstacles. It was so much fun to get wet on a hot Texas day and see birds, turtles, and stingrays. 

They have some amazing ride too, but due to a medical emergency (my daughter had a seizure and we had to leave) we did not ride any ride this time.   However last year I was able to try-out all of the ride at Aquatica and they are amazing, thrilling rides. We will definitely be going back again this year.


Disclaimer I received discounted ticket to SeaWorld and Aquatic as well as quick queue passes and meal vouchers as part of Adventure Con 2014 Blogging Conference. However all opinion expressed her are my own.  


To learn more about Aquatica check out their website. http://aquaticabyseaworld.com/sanantonio/

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Keep Momming

“Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Shire. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

The relationship that exists between mothers and daughters is unlike any other. It has many unique moments, memories, and yes, even challenges along the way. The relationship dynamic can be even trickier when your daughter is in those tween-age years. What can be even more difficult is when some people dismiss certain behaviors as “typical tween girl behavior” when those behaviors can be symptoms of something more serious. Research suggests that girls are more likely than boys to report having mostly inattentive Attention- Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) symptoms. Since inattentive symptoms can be less noticeable than hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, it is important that moms know what to look for.

I’m proud to be joining forces with Shire, CHADD and Holly Robinson Peete to announce the launch of keep momming, a new public service initiative geared towards the moms of tween girls to raise awareness of ADHD.

The campaign is anchored within a new digital hub, KeepMomming.com, where you’ll find tips, tools and other go-to resources for moms, including a checklist to help recognize the symptoms of ADHD – inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity – and then encourages moms to talk to their daughter’s doctor. The keep momming initiative can help moms learn about ADHD and provide ideas on how to spark a conversation and stay connected with their tween.

Don’t miss Holly’s message about the keep momming initiative, and be sure to check out the website at KeepMomming.com.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

10 reasons you should take your special needs child to Sea World Texas.

Disclaimer I received discounted ticket to SeaWorld and Aquatic as well as quick queue passes and meal vouchers as part of Adventure Con 2014 Blogging Conference. However all opinion expressed her are my own.  My hopes are this post will help caregivers to make the most of their SeaWorld San Antonio adventure with a Special Needs Child.  Please keep in mind each child is unique and will respond differently. 

This summer my family and I attended Adventure Con 2014hosted by Sea World (see my post ).  As a mom of a child with Special Needs I was a little nervous to take my Special Needs child to a busy amusement park like SeaWorld, but since I check it out last year without her I was sure we would have a great time.


Sea World is an ADA compliant park, and they have gone above and beyond to help families with special needs enjoy their experience.  That is why I wanted to share how we navigate Sea World Texas with a special needs child. ( check out my other blog post Easy Tip for Special Needs Kids at Sea World San Antonio, Texas


1.  They have an Accessibility Pass.  Before you go to the park check out their website for information on their Accessibility Pass.  Then when you arrive at the park go to guest services and ask for the Accessibility pass.  There is nothing like being able to get your child as close to the rides as possible so you can transfer them from their wheelchair to the ride.  The Accessibility pass will allow your child and one guest to ride with them on a ride (on some rides more than one guest can accompany the child).  If your child has a stroller that acts as a wheelchair they have a red stickers that will help you from being stopped every time you try to go into a show and being ask to park your stroller in the stroller parking. 

2. You can purchase the Quick Queue.  If you don’t mind paying a little extra and want to ride thrill rides, I would recommend buying the Quick Queue.  In a nut shell it allows a person to go to the front of the line at Sea World’s most popular attractions. Checked out SeaWorld's website to learn more.

3.  The Rides

Dress for the Weather!  This summer has been unusually cool so far, but most summers in Texas are hot and humid.  Bring lots of sunblock.   Next to Sea World is Aquatica (click here to see my post on Aquatica) so it is a good idea to wear your swim suit underneath your clothes. Many shows and rides will get you drenched so bring a towel too.


Rio Loco The rides at SeaWorld are amazing.  My daughter’s favorite ride was Rio Loco (my youngest was not tall enough to ride, so daddy had to stay with him).  With the accessibility pass you have up to 5 guest ride with your special needs child.  This ride is a great way to cool down in the Texas heat, because you are most likely going to get drench on this ride.
 Journey to Atlantis.  I was shocked to find out my 3 year old was tall enough to ride Journey to Atlantis.  It takes you up so high you can see the whole park. It is part water ride, part coaster.  You are going to get wet on this ride.   I know my little guy was a little nervous to ride this ride, but when the ride was over he was glad he gave it a try.
For the younger kids or the kids at heart head on over to Sesame Street® Bay of Play®.  Here you will find rides like:
Shamu Express.   My youngest was able to ride his first “mini” rollercoaster, Shamu Express.   From the screams and laughter I heard from the kids I knew they loved it .
 Abby Cadabby’s Rockin' Wave.  It rocked us back and forth and even sideways as we squealed with delight.
You can also try: Elmo’s Dolphin Dive, Grover's Round-Up, and Big Bird’s Spinning Reef.  If you want your little ones to get wet try Little Bird's Splash, where you will be squirted with geysers and watch out for the dumping buckets.   
You might even meet some of the Sesame Street characters we saw Cookie Monster and Zoe.

4.  The shows

We watch One Ocean in the “splash zone”.  I don't care how many times I see Killer whales; I never seem to get tired of watching them perform!  They are beautiful majestic creatures.  Their performance is a dance of motion in the water.   I cannot go to Sea World without seeing Shamu. Yes this show entertains but it also meant to educate and inspires us to save these killer whales.
Auzl.  This show was breathtaking, it is where Beluga whales, dolphins and synchronize swimmers are combined with some comedy relief.    My family did not get a chance to see the show, but I did see it last year. 

5. Close encounters with Animals: This is the amazing part of Sea World. The Penguin Encounter, Sea Lion, and Sharks/The Coral Reef allow your child to get up close and personal with the animals. At the Dolphin Cove your child could even get a chance to physically touch a dolphin.   As my husband was holding our daughter over the edge to watch the dolphins, the trainer tossed a Frisbee to a dolphin informing the crown a dolphin will pick someone to bring it to.  YES! The dolphin picked my daughter and brought her the Frisbee (I wish I had a picture, but we were all so in the moment).  Every encounter is wheelchair accessible, but some have cross-sloping areas.


6.  Animal Ambassadors. As you are walking around the park keep your eye open for SeaWorld Animal Ambassadors. They walk the park at different time with animals from the park. My family and I were able to meet some animals.  We were able to see an American bald Eagle, she was young so she was still brown, but soon she  will lose those brown feathers and become covered with white.  We also met a few Lemurs.  

7. They have accessible restrooms.  All restrooms are wheelchair accessible. There is a "companion restroom” located at Sea Side Landing across from Dolphin Cove. There are also restrooms inside the first aid stations. If you need an adult changing table some restrooms have baby changing stations and a private nursing room next to it with a bench. It would be a great place to tube feed your child and change their diaper too!
In case of an emergence know where the first aid station is located. It is located behind Guest Services at the Main Entrance.  Any SeaWorld team member will be happy to help you get to the first aid station.


8.  Great Foods for your diet.Special Diet: Did you know Sea World has a Chef Card for guest will allergies?  The Chef Card is a valuable tool for any guest suffering from food allergies.  Click here to learn more about the Chef Card. If your child is not on a special diet, you can still make the most of you dining experience. Eat at a diner near a stadium during the show because there will be less people and noise as everyone's watching the shows. 


9. You can bring Water and snacks into the park. The park also allows you to bring in a small 6-pack cooler filled with water and a few snacks. This is a great way to bring your child extra water because you are going to need it. One thing to keep in mind it there are no straws allowed for the animals safety.


10.  You'll have FUN!  You and your family will have the time of your lives.



You have any questions about traveling to Sea World Texas with a special needs child, especially one with Rett syndrome, please feel free to e-mail me or post a comment below.



Disclaimer I received discounted ticket to SeaWorld and Aquatic as well as quick queue passes and meal vouchers as part of Adventure Con 2014 Blogging Conference. However all opinion expressed her are my own.  My hopes are this post will help caregives to make the most of their SeaWorld San Antonio adventure with a Special Needs Child.  Please keep in mind each child is unique and will respond differently.