Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Quips from today

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Monday, November 14, 2011


When did the words most commonly said to my 7 year old go from "I love you" to "Find PANTS!?"

I have to laugh at the the things that drive me crazy regarding Joey, because the more crazy/silly/somewhat sassy things he does only serves as a reminder that he is becoming more neuro-typical. Or should I say, he is resembling his neuro-typical peers.

His new thing is nudity, yet at the same time, his other new thing is covering up. If he walks outside of the bathroom or his bedroom in mid-change, he cups his pee pee and covers his butt with his hands.

One thing is for sure, he always makes me laugh.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Marriage milestones

I just realized I've been married exactly 2 1/2 years today. Just one day shy of this milestone last time around, I gave birth to Joey. This might explain the funk I've been in the last few days:(

Marriage,'s all a hot topic in this household. We started trying to have a baby long before we were married. Taboo as it might be, we're adults and we were engaged and felt it was ok. If I was prego at the wedding, we were ok with it. I had my 3rd laparoscopy in May of '08 and we were given the go ahead to start trying.

Nothing ever happened. I had 2 possible miscarriages. Bryan was checked out and his equipment was fine. It seems to be all me; my equipment is faulty.

GFCF is a joke

I wish more studies were done to make this fad go away.

Study: Gluten-free diets do not improve autism behavior
By Trisha Henry
CNN Medical Producer

Keeping the proteins found in wheat, barley, rye and dairy out of the diets of children with autism does not lead to behavior improvements, new research has found.

While many doctors do not recommend a special diet as an autism therapy, there are widespread reports from families on the internet lauding the success of keeping foods containing gluten and casein out of an autistic child's diet. Currently, nearly one in three children with autism is given a gluten- and casein-free diet in an effort to reduce symptoms of the neurodevelopmental disease, study authors say.

Actress and activist Jenny McCarthy is one the most vocal parents who claims her son's autism symptoms improved when she switched his diet.

The cause of autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder that hinders communication and social interaction, is not yet known and there is no cure. While there are a few science-based therapies, which applied early in a child's development can improve the behavior in some children, for many families finding way to help children can be challenging and lead them to try many unproven treatments.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center in upstate New York put the gluten- and casein-free diet to most stringent test today, according to lead author Dr. Susan Hyman.

They looked at 14 children with autism between the ages of 2½ and 5½ years old – but without celiac disease or allergies to milk and wheat.

First they removed gluten and casein from the children’s diet. After four weeks, the children were randomly given either gluten or casein, both, or a placebo, through a carefully measured snack. Parents, teachers and a research assistants were questioned about the child's behavior before and after the snack was eaten.

"Under these controlled circumstances we did not find an effect on behavior in response to challenges with gluten and casein in children with autism but without GI disease," says Hyman.

Parents need to be aware of the potential cost and measure the benefit before they consider trying a new treatment for their child, says IMFAR Program Committee program chair, David Mandell.

Hyman and Mandell both say more studies need to be done looking at the effects of diet and the specific subtypes of autism.

The study is being released this weekend at the International Meeting for Autism Research in Philadelphia.

Autism usually develops by the time a child is 3 years old. An average of 1 in 110 children suffers from some type of an autism spectrum disorder.

Children with autism can have one of several complex neurological disorders, which lead to social impairments, communication difficulties and restrictive and repetitive behaviors. According to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 1 in 110 children suffers from some type of an autism spectrum disorder.

Editor's Note: Medical news is a popular but sensitive subject rooted in science. We receive many comments on this blog each day; not all are posted. Our hope is that much will be learned from the sharing of useful information and personal experiences based on the medical and health topics of the blog. We encourage you to focus your comments on those medical and health topics and we appreciate your input. Thank you for your participation.

Post by: Trisha Henry - CNN Medical Producer

Monday, November 7, 2011

Starting Tenex tonight

After finally discussing the ADHD medication with the neurologist that the developmental pediatrician prescribed, we have started Tenex (Guanfacine/Intuniv). It may cause low blood pressure. I'm nervous. And worried. I never thought I'd be one of THOSE moms that caves and gives their kid ADHD meds. Aren't we all a little ADHD? Ugh. With the threat of him falling behind in school, how could I say no? Hopefully, we will see an improvement in his attention, both at home and at school, and the risks will pay off.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

A month of Thanks

I am copying other people on Facebook and everyday for the month of November, I am posting what I'm thankful for. I will add them here to keep:)

11/1 ~ I missed the first one so I will add it here. I am thankful for the madness of October to be over and that the holidays are upon us!

11/2 ~ Inspired by Mike Scavulli, I am going to say what I'm thankful for everyday this month. Like him, I am also thankful for hot sauce. And I am thankful for the gift of sight so I can enjoy reading friends' posts and see smiles on the faces of my loved ones everyday.

11/3 ~ I am thankful for early morning snuggles, especially since I may not get them the next 2 mornings.

11/4 ~ I almost forgot...Today, I am thankful for my job, that allows me flexibility to be there for my son and has brought many positive role models into my life.

11/5 ~ I am thankful for never being violated by a dolphin.

11/6 ~ I am thankful for finally being able to turn the a/c off! Doors and windows are open!

11/7 ~ I am thankful for sleep when I'm fortunate enough to get it.

‎11/8 ~ I am thankful for IV caffeine drips. Not real, you say? That's why I'm making one for my car as I write this. No other way to get through the next 12 hours, baby!!

‎11/9 ~ I am thankful for my family helping me out. Grandpa's getting Joe from school and taking him to speech today. Can't wait to see my little guy if he's still up when I get home tonight.

‎11/10 ~ I am thankful for Thursday morning volunteering at school. It gives me more time with The Joe, time with his teacher, and a weekly opportunity to see how he is doing in class. It also allows me time to teach these kids some manners. None of them say thank you! I make them look at the librarian and say thank you. I'm so mean:)