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Friday, October 17, 2008


As you can tell, Griffin absolutely adores horses. He was so thrilled when we went to visit our neighbors who have horses and they offered to let him sit on the mare of the foal who you can also see in this photo. The neighbors, our new friends, were so kind and so helpful because they gave us information about activities and organizations that have special needs horseback riding and events. There is a place that is about 40 minutes from here that has special needs riding "classes" and I just know that Griffin would love to go, if the price of fuel keeps going down then we might be able to do it, and I would love to see him so happy as he is when he is around them.

On Wednesday, Griffin went to swimming and for part of the session he worked really hard but then he became tired and frustrated and began, for the first time ever, to shout when the OT was talking to him and giving directions. She had asked me if I had changed his meds but I had not and let her know that it was probably because he had finally become so comfortable with her that he was just being himself. Later, when it was time to go to soccer, he told me that he did not want to go so we stopped by to see the horses instead. I am so glad that we made that choice.

I am still not sleeping, tried Ambien and it is NOT working at all for me, and I go to see my psychiatrist next week. I sure do hope that he has some kind of miracle drug that will work, continue to work, and help me sleep through the night. As it is now, I finally get to sleep around 4:00 or 5:00 and it is really hard to get up when Griffin tries to wake me around 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. The times that I have gotten "restoritive sleep" it was so incredible and made such a difference in my quality of life. I had very little pain and the Fibromyalgia was, seemingly, put at bay. Without sleep or with very little, one feels very old and it is so hard to move around, the mind is not clear, and the moods are not so great either.

As far as Home Schooling is going, Griffin is still doing great with his photographic memory, he soaks up everything that we go through. I bought him a really cool ant farm that has this substance in it that is a gorgeous blue which is their food and water so there is no maintainence. not only is is totally clear and unbreakable but it illuminates at night and glows a neon green. So far he is not thrilled with it but I think it is because we do not have any ants in it yet. I believe that once I gather up some that he will become more intruged by it, at least I hope so or I will send it back. The Discovery Store online has some pretty incredible stuff but much of it is too old for him even though his typical/NT peers are probably doing it.

Think that I am going to go lie down and read, Griffin told me tonight that he didn't like books......which bothered me a lot and though I try, I cannot seem to spark an interest in them. I wonder if what I am teaching him, with the (expensive) books that I have, is helping him at all.

1 comment:

KC's Blog said...

I love the photo of Griffin on the horse, just like at him beaming! He's beautiful Lora.
Have you tried the "BOB" books Lora? Big Brother used them and they were AWESOME! He actually learned to read with these books. They are small, very simple and fit it their hands very well. There are small pictures as well and best of all there isn't "too much information" on the pages to distract an Autistic child. This is the link,
I think Griffin will do very well with these books, he'll be so encouraged knowing her read the whole book! Big Brother beamed when he first finished his first book and was so proud from that day on he was inspired. I just wish K.C. could read. :(