Friday, July 10, 2009
Amazing Amelia...IN PERSON!
I have known Debbie since high school and a mutual friend told me about her blog about a year ago. I have been following Amazing Amelia's story since then. Finally, after about fourteen years, since I last saw Debbie, I got to meet them in person. Amelia has cerebral palsy and Debbie's blog is a wealth of information. Reading the blog and living the dynamic Mom and daughter duo are two completely different things.
I hung out with Debbie and her hot (famous-but-you'd-never-know-it)husband Nestor over homemade chocolate brownies that her mom had made and we reminisced about our trip to Italy about twenty years ago. Now we are old Mammas taking care of our incredible kids.
When Amelia woke up, I followed Debbie upstairs and met the star in person. She is a lot bigger and even more beautiful face to face. She was a little scared of me when she met me, I think she thought I was another doctor ready to visit her. I watched as Debbie inserted a tube that serves as a burper because Amelia can't do that herself and this is part of the procedure Debbie goes through before Amelia can eat. She put the best of doctors to shame with her skills and strong yet loving way of taking care of her girl.
Then we went back downstairs to chat and Amelia watched the "Backyardigans" (I think, I'm new to this American tv stuff) with her legs daintily crossed...such a little woman!
Debbie is an inspiring and special mom. She is intuitive and knows Amelia's every need before Amelia can even blink. I love them both...