Good Things

I haven’t posted in over a week! What a shame. . . I’m sure you were all just fine though.

We’ve had a lot going on, but nothing to crazy or chaotic–well, no more than usual.

Rex needs ear tubes. He’s had five ear infections in six months and two of those required multiple treatments, so Wednesday I’ll be taking him off in the wee hours of the morning to have them placed. I’m crossing my fingers that he won’t need to have his adenoids removed as well because that hurts a good deal more than just tubes and Rex takes things personally. I have no doubt he will blame me personally for any and all pain that he feels.

I finally did something I’ve been talking about doing for quite some time–I started a website for parents in my local area. It’s busy, but very fun, and we’ve already had interest from advertisers, so I don’t think I could be any happier with how it’s going. It has contributors, which is wonderful because now I have people that I chat with throughout the week about writing and the site. I feel like I’m pushing myself out of my comfort zone in a good way. We even have plans to do some in-person events and I think that will be great for me–I pretty much started living in my computer after Charlie was born and while I’m a big fan of the Internet, I do think it’s good to get out every once and a while and mingle with people who aren’t made of pixels and whatnot.

August had yet another mild gluten exposure and it’s like I finally woke up to the fact that he is going to be battling this for life, or at least for a long time. I want to treat his symptoms and then do nothing when he’s feeling well. That’s not working, though, so I’m giving him several supplements that encourage digestion and healing of the stomach lining. I figure if I can’t eliminate gluten from the the planet, I can at least minimize the effect it has on his stomach. This means he’s getting a daily dose of digestive enzymes, probiotics, and camel’s milk. I’m also adding in slippery elm when I can. I have some other stomach-friendly supplements/herbs I will be investigating and may add those as well. He’s acting happier and friendlier than ever and today I caught him singing the alphabet song along with one of his DVDs.

We are good here. I’m ready for school to resume, so I can get a little bit of a routine going, but life with the four kings is going pretty well.

I’ll see you around.

 

Tricky Monkey

Charlie is in summer school. While not a good fit for every child, Charlie does best when his days are orderly and he has regular therapy, so he always gets recommended for the full four days of half-day summer school.

Well, there was a substitute for the start of school and two days ago his regular teacher called to tell me she was officially at work and to chat a little.

While we were on the phone she said to me, “I had no idea he could push himself around in his wheelchair!”

Which is funny because NEITHER DID I.

This kid never ceases to amaze me.

boy in a yellow wheel chair.

He never ceases to amaze.

Emails With Charlie

I got the idea the other day to see if I could get Charlie to send an email. He can read a decent amount of words, but he’s really resistant to typing and I thought this might be more fun for him than just “talking” to me with the iPad.

So I sat him down and said, “Charlie! Hey! Let’s send Daddy an email!” Imagine my most school-teacherly voice–full of exclamation points and “excitment.” I’m pretty sure Charlie isn’t fooled at all, but I try my best.

I sat him down, held his wrist and asked him to tell Daddy something, and this is what he wrote.

email from charlie

I immediately text my husband and say, “you have an email from Charlie.” A few minutes later he texts me back, “responded.”

Charlie and I go back to the computer and this is what we find:

email-from-charlie-2

I got a little misty-eyed myself.

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