Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

Hello, Happy New Year!! My wish for all of you is that this year brings you all you want and need and then some! To close out the year on this blog I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas pictures with you. Have a great New Years Eve.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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My first Great Nephew Kellan was born in October
and it made this Christmas even more special
Especially for my niece and her husband who lost
their daughter Kendall halfway through the
pregnancy in 2010. Watching my sister be
over the moon now that she is finally a
Grandmother was some of the best moments
of my year :)
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Bri and Chris with their cousins
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My camera shy husband is hiding in the corner
next to my son LOL!
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Purpose Of Fear

Hello, I hope all of you had a great holiday with your loved ones. I enjoyed my holiday very much. I thought as the New Year approaches and many of us make resolutions to change or fix something about ourselves, that this might be a good read for you. Making changes in our lives is hard, and I think even more so as we age. We are naturally creatures of habit, and even if the changes are good for us, we will want to return to the comfort of what is familiar when anxiety or fear start to overtake our emotions. I can say I have done that many times. So I'm going to try to take in this perspective that my fears are not always a bad thing when it comes to certain changes in my life. And hopefully I won't keep returning to my comfort zones when I shouldn't. I hope this helps you too.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Anything worth doing will always have some fear attached to it. It helps to remember that this type of fear is good. It is your way of questioning whether you really want the new life these changes will bring. It is also a potent reminder that releasing and grieving the past is a necessary part of moving into the new.

Fear has a way of throwing us off balance, making us feel uncertain and insecure, but it is not meant to discourage us.

"Its purpose is to notify us that we are at the edge of our comfort zone, poised in
between the old life and a new one"

Whenever we face our fear, we overcome an inner obstacle and move into new and life-enhancing territory, both inside and out. The more we learn to respect and even welcome fear, the more we will be able to hear its wisdom, wisdom that will let us know that the time has come to move forward, or not. While comfort with fear is a contradiction in terms, we can learn to honor our fear, recognizing its arrival, listening to its intelligence, and respecting it as transformation. Indeed, it informs us that the change we are contemplating is significant, enabling us to approach it with the proper reverence.

Acknowledge your fears by sitting quietly in meditation and listening or by journaling. Writing down whatever comes up—your worries, your sadness, your excitement, your hopes—is a great way to learn about yourself through the vehicle of fear and to remember that fear almost always comes alongside anything worth doing in your life....
Author Unknown

Friday, December 23, 2011

Feel Good Story

Hello, A feel good story to help remind us of what the Holiday Season is all about. I'm so happy for all the troops that were in Iraq and are now able to be home this Christmas with their loved ones, safe and sound. I hope all of you have are enjoying your Holiday with your loved ones this year as well.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Scars Are Symbols Of Strength

Hello, I came across these beautiful words of compassion today. It was if someone looked inside my soul, uncovered pains I have experienced throughout my life, and somehow put those pains into the words I could never find to speak of them myself. By the time I finished reading these words of an author unknown, I felt comfort. I am sure you will too.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)


Wounds... They cover your soul from the words and actions that have shredded your heart. The worst kind of wounds are the ones no one can see. The ones you feel bleeding out inside of you and you have no way to stop them. It’s an endless flow of pain and sorrow that darkens everything you once held so dear including you.

Someone you loved made you powerless, weak, vulnerable, and then they left you barren, desolate, and covered in these wounds. You lie there in a field of misery unable to find any aid. Shivering and aching from all that you’ve endured.

I just want to tell you I’ve been there. I have laid in that field of misery on a bed of sorrow with rain as heavy as the tears inside of me pouring down and drowning my screams. I have felt that utter hopelessness and sadness. I have been shattered. I have been abandoned. I have been betrayed. I have been defeated…

You are not the only one. You are not alone in this.

There are others who have made it out of their misery and found shelter from their sorrow. You will not hurt like this forever. The aches and the anxiety and the questions will become silent and still in time. You will learn how to breathe again, and more than that you will learn that you were never broken or destroyed. Your wounds will heal, and although they might leave scars, you will recover. Those scars are nothing to be ashamed of. After all they are symbols of your strength, your faith, and your courage.

You will find peace from this chaos. You will find warmth to take away the chill they left you with. You will learn to live again and write chapters beyond this dark one. Ones filled with happiness, love, joy, and light. These ghosts that haunt you will fade into the shadows and you will see that all along you had it within you to overcome this.

I just want to tell you that I’m rooting for you. You will heal as I have healed and you will find the way out of your sadness. When you do don’t look back at what was. Let it go and start this new chapter…

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Christmas Cheer

Hello, I hope your all doing well this Sunday. This weekend I'm feeling the Christmas Spirit and wanted to share some of my favorite holiday songs. I have to credit my grandchildren most of all for lifting my spirits this year, they are just so filled with the magic of the season that so many of us lose as we get older, that you can't help but feel it again. The Little Drummer Boy has always been my favorite Christmas song and story since I was a child. I don't know why, but it touched me deeply. I use to enjoy singing it as a kid too when I would go Christmas Caroling with my neighbors. Sad to see that tradition is gone. The Celtic women make these songs all the more beautiful! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)





Thursday, December 15, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Drawing On Your Courage

Hello, I was looking online for some inspiration the other day and this poem from by Caroline Kent is just what I needed. Each and every day, for the past year and a half, I get up to the same situation, unemployed and broke. This Christmas is going to be tough. I can barely afford Christmas gifts for my kids and grandchildren. And how I just want to give them the simplest of gifts, nothing extravagant. I have learned to live quite frugal. And with all my efforts I thought by this time last year I would be all set, but no, here it is, another Christmas, same situation. I feel like giving up, rejection, after rejection, for some reason I don't. I keep trying. The strength to keep trying must be coming from courage deep down inside, in which I am drawing on like never before. This poem is for you too if something in your life is forcing you to draw upon your courage in ways you never thought it would.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet

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Courage is admitting that you're afraid and facing that fear directly. It's being strong enough to ask for help and humble enough to accept it

Courage is standing up for what you believe in without worrying about the opinions of others, It's following your own heart, living your own life, and settling for nothing less than the best for yourself

Courage is daring to take a first step, a big leap, or a different path, It's attempting to do something that no one has done before and all others thought impossible

Courage is keeping heart in the face of disappointment and looking at defeat not as an end but as a new beginning, It's believing that things will ultimately get better even as they get worse

Courage is being responsible for your own actions and admitting your own mistakes without placing blame on others, It's relying not on others for your success, but on your own skills and efforts

Courage is refusing to quit even when you're intimidated by impossibility. It's choosing a goal, sticking with it, and finding solutions to the problems

Courage is thinking big, aiming high, and shooting far, It's taking a dream and doing anything, risking everything, and stopping at nothing to it make it a reality

~ Caroline Kent ~

Friday, December 9, 2011

Funny Christmas

Hello, Happy Friday! I thought I would do a Friday Funnies post and being the Christmas season, I chose these. I hope you enjoy a laugh or two and have yourself a great weekend!
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Other Conditions Of ASD

Hello, Autism Spectrum Disorder can also be diagnosed with other conditions, which can add another layer of difficulty for both Parent and Child. I have seen the dual conditions in my work experience with Autism clients. I can say that with the proper behavioral and medical treatment of the other conditions, their life can be managed on a daily basis without much effort, and they can enjoy a good quality of life, but it is important to be aware of these other issues that can arise. I hope this information helps anyone who is concerned that more may be going with anyone who has the diagnosis of ASD.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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Sensory problems
Many children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) either overreact or underreact to certain sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes. For example, some may: Dislike or show discomfort from a light touch or the feel of clothes on their skin. Experience pain from certain sounds, like a vacuum cleaner, a ringing telephone, or a sudden storm; sometimes they will cover their ears and scream. Have no reaction to intense cold or pain. Researchers are trying to determine if these unusual reactions are related to differences in integrating multiple types of information from the senses.

Sleep problems
Children with ASD tend to have problems falling asleep or staying asleep, or have other sleep problems. These problems make it harder for them to pay attention, reduce their ability to function, and lead to poor behavior. In addition, parents of children with ASD and sleep problems tend to report greater family stress and poorer overall health among themselves. Fortunately, sleep problems can often be treated with changes in behavior, such as following a sleep schedule or creating a bedtime routine. Some children may sleep better using medications such as melatonin, which is a hormone that helps regulate the body's sleep-wake cycle. Like any medication, melatonin can have unwanted side effects. Talk to your child's doctor about possible risks and benefits before giving your child melatonin. Treating sleep problems in children with ASD may improve the child's overall behavior and functioning, as well as relieve family stress.

Intellectual disability
Many children with ASD have some degree of intellectual disability. When tested, some areas of ability may be normal, while others—especially cognitive (thinking) and language abilities—may be relatively weak. For example, a child with ASD may do well on tasks related to sight (such as putting a puzzle together) but may not do as well on language-based problem-solving tasks. Children with a form of ASD like Asperger syndrome often have average or above-average language skills and do not show delays in cognitive ability or speech.

Seizures
One in four children with ASD has seizures, often starting either in early childhood or during the teen years. Seizures, caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain, can result in a short-term loss of consciousness, or a blackout. Convulsions, which are uncontrollable shaking of the whole body, or unusual movements

Staring spells
Sometimes lack of sleep or a high fever can trigger a seizure. An electroencephalogram (EEG), a nonsurgical test that records electrical activity in the brain, can help confirm whether a child is having seizures. However, some children with ASD have abnormal EEGs even if they are not having seizures. Seizures can be treated with medicines called anticonvulsants. Some seizure medicines affect behavior; changes in behavior should be closely watched in children with ASD. In most cases, a doctor will use the lowest dose of medicine that works for the child. Anticonvulsants usually reduce the number of seizures but may not prevent all of them. For more information about medications, see the NIMH online booklet, "Medications". None of these medications have been approved by the FDA to specifically treat symptoms of ASD.

Fragile X syndrome
Fragile X syndrome is a genetic disorder and is the most common form of inherited intellectual disability, causing symptoms similar to ASD. The name refers to one part of the X chromosome that has a defective piece that appears pinched and fragile when viewed with a microscope. Fragile X syndrome results from a change, called a mutation, on a single gene. This mutation, in effect, turns off the gene. Some people may have only a small mutation and not show any symptoms, while others have a larger mutation and more severe symptoms. Around 1 in 3 children who have Fragile X syndrome also meet the diagnostic criteria for ASD, and about 1 in 25 children diagnosed with ASD have the mutation that causes Fragile X syndrome. Because this disorder is inherited, children with ASD should be checked for Fragile X, especially if the parents want to have more children. Other family members who are planning to have children may also want to be checked for Fragile X syndrome. For more information on Fragile X, see the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development website.

Tuberous sclerosis
Tuberous sclerosis is a rare genetic disorder that causes noncancerous tumors to grow in the brain and other vital organs. Tuberous sclerosis occurs in 1 to 4 percent of people with ASD. A genetic mutation causes the disorder, which has also been linked to mental retardation, epilepsy, and many other physical and mental health problems. There is no cure for tuberous sclerosis, but many symptoms can be treated.

Gastrointestinal problems
Some parents of children with ASD report that their child has frequent gastrointestinal (GI) or digestion problems, including stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, acid reflux, vomiting, or bloating. Food allergies may also cause problems for children with ASD. It's unclear whether children with ASD are more likely to have GI problems than typically developing children. If your child has GI problems, a doctor who specializes in GI problems, called a gastroenterologist, can help find the cause and suggest appropriate treatment. Some studies have reported that children with ASD seem to have more GI symptoms, but these findings may not apply to all children with ASD. For example, a recent study found that children with ASD in Minnesota were more likely to have physical and behavioral difficulties related to diet (for example, lactose intolerance or insisting on certain foods), as well as constipation, than children without ASD. The researchers suggested that children with ASD may not have underlying GI problems, but that their behavior may create GI symptoms—for example, a child who insists on eating only certain foods may not get enough fiber or fluids in his or her diet, which leads to constipation. Some parents may try to put their child on a special diet to control ASD or GI symptoms. While some children may benefit from limiting certain foods, there is no strong evidence that these special diets reduce ASD symptoms. If you want to try a special diet, first talk with a doctor or a nutrition expert to make sure your child's nutritional needs are being met.

Co-occurring mental disorders
Children with ASD can also develop mental disorders such as anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or depression. Research shows that people with ASD are at higher risk for some mental disorders than people without ASD. Managing these co-occurring conditions with medications or behavioral therapy, which teaches children how to control their behavior, can reduce symptoms that appear to worsen a child's ASD symptoms. Controlling these conditions will allow children with ASD to focus more on managing the ASD.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Right Place

Hello, The older I get the more I believe in this saying! Sometimes in life we think we've made the wrong choices and we are going to suffer the consequences forever, only to realize those choices have brought us to a better place of being.
Thanks for visiting,
Janet :)

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