Saturday, June 16, 2007

Under the weather....

Nick has been a bit under the weather this week-and it is slowly passing around to the rest of us. Just the typical cold like symptoms. Nick is simply miserable which makes it hard on everyone. He was doing so good last week with his eating, and then this happens. He barely wants to eat anything-unless it is dessert. He is more irritable, and more prone to head banging. Good news is that he has used more words spontaneously.It is like a catch 22. He is sick and awful feeling, but making progress??? I don't think we will ever figure this whole thing out. Frustration is around every corner it seems. I am not afforded the luxury of being soon as I could yesterday I broke open one some Zicam, and that has seemed to help me with my cold, but it does nothing for my patience in dealing with a sick 3 yr old.

To make things worse, I had to put the car in the shop yesterday after lunch. On the way back to the shop, I suddenly heard a thumping like noise coming from the back. At first I thought it was a flat tire, so when I parked the car, I walked around to see. No flat. Great. That means it is something else now. I took it to Firestone to have them fix the "thumping" noise and to give it an oil change. Well, they just called a little while ago and said they would need to run a diagnostics on it to see why the "check engine" light was coming on. Does everything in my house get a "Diagnosis"??? It seems that is the common term when talking about our family. The "thumping"noise turned out to be a screw that got stuck in my tire(has been a common problem with us too-before Christmas we had about three incidents with nails in our tires), and some sort of gasket needed replacing. I also went ahead with a 30K mile tune-up while it is there. All in all, we are looking at $900. When it pours!

Monday, June 11, 2007

For the Love of....Chaos; and a little good news!!

I got some really wonderful news today at work!! I have been trying to contact the person(s) at the University of Washington in regards to Nick's placement on the waiting list for ABA therapy. We have been on the list since January-and the news I recieved today was that he is number THREE on the list!!!! I was told that I should be contacted shortly to start the evaluation process. Yes, they will be doing more evals on my little guy. He usually does pretty well during these-"pretty well" meaning you can just see Autism all over him. I am very excited to start this. The thought of him going 3 mos with no therapy was daunting. I mean, we do a little here at home, but nothing like a structured program. He is doing very well in his preschool-and I am thrilled to see him "coming out" a little more.

Things got chaotic around here while I was talking to my step-dad; and I had to say goodbye rather abruptly. Let me explain what happened. Michael and Nick were playing around with each other(a very welcome sight) and Nick ended up catching Michael's knee in the face. Nick had a slight amount of blood-and he now has a bruised lip. Michael; was so distrought over hurting his brother; that he went to his room crying. I explained to him that I was not mad, I knew it was an accident-and that it was "par for the course" of being playful siblings. I then told him of some of the things myself and his aunt Christy used to do to each other-and he laughed.

Nick was rather playful today-saying words, and interacting with everyone. It was brilliant!! I want more and more of these days!! We were overjoyed just watching the two boys get along all evening! Now, they are in bed and are likely carrying on the antics in their room-but this mom is not caring. They have few moments like these; so I let it go when it does happen.