Doctors · Motherhood · Survival Mode

For The Waiting Room Mom

A sweet friend texted me last week from a waiting room. Her son was in the room next door, undergoing additional neuropsychological evaluations. She said she knew I would understand. The waiting. The mounting fear. The worry. The silence. The beige decor. The straining to hear what was being said on the other side of the… Continue reading For The Waiting Room Mom

ADHD · Anxiety · Doctors · pediatric mood disorders

Misdiagnosis – When Doctors Don’t Have Answers

The last six months have been a haze of doctors’ offices, medications, meltdowns and unexplained illnesses for my youngest son. He has received several different, significant diagnoses in this time frame. He has been treated according to the standard protocol for each of these diagnoses. Nothing has worked. As a result, after a very serious… Continue reading Misdiagnosis – When Doctors Don’t Have Answers

Autism · Chronic Illness · Doctors

Doctors, Therapists, and Moms of Children with Special Needs

I sat with her, desperate for information and scared of what she might say. It was two weeks before my appointment with the developmental pediatrician. Two weeks before I would hear the words ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ applied to my son. Two weeks before our lives changed. I had asked her to meet me for coffee.… Continue reading Doctors, Therapists, and Moms of Children with Special Needs

Chronic Illness · Doctors · Lupus · Parenting · Survival Mode

Being A Mother Of A Chronically Ill Child

“Now, I don’t want you to worry. Not yet. These results can mean any number of things.” When the doctor starts out with “I don’t want you to worry,” the first thing you do is worry. It has been a year since we got back test results that revealed my son had something wrong –… Continue reading Being A Mother Of A Chronically Ill Child

Autism · Doctors

Doctors And Older Children with Autism

8 month waiting list. 3 hour appointment. Expert Medical advice: no electronics before bed, give him massages, find a sport he likes. I’m in a bad mood. Please allow me to introduce you to  the author of these words. Bacon and Juiceboxes: Our Life With Autism is a Facebook page chronicling one family’s experience of… Continue reading Doctors And Older Children with Autism

Autism · Doctors · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

Sensory Processing Disorder and Bathing

My son has never been one for baths. It was evident from the start. When he was just a couple of weeks old, he was admitted to a children’s hospital. He was desperately ill, and no one knew why. We were there for more than a month. At some point a nurse came in, took… Continue reading Sensory Processing Disorder and Bathing

Autism · Depression · Doctors · Grace · Grief · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

Everyday Autism

The days, weeks, and even months following my son’s autism diagnosis, are a bit of a blur in my memory. I remember trying different medicines. I remember trying different diets. I remember trying different therapies. But the details of that time frame? They just blend into each other. What I have very distinct, crystal clear… Continue reading Everyday Autism

Autism · Doctors · Grief · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

5 Things I Wish I’d Known When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

It’s been years now since my son received his autism diagnosis. As I look back at all the progress we have made, and how much our life has changed for the better, I am so very grateful. As I look back, I can also see that many of the things we learned, we did so… Continue reading 5 Things I Wish I’d Known When My Son Was Diagnosed With Autism

Autism · Doctors

Dear Pediatricians and Dentists, Meet The Autism Mom

If you are currently a pediatrician or dentist, or are working to pursue a career in pediatrics or dentistry, have I got an opportunity for you! Would you like to pay back all your student loans, in a matter of months? Have you been considering a vacation home for spending lazy days together with your… Continue reading Dear Pediatricians and Dentists, Meet The Autism Mom

Autism · Doctors · Dyslexia · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

Is It Time For A Professional Evaluation?

This past weekend, I attended a conference with sessions for parents of special needs kids. In every session, there were at least a few  mommas who were asking the same question. It’s one of the most common questions I hear from other moms, particularly moms with wonderfully different little ones. It’s a question that I… Continue reading Is It Time For A Professional Evaluation?

Autism · Doctors · Lupus · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder · Survival Mode

Everyday Lessons

It has been a perfect storm kind of week for us. The boys returned Tuesday night after a trip to see their dad. (Read: Flights with uncomfortable seats – especially when you have an arthritic hip – crowded airports, babies crying, not eating well until we got home, and stress over the transition back.) Wednesday… Continue reading Everyday Lessons

Autism · Doctors · Grief · Parenting · Sensory Processing Disorder

When I Was Afraid of Autism

The first time I heard the word autism actually said out loud, in reference to my son, he was three and a half. His sweet teacher at the little Monetssori pre-school down the street, said he might need to be evaluated for it. “He is already reading, without you or I teaching him a thing.… Continue reading When I Was Afraid of Autism