Adventures With Autism and Adopting a Healthier Lifestyle

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This child of mine hates, hates, HATES having her hair messed with. Guess what? Her teacher has, three days in a row now, put Emily’s hair up.

Today it was French braids!



I love this!


“I could easily stop my child’s meltdown. I am a magical fairy, after all.
But, I love how uncomfortable and annoyed everyone looks when it happens.
You got to have a hobby.”

From All Over The Spectrum on Facebook

Off the GF wagon… and boy are we sorry!

Three meltdowns in one day, one of them about an hour long (and that was the one I handled well… figures).

It’s been a while since a day like this has happened. How long, you ask?

Well, during the year or so we were faithfully eating gluten-free? Not one day like this.

Yes. As you may have guessed, we fell off the wagon. Pretty badly over the last couple of weeks.

Since about November, we have been eating pizza and such on occasion, while maintaining GF during the in-between time.

Emily didn’t really react badly.
Then we got too cocky and ate gluten too often.

We rue the day.

The past week has been constipation and meltdowns aplenty.

We’re getting back on the wagon.

The Awkward Dance

About once a week or so, it happens.

The awkward dance.

Emily meets a new person.

There’s the initial, “Hi sweetie, what’s your name? How old are you? What grade are you in?”

No response.

Then there I am, either answering for her, or repeating the questions to her, in a vain attempt to get her to say something.

More often than not, what she says (if anything) is something like, “kangaroo!,” or “ice cubes!,” or “hi” (if we’re lucky).

Then my internal argument with myself begins, “do I tell them she has Autism?”

“I could tell them she doesn’t talk much, but they just heard her script a full minute of dialog from Numbers Ahoy.”

“I could say she’s shy, if it weren’t for the dance routine she just did for anyone who cared to watch.”

Eventually, my desire to escape the situation takes over and we make a hasty exit.

I never was a very good dancer.

Top 5: things that help

People often ask me what helps/has helped Emily the most. I thought I’d go ahead and rank the top five.



By the way…

I’ve updated the “What We Do” page, since a few things have changed since I put up that page in April.


Washing produce (to remove waxes and pesticide residue)

I am OBSESSED with Dr. Bronner’s nowadays, so I found this very cool. 🙂

New page

It’s called “What We Do.” It lists things like Emily’s dietary restrictions, supplements, treatments, etc.

An eventful week, 3/3

Well, part three of this “eventful week” theme was going to be about observing World Autism Awareness Day on April 2nd. However, I was derailed by more life events…

  1. I had a falling out with the last person I thought that would happen with.
  2. I lost my job.

So, yeah… eventful week, indeed.

EDIT: The falling out part has been resolved, but the job part is still true. 😉

An eventful week, part 2/3

So, about school…