Draft written by Shannon, posted by her mom, Gretchen.

I think I can cautiously say things are looking up. I certainly feel better, that’s for sure. It seems like Peter is slowly but steadily improving, and we have found a “lovey” that has actually helped calm Emmie’s terrible anxiety at night. The good news is that I no longer have to sit on her bed and keep my hand on her chest for an hour until she falls asleep. The bad news is that it’s the world’s most expensive lovey because it’s my Patagonia jacket I wear constantly (luckily, I can still use it, except at night).

Having Paula here has been a godsend too. She is able to play with Emmie. She makes delicious dinners. She does laundry. She can drive Peter and Emmie to the places they need to go. She has taken care of most of the needs we really have, which is wonderful.

My anxiety level has