Also, I have two brothers on the autism spectrum, and I hate it when people are mean to kids with special needs. Crabbcakes, I'm glad your daughter has an awesome, loving mother who sticks up for her.
GOTD: Partner has headed off to an SCA event for the weekend. We couldn't afford for both of us to go because I'm still job hunting, and I know he really wanted to go. I am sad and lonely and a little insecure (my issues, not his behaviour--I've been cheated on by a past partner and have a lot of anxiety even though there's zero reason to doubt my guy).
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my primal journal:
my primal journal:
F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.
Oh, I know, it's entirely my issues. He's known in our circle as the most absolutely taken man around, and he's with a bunch of people I've known for more than a decade.
I'm pretty sure he's asleep at the moment though--he was up all night working on a new coat of plates so he could fight this weekend.
What could possibly go wrong?
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Massive floods, mudslides and road closures, so my partner is stuck in BC until tomorrow. Also, I pinched my hand in the nutcracker and have a blood blister.
At least I have kale chips.
Gripe: It's been over 100 degrees today and I've had to be out and about in it in a dark green, non-air-conditioned car. I'm feeling nauseous, weak and grumpy as hell. Add to that the 81,000+ acre High Park wildfire burning just west of town's smoke haze x 2weeks......haven't felt this bad since dropping SAD!
Commiseration #1: I, too, have a special-needs kid (Mr Devin is 18 now) that we almost have to physically restrain because he LURRVES everybody! He very much wants to speak to everyone he sees but speaks "Devin-ese" which only a few of us can barely decipher -- makes grocery store trips a lot of fun. Fortunately, only one or two people out of 100 seem to be of the "ooh, ick, yuck" mindset when it comes to him. As a matter of fact, we're convinced that his purpose is to put smiles on faces that are normally gloomy!
Commiseration #2: That Mommy mindset thing...why can't we moms learn to talk to each other rather than assume the other knows what we mean? I've been both the "burner" and the "burnee" on this front more than once. Everyone was raised and raises their kids at least slightly differently -- not more or less 'right' -- just different.
#3: People who take-take-take without ever giving back...then wonder why they're left friendless and end up moving to a new venue of folks that they can start using. I contrast these with folk who are in a rough spot and are temporarily needy and you're able to give them a hand (I've a friend in this situation right NOW). There have been times that we've been that needy family and have been blessed beyond our needs -- but I'm sure that some people on the outside see us as 'users' since we DID have to ask and accepted the help.
This friend that I'm helping now has been through some really tough personal crud, lost her job, had to move back from another state, is trying to beat an addiction and regain the love and respect of her child. Yeah, I would have rather had this weekend to totally veg out of the hot sun and away from the smoke, but ya gotta do what your heart feels is right!
She's totally amazed at the outpouring of generosity and support from people she's helped in the past -- and some she doesn't even know! Doesn't she realize that other folks feel the same way she/we do about helping your fellow human beings? We've become such a society of "let the government take care of 'em" that when someone gets a little personal hand up, they're blown away.
Started 7/5/11 at 274 lbs
Now 214 -- that's 60 lbs!
Goal 160 lbs -- last time there was in junior high!
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." (Margaret Thatcher)
If you want more info, send me a private message and I will send you the contact information for my daughter's Technology Services specialist (who is also a CCC-SLP). I have seen regular moms buy set-ups for their kids alone, but this doesn't really work well in the end. There are too many variables: cognitive level, physical access (like some folks may need infrared pointers for quadriplegia, etc), lifestyle, willingness to use the device at all, some training so AAC user realizes the potential of the device, sheer language needs, etc. Even with all the apps being written today, I would still contact a specialist.
Your son sounds well-loved. Good job!!