Thursday, November 28, 2013

5 Things I'm Thankful For On This Thanksgiving.

Thur 9:12pm -- Hope y'all had / are having a nice Thanksgiving!

As I sit here on the couch in the dark watching Sesame sleepy time videos with the king I'm thinking about all the things I'm thankful for. 

1) I'm thankful for Kyle. The King. He lights up my life and makes every day very interesting....

2) I'm thankful for my wife who is the strongest, strangest woman I've ever met...

3) I'm thankful for my family who all "get it" and who are almost all

Sunday, November 17, 2013

My Realistic Take On Suzanne Wright From Autism Speaks Comments...

As usual I'm a little late to the party with my post about Suzanne Wrights from Autism Speaks comments in her op-ed piece on the eve before the first ever Autism Summit in DC last week. 

I read her comments and then I read a lot of my fellow autism mom & dad bloggers posts responding to it, almost all bashing her for her thoughts. 

I kept quiet, read everything and really thought it through. 

And here's my take on it all. 

Before I get started just know that I'm talking in complete layman's terms here and I'll be making some sweeping generalizations and making up some stats to make my point. 

So please don't nitpick the little details. Just look at the whole picture of what I'm presenting. 

Ok so here's my take on it all. 

I'm a realist. I'm an autism dad. I try to look at things through my autism dad microscope but to also look at things from an outsiders POV

And Suzanne Wright's post sounds to me like the post of an impassioned

Friday, November 15, 2013

2 Reasons Why My Wife Is The Coolest Autism Mom

Cool like Fonzie... :-)

(originally written & published on November 15, 2013)

My wife is the best, most different autism mom that I know...and I love her for it. 

Here's a perfect example...

Reason #317 why my wife is the coolest autism mom...

She told me this story over dinner last night...

Yesterday she brought Kyle to his Thursday afternoon special needs sports class. Basically it's a movement class for ASD kids like Kyle, ages 9-12. 

The class is run by these amazing folks and the moms get to wait outside and relax and chat for 45 minutes. 

So yesterday the wife said, "we were waiting outside and all the moms had a great conversation about lipstick & makeup..."

I kinda knew where this was going so I said "I'm assuming you brought up this topic..."

And she smiled and nodded yes and continued with her story...

"So I excuse myself to go to the bathroom. I'm gone less than 5 minutes and when I get back all the moms are talking about IEP meetings and transitioning."

I said "What did you say?"

She said

Friday, November 8, 2013

An Epilepsy / Seizures / VNS Surgery Update — 11 weeks after surgery...

Three days ago, on Tuesday, has been 11 weeks since Kyle had his VNS Surgery for his epilepsy / seizures and 9 weeks since we had the device turned on so I thought it was time I gave y'all an update on things.

It's hard to give an update on one thing without updating y'all on everything cuz they are all intertwined.

Anyway, he had the VNS device turned on on Tuesday September 3rd and he's had the "current" increased 4 times since then. We go back every 2 weeks or so to


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