Day 68 – Dear Diary

Dear diary daily post

Dear diary,

I hate to be sick.  I hate having a cold on top of already dealing with chronic pain and illnesses. I feel like a cold is worse that having to deal with chronic pain.  At least with chronic pain, I know what I am dealing with most days. I really am ready to have the cold gone, my head cleared up and my throat hurting.

Living in a home.

This past week we found that we have four peach trees in the back yard and they are producing the best peaches ever.  If you have ever been to Colorado, we have some of the greatest fruit here.  I love going in the back yard and picking a few to have for an afternoon snack.  Really makes my day good on the food front. Here is a photo from a bunch of peaches I picked.  I love this photo.

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But then living in a home, there are issues like plumbing that we have had to be dealing with the last few days.  And if you know anything about one of my diseases, Ulcer Colitis, you know that having a bathroom not working is not a good thing.  We had a plumber come out yesterday and $2oo.00 later, we have our toilet back. Thank goodness we rent and didn’t have to pay for that out-of-pocket. The hardest part about the house we are living in right now, is there is one bathroom.  Its bad enough fighting for the toilet but when it’s not working, running to McDonald is sometimes the only option.

Kids and medications

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We started our son on Ritalin this week and I have such mixed emotions about it. I have been diagnosed with ADD since my early 20’s.  I just about failed out of school because my concentration was all over the place.  Here in my 40’s, I’m still taking Ritalin and I wouldn’t be able to write out my blog on a daily basis.  So knowing all this, both my kids have been watched closely to being diagnosis with ADD.  My daughter, who is autistic is ADD but the medicines had such a bad reaction to her, that we can’t give them to her anymore.  We had to force her to eat and she wouldn’t get hungry at all. And the medicine would make her so she couldn’t sleep at night.  So we have just always just dealt with it.  Now, my son is having a very difficult time in school and can’t concentrate to do his homework, we decided to try him on it.  Yesterday was the first day and even though that he did a wonderful job and homework wasn’t a battle, I hate having to drug my kids.  I have a totally different feeling about my daughter and the autism with the meds that she takes but this is different with Ritalin.  What is your feeling about Ritalin and giving it to maybe your kid? Living with ADD is very difficult and you feel very stupid, and inept.  I don’t want my son to feel that way and learn to the best of his abilities.  Does that mean helping him with medicines?  It is such a controversial topic and I don’t want to be one of those mothers that just through medicines at their kids and not dealing with the real problem.  I’m torn and would like to hear other’s opinions.

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Autism and my M

My daughter would like to do a blog post on autism and talk about what it is like living with it.  M is very high functioning autistic, beautiful, amazing and strong young lady.  I think that she would tell it like it is and we are looking into writing this blog soon.  Let me know if that is something you would be interested in reading.  Autism is such an amazing disorder and can be so different from one person to the next.  M is very special, not because of what she has been through with the autism, she has also had two heart surgeries, one stomach surgery, and two eye surgeries.  Her first surgery was at the age of 4 months.  One day I will write about that experience. She is my inspiration and if she can do it, I can at least try. She inspires me to get out of bed every day and she is one of my biggest cheerleaders.  Both my kids bigegst loves of my life.  My life would be so dull without them!

Anyways this has been my week.

Until next time……….

 

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