Seems more and more children in our neighborhood are having a hard time with allergies. Just last year there were 5 kids in my son’s class with asthma, out of 23 kids! Now granted we live in the south where Charlotte NC has just been given the dubious [Read more…] about On the subject of allergies…
and given us one heck of a wake up call, AGAIN. Just when we think it’s safe to go back in the water. Ok old movie lines aside, spring has given us one big kick. The boy’s allergies are to the enth degree, and I was once again sent scrambling back into ‘full on attack’ mode. This after I realize while doing my taxes, that a greater portion of the $20,000 I just added up was actually all about trying to find similar answers to similar things last year. Each year the number seems to get exponentially bigger, not because we try more things but fewer and fewer people are accepting any kind of insurance. Sad but true. Anyway, once again I drift (who says only my kid has ADD??)! His allergies have had him at urgent care twice in the last 4 weeks – swollen, red, itchy allergy eyes are not good for a kid trying to focus in school. He was back at his regular doc today with chest [Read more…] about Spring has truly sprung…
Just where are we at today? Theraplay has started, we had our evaluation a couple of weeks ago but our first real session took place this week and went like this:
We entered the office and there was a box of props and a video camera. Our therapist told me to follow the index cards and she would wait in the lobby for us. My son and I proceeded to [Read more…] about Progress report March 22nd 2011
I only posted this today as yesterday I was reading that 1 in 110 children now are being diagnosed with autism! 1/110!!! When our son was diagnosed there was 1/150 – which I thought at the time was terrible enough. Now the numbers are staggering and continuing to climb yearly. I think almost all of us now know a family touched by a spectrum disorder. So I also ask the question “what’s going on here?”. I am not actually anti-vaccine, although I believe that the people who choose not to vaccinate do so after reading thousands of hours of information. I do think its a valid topic to include on this site, simply as people are still so confused in the vaccine debate. The whole Andrew Wakefield thing has been misquoted and misconstrued for so long now, no one really remembers the original results of his paper. Which I truly believe we all should at least read so we know the argument for and against his work. As it is not as simple as the mainstream media would have us believe.
I don’t believe anyone takes it lightly to not vaccinate their child. Personally, both my children were vaccinated on a slower scale, much like Dr. Sears and Dr. Oz chose for their children. My daughter shows no adverse effects (yet) from any of her vaccinations and we stopped all vaccinations at age 3 (although for us it was actually age 5 as we were on a very slow schedule). They each had the separated measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations over the course of 6 months. I don’t regret vaccinating them nor do I know what decision I would make if I had to do it over again. My decisions have been made so luckily for me I don’t have to have that internal angst over whether to do it or not. I do remember that when our son had his chickenpox vaccination he was totally silent for an entire week. I remember panicking and worrying daily if this was a permanent thing, luckily he slowly started trying to make the animal sounds he had been making, again. I did continue to give him his vaccinations until he entered Elementary school when I discovered that not only should I be concerned with side-effects and allergies (wasn’t that enough?!!!!) I found some other information that made me totally reevaluate from a different perspective my choice to not vaccinate. This again, was a personal decision that was right for our family, and I absolutely do not disagree or agree with anyone else’s decision to vaccinate or not.
This is from the other article I read yesterday regarding the Autism Support Networks review of Dr Oz’s show and where he mentions the 1/110 diagnosis. Again a worthwhile read.
That is the question, luckily around here there is an option for either of the 3, and each has their own merits.
I am beginning to think that the local public school is not for us, even though we live just 5 doors away and the teacher and support staff seem excellent. I believe both my kids find their school stressful. Every single [Read more…] about Charter school, public school or private?