Saturday, July 23, 2016

Hermetic homeopathy diary, week 1 15-22 July

I like to journal the little things I see during a new protocol so that i can remember them later when I come back to look.

Day 1:  Constitutional Remedy
- Dominic and i have had a routine at camp in the afternoon  When I pick him up, I ask him how his day was and he says "swimming fun".  That's been the routine ALL summer.  Today, I got there, he came running up to me and said "swimming fun!!" without me asking.  a peer of his told me he had an AWESOME day.  This morning, about 2 hours after his first dose, he gave me a hug and said "i love you" spontaneously for the first time outside our very entrenched bedtime routine.   He muscle tested NO for an ioncleanse footbath which is odd, but we'll go with it.

day 2 Constitutional Remedy
- took him to see finding dory and he cried at the sad parts.  emoting entirely normally.  Then he played in the fountain

Day 3, constitutional remedy - this child is more ravenous than ever

Day 4 - prep day 1
See reading post.

Platinum days 1-3:  Very emotional overall. Lots of tears for no apparent reason. ALSO =- best speech therapy sessions he's had in ages.  Random Funny, on Friday his OT Jonny was over and I offered him dinner.  Dominic literally pushed Jonny out of the way and made him a plate of tacos.  We were agog.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

I am going to attempt to video this....

the setting...

Post shower, doing bedtime routine.  Dominic is tucked in.  He reaches over to his bookshelf and pulls down a book my mom made him shortly after he was born.  Very simple, very few words.  He opened it, and he attempted to read it to me.

I think he got about 80% of the words and I helped with the rest.

THEN

When Daddy got home an hour or so later, Dominic was still awake so i had him do it for Daddy!!!

And then he did it again the next night with a different book.

this is HUGE.  I will attempt to video it soon. 



Monday, July 18, 2016

Shenanigans....

I need a new umbrella.   A certain little boy made off with mine,  and ended up breaking it while pretending to fly.

Did you get that?  Pretending.  To.  fly.




and I just love that he was safe about the jumping part.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Crazy week + new protocol

Camp called me Wednesday and told me Dominic was laying down and crying, asking them to "call mommy".  I asked them if he had a fever, no.  I asked if he ate all his lunch, yes.  I told them I could come get him but it sounded like he was fine.  They called back a few minutes later and asked me to come get him.  I did. 

He came home, laid on the sofa for about half an hour and then had the best Speech therapy session he's had in ages. I had texted our therapist and told her he'd come home sick and it was up to her if we tried therapy.  We tried.  it went great. 

He never had a fever, never lost his appetite... he just wanted to come home, so he played the counselors like a violin and played hookey. 

I'm going to call that downright amazing. :)

(camp has now been told that unless he's got a fever, is bleeding, or is vomiting, he's fine)



Recently (the last few weeks), Dominic's been really enjoying hot sauce.  On everything from meat to corn muffins to Salad.  The last few days I've caught him chugging from the bottle.  Its really cool to watch him develop true preferences.



We are so very very close to the recovery finish line that I can taste it.  As such, we are starting (today actually) a homeopathic protocol that is kind of different, and that has brought speech to many much less verbal kids than Dominic in the community.  Its a 10 week protocol (6 on remedies, then 4 for them to settle in).  As she was trained in Eastern style homeopathy, her perspective is very different.  Its fascinating, and I'm hopeful that it will help Dominic, who has to work so hard for every little gain we get.  And if it doesn't do anything, its okay, because its not a "break the bank protocol".

We are backing off of much of the things we've been doing (my wallet is silently doing cartwheels) for the 10 week duration and potentially longer depending on how things go.

Stay tuned for updates!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Tales from home Based Therapy - July 11 and 12

We love home based therapy so much at this point.

We all know that Dominic is routine oriented and if he get SUPER used to a routine (like we always do legos for OT or we always do ST on the floor of the living room) then when you try to change it up he freaks.  So, I have asked both therapists to mix up activities and locations they do therapy for generalization purposes.

Its going pretty well.  On Monday, Jonny and Dominic played catch in the living room while balancing.  At one point, Dominic was balancing on one foot on the upside down bosu while playing catch.  He found this whole exercise the funniest thing ever.



Then Tuesday, we had Sarah here for Speech.  I didn't catch it on video, but this is what happened and to me its a HUGE cognitive gain:

Scenario:  Dominic and Sarah sitting at the dining room table doing work.  The ipad is Dominic's reinforcer and he had just finished his first reinforcer break (they take one after every 3 activities) and Sarah was getting him reengaged for the next activity.

Dominic:  points and clearly says "Look at That"
Sarah Looks
Dominic sneaks the ipad back on while she's looking.


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Well, that's new....

Dominic loves Tarzan.  Absolutely adores it.

So it was no surprise when this happened, in fact i think its a FABULOUS use of the Virginia creeper vine that is currently attempting to eat my deck....



Monday, July 4, 2016

Rocky Mountain dinosaur resource center

We took a family trip up the mountain to the dinosaur resource center in Woodland Park for the 4th.  It was one of those - okay, now we've done it, we probably won't again kind of experiences.

Here're a few pictures....











Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Camp Update....

Dominic is really shining this year in camp. I've been ridiculously pleased.  This was my facebook update yesterday in one of my groups

"When I dropped my 11 year old at camp this morning i bumped into a long time friend of mine whose girls go to the same program. She told me about interactions D has had with both her girls - one where he and her older daughter were reading together and the other where her younger daughter was jealous of his lunch (cracked me up, to be honest because i have to get really creative to avoid all the food allergies. he had mini homemade gfcfsf organic cornd dogs, nitrate free bacon wrapped asparagus, and mango chunks).
We are doing camp specifically to boost social skills, and I have to say that this summer has been his best yet"

Then said friend sent me this text last night after I'd gone to sleep - it absolutely made my day.  She and I will be nurturing this relationship and attempting to do camp carryover get togethers in the fall to keep the friendships blossoming.

"An Evening Y report from   She and Dominic played and played and played chase, made a slinky and ninja's with pipe cleaners (apparently she gave one to him and showed him how to make his own), and she said he's such and sweet and fun kid"

Absolutely made my morning. 

Almost every time I pick Dominic up, the staff tells me he's had a great day.  They've told me his swimming skills are getting better, and the only rough days seem to be around losing his little fidgets.  We try to not allow that to happen.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Awww


So Dominic is having OT today.
I was downstairs while he worked with Mr Jonny.  I came upstairs and was shown this. 

He wrote it.  Its LEGIBLE

by star wars, he means the star wars legos.

Don't tell me this child cannot read, write, or communicate.  He's finding a way. 

And yes, he is currently putting together legos because if thats how he's going to ask, he's going to get them.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Imaginative Play!!

Dont' tell me our kids have no imaginative play....




That "cheese" is part of a dog toy.  In case anyone is wondering.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Circus, year 4

Dominic has been talking about going to the circus to see the tigers for weeks.  He was so excited Saturday morning that he found last years (very stretched out) clown nose and we played with it before we went.






As usual, we wandered around the animals before we went to get in line.  This is from us watching the camels.  Ringling Brothers has stopped touring their elephants, but they still brought camels, horses, tigers, and poodles along.   Dominic was sad there were no elephants.


Silliness before we got in line.



Silliness IN line.

Just clowning around.  We got a picture with the same female clown last year.   Dominic quite likes her hair bow.


He LOVED having popcorn.  ADORED it.




OF all the acts, my favorites are the danger ones - the dude who does the rings of doom (i have no idea their real name), the tight rope walkers and the trapeze.  Dominic seemed to like the animal acts and the lady who got shot out of a cannon.



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Seriously he just aged 5 years.

Yesterday Daddy and Dominic went to get haircuts. 


Over his life, Haircuts have ranged from horrible experiences where we had to hold him down to make sure he (and the stylist) didn't get cut to refusing the electric clippers because the vibration was awful, to screams, to insensitive jerks (thats the PG version) who insulted us.  They've been getting better and better. I told ya'll the first month we did the IonCleanse by AMD that he was finally able to sit for a haircut (no electric clippers tho), so we thought that was HUGE. 

In March, I told you guys he finally had a whole haircut with clippers.  

Today, He had a whole haircut with clippers where he didn't need Daddy to hold him still.  He sat compliantly and calmly The Entire Time she used the clippers.

I am ECSTATIC!!! OVER THE MOON!!!  This is amazing to me. 

Here're Daddy and Dominic pre Haircut



And here they are Post-Haircut.


And seriously, the haircut aged him ridiculously. 

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Camp, week 2

We have achieved Routine, people!!!  Camp is now routine.  When I picked Dominic up from camp yesterday, another little boy came running over to give him "knuckles" before he left and the counselors told me he had had a Very happy Day.


This afternoon will be our 4th annual trip to the Circus, so look for pictures and blog tomorrow!!!!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Went to the Pediatrician's office today...

No, not for Dominic.  We see a family practitioner for Dominic.  She's very reasonable, NEVER has pushed me once about vaccines, and I adore her.  Pediatricians ... well, they're pretty much owned by the AAP, and they have monetary incentives tied to how many vaccines they give a baby by the time they are 2.  Its nauseating.

We have somewhat adopted a younger couple (early 20's), who have a baby.  They did some initial vaccines, but were bullied and stopped.  She asked me to with her today to a new doctor (their second visit) because she was concerned about being bullied about vaccines.  At her first visit, this doctor apparently presented her with a book from the CDC about vaccines. (yes, i will do my best to get my hands on it).

First words out of Mom's mouth when I picked her up and asked were, i don't want him to get shots today.  I said "Then he won't".

Appointment went like this.

MA brings us back to the room, we strip the baby, they weigh and measure.  Then she comes back in and starts talking about vaccines this time.  To which I said "She will be exercising her right to a philosophical exemption today".   MA Said "you're kidding, right".  I gave her what is known as the Joy Death Stare.  I was not kidding.

The doctor took longer than usual to come in.  I suspect the MA was briefing her on the crazy woman wearing a Thinking Moms Revolution shirt in the room with the young mom.

The doc came in, really wanted to know who I was.  I'm the ride, and the mentor.  She proceeded to talk food, weight, measurements, listened to the baby, and then brought up shots.   As she was going through the paperwork these words came out of her mouth "In order to go to school, he's required to have all of these except Hep A".  I piped up from the corner "Actually, that's not true, in the state of Colorado, the law says that all the school needs is a signed philosophical  exemption for whichever she chooses not to do"

I got a really dirty look.  And then she said "well, yes, i guess they are only required if you don't have an exemption"

When it was all said and done, I did leave the doctor with a copy of this document that the VaxXed legal team has created. I didn't ask her to sign it because she didn't threaten to fire this family for choosing to delay / space out / pick and choose shots.  But I left it with her as something to think about.  She made the statement that she personally believes in vaccines and has vaccinated her children and I could not help but flash back to this moment at A1 during the Q and A where Del made his statement about how belief in something makes it a religion, not a science.