“ELF You” Neighbors!!!

My kids and I had an adventure last night. It all started when Grace noticed that there seems to be a lack of Holiday Spirit in our area this year. We thought ELFing them might help. Many of you might have been BOO’d during Halloween… Elfing is the same thing. Some folks call it being Jingled but we decided being an ELF would be more fun. Besides it was an excuse for Jay to run around saying “ELF YOU” and then crack up hysterically!(Okay I admit I laughed too! Especially when the one time he asked if he could as a joke do the middle finger and in shock over the idea that he actually knew what the middle finger was and that it actually […]

Asthma, Aspergers and Putting on an OXYGEN MASK… LITERALLY and FIGURATIVELY

Years and years ago, pre- 911 when flying was more lay-back and not so scary, I remember taking a Southwest Airlines trip and hearing the following announcement which I thought then was the funniest thing I ever heard. It went: “In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with two small children, decide now which one you love more.” But lately I am not able to laugh at that because you see I feel like I am having to choose which kid to put the […]

I also have a child who DOESN”T HAVE AUTISM… and she is just as special and wonderful too!

I am always writing about Jay, but there is another child who lives in my house. My Gracie. Oh I could fill page after page with cute little things that she says and does. In fact most of the articles I write for my humor column have some of these little nuggets of gold in them. Anyway… the next few days I am dedicating to Gracie Girl. She deserves it. After all being the sibling to a special needs child is no easy task. It is easy to get pushed aside, lost in the after math of meltdowns, therapy appointments and IEPs. Gracie is getting older and coming into her own. Oh she still pushes my buttons and we constantly have to remind her to […]

An Autism Fairytale- How we went from happily ever after to not so happy to yes it is OKAY to be happy again!

Once upon a time in a far away kingdom there lived a King and Queen. One day the Queen decided that it was time to have an heir. For many months they tried to conceive this child but to there regret, nothing happened. Twice the Queen became pregnant but alas those babies were not destined to walk the earth. The Queen grew sad. Then one day the Queen found out that she was with child. Her joy could be heard throughout the land. An even bigger celebration was held when the Queen found out that not only would there be one child their would be two. But one day the Queen felt ill and went to the royal doctors. What was once a twin was […]

Into the Woods and then (thank you GOD) OUT AGAIN!!!

We Survived! Yup we made it back Chigger and Tick free thank God! Although Gracie did break out in a rash. And even though I packed everything, I somehow forgot all her medicines. I left them sitting neatly in a bag on the counter of my kitchen. Thank goodness we had a great First aid kit that had Allergy stuff in it. Grace was groggy but at least we could stay on. So I have been trying to figure out how to explain our trip to you. It was not bad… but I can’t say that I enjoyed it either. Camping is too much work. If I am going to cook and clean I would much rather do it at home where I can sleep […]

What came first the Chicken or the Egg; Asthma or RSV

What has all the symptoms of a common cold (runny nose, cough, low-grade fever) but sends more babies to the hospital than any other condition? Respiratory Syncytial Virus or RSV for short! By the time most children reach the age of 2 they have been exposed to this common disease with few or no problems, other than a few days of discomfort of course. But for premature babies and people of all ages with lung, heart or immune systems problems, the virus can be life threatening. What makes RSV so dangerous is how quickly it spreads from the nose or throat to the respiratory tract. Another danger is that a serious RSV infection in young children often leads later to asthma and allergies. Or perhaps […]