Archive | October 2012

Jackson Update

I wish I had something new and exciting to tell you guys out there, but we’re continuing our “being patient” stage.  We’ve been at Homeopathy now for 3 months, and it seems like we haven’t encountered the right remedy yet.  I’m not willing to give up on Homeopathy anytime soon, especially since our well known Homeopath is confident he will find the right remedy match for Jackson.  We have another appointment with our Homeopath on Thursday to continue our discussions about Jackson.  We continue to give him his methyl B12 shot 3 times a week, his supplements, green juice, organic gluten free, casein free diet, and a whole lotta love.  He is still the sweet, snuggly, happy, curious little 3 year old, but no huge gains.  He loves when I sing with him,  jumping on our trampoline, exploring books, playing iPad, following Sophie, and being blown by the leaf blower:)

Jackson is still at his county Autism preschool class daily from 8am-1:30pm.  It’s tough to be so out of the loop with his schooling.  I was used to being continuously involved in his at-home ABA therapy (4 hours a day), and now, he’s at school with his teacher, aides and classmates.  I do communicate with the teacher, but it’s not the same.  I’m not exactly sure if the class is meeting his needs and how he spends the hours in his school day.  We have another IEP coming up next Monday, so it’ll be nice to get an update of how Jackson’s doing and exactly what services he’s receiving.

While school/therapy is important, what’s most important at the moment is figuring out the right remedy and figuring out how Jackson is so toxic.  I’m coming to realize it’s probably a combination of things…Lyme Disease (who knows??), vaccination injury, environmental toxin exposures, GMOs, just not sure.  It’s still mind boggling to me how Sophie came out so healthy and Jackson is so sick and damaged.  We have not given up.  If anything, I’m more interested now in Homeopathy and different treatment options for Jackson than ever.

I don’t remember if I ever reported back about Jackson’s 24 hour EEG, but his results came up normal…no seizures.  From other blood tests the Neurologist ran, things came up clean.  No thyroid problem, nothing.  From the outside, Jackson seems like a healthy, growing boy.  On the inside, something’s not connecting and he’s still very delayed, nonverbal and in need of constant assistance.

We did transition Jackson from his crib to a big boy bed.  He’s cut out his nap, but sleeps through the night from 7:30pm to 6am.  He has made huge progress navigating his iPad.  He can start, stop and pick different apps and movies.  He knows where we keep the iPad, so he’ll go get it and start what he wants.  He’s obsessing over it a little, so we have to limit his iPad time.

The latest adventure we’re embarking on is an Autism Dog.  (As if 2 kids, 2 dogs and 2 cats aren’t enough;)  A couple weekends ago, we went to Yuba City to meet with a company called Pawsitive Solutions.  They train dogs to become service dogs for children with Autism.  Puppies are trained for a year, then assigned to a family.  Essentially, the dog would help keep Jackson safe during outings (it would know his scent and be able to find him should Jackson run off), would sleep with Jackson, and go anywhere Jackson goes (excepts school).  We had a good meeting with them and got a lot of questions answered.  We recently signed the contract, put a $900 deposit down and will begin fundraising the remaining $8,100 due.  I’ll be posting more about the Autism Dog once Misha and I devise our fundraising strategy.  Being interested in an autism dog is by no means admitting defeat to Autism.  We will continue to do all we can and explore every avenue to help Jackson progress.  My dream is that Jackson will start progressing and progress so well that we’ll be left with the smartest, most loyal dog to be part of our family.

    

   

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Be informed: Flu Shot

The Thinking Moms Revolution has a newsletter!   It’s full of excellent information, including the Flu Shot info below:

To Flu Shot or Not To Flu Shot? The Rev Asks You To Do Your Homework

Hi All!  The Rev here!  It is indeed that time of year again.  Signs are posted in every establishment, grocery store, school and pharmacy telling you to “Be smart!  Get your flu shot!”  Ultimately, of course, the decision is up to you.

We here at the Thinking Moms feel VERY strongly that a person’s right to decide what they do and do not put into their own body is a fundamental freedom.  So, as the powers that be close in on you, your family, friends, bosses, buddies… warning you that you must take care of yourself, please make sure you are informed!  A plethora of data indicates that, at best, the flu shot is a bit like a trip to Vegas.  You may get sick, you may not.   They may have chosen the correct strain for this season, perhaps not.  Either way, all the adjuvants that come along for the ride carry great risks that are often glazed over by the mainstream medical community.

In this recorded phone call to a vaccine maker, the caller asks questions about mercury and how well the flu shot actually works. The answer is — perhaps unintentionally — a bit more honest than what you might hear from their ads.

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CDC Chief Admits that Vaccines Trigger Autism

After receiving a notice from Sophie’s school that she needs her 3rd Hep B shot, I went right in to the nurse’s office and asked to sign the waiver.  As healthy our amazing little girl is, I’d like to keep her that way.  She will not be receiving any more vaccinations (including flu shot!) where god knows what is shot into her body.

Do I believe that vaccines can contribute to Autism in children who are susceptible?  Without a doubt.  Are vaccines the only culprit?  No.  We’re navigating unchartered waters in our chemically enhanced, genetically modified environment.  We are being exposed to things our parents and prior generations didn’t worry about.   Our kids who have been damaged are a wake up call to our society that something needs to happen.  The Autism rates are only increasing.  Breaks my heart that every day, more and more kids are suffering.

Taken from: http://adventuresinautism.blogspot.com

Parents have figured it out…when will our government step up?

Thinking Moms Interview

If you have/know a child with autism, ADD, asthma, learning disabilities, this is a must see interview:

What’s making our kids sick?  Our American culture.  I believe it!

http://www.thinkingmomsrevolution.com

Jackson update to come later this week.  We’re here, continuing the journey, battle, the day-to-day ups and downs.