Saturday, January 06, 2007

The wonders of Supplements

If you would have asked me a year ago if I would have considered introducing some supplements to Nick's diet I would have said No. Not the typical vitamin supplements you give to a kid who simply does not eat well, but supplements to supposedly help break down some walls from his autism. I am not looking for a miracle "cure", I know that he will always have autism-I believe it is something he was born with. When I think back to his babyhood,there was some instances that stood out. For example,he did not sit on his own until he started crawling. At one year old, you could ask Michael "Where's daddy?" and he would look for him. I remember asking Nick several times after he turned one, only to be met with a blank stare. I am only hoping for more connections to be made. We are aching to hear Nick's little voice. Sure, he says a few words here and there,and will sing songs..all we ask for is the possibility of a little more. I have read about Cod Liver Oil
and many of the other moms have tried it as well on their kids and have said they had improvement in speech. I ventured out into the rain,and bought an 8oz bottle of the Nordic Naturals Cod Liver Oil (Orange flavored) to try on Nick. Mike did not even protest to this-he is eager to see any improvements Nick can make,and I know he would go to the end of the earth if it meant his son would talk. I gave him a tiny bit after his dinner,and we shall see what happens. I am not going to go all out into chelation to remove heavy metals, or anything too wild like that. That is just not where I am at right now. I just want to hear my sons voice.

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

We are HOME!!!!

Finally!!! For those who did not hear about our little journey back to Washington,let me fill you in on what happened!

We left Deltona on Wednesday (1 week ago today) and headed up to Walterboro,S.C. to visit with Mike's sister and brother. We had a great time,and we went out to eat at Ryan's with Tina and all the girls.(Tina,her daughters Brittany, Kaylee,and Martika,and Martika's little girl,Amaya. Tina also brought along her boyfriend Mario.)We got to visit with Bobby and his family,and Michael finally got to meet the only two boy cousins he has...Bobby Jr. and Ryan. We stayed the night at Tina's,and left Thursday morning. That day,we drove to Tennessee before turning in for the night. We got up Friday and drove to Amarillo,Texas. In Amarillo,the crap litterally hit the fan. That whole region was stuck in a ice/snow storm,and I-40 Westbound was closed. Since we could not go any further,we tried to find a hotel room. No luck--every hotel we went to was full. They were predicting another storm to hit that night,and we were running out of options fast. We headed South on I-25,and came across a very small town called Tulia. By this time it was 4am,and we had been on the road for 20 hours. Fortunately,there was a hotel in this small town,and we pulled over. Since I-40 was closed for about 24hours, we decided to stay for two nights. Over the radio we had heard that all roads going west bound were closed. We got up Sunday morning,turned on the news and heard that I-40 was open now. We packed up the car and headed West to New Mexico. All was going fine as we crossed the boarder to New Mexico. We got about 30 miles from the boarder,and they closed I-40 again. We went back to Texas,and tried to head North to Colorado,but we were stopped again. All roads headed that way were closed. So,back in Texas we are,and getting more frustrated with each passing moment. We drove down to I-10 and crossed our fingers. As we approached the southern New Mexico boarder we grew anxious and held our breath. Well,all I can say is that we should have done it a LOT sooner! We had no problems,and spent New Years driving through Roswell! We did not see E.T.,but we did not care....we were glad to be out of Texas and to be moving forward in our journey! We pulled in last night around 7pm and spent most of the day today unpacking. We found out that our power had gone out for a couple of days while we were gone, so most of Michael's medicine went bad. I called Dr. McClellan today and he said that all I had to do was take the unused portion back to the pharmacy and they will be able to exchange them. He also said that all of Michael's labs came back just fine. We enjoyed our visit with everyone,I hope you all had a wonderful New Year and Christmas. I know we did!