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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Yo Gabba Gabba!

This is one of Griffin's fantastic creations and if you happened to have seen "Yo Gabba Gabba" then you will recognize these characters. I do not know if he is just interested in them because they offer something different than what he is accustomed to or what but lately he has become very enthusiastic about them. Griffin has been drawing and painting quite a bit lately, spending much more time being artistic than ever before and the likeness of what he creates is amazing.

His verbal skills have improved tremendously and he has expanded his vocabulary as well. Today we went to see the free movie, " The March of the Penguins" and he sat so still and really seemed to enjoy it. I was surprised because it is a documentary and there are no climaxes or exciting parts to it, but it did have sad parts of course since it was a true story of the life of the penguins in Antarctica.

My Fibromyalgia has been kicking my behind lately and each day is different just as every night is different as well. I saw the rheumatologist last week and all he did/could do was to increase my meds and to give me a cortisone shot in my back where there is a knot in my back that hurts constantly. The pain I have had for so many years (and worse too I might add) but it is the fatigue that gets to me so bad and there is nothing that the doctor can do about it except to try to give me the right meds in an attempt to get me to sleep through the night and hopefully feel refreshed in the morning. That has not happened yet, typically I get up around 5:00 a.m. I try to stay up because if/when I go back to sleep I feel horrible and wake up I feel absolutely miserable. Maybe the tweaking of the meds will eventually help me somehow. With all the years of experience that I have had for so many years, I have little faith in what is available (medically) therefore, I must be strong and just tough it out. I tried Lyrica but it had some horrible side effects such as really bad sleepwalking and running into walls with absolute confusion, it was as though I was on some kind of hallucinogen and when I woke I felt like someone had used my body as a punching bag. Oh well, life goes on!

I am preparing for September and I am very excited, I have been doing so much research and reading faster than I think that I ever have and loving it. I am looking forward to lots of new things coming into our lives with tons of progress, higher self-esteem, and renewed confidence in his abilities. Griffin's intellect along with his excellent skills and talents will be further recognized/revealed and built upon while he begins to excel in certain areas and learn new coping mechanisms with his sensory needs. The areas in which he does not necessarily thrive in will be made simpler for him in order for him to not lose interest in them and actually have fun doing what he was once fighting against.

No longer will I have to worry about what my child is doing while away from me for so many hours nor will I have to depend on someone else to do what they are supposed to do and in the process leaving me out of the loop. I guess that you could say that I do not have that kind of trust anymore as I once had because I have been failed but more so, he has been failed and I do not accept that which is totally unacceptable.

1 comment:

kristi said...

Best wishes on the homeschooling!