Today I spent the first part of my day in Tzfat, where I had two appointments. Since I already had one appointment scheduled in the city, I thought it would be good to maximize my time in the area and found a craniosacral therapist there to treat the baby, so that was my second appointment.
I think that craniosacral therapy is valuable, particularly for a newborn who has recently had to fit through the birth canal and probably experienced some kind of pressure on the skull that causes misalignment. There are a number of potential issues that can be positively impacted by doing craniosacral adjustments, including colic, difficulty in sleeping or feeding, and birth trauma. The main downside of this therapy is that it’s not something that is covered by health insurance, but then again, it seems that most of what I find most valuable relating to health care isn’t!
Another thing I had wanted to do this morning was to meet up with someone in the area giving away classical music cassettes. I’ve been doing hours of research on Down syndrome every day beginning when the baby was two days old, and one thing that I came across was the importance of music therapy in stimulating the brain. Mozart and Bach were particularly recommended.
I started looking into purchasing some classical music (you should see the list of things I think would be valuable to buy for this baby!) but was delighted to see a posting a short time later by someone in Tzfat giving away lots of classical cassettes. A neighbor had given me a cd/cassette player around Pesach time, so I have a way to play the cassettes. I emailed to ask if she had any Mozart or Bach, and sure enough, she did! I told her why I wanted them and she very generously put aside 11 cassettes for me, 6 Mozart and 5 Bach! That was such an amazing thing! I’m looking forward to using them next week after Tisha B’Av.
And on a different note, traveling to Tzfat made me once again appreciative that the baby was in the NICU in Nahariya rather than the Tzfat hospital that I was in labor at. The ride there is along a winding road and so nauseating that I don’t know how I would have managed it every day. I took dd11 and ds10 with me today, thinking they would enjoy walking around the Old City of Tzfat while I was taking care of my appointments. Poor ds10 tends to get carsick, and threw up on the way there and the way back. We were all very happy to get home.