Day 7 - it's been tough

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Yesterday my younger son was diagnosed with autism. This gives me two children with an autism diagnosis each. Elliott also received a fresh and shiny Failure to Thrive diagnosis (he lost his dx a month or two ago) and about 4 other dx's yesterday including seizure disorder.

With the fires in Colorado Springs, being house bound with the kids, it's been a really hard week. If you follow my food tracker, I haven't really been doing much there. Because honestly I just ate and stopped paying attention. My husband left Wednesday night to go to the Air Force Academy and help protect it from the fire. He got back last night. We're both struggling in general right now with everything going on and I'll admit I let my emotional eating get the best of me.

Today I;

1) like that I can keep smiling
2) am not angry with God
3) only have 2 things because I really am down.
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    Wow...as if the wildfires weren't enough to deal with, you had to get that news from the dr's! :( No wonder you're struggling! We all have those times that life interferes with our plans and we have to re-group, so don't be too hard on yourself. You are a very strong woman! I know you'll pick yourself back up and re-adjust your life however it needs to be. Get rest when you can and find time to do the things that fill you up emotionally & spiritually, too. Praying for you!
    2715 days ago
    I know this is a very difficult time for you right now. Please know that God loves you and cares about all that you are going through. He is there to carry you through the difficulties and give you the victory in the battles that you fight. He loves your children even more than you do and He will be there for them as well. They may need special attention and direction, but He will instruct you in the way you should go with them. Continue to draw your strength from your relationship with Jesus. Rest in Him when the going gets so tough that you think you can't make it another day.

    I am praying for you and your family as well as those affected by the fires in Colorado.

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    2715 days ago
    I would like to say first...I am keeping you and your family in my prayers! I can't even imagine the stress you and your husband are under with both of your sons' diagnosis. It takes strong people to raise and care for children and adults with special needs. emoticon

    My younger sister is Mentally Retarded and an Epileptic. She is 21years old, but on a good day she may only be about 7years old. So while, I have not dealt with Autism in my family, I know some of the struggles you are going through.

    I know you said you let your emotional eating get the best of you. I hope you are not looking at this as a negative. Use it as your 'cheat' day. emoticon

    If you ever feel the need to 'vent' to anyone or just talk about your day, good or bad. Please feel free to message me. I'm a pretty good listener.

    I can't promise a perfect picture for the you and your family's life. However, I can promise it's going to be a bumpy road, but with God's help and the love of an amazing family, it WILL be okay.

    2715 days ago
    Oh, I do feel for you! Autism seem to run in my family, also. In fact, although the diagnosis wasn't around when I was a child; I may have a mild form, myself. I was high functioning in school; however, I was always very bored, and a perfectionist. I had no patience with anyone that learned at a slower pace than myself; still am, really, somewhat like that. My oldest child was, first, diagnosed as ADHD, with an OCD; then, later, a doctor said that she was mildly autistic, also. Like me, she was/is very bright, have a memory like an elephant; however, she had a difficult time when growing up, making friends (she was socially inept); and OCD ... one of the problems on why she could not make, or keep, friends. I, myself, am a loner; always have been. Luckily, there was one girl that stuck by her, was always on her side, etc.; although, she knew all the negative things about her. They are still BFF, today! Your boys will be okay. They will/can thrive and become valued members of society, as adults. My prayers, and support, are with you and your family. Just be very patient, and loving, with them. One thing that I learned that an autistic child seems to value; is knowing that they have a parent always on their side, no matter what they do, good, or bad. I was always there for my daughter, fighting the school system, whomever! I didn't care what she did. She needed support. Just be there for your boys EVERY step of the way!

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    Comment edited on: 6/30/2012 10:44:52 PM
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