Autism recovered?

Medical experts say it's not possible to recover autism. We have living proof in the form of three children, that it IS possible. In my blog you will find recovery stories, along with information regarding health that I have learned over the years. And sometimes just snippets of life to give hope that yes, life can be normal after the hard work is done.

Sit back, enjoy, and be hopeful! RECOVERY HAPPENS!

**Kids names have been changed to protect the innocent and naughty alike. ;)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Puppy love

Oh dear. We have done it.

We have fallen madly in love with my parents puppies.

Not good.

My parents will leave soon and take their puppies with them. And then the kids will be crushed.

Kate is so much in love with Daisy, who is so much in love with her. The second Kate gets up, it's all "Hi cutie, hi cutie!" and massive amounts of petting, playing and licking (on Daisy's part, not Kate's) and mushy puppy love. Daisy soaks it up and I'm sure if she could talk she would say "Hi big toy, hi big toy!". As I've mentioned before, she's just pure energy encapsulated in fur and teeth. Pixie is equally cute but a calmer puppy which suits Tony and Grace a little better. Pixie loves all the kids but is a mommy's girl. When her mommy (and mine!) are outside, life ceases to exist and she just sits there looking sadly at the door. She doesn't play with the kids nearly as much as Daisy.

There is a bond between Kate and Daisy. I think it has to do with the amount of hyper in those two. They're energy levels are an exact match. ;) When the kids are outside playing, Daisy sits at the door whining and scratching to get out. If I take her out on the leash, she jumps around like a lunatic trying to join in their games or chase them down. They're seriously just giant play toys to her and they're happy to be that. lol

Having a dog also evens the playing field. When two kidlets gang up against the other, the dog makes it all ok because said ousted child can go play with puppy rather than pout and cry that they are being picked on. It's almost completely impossible to be sad when a ball of energy is jumping all over you and showing you how much they love you. I can appreciate that.

Instead of our down times in the day being filled with "I'm bored!" and "I don't have anything to do!", it's filled with taking puppies out for a walk, or tossing a ball with them, or laughing at their crazy antics. The kids appear to have almost completely forgotten about TV b/c the PUPPIES are here to play with. It's truly magical to have a little furry friend to keep you entertained and happy.

I really didn't want anyone to fall in love. Puppies are work and money. Puppies always end up being mommy's job. They make the carpet dirty. Do not tell me about how cute and adorable and wonderful they are, I'm not listening.

But I'm afraid. At some point, parents and puppies will go home and then sad little faces will work their way on Daddy and we're going to end up with a puppy. They've always wanted a puppy but allergies have prevented owning one. Once these puppies got here, the allergist treated us and the kids are no longer having problems with dog allergies. Daddy especially has always wanted the kids to have a dog.

Oh dear. ;)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

A day trip to see some of God's amazing creation... up north

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Wow, she can take herself for a walk!

Now if I could just get her to do dishes...

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Flat tires and God's provision

This morning I woke up feeling yucky. Daddy volunteered to take the kids to church without me. We packed their lunches and snacks, got everyone ready and into the van. That's when he noticed the very flat tire on our van. So we unpacked everyone and everything and he took the tire off to Walmart. It was actually a fairly new tire and it still had a warranty so it wasn't costly, just bad timing really.

As Grace was watching Daddy take the tire off, she got all teary eyed and asked if he could just do something else to make it ok to get to church on time. She loves Jesus and church is a natural extent of that love. I spent some time explaining that God was in charge of the tire and He let it go flat for a reason. So we came up with a list of reasons He would have let us miss church.... perhaps a food would be there that the kids would react to smelling, perhaps there was an accident that we were missing, maybe we were just supposed to spend a relaxing day together, any number of things were tossed into the scenarios. She felt better after being reminded of God's sovereignty and knowing there was some divine reason we had to miss church.

At bedtime tonight, she was saying her prayers and it went something like this: "Dear Jesus, thank you for taking care of us and protecting us from whatever might have happened today. Please next time, don't make us miss church." LOL She's so cute!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sanity sanity, wherefore art thou Sanity!

This week has been hectic-crazy. I mean the kind of crazy that makes crazy look crazy. Last night I just decided enough was enough and declared the rest of the week a "Mom's sanity break super-long weekend". This has nothing at all to do with the childrens behavior or any such thing. It's just been sooo busy I felt like my brain was going to explode and make a mess all over my house.

I will publicly confess that I was weak recently and started eating chocolate again. Now chocolate is the nectar of the gods and all, but it makes it VERY hard for me to control my temper. Isn't that stupid? lol Seriously though, if I eat chocolate for a couple of days in a row, I will start to have this undercurrent of seething rage in my head all the time. I'm much more prone to yelling and losing my marbles for no reason. That was the reason I quit chocolate in the first place... b/c it was obviously doing me (and my family by extension) harm. But I fell off the wagon. It was goooooood and yummy too!

But I have been getting angrier and angrier over these last few days. For absolutely no reason whatsoever. There was no outside influence causing it, just the stupid chocolate.

I mentioned to my allergy guy that I was starting to lose it again so he looked me right in the face and told me to stop eating chocolate until he treats me for it. I really needed that. People are sweet and want to help so they normally give me permission when what I really need is slap in the face (figuratively speaking that is). He is not an enabler. So I came home from that appointment last night and decided I was breaking the pattern (again). I use chocolate for the same reason everyone else does... for comfort; b/c it's YUMMY comfort. On top of the craziness that has been going on, we have struggled to get school done every day, plus I have suddenly been asked to throw together a few new speeches and I was already preparing for a conference. So to get away from that habit of an afternoon chocolate to reward myself for getting school done well, I have to stop for a few days. Not long, just long enough to break the habit. No worries though, we will be back in the saddle (and much refreshed for the break!) next week. :)

I did mostly nothing today. I slept until 9:30am (GOD bless my MOM!!!), mozied around the house, chatted with my mom, took phone calls, watched the kids play, ate and finally (at noon) got my shower. Then I did some more of that nothing. It was fabulous. I was planning to get into my garden today but it rained so I cleaned carpets instead. Nothing like some strenuous physical work to clear the brain!! :)

Before their showers, Grace wanted me to see what she had been working on all day. You may not be able to see the fairies in this awesome fairy house, but she can. ;)

As I have been typing this, Kate has been siting there rearranging everything for the fairies convenience. She has an entire dialogue going on with them. I wish I could hear what they're saying to her. :D

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010


So Grace has struggled these last few years with this weird brownish/blackish straining that forms on her teeth. It's not a lack of tooth brushing, even the dental hygienist agreed with that one. It appears to be an imbalance in the body. A friend adequately described it as a semi-transparent wood stain for your deck. It comes off with a dental cleaning or with pumice. The hygienist did give me several caps of pumice to use when it got really bad. We also found that a rotating toothbrush helps, but not as much as we'd like.

When I see a symptom I don't try to cover it up, I hunt for the root cause of that symptom. So I have questioned docs off and on but no one ever seemed to know what it was. We have done our best to give her the tools she can use to keep them clean but she is very aware of her brown-film covered teeth. Fortunately she's not self-obsessed so it doesn't keep her from talking to others or having fun, she's just aware of it and embarrassed when she meets new people.

The other day, on a homeschooling board, I learned the name from another mom. It's called Chromogenic bacteria. Sounds wonderful eh? Since I finally had a name, I was able to research it and network with my autism mommies to see what anyone could tell me. Amazingly, although several of the kids with autism have it, no one knows what in the world can be done. Seriously??? Docs covering the US cannot tell a single parent what to do to fix the body chemistry of a child with an imbalance??

Fortunately my friends are well researched (and I did spend some time looking stuff up myself of course) so I have a better understanding of the "theory" behind this problem, but still no solution. When analyzed in a lab, this bacteria shows high levels of iron, other analysis show high levels of calcium and potassium. So her body reacts negatively to the high iron (or calcium/potassium) and that's the result. Another theory is that certain bacteria may produce their own heavy metals in a body. Iron is a heavy metal so if there is a bacteria that thrives on iron, it can produce it's own food (biological transmutation) to survive, but in the meantime causing Grace to have too much iron in her body. Oh that's a fun thought! Even funner is that all this is theory and conjecture b/c it's outside the mainstream medicine mindset so it's controversial... but it's the only thing that anyone can come up with. Mainstream medicine just wants to scrape her teeth clean and pretend there's no problem.

Our Bioveda treatments yesterday covered bacteria. We didn't see Chromogenic pop up but we did get TONS of bacterial hits. He can get very specific once we know names of things so if her treatment from yesterday doesn't clear up the yuckies, we will hit it specifically next week.

But you know what really bugs the snot out of me? That I, a layman mommy, have to do all my own researching, theorizing and implementing. That all the docs I have spoken to, all the docs my mom friends have spoken to, cannot answer this basic question. That most of the docs aren't even interested in finding an answer b/c someones yucky teeth should be the dentist problem; except that it's a body problem that just shows up in the teeth so it's not the dentist domain at all. And all the dentist can do it clean it every 6 months which is about 5 & 3/4 months too long between visits.

Oh and most interesting... every one of the children whose moms reported sharing a similar problem, are on special diets. Now granted, I was talking to my autism mommies and special diets are the norm. But still... they're not the ordinary GFCF diet, but multiple dietary restrictions b/c of food allergies. I cannot tell if that is related but find it suspicious. Even more suspicious is that out of the three kids in this house (all on the same diet), only one has that problem. And she is the most sensitive child here.

I should have paid more attention in school. /bangs head on desk/

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


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