Posts Tagged ‘doctor’

As most of you already know, my 12 year old son Austin has had a difficult time in school.  He has been kicked out of two schools and was made to go to a behavioral specialty school before being mainstreamed back into his old school. 

 At the age of six, he was diagnosed with ADHD.  I’ve always known that there was something more to his behaviors than just ADHD.  Over the past year I have been researching Sensory Perception Disorder (also known as Sensory Integration Disorder), Autism, and Asperger’s Syndrome.  I know that he has Sensory Perception Disorder (SPD). But, I also believe that goes hand in hand with Asperger’s Syndrome.

I spent the last four months trying to find a family doctor for my children.  I finally found one and got Austin in to the doctor yesterday.  The doctor agreed to sign an outpatient prescription for Austin to be evaluated for SPD.  Yeah!  I couldn’t be happier!  After what seems like an eternity, he is finally going to get some help.  I filled out the intake form for the Children’s Development Center, enclosed the outpatient prescription, and mailed it this morning!

I called the Children’s Development Center and spoke to the intake receptionist.  She told me that the Occupational Therapists usually schedule their own evaluations.  She also told me that it should only take a week or two to get him in for his evaluation.  I will keep you all updated on Austin’s progress.  Please keep your fingers, toes, and everything else crossed.




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Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, and so am I!

Why do the BIG holidays have to occur so close together?  Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, my softail has become a wideglide.  Consider in the factor that I have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, and don’t exercise that much and you have a recipe for a fat chick.

Just the thought of exercising is exhausting.  When I climb out of bed, I’m already in pain, stiff all over, and still exhausted after 9 hours of sleep.  How can I exercise when I feel like I’ve been hit by a Mack truck?

This morning I looked in the mirror and saw some other woman staring back at me.  She looked like me but, a larger version of me.  Where had the time gone?  Where did all those pounds come from?  I sat down and cried.  Now, mind you, I’m not a shallow person.  I’m not overly concerned about my looks.  But, I have put on 15 pounds in the last 3 months.  Between my chronic pain, fatigue, lack of exercise and poor weather conditions my body has run amok.  And “amok” definitely does not imply that I “am ok.”

With that being said, I decided to do some research on the subject of exercising with Fibromyalgia.   If you have Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, or any other Chronic Pain disorder then check out these sites and get moving.

The first two on the list are my favorites.



Fibromyalgia Slideshow: Fibro-friendly Exercises




Always check with your doctor first before adding a new exercise to your routine.

Comments are always welcome.  I’d like to know if anyone else has similar problems.  Maybe you have a better way of dealing with your disorder.  If you do, please feel free to share with us how you cope with your chronic condition. I hope this helps you.  I’m headed out right now for a short walk.  I’ll meet you back here.

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I’m singing the winter blues… and it came to me in the form of a Katy Perry song!

I’m hot and then cold
I’m yes and then no
I’m in and then out
I’m up and then down

My 11-year-old son has a cold.  And, loving his mama so much, he decided to share it with me.  My immune system is very low.  Ergo, I catch anything that anyone has to throw at me.  I must stand there in the forefront with my baseball glove in hand waiting for the next foul ball. So far, during this awful flu & cold season, my record is 2-2.  Damn I’m good.

The flu and cold season usually starts in October and doesn’t end until sometime in April.  Unfortunately, there is no cure for the common cold or the flu.  But, there are some things that you can do to help boost your immune system before you get sick and even when you do get sick.

Foods that can boost your immune system before you get sick

  • Garlic has the ability to increase your resistance to infection and stress.  During the holiday season most people feel some sort of stress.  Let’s face it, when you’re stressed, you definitely feel worse.  Right?  Of course I’m right.  Try adding more garlic to your diet during this cold and flu season and see how much better you feel.
  • Cheese and other dairy products have conjugated linoleic acid, a natural component of dairy fat that have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties.
  • Yogurt and other cultured milk products contain probiotics which help boost your immune system. Probiotics are live microorganisms that help fight the bad organisms.
  • Vitamin C, found in citrus fruits and fruit juices, can help boost your immune system.  You can also find Vitamin C supplements over the counter.  Make sure you check with your Dr. before taking any supplements.
  • Zinc, found in the meat group and supplements, plays a major role in boosting the immune system.

Foods that help you to heal when you’re sick

  • Ginger root used in small portions can help the common cold.  It induces sweating and decreases nausea and vomiting.  You can add fresh ground ginger root to your tea with a little bit of honey.
  • Honey has powerful antimicrobial properties.  A teaspoonful topped with lemon juice every couple of hours does wonders for a sore throat.
  • Chicken soup helps with nasal congestion, warms you up inside, and tastes great!
  • Eating well balanced meals is important at all times.  But, more-so when you’re sick.

Other things to do to help boost your immune system

  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Take your daily vitamins
  • Wash hands regularly, and then wash again.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Decrease stress as much as possible.  I know, easier said than done.
  • Drink lots of fluids, ie. water, juice
  • Cut back on unhealthy habits such as alcohol intake and smoking.

These are just suggestions and are not meant to override a doctor’s advice.  You know your own body.  Therefore, if your cold or flu symptoms persist or worsen, CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN.

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