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Way to go Gavin!

Whatever you are doing Rob, there seems to be a very positive effect on Gavin. He is doing more things on  his own, he  has shown empathy and understanding. Something good is happening wiith him, and it is nice to hear. He is doing great .

3 weeks, 2 days ago on I have some really amazing news


You do what you need to do to survive period- special needs or not.. If you qualify for a program and need it, use it. Thats what those programs are set up for . Gave you looked into any respite care by any chance? It would allow you a few hours now and then to get out and do errands or just something fo yourself evven if it is a drive or a walk.

Beiing a single parent isnt easy but it sure sounds like your boys may have had a weight lifted off them as well and they sound like they are adapting amd thriving.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on You do what’s necessary for your kids


Gavins color has definetly improved he looks a whole lot better than previous pictures. He also seems to not only have more clarity but is developing empathey and caring for his brothers. This is all fabtastic things. Whatever is happening, it is all good.

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Amazing News


Heck Gavin is a teen. Teens in general have the attention sppan of a gnat, know everything, have a 10 second delay (or more) before what you say and when they finally react, are on a hormonal roller coaster etc. 

Throwing clothes in cat puke is pretty minor :) It sounds like he did great on how he reacted.

On the bright side, you could scoop the puke up with the dirty clothes, shake it out and throw it right in the washer!

1 month ago on Sometimes I really get frustrated with my #specialneeds son


My  neigborhood can give you a run for your money. I cant string Christmas lights nor have anything in the yatd. If it isnt getting stolen it is getting destroyed. I love the summer but stuff like that ticks me off. Sorry some jerk felt the need to do that.

1 month ago on Seriously? Was that really necessary?


I would llove to visit Australia or New Zealand.

1 month ago on Conversation @


I dont know if you have ever applied but if you qualify you should....  Tis program also insures you cant be turned off during the winter months which lasts until April 1st  You will get a one time payment per year and in many cases if you are on budget biilling, it can cover a couple to a few  months. 

1 month, 1 week ago on I felt like just giving up today


Make him read. Here is your telling phrase 'He just wants to play and feels like this 15 minutes cuts too deeply into that.' It's only 15 minutes, and if he wants to waste an hour freaking out, well he cuts into his playtime even more. You back down from 15 minutes of reading, another thing is going to pop up next. He's a smart kid, he's upset by something but being upset shouldnt get him out of 15 minutes of a task. 

1 month, 2 weeks ago on We are having a rough afternoon


It will get better. Some kids on the spectrum or not are just more sensitive. They just do things out of their frustration in not knowing how to express their feelings. Heck, adults do it too. Usually those who get the brunt of this are those they love the most. The reason people (kids or adults ) lash out at those they love the most is they know they are 'safe' and that you will love them no matter what.

Being a single parent is tough some days in the best of circumstances. I dont have to tell you that! You have 3 boys- one is a teen and the other two are almost tweens . Ask any parent of kids that age and they will tell you there are days they go bananas.

You're doing a great job, just do the best you can and it will get better in time.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Heartbreak, Exhaustion and Unconditional Love


@Lost and Tired I am sorry if perhaps I came off harsh, it wasnt the intention., truthfully youre not alone there are so many living this (or have lived it) I hope you continue to share, as it may help someone reading and dealing with something similar. I understand where you are coming from more than you will ever know, it struck a nerve. I know youre doing your best and it isnt easy.  My comment came out of concern and caring for you and your boys.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Thank God for support


@RobTwo & Alyssa667 I was actually holding back when I typed that. I have very strong feelings when one parent is getting dumped on for no apparent reason. I know we might not know all the dynamics, but we know enough. We know the man has 3 boys on his own, we know he has had to swallow his pride and ask for help to get his house in order, we know it isn't easy being a caretaker fo 3 kids (one a teen) in the best situation. 

I can only guess that the other parts we aren't aware of involved things that left Rob feeling less than adequate, and thats something he has to work through. Rob, youre a good man, a fine man, and I applaud you for doing this mostly on your own now. Again, please dont let your heart, your kind nature or anything else give excuses to someone doing less than their share if thats what they have agreed to. Become Papa Bear and do some growling. Keep the kids welfare in mind, but realize they are children, they cant know whats the best in the long run, 

I do realize this is your life, and your decision how to handle this, but if you allow someone to run you over, it is a pattern that will continue and become the new norm . You will have broken promises to your kids, and they ultimately will suffer the most

I wouldnt even bother typing this if I didnt care. I have 'seen' you in women and in men I have met through my life ... kind gentle souls who wear their heart on their sleeves.

I am sorry again if this bothers you but I would say the same thing to a woman or a man who experienced this. 

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Thank God for support


Being a single parent isn’t easy, Autism or not. One of my biggest fears is getting sick and not being able to take care of my boys" I think Rob that is everyone's fear, thats not so unusual. Now that you basically have them full time, you should think bout having a plan in place should you get sick and the boys need a place to go for a time. I would especially consider tis with your upcomond divorce/disollution since you will likely take full time custody. 

I am completely honest on this part because franky it irks me,,,, "I’m so grateful for Lizze trying to keep the boys as long as she could "  I know she battles her own demons, but she and her parents there to help. You were ill, and with the kids being the main concern, whether the two youngest wanted to go home or not, she could have made a better effort to keep them so you could get feeling better. The kids don't run the show. So they throw a fit- its nothing she hasnt seen before nor dealt with and her parents have seen it too. Having fits whether on the spectrum or not is par for the course with kids who want their way. There should be no 'grateful' to it, she as their parent does have a responsibility. It cant be al rosey for her and crap for you. That isnt right, nor is it fair to you , the kids , or even her. I dont know what your upcoming agreement is going to be, but, you have to stand up, and think of yourself and the boys. I am sorry if this paragraph upsets you, but you have to think with your head not your heart when it comes to times like these.

I am glad you are feeling better, youre right, there are no sick days for parents, and thank goodness for your parents who are willing to help and keep helping.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Thank God for support


Hopefully Lizzie and her folks can get all of the boy to stay while you get feeling better. Perhaps you can call the boys and wish them goodnight or just call and speak with them to assure them? Is Gavin home or away? He as been helpful before, maybe he can convince his brothers to stay.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on I just can’t catch a break


I hope you two are able to keep the dissolution simple and come to an agreement quickly. My only advice is to you ,,,, not to let your emotions rule any decisions . Keep the boys needs paramount and their well being the top of the list. Take your time agreeing to anything. Mull it over, there is no hurry.

That being said, this is of course not how anyone imagines their marriage but it is a reality. My heart goes out to your boys although they seem to be coping very well. They have stability .In the scheme of things two parents who love them be they together or living apart is better than constant strife.

I wish you well, you will be just fine. 

2 months ago on It’s with a heavy heart that I share this tonight


Kids are much more perceptive than you think. The boys I am sure are aware Mom  isnt at home, and they have to have some good idea whats happening or has happened.  The dream the other night about the dog that passed away was a dream of loss, Your other son not sleeping well is likely a sign of loss. So, although they may or may not have said it outright, they know.

How have you and Lizzie explained it so far? As long as you have been straight forward and  have been honest with their questions, they will fair well. How have the Grandparents explained or fielded the questions? Kids ask, and they deserve an answer.

They know they are loved, they know their Dad is there with them, 

Be kind to yourself, and be patient with yourself and with the boys.

2 months, 1 week ago on Can I please have some thoughts and prayers sent in my direction?


I like Becky, do remember people with polio. I remember people getting German measles and being kept quarantined. I remember too how Mothers who were pregnant and who's kids contracted measles had to leave the house for fear of defects if they caught measles. (even if they themselves were vaccinated the risk was there) 

To not vaccinate is a choice, but one that parents need to think over very very carefully.

2 months, 1 week ago on Should we be blaming the #vaccines?


Happy Birthday Gavin!  Hey great choice pizza rocks  especially stuffed crust!

3 months ago on Gavin’s Special Birthday Lunch


One of my nephews would adore this and would really use it . He needs to have something that is 'just his' he ends up sharing everything with his brothers and sisters.

3 months ago on XBOX One Game Console Giveaway from Guardian Locate and Lost and Tired


My favorite use  for the erasers is on walls- they work great on dirty walls to really get them clean and scrubbed down. Its  all I use!

4 months, 1 week ago on Conversation @


This would help me stay on top of things and to organize doctors appointments, and alot of other appointments. This would be great!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Win a Phone and Tablet Combo! Meet the ASUS PadFone X Mini


I am hoping someday you will decide to come back if for nothing else than for yourself and how your writing has likely helped you when you needed to vent or go someplace rather safe.

I will miss you, Lizzie and the boys. May you all find your way in this life. No matter how you arrive there, there really isnt a right or wrong.

Prrayers to you and peace.

6 months ago on This will be my final post on Lost and Tired


I am hoping one day your family will come back together. Prayers your way and expecially for your children.

6 months ago on I have heartbreaking news to share


Hoping the meds start doing a bit better job. Movement disorders can be awfully frustratiing especially for Gavin trying to adjust to it. Perhaps for that, there are a few more meeds they can try. The bad part about the meds is they tend to be sedating :/

Thinking of you all and glad to see you posting.

6 months, 1 week ago on Heartbreak and Potential Progress


I hope things get a bit better. Getting offline by 9pm is actually a very good idea for you. Besdies some family time it will give you time to unwind and relax. 

This blog of yours does allow you time to vent though, and express concerns- and that isnt a bad thing in and of itsellf. I am sure you're isolated by some of the circumstances of your life, and some things that just cant be changed.

I hope Lizzie starts feeling better and gets something to make her feel better and start functioning normally. With you both working together things will improve. Stand united as you always have.

Gavin is a teen.... I hate to break this to you, but teens are horrible creatures on their best days and even worse when it isnt a good day. For Gavin, this time would be very confusing, all you can do is help him through it as much as you can. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on I’m really struggling right now


Lots of meds have the potential side effects of involuntary muscle movements.... even those to control tremors. Is he on any meds that have those side effects listed, and if so, can the meds be changed for some that dont? And yes, if someone is kept on the meds they can become a permanent thing. So if he is on one, you and the Dr would have to weigh the benefit of him being on it and have a movement disorder(even temporary) or being off the med. Hoping you can come to a happy medium. 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on More bad news about Gavin tonight


I would sit and lay om it and keep warm and cozzy on it all winter long. This beanbag looks so inviting. My nephew would love it too.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Giveaway and Review of the ENORMOUS Yogibo Max Beanbag Chair ($229.00 Value)


Does Gavin have any other social outlets than just you two during the day? Seriously, although he has his problems it may be he is just bored to pieces and he is a teen. Some kids will naturally talk your head off and maybe he is one of them. I would rather have a talker though than some sullen teen around!

In all honesty, even though what he is saying isnt normal, be glad he is talking to you rather than sitting and moping and in general being a pain in the hind end as so many teens do.

6 months, 2 weeks ago on It’s heartbreaking and emotionally gut wrenching


Thats great Gavin it looks just like the picture!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on You’ve got to see what Gavin did today


Good going Gavin! Very nice you even remindeed them to fax- thats thinking ahead!

6 months, 2 weeks ago on Check out Gavin’s MAJOR victory


I misunderstood when you mentioned Dr Reynolds I thought he was the new DR you were going to see and was the one who hadnt called you back. There is no way either Pattie or Reynolds can contact another specialist to take a look at the notes without Gavin being present ? Most Drs /hospitals have some kind of access to other professionals who have treated certain disorders/diseases and to ask opinions to how best to medicate or treat. Maybe thats an option or even put Gavin on video feed at the Drs office that is nearby and he can be observed or asked questions that way. I know even in our small town many Drs are doing video counseling sessions.... if it was explained about Gavins difficulties traveling that could be put on the table as a possibiity for him.

Hoping for the best for Gavin .... 

6 months, 2 weeks ago on We’re having to make a very, very difficult decision


Would it be possible for Dr. Pattie to confer with Dr Reynolds over the phone or via skype or whatever? Dr. Pattie  has worked with Gavin for some time and you all are comfortable with her opinion.

 If you made the trip, unless there was something radically different in the treatment that could make a difference in Gavins quality of life, wouldnt you also be facing numerous trips since Reynolds would have no face to face time with Gavin to make a diagnosis of something so rare? I wouldn't think anyone could make a decision based on one visit and he would have literally years of case notes to read.

I hope you find some answers,

6 months, 2 weeks ago on We’re having to make a very, very difficult decision


So much of what youre seeing is teenage angst. In reality Gavin likely doesnt have the capacity to control what he's feeling nor might not even understand it. I don't know how you have dealt with the changing body/feelings issues. The whole incident also started with someone he had boundary issues with - bluntly your mate.even though it is his Mother.

Remember back when you were 14, things were changing (yada yada yada) He is going to challenge you, he will need to learn where he stands. You didnt let him 'win' and he continued up to his room. 

Teens love to press buttons, in Gavin's case, it needs to be monitored closely. Perhaps this would be a good time for his counselor to talk to him again about boundaries and how important they are to give him a chance to understand it.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on I’m pretty sure I was threatened by Gavin


I hope you find out whats happening soon.... if the new med for this CCD is a steriod, how is this going to work with his auto immune stuff? Is this different diagnosis going to make any difference in how he will receive treatment?  And if it is truly CCD, shouldn't he have already regressed by now since he is much older than CCD kids. 

I would seek a second opinion also.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on Heartbroken and Devastated


Unfortunately  this is what schools are required to do.... once so many days are missed due to whatever reason, these letters go out. I really wouldnt put off dealing with it, as some states can and do make the parents responsible untiil they are able to prove that the absence was due to illness or some other valid reason. In our state, DHS (CPS)  is called, and FIP benefits are reduced if parents don't get the kids back in . Other states impose a fine or community service.

Gavin has a good reason to be out... just provide the info, and you will be fine as long as you have some type of educational plan in place whether it be homeschooling, online courses or whatever the case may be. It's not like you want him out of school, it is what it is.

These truancy laws were set up for parents who arent being responsibe and for you it isnt the case. You want him to go, he just can not right now. Gavin himself I am sure wants to go and interact and be part of school, it just isnt possible.

Sometimes it's hoops, but you will figure something out.

6 months, 3 weeks ago on We received our first #truancy letter today


Lots of meds either induce movement disorders or make them worse, it's not uncommon as a side efffect that can indeed get in the way in everyday living. 

I thought your Dad's idea of his friends staying in the car was brilliant. Did his friends stay there? If so, he maybe has more ccontrol that what you think. He knew where they were yet could keep them away during the times he needs to. He was given a reason 'why' they couldnt attend and accepted it because it made sense.

I hope things do improve........... also is it possible since Gavin is now a teen he is actually doing a typical teen behavior and ignoring you when you call?

6 months, 4 weeks ago on Operation Hope: It saddens me to share this tonight


Have you already or can you get a note from his Doctor saying he should be out of school right now?  Since he is in high school it might make a huge difference in how it's recorded. Hope the missions are staying positive and you come to some decision about his schooling quickly. Perhaps someone at the school will have some decent suggestions for dealing with this.

7 months ago on Gavin really struggled today :-(


I actually figured either choco;atte, coffee or some kind of food... but then again I have been married 30 years ') I am a coffee drinker, have you thought about keeping a jar of instant around? I know it's gross if you dont mix it just so, but it does the trick! 

BTW I had one of those one cup wonders nd gave it to my sister in law right after I found out how much those little Kcups cost!

7 months ago on Mama’s Have Needs Too!


His 'friends' might soothe him. Granted he sounds pretty laid back about his infusions, but he still might be frrightened or upset about them deep down and doesnt know how to verbalize it. I would kind of listen in to what he and his 'friends' talk about. If it's things in his present and real world, like it was with the windshield wipers the other day I bet it is a soothing thing and is completelly harmless. It isnt hurting him or anyone else, so you can only do what you can do.

7 months ago on What am I supposed to say to my son?


Just  a thought.... a few   days ago, a very big deal was made out of one of the other boys making a call on his own, and talking to his friend.... did  Gavin pick up on this and suddenly start using his own 'phone' to call his friends? If he sensed it pleased his parents, perhaps he is trying to please you by making phone calls; If you think this might make sense, he is just trying to seek your approval and thank goodness he is happy, talkative  and sharing his missions. It could be way worse if he goes to his dark pl ace. He obviously picked up that winshield wipers were important, and was applying it to his fantasy world.

I hope his meds start kicking in better soon for you all, and his friends take a less important role for him.

7 months, 1 week ago on My heart is breaking tonight and here’s why


I would use the Dell Venue to tweet and to post while I am and about!

7 months, 1 week ago on Dell Venue Pro 8 Giveaway


Meg does bring up a good point, puberty can and will change things. Hormones play a big part in how effective meds are or arent and perhaps it is time to either try a new med that isnt as dangerous to Gavin or to reviisit some meds  tried in the past that dont have the side effects. ADHD is one of  the things that usually requires a med change at puberty or an adjustment in dosages due to hormones. Schizophernia usually isnt noticed until puberty ( for the majority of people) and so those hormones Gavin has surging through him I would think would be playing a huge role in his behaviors.

I can only imagine how confusing and how scary this is to Gavin who may or may not understand whats happening to him. 

7 months, 1 week ago on We have an emergency appointment for Gavin in the morning


At least you have enough now that it has bought some time to get this ironed out. I would start with the Drs office and tell them what you got compared to what you understood the way he should be being dosed. If you dose him the way the pharmacy gave it to him and he switches on day 6 rather than day 7 would it be alright? 

7 months, 1 week ago on This is where we stand as more problems come to light


Hoping the meds start bringing him back soon... and you're right, at least he is happy  and he is communicating with you.  There will be light again.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on My heart is breaking because we’re losing our son


This really blows for Gavin.The meds, the reaction  to them, starting over and now missing school :/  This poor guy can't get a break it seems. 

Can his homework or assignments be sent home and one of you help him? It likely  wouldnt be a good idea to go unmedicated to school and he is going to fall behind making a success there even tougher.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Gavin Crisis 2014 (part 2)


You mean what happened the last weekend? So 4 or 5 days ago? Hoping all is well and if precautions need to be taken they have beeen.

7 months, 2 weeks ago on The Gavin Crisis 2014 (part 1)


Hopefully this is something simple such as him rubbing his eyes a certain way or allergies or llack of sleep and not some serious disease he might be dealing with. Not long ago you mentiioned he was going into the bathroom a lot. Is there anything in the bathroom or his bedroom or something new at school he is being exposed to? 

You're very lucky to have such good insurance!

7 months, 2 weeks ago on My heart is breaking and filled with fear tonight


If you can, put your meds right nect to something  you do everydaay at the time you're supposed to take them. I take morning meds they are near the coffee cups. I take night meds they are by my alarm clock.

Do  whatever works for you but dont go forgetting those meds .

7 months, 3 weeks ago on I screwed up and now I’m paying the price


Well thank goodness it is all starightened out and the infusions are running only a day late. Maybe the school can send his assignents he might have missed home or if he has study hall he can get the work dne he needs to.  It would be tough for him to get too far behind so soon into the year. 

I  have a med I have taken for well over 20 years......... it is a month to month because of insurance and it isnt a controlled substance or anything. Luckily my Dr has remeined the same for most of those years and I have always had a a 2 week supply just in case. I hear ya on insurance and meds sometimes it makes no sense.

7 months, 3 weeks ago on I have good news, bad news and worse news


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

7 months, 3 weeks ago on My heart is heavy and I’m freaking out