Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Awesome, Awesome Day!

I really don't want to jinx it, but Michael has had 3 'fantastic' days in a row now at school. Today, he didn't even have any redirections marked. It is hard to believe that just a week ago we had a quickly scheduled IEP meeting to discuss behavior.

Then, he came home and played nicely, listened to us, talked with my Aunt on the phone, and did his homework quickly/well. I am not even sure that I recognize him tonight!

Could all this be due to the new purple juice? Or is it a combination of the new juice, the enhansa, and the HANDLE all working together? Whatever it is, I am one happy Mommy!

More scary 'side effects'

OK, so I have vaccines on the brain right now.. my company is tyring to mandate the flu shot for all workers. I'm hopeful that they will approve my medical exemption, but don't know where to look for another job if they don't. Anyway, here is another terrifying story about 'side effects' from 'harmless' vaccines.

Alert After U.K. Cervical Cancer Vaccine Death

Friday, September 25, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

So very sad.

We took Michael to his cranio appointment yesterday morning. There is a pediatrician's office on the first floor of the building. Generally, when we go on Saturdays the building is empty and quiet. Yesterday, there was a line of parents and children (mostly boys) winding through the lobby.

When I realized they were all there for flu shots, I almost cried. Seeing all those beautiful faces, and knowing that the shot they were about to get was full of mercury made me want to cry. I wanted to ask the parents if they knew what they were doing to their children, if they truly understood the risks. But, we were running late, Michael had elevators to ride, and I didn't have the strength to fight any more battles.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Michael and the pineapple!

"Is that food? Can I have some?" A direct quote from Michael watching me core a pineapple. Then, not only did he eat some, he let me put pineapple and apple on the same plate! Something is definitely up with this kid!!!!!

Yesterday he stole some of Dan's apple chunks, now today he wanted pineapple. He even drank some of the juice when I poured it into a cup. I don't want to attribute this wonderful behavior too quickly, but boy am I excited!

Friday, September 18, 2009

AWESOME day at school today! I am so excited!!

Michael got all stars at school today, and he actually ate some of his lunch. He didn't sleep well last night, so I was bracing for the worst when the bus pulled up... but the driver said that his teacher was very happy with his day, and he was clutching two little plastic snakes that he got to pick out of the prize box!!

I am very hopeful since we started something new yesterday. If we keep seeing great things, I hope to have a good post on it soon!!!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Senator Tom Harkin (D) Iowa, named Chairman of the Senate Health Committee

This morning's Age of Autism top story is a re-posting of an August story which talks about Senator Harkin's support of vaccine safety research, including a vaccinated/unvaccinated study. I admired him for his words during that hearing, and am hopeful that as Chairman of this critical committee he will champion research, sanity, and our kids!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

9-9-09 Please Help!!!!!

It's time!

NAA's How Much Longer Campaign is NOW LIVE in our Action Center and ready for you to send a LOUD message to President Obama, the FDA, the CDC, the National Institutes of Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Department of Education, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices and all of America! Your messages will be sent automatically to the above recipients with just a click of your mouse.

How much longer must our children and families wait for insurance coverage, meaningful research, safer vaccines, effective treatment, appropriate services and support, a safe educational environment and for autism to finally be recognized as a national crisis?

Go to the NAA Autism Action Center now and let your voice be heard!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

09-09-09 is How Much Longer for Autism Day

Dear Think Autism Friends;

In the past decade, we've asked for government aid, insurance coverage, and meaningful research for our children with autism. We've asked for the abuse in schools to stop, for vaccines to be held to higher safety standards, and for our children to be treated for their medical issues. Most of all, we've asked for autism to be declared a national health crisis.

We've asked for these things politely, impolitely, loudly, softly, creatively, professionally, in small numbers and in large...we’ve asked and we’ve asked again. But as it stands today, we have more cases of abuse, wandering-related deaths, seizure-related deaths, bankruptcies and divorce in our community than ever before.

With the fatigue that comes from constant uphill battles, along with a gross lack of resources, we live in a permanent state of asking one question: How Much Longer? How much longer will we continue to see the numbers climb? And our children die? And research funding go to the wrong places? And our children be abused? And health agencies avoid the real issues? Really, how much longer can this crisis continue before we turn a corner? When it’s 1 in 75 kids? 1 in 50? 1 in 25? Do we really want it to get that point? Tired or not, we have to kick it up a notch.

So our plea to you is this: take two minutes out of your day on 09-09-09 to join our How Much Longer For Autism campaign – a mass mailing/faxing/calling campaign done through NAA’s easy web-based advocacy software. It costs nothing, and could finally create the awareness we need.

Will you help? Say yes only if you don’t mind a little controversy. This campaign isn’t warm and fuzzy and it’s far from polite. It’s edgy, sarcastic and harsh at times, but when you live day to day seeing an increasing number of children suffer from vulgar abuse, impossible challenges, even death, you tend to put graceful asks aside for a message that people might actually notice.

Will you help spread awareness? Take a stand for a healthier future? Raise your voice for civil rights and an end to abuse? Then please visit: http://naa.kintera.org/actioncenter and get ready to join us on 09-09-09!

For more information and to preview our 09-09-09 messages, visit http://www.nationalautismassociation.org/howmuchlonger.php.