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Hopefully the meds show up Friday or on Saturday for Gavin.... crazy stuff   allways seems to fal o weekends or holidays for sure.

5 hours, 56 minutes ago on My heart is heavy and I’m freaking out

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Going from middle to high school, perhaps they are stricter on bathroom breaks there? Or perhaps he didnt know how to best ask too go? Yeah, accidents in high school arent going to be a good ting especially if he is trying to manipulate, but I bet it's a matter of not knowing how to ask to go. Lots of kids arent used to the schedule yet, and he is going to have to adjust.

17 hours, 35 minutes ago on Already?? Are you fricking kidding me???

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Just out of curiosity, have the autonomic crisis(es) and Gavins Schizoaffective Disorder ever been correlated? Could the one be a warning of the other coming on?  And once he has gone into his 'manic' state, does his heart  rate return to a more normal resting and active pattern? 

1 week ago on Confessions of an #Autism Dad: I’m really struggling tonight

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He will do just fine ! He will of course 'test the waters' but thats pretty much normal teenage behavior. Here's hoping for a good experience for Gavin tomorrow!

1 week, 2 days ago on OMG we have high school orientation today

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Usually your utility companies (including water) would like to get paid off than shut off a customers water. All ou can do is make a payment plan with them and stick to it. If you get it shut off at lleast here the reconnect iis expensive. There has to be some financial aiid if you qualify. When you call, also ask them about agencies that help. 

1 week, 3 days ago on BAD DAY – Gavin’s IVIG infusion was a disaster and now our water is being shut off

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I get bumble bees constantly in the kitchen. The only reason I can think of is I planted a ton of blue and pink fllowers for the butterflies in the garden and to attract bees since there is a  decline in their population. Oddly, I have never been stung  when catching them but sure have had my share of wasp stings. 

Never have had much odd flly in the car  and its a good thing you werent allergic!

1 week, 5 days ago on You will not believe what happened to me yesterday

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Is he moving around at all? I notice whats measured is only about 1/2 mile in 7 hours? Was he visible to you during those times it seemed to dip? (meaning was he in his room or out of sight) What  is his normal resting heart rate compared to what you're seeing? 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on I think Gavin had an Autonomic Crisis today

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Thts good news I bet your family's day was much better because of it. WTG Gavin!

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Today’s #Autism and #RAD Victory was awesome

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You were  pacing a whole lot! I guess being on hold isn't such a bad thing gonna rey this myself. Good job on all the steps!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Welcoming a bit of positivity into my life tonight

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Hoping you all get feelling better summer colds are the worst but I know so many who have them right now. Everyone is miserable. 

Do what you can, youre only one fella. Take some time to nap or time to be kind to yourself. 

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Today is a true test of my #SpecialNeedsParenting abilities

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You know how the other day you thought the PICA was making another appearance possibly? Could what he might be eating (non food) be scratching his throat? I mean huge bites will make you have trouble swallowing for sure , but is there anything in his room, bathrrom etc that might be miissing, distrurbed or anything? Maybe the two are connected. You might have to start cutting his food before serving it..... that way he has no chance at monster bites and taking away his opportunity to bolt his food down would help him get it down. I know you mentioned too he has to eat quickly, but precut bites he could actually get iit down quicker. He might also decide rather than have his parents cut his food he will take smaller bites.

1 month ago on #Autism and #RAD Parenting – The frustrating heartbreak

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Thoughts & prayers hoping Lizzie finds some relief and some answers tomorrow!

1 month ago on PLEASE – We need your thoughts and prayers today

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Urology is a good step, would rule things out (just in case) and I doubt he is going to like the exam which might not be a bad thing.

It's control....  the door alarm goes off, He did it 3x while it was Lizzie alone and then tried to defy her by getting you on 'his side' by letting him go and the alarm waking his brothers for the fourth time. He likes bothering his brothers, and he likes bothering his Mom as well as causing some disagreements between you two. 

Is there any way you can move Gavins clean clothes/dresser  anywhere else and just give him ONE outfit per day say the night before? It would stop him from mixing pee clothes and clean ones. 

1 month, 1 week ago on There’s no end to the frustration of being a #RAD parent

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Sounds pretty  normal really. People miss their life before kids (autistic or not) , life before marriage, life before this or that. The grass is always greener ....  and no one really knows with certainty what life would have been like years down the road had you turned right instead of left.  We all live the life we are dealt or have chosen it all comes down to the grace you choose to live it. 



1 month, 1 week ago on I’LL ADMIT IT – I miss my life before becoming an #Autism parent

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Doesnt seem unreasonable to me (time out) and actually sounds like typical irritating teenage behaviors . I would think besides his obvious other issues, adding being a teen in it isnt going to be an easy thing telling the difference between teenage angst and some of his other behaviors.

1 month, 1 week ago on #Autism and #RAD – We are struggling with problem behaviors this weekend

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I am glad to hear Lizzie had a good Birthday. Sometimes just quiet and simple things bring more joy than anything else. It was probably exactly what she needed.  

1 month, 1 week ago on I have some amazing news to share – I just can’t believe it

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I llike all of the products I would keep the loot and use it all!

1 month, 1 week ago on Simple Summer #Giveaway: Cash, Beauty, Art, Jewelry and Flip-Flops (RV $250)

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Didn't the psychologist have any ideas or strategies to share with you if the test makes any difference at all? I mean really, you can only do what you can do at this time, it's not like the tests made or broke anything as Gavin is still Gavin, It might have explained some school issues and maybe ways to communicate better with him, but iit was just a test.  

Stand by Lizzie as best you can, you are in my thoughts and prayers. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on #Autism and #SpecialNeedsParenting is breaking my heart

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No one knows the future.... with that said it probably doesnt ease the worrying  Gavin's problems are complex it's something you have known for some time now, and a Dr or a test isnt going to change that. It might make understanding certain things easier, or give an explanation to something perplexing you but a test doesnt always give the whys. A test is only a tool. 

Has he been given the WISC-IV before to compare this to? (likely he has had it or something close) If so, are the  scores improving or declining? This is an intelligence test for kids, so perhaps he has done another test like it at another Drs request. His psychiatrist could easily explain where he (Gavin) is intellectually with the results.

Gavin's 'nornal' my not be other kid's normal but he can still be happy, he can have joy.



1 month, 2 weeks ago on My heart is breaking tonight

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"Unfortunately, he was apparently told it was wrong and instructed to fix the sentences and turn it back in on Thursday morning."

I am going to play devils advocate on this one because I worked in many classrooms with special needs kids. ...

I know you went in and you spoke with the teacher and you were aware of the rules as was Gavin and you caught him at home copying. You also state the teacher said "She’s said that was very clear to the entire class because it’s been a problem with other students in the past. "  She (teacher) could quite possibly has never had Gavin do this before and may be of the mindset that the first time they do it, they get a warning and they have to redo the assignment. 

Its good youre staying on top of things so many parents dont bother being so involved. 

Pardon the typos, my eyes are super tired. I hope everything works out.

4 months, 1 week ago on I NEED advice: Can I please pick your brain

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I think everyone but especially women feel like this at one time or another.(even those with those perfeect lives I suspect so too)  You give so much you feel as if there is litttle or nothing left of yourself. If there is an area that you can say 'no' to ... perhaps to one small thing and take that small piece of time to find a small piece of strength it  can build and grow. Acorns after all become trees. 

Take some time for you. Take a walk enjoy some simple thing. It wont make everything rosey and perfect but it might give you perspective.

5 months, 1 week ago on I don’t fucking care anymore.

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I would love to try the Moroccan Infusion Shine Shampoo & Conditioner

6 months, 1 week ago on Raise Your Hand if Your Elbows are Ashy

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Never forget that you and Lizzie are a team. A team that doessnt communicate both the good and the bad doesnt function well. Keep the lines open between you. Hope is a good thing and Gavin is in good hands with parents who are as caaring as you both.

6 months, 1 week ago on Grief beyond imagination – Realizing that I will most likely outlive my son

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Hoping it all works out for you all!

6 months, 3 weeks ago on BREAKING NEWS – Major progress made in the transition to home IVIG

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I hope she is able to get the cream. For some, symptons can be fairly wicked. Insurance companies are horrid about bending any 'rules' in regard to covered drugs.

Has her doctor suggested any natural menopause treatments? I ask this only because thats  the first thing mine did to manage symptoms because hormone replacements themselves have a whole set of problems and side effects. She (Dr) told me to try cohosh vitamin E and soy and besides the menopause weight hain and some mood swings I was good to go. I would check before she tried anything natural since she's on other meds. Menopause is tough even without other problems .

7 months ago on BAD NEWS – Lizze has been dealt another blow

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I hope the best for Lizzie and hope you are both able to follow through with the meds and the therapy. 

7 months, 1 week ago on DO OR DIE – What we learned at the Cleveland Clinic today

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I have know people who 'buy' their own vehicle back before. If you know someone in the car dealership or car sales field they go to auctions and buy used cars. They have to have a special permit (at least here maybe not there) to buy at the auctions and they will get it for pennies on the dollar. If you can think of anyone who attends the auctions you could look into it. 

I am so sorry this happened...

8 months, 1 week ago on Confessions of an #Autism Dad: We officially said goodbye to our only vehicle

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If I won I would give it to my neice to remind her she is loved every day. I would love to get an Irish cross so lovely!

9 months ago on Uniquely Irish Gifts : Irish Jewelry

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@tonygreene113  He is an older student - he got called back while in the reserves years after active duty. Luckily he qualifies for some benefits as a disabled vet now, but  it doesn't cover everything. He is very lucky they are covering tuition and books and he qualifies for the loans. I am just glad to see him going back to school. I don't know much about chapter 31 (he likely does) he is going back through some program via Veterans Affairs. I will ask him about Chapter 31 though- thanks Tony!

1 year, 11 months ago on Lenovo IdeaPad Z585 Laptop #Giveaway Courtesy of Dragonblogger

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I would like to win this for my brother in law who is a veteran who returned to school after he came back home.

1 year, 11 months ago on Lenovo IdeaPad Z585 Laptop #Giveaway Courtesy of Dragonblogger

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One of my favorite is Dr Seuss have always loved his wit!

1 year, 11 months ago on Group Giveaway: Kindle Fire and Keurig Platinum Plus Brewing System *Ends 10/5*

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I would tweet instead of vacuuming. Or napping or doing something besides cleaning :)

tannawings at gmail dot com

2 years ago on Giveaway: iRobot Roomba 530 Robotic Vacuum *Ends 8/14*

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I like that it shuts itself off and you don't have to go back in and turn it off later

2 years, 1 month ago on Tranquil Turtle by Cloub b - Video Review & Giveaway!

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 @Dragon Blogger rafflcopter was all down, instagram, some facebook apps, etc... whatever caused this went wild on the net! Fingers crossed thanks for the update!

2 years, 2 months ago on June Video Game Giveaway from DragonBlogger.com

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PORK chops, ribs- if it oinks we love it :)

2 years, 2 months ago on Coleman Grill GIVEAWAY

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I saw a couple of other posts around on this ... and although the tablet looks cool it also seems a bit bulky. I also dont get why they would have game controls for 2 people, it seems a bit silly, heck just pass the tablet back and forth. If I had to get a little player my money would go on a Vita.

2 years, 2 months ago on The Wii-U E3 Presentation Disappoints

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 @Dragon Blogger  I dont quite understand why they released this one as online only... goodness knows how many hours I played D2 (over and over) I didnt know you could play solo- which is nice. Perhaps I might try playing against people this time- once I get good anyway :) This version it is almost like you are 'renting' rather than owning a physical CD to pop in and play offline. Hoping maybe they do develop it, but considering D3 took 12 years+  I will be in a nursing home when they do!

2 years, 2 months ago on Do You Prefer PC Gaming or Console Gaming?

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Call me old school but I like PC games....  in fact my all time fav is Diablo . Unfortunately in their latest release they didnt included a single player option  , or stand alone type where you can play single player when you wish. I havent gotten 3 yet , but hoping to. I think consoles have their place but I dont play them. PC's are just more powerful for certain things and it depends on the games played.

2 years, 2 months ago on Do You Prefer PC Gaming or Console Gaming?

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I am jonesing over Diablo3 for PC :) 

 

tannawings at gmail dot com

 

 

2 years, 2 months ago on June Video Game Giveaway from DragonBlogger.com

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There are TONS of social good campaigns going on all the time on Twitter and Facebook- oftentimes all it takes is liking a page or sending a tweet- pretty simple  stuff. I have tweeted for quite a few- Tillmans (for pets) Toms (shoes) Feeding America... and many more.

2 years, 5 months ago on GEEK CHIC: @Tracky and @PRsarahevans are giving away @WarbyParker glasses!

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I would use it to plan my garden to do list!

 @tannawings 

2 years, 5 months ago on ULTIMATE GIVEAWAY: Win an #iPad3 from @Tracky and @sarahsfaves

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