Ethan is now a fan of giving kisses, though he’s still not sure how he feels about being on the receiving end. The fact that we are so excited by his kisses is really motivating. He’s been known to kiss me 12 times in a row, with a mini celebration of sorts in between each kiss. I’m going to try to post video soon!
Next, we work on hugging ;-)
We’re back to the therapy and home visit routine after a fairly extensive break. It’s hard to keep a fixed schedule between the holidays and the wide range of viruses that have been going around. E-boy and I are both dealing with a cold at the moment, but it’s nothing compared to the sinus infection I had around the holidays. When does it stop?!
I’ve been playing around on my new sewing machine that Grandma Innis got me for Christmas. I also have Amy Karol’s book Bend-the-Rules Sewing and love it! She has a blog called The Angry Chicken if you’re into that sort of stuff. I love to look, but I’m not much of a sewer or crafter – I’m an enthusiastic wannabe. I have sewn a few pockets (made by grandma) onto Ethan’s shirts and jammies and that has been a great way to get a feel for the machine. It’s nice to set time aside for myself and attempt learning a new skill. What took me so long?
I’ve also been doing a lot of thinking (and confusing myself) about Ethan’s diet and how best to approach the inevitable elimination of gluten and casein. I’ve ordered this book and this book to help jumpstart the process. They came highly recommended by a mother in the apraxia group. I’ve also joined a new yahoo group (now I’m up to 5) called CeliacKids; they welcome any parent who is trying the GF diet. I hope to find inspiration and recipes as well as shopping ideas.
It’s so hard to imagine taking away grains and casein (found in all dairy products) when it seems that’s all the boy wants to eat. He lives on cereal, toast, crackers, and granola bars. I’ve read about children with autism who seem to show food addictions to the very foods their bodies are unable to properly digest. There is a scientific reason for this, but what it comes down to is the fact that the only way to truly know what is going on in their gut is to get vital lab work done.
I’ve put off the lab work I wrote about recently since Ethan has been on so many courses of antibiotics. Now seems like a better time to see what’s going on in that tummy. The question I’m currently pondering is whether or not to go to his GI doc at Children’s or to set up an appointment with a DAN! Doc instead. The DAN docs are noted for their knowledge on the biomedical approach whereas the GI doc we have seems to be a very treat the symptoms kind of guy and he has never shown any interest in Ethan’s diet or nutrition. Our insurance likely won’t cover a DAN doc though. They will cover something that they will end up paying out for an eternity (like prevacid) rather than a DAN doc who will get to the root of the problem and be done with it (using enzymes and probiotics for starters).
I had better end this post now before I go off on some insurance rant! I haven’t seen the movie Sicko yet and I’m afraid my head will spin out of control and blow off my shoulders if I do.
If you have done the GFCF diet and want to offer me any tips or tricks, feel free to send an email. My address is on the sidebar over there!