At first glance, Colton looks like a typical one-year-old. He sways and toddels side to side almost falling over as he learns how to use his legs. But Colton is not one; he is a three year old boy who just learned how to walk.
Colton was born with mild hearing loss in his right ear. But gradually other problems began to occur. His left eyelid started to droop making it difficult for him to see, he doesn’t know how to talk and is on medicine for high blood pressure. Doctors are baffled by his health.
Stacey also has two other children to take care of as well as the bills from Colton’s visits to the speech therapist, ear, nose and throat doctors, psychologist and eye surgeons. She turned to Infant Crisis Services for assistance with diapers, formula and food for Colton and her daughter, Cherokee.
“When we come to Infant Crisis Services for a second the burden of everything else is lifted off our shoulders,” said Stacey, Colton’s mom. “When I am here I am not worrying, I am not stressed, I am grateful.”
Stacey watches Colton with the ease of an expert caregiver, while everyone else in the playroom at Infant Crisis Services is jumping up the second he tumbles over. She quickly pulls up the window shades in an interview room before he can get his hands on them. Colton is her full-time job and she takes it very seriously.
“He is all boy,” she said. “He eats twice as much as a grown man, which sometimes includes dirt, leaves and paper.”
Little Colton is mimicking everyone’s laugh, smiling for the camera and playing with his new favorite toy, a stuffed fish. For thirty minutes at Infant Crisis Services, Stacy forgot about the bills, forgot about the doctors and was just thankful for what she was receiving.