Wordless Wednesdays

November 26, 2008 at 1:10 am (Children, Family, Farm, Life, photography) (, , , , , , )

Levi receiving awards at school.

Levi receiving awards at school.

Ugh!  Erin is so cute, but she hates hairbows!

Ugh! Erin is so cute, but she hates hairbows!

Attempting a family Christmas portrait.  Haha!

Attempting a family Christmas portrait. Haha!

Copper~my little Serama

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Natural methods for treating ADHD

November 20, 2008 at 4:52 pm (ADHD, autism, Children, Family, Life) (, , , , , , , )

This has been a long time coming.  And will probably be a slowly evolving process.

I’m still reading websites and books.  I’m communicating with other parents who have tried natural methods.  I’ve ordered The Kid-Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook: The Ultimate Guide to the Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diet and  Dr. Bob’s Guide to Stop ADHD in 18 Days.

In the mean time, we’re going to start by eliminating casein and wheat from Levi’s diet and adding a good multivitamin.  Tommy & I are also working up an exercise program that will be great for all of us.

I’ll keep you updated.

(Levi’s behavior at school today was ok.  He didn’t get an X(bad) on his chart, but he didn’t get a sticker(good) either.  But, it was so AWESOME to see his sweet smile as soon as he saw me!  And to feel his bear hug when he ran up to me and grabbed me!)

My happy child!

My happy child!


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No more patch!

November 19, 2008 at 5:10 pm (Children, God, Life) (, , )

That’s it.  We’re done.  Day 9 and we’re done.

I picked up Levi from school today, and stared at my worst nightmare.  His head was down on the table.  He did not even acknowledge my presence.  His teacher said he was moody and dragging pretty much the entire day.  He sorta swirled his lunch around, but didn’t eat a bite.  He did his work but was not very enthused about anything.  When I tried to get him to hug me, he was not responsive.  I ended up kissing the top of his head.  My heart was breaking.

We walked out to the van and I tried to talk with him.  He wouldn’t even look me in the eye.  It was like we were back to day one.  No, worse than day one.  A backwards slide into autism.  No way!  I am not doing this one more day or even one more minute.  I took the last patch off right then and there.  I called Tommy crying.  We both know that this has been a huge mistake.

So there, it’s done.

Thank God He gave us a perfect, bouncing, HAPPY boy!!

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Wordless Wednesdays

November 19, 2008 at 12:11 am (Children, Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , )

I saw this idea on a few other blogs I’ve read, so I decided it would give me a chance to post some of my photos.

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Update on the Patch

November 18, 2008 at 11:47 am (Children, Family, Life) (, , , , )

I don’t like it.

Today is Day 7 on the patch.

The first 4 days, you could see a little difference.  He seemed to be a little less “pingy”.  He still played lots and wrestled with his sis and jumped on the couch.  He also seemed to have a little less apetite, until food was put in front of him, then he ate like normal.

On Day 5, Sunday, he didn’t want to be away from his Dad.  This isn’t so strange in and of itself, but he just wanted to sit. STILL. In his Dad’s lap.  He didn’t even want to go to children’s church.  He was listening to the sermon, that’s about the only good thing I can see.  When it was time to go, he started crying a little, and I was afraid of him having mood swings that sometimes can occur with the patch.  I asked him if he felt sad, but he said no.  He was just not my Levi.

Yesterday, when I picked him up from school, he was just sitting at the table waiting.  Again still.  A little spacy.  I talked with his teacher, and she said that he had a couple of spacy moments.  Lasting less than 5 minutes a piece.  She said that the rest of the day, he played with the boys, just like the boys, only a little less like Levi.  She said that he did well with his work, etc.  I got a little teary eyed and I told her….I don’t like it.  Not the spacy, sitting still Levi.  She told me that she wanted to make sure that I understood that she is perfectly fine with Levi OFF the patch.  She is really a wonderful teacher.  I didn’t tell her anything.  I really couldn’t talk, or I would have broke down right there in the cafeteria and wept.

I tried to perk Levi up a little and offered a trip to the park.  He wanted to go, but he wasn’t “excited” about it.  Not like he normally is.  Usually, he would have jumped up and down and chanted “The park!! the park!!”.  By the time we got to the park, it had turned cloudy and very windy and cold.  He did play.  Just not like normal.  He wanted some other kids to come.  I tried to chase him, play with him and sis.  After a few minutes, he was cold and told me we could leave in 5 minutes.

As soon as we got home I pulled off the patch.  By the time his Dad got home, he was acting a little more like himself.

I am keeping notes.  I am very close to just not using the patch anymore.  I’ll give it one more week and then decide, as long as there are no drastic mood swings or appetite loss.

Tommy & I have definitely decided to homeschool next year.  I will reasearch more natural methods of controlling ADHD.  I will be able to give him the one-on-one that he needs.  I am really excited about it!

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Cancer fighting/preventing foods

November 17, 2008 at 5:59 pm (Life)

Cancer has been on my mind a lot lately.

November 30th will be one year since my Granny died from lung cancer.  November is actually lung cancer awareness month.  Her Mom, my great Granny, died from a long battle with breast cancer in 1982.

Here is an article on foods that may help fight & prevent cancer.  I know that eating right makes a difference.  Not only with cancer prevention/fighting, but with other aspects of my health.  I was raised in a southern-cooking home with a “eat everything I (Mom) put on your plate”, “there are people all over the world starving” mentality.  To this day I have a problem with leaving food on my plate.  My other problem is piling my plate way too high.  I have to change this.  I need to.  I need to treat my body like a vessel for Christ.  I need to take care of me, so that I can take better care of my family.  I look at my two youngest children and sometimes I feel like I am their grandmother instead of their mom.  I remember a time (only 8 years ago) where I was in GREAT shape physically.  It will happen again!

Lord,

Please forgive me for not taking care of me.  I pray for the wisdom and the willpower to do better.  Please help me Lord.  I want to be able to be used by You.  I want to make a difference in the lives of my children and the people around me.  I want my life to be a testimony to them, so that they may see how great my God is.  I love you Lord.  I thank you for giving us your son, Jesus, to cover us and pay for our sins.

In Jesus name,

Amen

Stay tuned for my progress.  And please pray for me.

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The Patch????

November 11, 2008 at 12:07 pm (Children, Life) (, , , , )

Levi was diagnosed with autism just before his 3rd birthday.  He is extremely smart and at the same time extremely “active”.  We have refused to put him on medications.  We felt that since he was in “special education” classes, that he had the personalized attention that was needed to try and keep him more focused.  He has done so well, that he is in a regular kindergarten class this year.  He still has an IEP.  He has a wonderful & understanding teacher (who has a son that is autistic).  He is excelling in learning the curriculum.  So, what is the problem?  He has had some days where he just will not cooperate.  He has flown in to full blown tantrums just because of transitioning to another activity.  He does not respect personal space and ends up scratching or being scratched.  Problems like this are happening at church & home also.  I don’t believe he means to do these things.  I believe he truly wants to be a good boy.  He hates being in trouble.  He will cry and promise to do better.

So,  we’re trying the patch.

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So, why am I crying like a baby now and feeling like such a failure?

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