Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Overwhelmed but Blessed

In October, I found out that my daughter is allergic to whey, casein, eggs and wheat.  I also learned that my middle child is having absence seizures.  My oldest is, as he has always been, a very special quirky boy with ASD.

My daughters allergies have required a lot of adjustment.  But she loves to eat, so what could have been difficult has been downgraded to a minor inconvenience.  Even though she is only 2 yrs old, she avidly avoids anything she knows will make her tummy hurt.

My middle child, Bumblebee, has the seizures, but they are so mild that medication is not needed.  We do have to watch to see if they get worse.  Most of the time, we don't even know they occur until he starts to complain of a terrible smell (a side effect of the seizure).

C-note is thriving in our homeschool environment.  Does that mean we don't have bad school days like anyone else? no.  It does mean that he isn't dreading going into school every day.  It means that I don't have to take a wailing child into a place that is distressing for him.  I also don't get notes from a teacher, almost daily about his "bad" behavior when he finds something overwhelming.  The weekly parent/teacher conferences are gone too.  He loves to learn new things.  He wants to know everything, about everything.

Life isn't perfect.  Things can be difficult, but they could be worse.  Lil' Bits allergies, while increasing in severity, haven't put her in the hospital.  Bumblebee doesn't collapse for his seizures and doesn't need anything to control them.  And C-note is calmer and happier than he has been in a long time.  We have had drastic changes in the past year, but they have all been for the better.

I am truly blessed.

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