Sunday, May 24, 2009

Autism & Environment? (And Kleenex)

I read a lot of books and I also spend a lot time reading blogs, chasing down reliable and accurate information on the web... and often crying.

Not for myself, silly. For the kids whose parents don't try to recover or cure them. Poor kiddos... Are they trapped? I think they are... and it makes me sad. I am sad and mad a lot these days.

Often, I am frustrated that people who know nothing about autism, ASD's, Asperger's, ADHD or any of the other related "situations", well - they think that they can just freely give me advice. I am open to suggestions or theories, but - I am not open to ignorance or to people who just have the need to talk to feel important. Oh, please God - help me to show grace and protect my heart from what could easily be another thorn in my life, bad memory or just whatever. Crap - it's this kind of crap that parents like myself deal with and there' s not an easy way to avoid the situation. This is one of those things that unless you've been through it, you can not relate. Those of us who have "special" kids, we have a bond, in an unspoken way... that we wish we didn't have. We wish our kids were healthy and I believe that most of us will find a way to heal our kids. We won't quit trying, that's for certain.

I've been around relatives... can you tell?

None of them have a clue and I don't expect them to. I just want them to accept the fact that as Nicolas' parent, I can do what I want to, to help him and it's not drugging the poor boy. He doesn't know that he's "special"! He's 7 years old and we do not use the "a" word around him, other than "allergies". Dang, I am all wound up and I think I might need a magnesium cocktail myself tonight.

I read a great blog every now and then -- that I am going to send you to. It's called Adventures in Autism. The owner referenced an article that quotes the CDC admitting that autism can be environmental. I've read it so many times that I should be able to quote it.

Again, I am sad. Sad that those relatives who trust their doctors... they don't know about this. I am not going to tell them either. If I were to live my life defending every action and belief, I wouldn't have time to focus on my children, our home or any of the rest of my responsibilities.

I am not going to allow ignorance to invade the little peace I have and distract me from what's really important. No diversions. No thanks...

Later this week I'll post about MCS, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. Some pretty interesting stuff.

Hubs and I are waddling and staggering tonight. We've been putting our garden in. Ouch. He'll have to fight me for the icepack and oils tonight! That's ok, we've fought over worse... much worse.

If you want a little "heads up" about toxic chemicals that affect kids, go hang out at EWG for while. ((I betcha I end up there weekly.)) It's worth your while, I promise.

Pesticide in Soap, Toothpaste and Breast Milk - Is It Kid-Safe?

I'm still on the triclosan wagon, apparently...

1 comment:

  1. I hear you sister! I got a fire burning in my belly about this stuff!!Love and grace is often VERY hard to exude under such circumstances...but prayer really helps me give the burden to Him when my blood pressure starts to flare. Blessings to you and yours, Jen