Thursday, March 31, 2016

Sesame Street & Autism: 13 New Videos & an Emmy Nomination!!




So as you all know by now, I work at Sesame Street.  Last September I wrote a post called My Name is Frank. I Work at Sesame Street. I am "Autism Daddy".  

And in that post I explained that after 4 1/2 years of writing my Autism Daddy blog anonymously I was giving up my anonymity because I was working on Sesame's autism initiative and I was proud of that work and wanted you all to know.

And then on October 21, 2015, the day Sesame's autism initiative launched I wrote a post called Sesame Street & Autism -My 2 Worlds Collide in an "Amazing" Way as a way to introduce you all to the resources that were part of the initiative.

And as you all know Sesame's autism initiative went crazy viral and dominated the autism social media world for a few weeks back in October.  

Well now it's 5 months later, the original content has over 1 million views, and on the eve of Autism Awareness Month we are launching phase two of our #SeeAmazing autism initiative! 

And I'm here today to walk you thru the 13 new video segments that you'll find on the site www.sesamestreet.org/autism 


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JULIA ANIMATION
Well first off is the video that I'm sure is going to get the most attention.  Last October, Sesame introduced you to our autism muppet Julia in the autism storybook "We're Amazing 1,2,3".

Today we want to introduce you to our new animation featuring Julia!




And the best part about that animation is that the voice of Julia is a little girl with autism!


Now while that video is guaranteed to get a ton of attention over the past few weeks, as it should, there are a bunch of other videos that deserve some autism love too!  :-)


BEHIND THE SCENES
Last October we introduced you to an animation called "Benny's Story" produced by the autistic students at the school Exceptional Minds.

Today I want to introduce you to a Behind The Scenes segment that shows the making of Benny's Story and all the young adults with autism who hand a hand in creating it.






Next I want to re-introduce you to the kids with autism and their families that we featured in our films back in October.


NASAIAH
Last October, we introduced you to one film featuring Nasaiah & Abby Cadabby and one film featuring Nasaiah's mom.

Today on the Sesame Street and Autism website you'll find 3 additional short films that show more from Nasaiah and muppet Abby's amazing playdate.  Here's my favorite of the three, but I encourage you to check out all three.





YESENIA
Back in October we introduced you to a film about Yesenia & her sisters, as well as a film featuring their dad Ricky.

Today, we have two new videos with their amazing family!  Here's one of the two!





THOMAS
Last October we introduced you to a film about a boy named Thomas with autism.

Today we are launching two new videos featuring Thomas's family.  Here's one featuring his mom Cindy.






4 MONTAGES FEATURING 30+ ASD KIDS!
OK, so I've got 4 more videos that I want to quickly introduce you to, and these are the ones that I am most excited about!

The reason that I'm so excited about these videos is that while I'm happy to introduce to more films featuring our families from October I'm thrilled about these next four because they feature a bunch of new faces

A few months back we asked some parents of ASD kids to record their kids on their smartphones answering specific questions that we had.  And then we asked them to send the videos to us.

And with those videos we were able to create 4 new segments / montages featuring over 30 kids from all over the spectrum.

"What Makes You Amazing?", "What's Your Favorite Food?"

And the two below:

"What Do You Want Kids To Know About Autism?"


"What Are Your Favorite Things?"

I'm really proud of these 4 montages, especially the fact that we were able to get such a wide range of ages, races, and functioning levels.  And I'm thrilled that these videos show some of unique ways that our kids communicate!


SO THAT'S ALL 13, USE #SEEAMAZING
So that's it!  Those are the 13 new autism videos that Sesame has to share with you and we encourage you to share them all like crazy throughout the month of April and use #seeamazing

Also please continue to share your own personal autism stories about your kids on social media and use #seeamazing

That's about all I've got to say...  I think I'll end it there.

Oops I almost forgot!  


EMMY NOMINATION!
We also got the good news this week that Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award in the category of Outstanding Interactive Media, Original Daytime Program or Series!!

And a bunch of our producers and directors and filmmakers are on our list as those eligible for a trophy if we win...including me!



This is my first Emmy nomination during my time at Sesame Street!

Autism Daddy on the red carpet in Los Angeles??  Maybe!  It's on April 29th.  We shall see!  Stay tuned! 


TIME TO END THIS POST
Ok, now I think I'll end this post.  

But just be forewarned that I'm extremely proud of all of these videos so I'll probably be posting tons of stuff about Sesame and our autism initiative over the next few days.  

Please forgive me.

I promise I'll be back to posting my usual rants and goofy pics of the king very soon!

THE END


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Monday, March 28, 2016

Why Autism SuperMoms* Make Me Feel SuperBad











(originally written & published on March 28, 2016)

I've been hearing about autism super moms lately. 

Moms who single-handedly thru hard work and determination dragged their autistic kid from point A to point B

Whether that be from nonverbal to verbal

Or from low functioning to high functioning 

Or from a special class to a mainstream class. 

Or from high functioning to declassified. 

These moms are out there. And they feel proud of their accomplishments, as they should be!

And some of them write books about their kids, as they should!

And go on the public speaking circuit, as they should!. 

And they inspire many young autism parents, as they should! 

However, for me, for a dad of a 12 year old still severe, still non verbal, still in the all autism classroom son, these super moms sometimes make me feel like crap. 

They make me feel like I didn't do enough, that I'm not doing enough. 

And I know I'm not the only one that feels this way.

He's a couple of examples from the recent past. 

Example #1
I went out to lunch with an old friend from HS who I don't get to see very often.   He says that he says that he reads my blog often.  

And his sister has a daughter with autism named Beth and he was saying things like "My sister is amazing with her. She pushed her.  When Beth was younger she couldn't talk and she would hit herself. But because of of my sister's hard work and working with her and advocating for her she's now 9 years old and talking and in a regular classroom."

And I'm sitting there thinking "why is he telling me this?  Doesn't he know it's making me feel like crap?"

Why does it make me feel like crap you ask?

It's not because this kid progressed so much. I'm thrilled for his niece and their family!

It makes me feel like crap because it makes it seem like without the hard work of this mom this kid would've ended up just like mine. 

So maybe we didn't do enough.  Maybe if we pushed our son harder when he was younger or advocated for him better to get that 5th speech session per week or that extra hour of ABA per week he'd be so much better off right now. 

Now if my friend said, "yeah she really responded well to ABA."  Or "she went on the GFCF diet and it made a huge difference." I would be fine with that. 

Jealous maybe, because we tried ABA & the diet and they didn't work for my kid...but I'd be fine with it...I wouldn't feel like crap. 

But the way it's presented as this super mom single handedly thru determination and hard work dragging her kid from severe autism to a mainstream classroom that makes me feel like crap. 













Example #2
I did a speaking engagement at an autism conference a couple weeks back and Temple Grandin was the main speaker. Temple Grandin is amazing. However a big part of her story is that her mom saved her. 

And for the 1950s it is safe to say that her mom did save her.   If it wasn't for her mom Temple would've been institutionalized. So you could say that Temple's mom was a true autism super mom who thru sheer determination brought out the best in her autistic kid. 

And at that event I was speaking at with Temple, she was telling stories about her mom forcing her to do things she didn't want to do to strengthen her. 

"My mom told me I could spend a week at my aunts farm or the whole summer at my aunts farm. Not going was not an option. The idea of not going was never presented to me."

And I'm sitting there blown away by her speech, while at the same time thinking "I wish my kid had the reasoning skills and the perceptive language to understand a choice like that." 

And then I got up and did my speech and started it with something to the effect of "Temple Grandin is amazing.  She is the shining example of what we aspire all of our autistic kids to grow up to be.  Self sufficient autistic adults.  However, the harsh reality is that no matter what we do all of our kids won't grow up to be Temple Grandin.  I'm here today to talk about what life is like with a kid on the opposite end of the spectrum."

And I had several moms come up to me afterward and say "Temple speech was inspiring but it didn't apply to my kid.  Your speech was just what I needed. In my autism world I'm not worried about the types of issues that Temple talked about.  Like forcing my kid to play outside vs staying inside playing video games all day.  That concept isn't even on my radar.  I'm just trying to make it thru each day without my kid trying to injure himself or trying to potty train a 7 year old."













Example #3
I will be speaking at an autism conference soon and there are two keynote speakers. The first is a high functioning autistic adult who I've l seen speak before and the second is a mom who wrote a book about the way she brought her asd kid from point a to point b.  Her book is described as "the powerful story of one mother’s love and her stubborn refusal to give up on her child."

And I don't want to mention their names because they're both great speakers and they both have amazing things to say so this post isn't about bashing them.

However if I'm in the audience and I've got a kid older than, I don't know lets say 9 years old, and my kid is still nonverbal, still banging his head against the wall, still not potty trained and I've tried lots of stuff with him and didn't give up on him, will these speeches inspire me or make me feel like crap?

I'm not saying these people shouldn't be out there telling their stories.   There stories are full of hope and possibility.

I don't know what I'm saying exactly. 

I just want it to be known that it is possible for a parent to be a super mom or a super dad and be everything and do everything for their autistic kid and yet the autistic kid doesn't make much progress and is still nonverbal. 

That's why I think my blog has been so successful and why I'm starting to book a lot of speaking engagements. I tell a story of parents who tried lots of stuff and it didn't make things much better.   And I think there needs to be more me's out there.  

More people like me telling their stories of what life is like when you feel like you are an autism super mom or super dad, an autism warrior,  and yet despite all your best efforts and your all your super heroic hard work, your kid is still severely autistic, non-verbal. 

Despite all your tenaciousness and your "stubborn refusal" not to give up you're still not able to able to bring up your kid's functioning level from point A to point B.

Can we all admit that not every kid with autism has the potential to be Temple Grandin?  Not every kid with autism has unlimited potential?   That doesn't mean I've given up on him.  That doesn't mean we are not trying new things all the time.  We are trying a new teaching protocol right now.  But maybe all my heroic super dad work got my kid as far as he can get. 
I say in my presentations that I think that the autism miracle stories (like Temple and the supermom author) are rare, but they don't seem rare because many times that's all we read/hear/see about autism.  Why?   Because that's how the Internet works.  

So, I guess maybe I'd be totally ok with all these autism super moms and all these autism miracle stories if they all came with a disclaimer.  The same disclaimer they put in tiny print on late night infomercial diet and acne medicine commercials.




*RESULTS NOT TYPICAL

I think I'm going to end it there.  And as I'm re-reading this post before I hit publish and i see all those question marks in it, I fear that this post is going to come off that I'm angry.  And that is not the intent here at all.  My intent here is to make all the parents of kids like mine feel ok... to make sure that they realize that if you are doing all you can for your kid and your kid is still on the lower end of the spectrum, that's not your fault.  

Maybe the Temple Grandin's of the world and the Carly Fleischmann's of the world and the Ido Kedar's of the world are the exceptions to the rule... maybe their results are not typical and your kid's slow or no progress is typical..

Maybe it just is what it is...

THE END
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Friday, March 25, 2016

Why We Don't Consider Homeschooling Our Autistic Son






So part of what you are about to read was buried in an blog post from last spring where I was complaining about a rough IEP meeting we had just come from and at that time somebody asked "why don't you just homeschool him?"

 However, I thought now was the time to make it its own blog post because at least once a week somebody will ask in the comments if we've ever considered homeschooling our 12 year old severely autistic, non verbal son. 

And while we are extremely happy with his new school this year, we've had some issues here and there with a few of his majesty's previous schools.  Some minor issues and a few major ones.

However even during some of those rough times at the other schools we have never ever considered homeschooling him.

Why you ask?

Well I'm sure that I (or most likely wifey) will take a lot of sh*t for this but here goes...

Homeschooling our 12 year old is really, truly not an option for us.  I don't think either of us are mentally strong enough to do it.  I know that I'm not, and wifey wants no part of it either. 

We like being his mom & dad.  I think we do a damn good job at being his mom & dad.  And even just being mom & dad of the king  is not that easy.  









We've found our way over the past 10+ years of being autism mommy & autism daddy...

But to add teacher onto our roles?  I know I'm gonna take sh*t for this, but it's just not feasible.

The king needs a happy, mentally healthy mom & dad, and if we had to think about teaching him 4-6 hours a day I think we'd lose more of our marbles.

For those of you that are strong enough to do it I applaud you, I am jealous of you, I am impressed by you, and I tip my cap to you.

We just can't do it.

If I'm being brutally honest there's just not enough happy pills that we could take to make homeschooling feasible...

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So the next time someone asks in the comments why we don't homeschool our kid, you can all send them the link to this blog post.

:)

The End.

Now I will prepare myself to be crucified in some of the comments.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

People Want To Help Special Needs Parents! You Just Need To Let Them Know You Need Help!

This is kind of a hard post for me to write because on paper it's kind of the opposite of what I've written before. 

I have written many times before how I'm not a big fan of the inspiration porn/feel good stories where it's a typical adult does something nice for a special needs kid. 

My biggest problem is just that these are the stories that always seem to go viral. 

However maybe in a small way these kinds of stories have made typical people a bit more aware of special-needs folks and how they can help them and impact their day. 

We had a few different small experiences lately where typical people have bent over backwards and gone out of their way to help us. Sometimes help us in ways that we didn't really need but it was still a nice thought. 

And as special-needs parents we often ride this fine line of not wanting to ask for help because we are so tough and don't need it ...and also not wanting to ask for help because we don't want to be rebuffed. 

However we had several small experiences lately that showed me that people want to help. 

It makes them feel good about themselves, makes them feel proud that they helped you. And if you really go out of your way to thank them and tell them how amazing they are it makes their day and it spreads the love. 

Here's two recent examples, one that has to do with my son and his autism and the other has to do with wifey. 

Last year wifey went to the U2 concert at Madison Square Garden with some of her girlfriends. Wifey gets a bit nervous in crowded situations so at a concert she always likes to wait for the crowd to really die down and file out before leaving her seat. So she prepared her friends that they were going to sit for a while and let the crowds slowly file out before going to the escalators and staircases. 

And 10 minutes after the show is when the security guard starts giving them a hard time. 

Wifey has an inhaler in her purse that looks like an asthma person's inhaler. However that is not what its purpose is.  It's for a digestive issue.

But after the third security guard said "come on guys you've got to leave" she held up the inhaler as it say I can't leave right now. 

And the guys demeanor immediately changed and he said "oh I totally get it, I totally get it...my son needs one of those... my son has asthma too!" 

Wifey immediately felt guilty that she sort of deceived this guy. 

And this guy proceeded to be their protector and voice. So much so that when other security guards came over and tried to get them to leave this guy would pop out of nowhere and say "no guys... those are my friends... they need to stay ...she's got asthma."

So because she felt guilty and because the guy was being super super nice and helpful and was bending over backwards to help them wifey and her friends went out of their way and bent over backwards to thank him. 

When they finally left their seats, they went to the ladies room to kill even more time to let the crowds die down.  And as they came out of the ladies room  there was that security guard checking up on them. She thanked him profusely, he again mentioned how he knows her concerns because his son also has asthma.  And then they took a couple of selfie's together... and wifey made his day and in his mind he made her day and he had a great story to tell. Not a story worthy of going viral but a story to tell his wife and kids of how he helped a woman with asthma. 

People want to help people... they want to be useful and helpful when you give them that chance, that opportunity 


And the second story has to do with my son...   with the king 

I wrote about in my post last week how we had to go to our local hospital to get outpatient blood work and x-rays done for the Kings mysterious limp. 

Wifey called the radiology department ahead of time from the car on the drive over and was asking the woman how long they are open, and how long does she think the wait will be, etc.

And I can't hear exactly what the woman is saying on the phone but I can hear her demeanor is sort of like "it is what it is, you're going to have to wait..."

So I whispered to wifey "tell her why you're asking." 

And wifey proceeded to explain "the reason why am asking is my son has autism and epilepsy and it's hard for him to wait and xrays and bloodwork can be difficult for him, and we have to give him Benadryl to knock him out for the x-ray" yada yada yada

And as soon as she explained that, I could hear the woman on the phone's demeanor change. And she opened up and was like "of course, I used to work with kids autism!  I will make sure you're taken care of."

We get to the hospital and go to admitting... We bring him in a wheelchair, yes because of the limp, but also because it might make us look more sympathetic.  we ask politely if they can rush things along for all the same reasons (non verbal, epileptic, has trouble with this kind of stuff, etc). 

And again the woman in admitting bends over backwards to rush us through the admitting process. 

We get upstairs and the woman in radiology who chatted with wifey on the phone is there waiting for us... tells us again how she used to work with autistic kids, and lets us cut to the front of the xray line...

And then the two young women who were the xray technicians?  They were rocks stars too!  And at every stop wifey and I went out of our way to thank them and tell them how amazing they were, and how easy they made this whole process was...  We might've been laying it on a little thick, but that's what people like to hear.  We made their day.  We made them feel great about themselves... they helped someone who asked for help... and they had a story to tell their family at night.  "What happened at work today?"  Well...

After the xrays we are waiting for the xray disk... and our friend at the reception desk comes out, hand them to wifey and whispers "I gave you two copies of the disk"

We didn't need two copies, we didn't ask for two copies, but this is one other special perk (besides helping us cut the line) that this woman could bestow on us so she got us an extra copy of the disk.

So even though we didn't need it we went out of our way... "oh thank you so much for everything!  and extra copy of the disk?  that is so nice of you!  that'll come in handy... we will keep it in his files!"

We then did the bloodwork and we needed two people to accomplish this, one to draw the blood and another to help hold his arm steady... and once again these people were awesome... and we made a point of telling them and making their day.

And wifey got the first name of everyone who helped us and wrote on the hospital's Facebook page thanking them.  And got a reposnse from the PR person thanking her.

People are so used to hearing complaints about their employees that when you pay them a compliment it is HUGE!!

Anyway, this post is long & rambling, but the whole point of it is that people want to help others who need help.

If you are brave enough to ask for help and/or ask for special privileges for your special needs kid we've found that people are willing to bend over backwards to give you that help... and will many times go above and beyond... and sometimes give you special things that you never even asked for and / or don't need...

When people do these nice things for you, it's your job to bend over backwards to thank them for it. 

Do you have any stories and/or experiences that are similar to mine?  If so I'd love to hear them. 

That's all I got.  Over and out

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

I'm So Proud of My Autistic Son, My Wife & Myself!


The king & the iPad at the Doctor's office on Wednesday...

I am so proud of all of us!  We've had what could have been a rough couple of days earlier this week, but we all handled things so much better than we used to years back, early on in our autism journey.

And for that all three of us deserve a huge pat on the back if I do say so myself...  :-)

It all started when the king had a mysterious limp on Sunday night.

If you've been reading my page or my blog for a while you'll remember that every once in a while the King has a mysterious limp. He's had it probably eight or nine times over the course of his life. And the most recent time we put them in a boot and he loved it and The limp went away.

Then on Sunday night I noticed it again and Monday after school he was dragging his foot like Quasimodo.

However all those other times it was on his right side and this time it was on his left.

Anyway, why is he limping? What have we discovered?

We will get to that later.... But that's not what this blog post is about anyway.

This blog post is about how proud I am of the king, wifey, and myself.

We've all handled this so much better than we would have in the past.

Again he was limping pretty badly Monday afternoon/evening. So we kept him home from school on Tuesday with the hope of getting into see his orthopedist. However, we couldn't get into see him until Wednesday at 3 PM.

Meanwhile, yes the king is limping badly but besides that he's is happy-go-lucky bouncing around self.

Wifey almost considered taking him to school in the afternoon but decided to keep him home on Tuesday for the full day.

Tuesday night the king wakes up around midnight full of energy, and still limping around.  At this point, we still don't know if it's his foot, his knee, his hip that's causing him to limp.  And all the other times when he had the limp on the right side we were never entirely certain either.

But Tuesday night...my son took my hand, and put it on his left foot, the arch of his left foot to be exact.    For the first time ever, he was telling me where it hurt!  That is HUUUUGGGEEEE!!!   So proud of him!   And his left arch definitely felt warmer than the other arch!

Wednesday rolls around. I decided to work from home in the morning so I can be with them at the doctor appointment in the afternoon because in the past taking the king to a doctors appointment was a two-person job.

But Wednesday morning the big question was "do we send this limping kid to school? Would be look like horrible parents sending Limpy McGimpy to school?"

And then we thought "screw it, we are sending him... he'll get more out of a day at school then he will out of being home all day.|"

He was up, he was happy, but he was limping, so what?

Our biggest concern was the long walk from the front of the school to his classroom.

But guess what? His school has wheelchairs standing by because it's a complete special-needs school.

We told the school nurse, we prepared the bus staff, we prepared his teacher and his aides. And then we put Limpy McGee on the bus and sent him to school.

And I worked from home in the morning, wifey did her regular morning routine of phone calls, housework, yoga, shopping, etc.

And then we picked them up from school at 2:30 PM, half an hour earlier than the bus would've gotten him.

And we took him to his 3pm orthopedist appointment.

The king did amazing at the doctors office. So good that he probably didn't need both of us there...
 but it's always good to hear the doctors report from the horses mouth so I'm glad that I was there.

I don't want to get into what the doctor thought it might be. All I'll say is that the doctor gave us a script for x-rays and blood-work and said try to do these in the next day or so.

Now here comes the part where I'm really proud of both wifey and me.

In the old days the prospects of blood-work and especially x-rays would've sent us in a tizzy. Partially  because of our concern over what the king might have but even more so our because of our concern over how difficult x-rays usually are with his majesty.

In the old days we probably would've gone home, licked our wounds, and regrouped and gone back out the next day to do the blood work and x-rays.   Over maybe even the blood-work one day and the xrays the next because to handle both in one day could be an ordeal.

But it was 4 PM when we got out of the appointment and the king was so compliant and well behaved in the orthopedist's office that we said "let's go to our local hospital that does outpatient x-rays and blood-work and get this done tonight regardless of how long the wait is going to be." 

So that is what we did.

Actually first we stopped at a drugstore to buy Benadryl because in the past the king had to be asleep to get any sort of successful x-ray.

So in the drugstore parking lot we gave him two Benadryl and then we rushed to the hospital.

Wifey put the king in a wheelchair at the hospital because (a) it might be a long walk and (b) it might make us look a little more sympathetic :-)

Even though we're going for outpatient tests, we had to go to admitting since we are at the hospital.

And wifey in her politest way possible "played the A&E card" (the autism & epilepsy card) and stressed to the woman in admitting that while the king is behaving nicely now this could change at any moment and anything she could do to speed things up and possibly push us to the front of the line would be greatly appreciated.

And this woman proceeds to bend over backwards to get us everything we need quickly, called up to the x-ray department, speaks to the woman up there stresses our concerns, etc, etc.

Meanwhile the king is being an angel watching his iPad while sitting in a wheelchair. Only bad thing he was doing was trying to put his mouth on parts of the wheelchair which was really gross and God knows what germs are on that wheelchair.

We get up to the x-ray department, the receptionist is waiting for us.  And she is bending over backwards for us.

She had an autism connection. She used to work in an autism school years ago so she got it.
(Look for a separate blog post from me in the next few days about this...about the fact that most people want to help, and want to do nice things for you when you ask in the right way... it makes them feel good to do you a favor)

Anyway, we wait maybe five minutes and she rushes us in.

I have no idea how many people we bypassed but nobody seems too concerned in the waiting room.

I go in with the king to get the x-rays done. The Benadryl really didn't kick in so he was pretty much wide awake. However he was completely cooperative on the x-ray table.   Very different from years past... We've had many rough xray experiences over the years.

Once again thank god for the iPad because as he was lying down on the x-ray table. I was holding his iPad up with one hand so that he can see it from his lying down position. And with the other hand was holding his leg in the positions that the x-ray technician wanted me to.

She gets the xrays done lickety split.  We wheel the king into the lab to get his bloodwork done.  By this time he is groggy but really happy & excited and enjoying being in the wheelchair.  It's fun!

For the blood-work he still needs to sit on my lap, and we still needed a 2nd technician to help hold his arm still while the phlebotomist did her thing, and he almost spit on one of the technicians, lol, but they were pros and he got thru the blood-work lickety split, and then we headed home.

Dr appointment was at 3, we left dr's at 4, we were home from the hospital by 6pm.  The Benadryl kicked in finally when we got home and the king was down for the night by about 7pm.

Wifey made a delicious dinner of meatloaf, squash, & spinach which she & I ate at 730.  And then we watched the Netflix show "Love" on the ipad in the kitchen as we cleaned up the kitchen after our meal.

And for everything we did from about 3pm on we all deserve huge props and pats on the back if I do say so myself.

The dr appt went smoothly.

His concerns didn't freak us out like they used to.

The trip to admissions went smoothly.

The xrays went smoothly.

The blood work went smoothly.

The king was happy to be home and went to sleep without any issues.

The dinner was delicious.

We cleaned up together while watching a great show.

And the most important thing that I'm proud of?

I didn't google anything!

Basically, the orthopedist thought that the king might have had an infection in his foot.  The blood work and xrays would possibly confirm this.  If he did have an infection he would need antibiotics...intravenously.

Normally that would freak me out, and send me scrambling to google to figure out what the heck all this means.

But yesterday because we got everything done lickety split I didn't have time to google anything and all the scrips that mentioned what it could be were handed over to the xray people and the lab people so by the time I got home I couldn't really google anything anyway.

But I'm ultra proud of myself that I didn't google anything in the drug store parking lot while I was waiting for wifey to get the benadryl.  I didn't even think of googling at that point!  Now that is progress!

And guess what, we got the results already and the labs and xrays came back normal!  No infection!  They said it's probably just a soft tissue injury.  Just give him advil for a few days & check back in with the dr in a week!

Anyway, that's all I got.  Just a long rambling post about how the king's mysterious limp brought on a chain of events that made me realize how far the king has come over the years.

And how far wifey and I have come over the years.  I cant speak for her, but for me I think I handled everything so much better because of a combination of maturity, antidepressants, and realizing that a limp is nothing compared to autism & epilepsy.

Anyway, that's it... Over and out!

THE END!
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