I always think about how I would save my children, find them water or food, warmth and housing,. Where do you turn in these situations when everyone around you is suffering as well? I think these things for all my children, and then I land on thoughts of Shea.
What do children with disabilities do? I know my own fears about a fire or emergency when I would have to move fast and get Shea to safety. I try and think about it in advance, how I would scoop her up and run. But what about her braces, and her walker or wheelchair? Those would be lost. How would I save all my children and my daughter who cannot fend for herself, or walk, during an emergency like this?
I think of those mothers in the Philippines, and wonder what they are doing now. Right now. When they have children with disabilities to care for during this crisis. How do you travel for hours to find food on foot, when you have to carry a child? What do these children do if they are dependent on walkers or wheelchairs and they are lost? How do they move? Where can they find help?
I know there are adults with disabilities, and the elderly, and those who are sick – and I cannot imagine how they survive either. But sometimes I can’t even let myself think through this- it is just too much misery to contain. But I cannot stop thinking about the children.
I cannot find anything online to tell me what I can do either. This is not the first human tragedy to happen, and there must be systems set up to help these kids, but maybe not.
Does anyone know where to find information or how to help this tiny population of kids?