Friday, May 15, 2009


I am so happy. Benji is nearly reached a HUGE milestone. He has been potty training for over two years now, and while I know we will have set backs... He is doing GREAT!!! Finally.

We have had very few daytime accidents in the last month. He is going to the bathroom regularly and that includes the BMs. At night he's doing good. Doesn't stay dry every night but he is doing better than big brother.

I believe part of what has helped in potty training is the potty scotty training pants. A friend of ours had ordered a pair for her child and they were the wrong size, so she offered them to us to try. The first week, Benji still had a couple accidents but was a lot more aware that he needed to go potty. He has gotten to the point now where we use the potty scotty for bed time and he is in just regular underwear during the day.

I am absolutely thrilled!

I do need to say that Benji is a special needs child. He is developmentally delayed. Potty Training has been a very difficult road for us. For him his potty routine is the first thing that gets thrown out of wack with major schedule changes. (school break, discharge from therapy, etc)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Wordless Wednesday

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Friday, May 08, 2009

It's been 3 weeks

We went to the allergy doctor three weeks ago yesterday. They did the testing, no food allergies showed up but he told us that we should not change eating habits with Benji's reactions. He thinks the food stuff is either allergy we can't test for (red 40) or an enzyme issue.

However we also checked environmental allergies. Benji is allergic to cats, dogs, horses, dustmites, mold/mildew, and a few others like tree pollen and grass pollen. His hots actually are higher than his sister's that has asthma.

Dr. Norvell put Benji on a trial of Veramyst nose spray. It cleared up the sinus junk that was going on then and in 2 weeks even the cough was gone. Problem is that when we went to get the prescription filled our co-pay was $75. That SHOCKED me. We have good insurance and it was that high. Had to call the dr's office to see if there was a generic so we are now taking the generic of Flonase.

It seems to work just as well.

The only difference in Benji's behaviors we are seeing is he is more in a "wants it his way" mood. That I contribute to being the end of the school year. It affects him too. :o)

Better get going... he's done eating and wanting to swing now.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Finally, a little common sense

I was browsing Facebook earlier and saw a link that one of my FB friends posted.

My Child Has Autism and I Vaccinate

I appreciate this article. Not because I dismiss the vaccination theory. I appreciate it because whether or not vaccinations with thermosil cause autism or not, my son's symptoms were not from his vaccinations.

We had genetics tell us that because nothing showed up on the select testing they did that it had to have been the vaccinations.

We have had pediatrician tell us there is nothing wrong with Benji when there are reports from several therapists saying otherwise.

We know we have a quirky kid. A quirky kid that we love. And we also know that there is something there. To have a doctor tell you that they would diagnose him with Asperger Syndrome but can't because his speech was significantly delayed confirms your belief that there is something going on. It's not that I want my child to be sick or to be labeled. But I know there is something going on.

We know he has the sensory integration disorder. He is tactile and oral defensive while sensory seeking with deep pressure. I praise the Lord that we are able to handle most of it by thinking ahead. For his deep pressure we have the mini trampoline for him to jump on, an exercise ball he can bounce on and a sling swing to swing in in the house.

For the defensive, it's difficult with the foods. Once he decides he isn't going to eat something, there really is no way around it. Unless you want a meltdown, because it goes beyond a tantrum. His tactile defensiveness we make sure to have a wash cloth or wet wipes around at all times. He HATES being icky, sticky, slimy, etc.

Anyhow... I know Benji's stuff isn't from the vaccinations. His regression started before the 18 month shots. And it escalated when we moved and our schedule changed.

Anyhow... just some thoughts today. I know I am jumbled and rambled... forgive.