tree_talking: (set my mind in motion by curtana)
So I stole this from [ profile] in_the_blue:

Comment to this post, and I will list five things I associate with you, They might make sense or they might be totally random. Then post that list, with your commentary, to your LJ (or just add a reply back to me). Other people (including me) can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.

She gave me: Harp, Maine, Homestuck fanfiction, autism, and the sign of Leo )
tree_talking: (blog in HELL)
-Car making weird noise. Car fixed. Yay!

-Liam was complaining of pressure building up in his ear (needing to 'pop')last night. He said he was feeling better this morning and was dead set on going to school today (and the after-school program's water party), so we let him go. Me, I'm nervous as all hell, though. I don't want him having another ear infection and going on antibiotics once AGAIN. We put a couple of drops of castor oil in his ears each night, and it usually helps. We've prevented or cured at least one ear infection with diligent application of oil, so let's pray it works. ETA: my son has seasonal allergies and was very stuffy last night. Which is why his ears built the pressure up.

-Liam has an appointment with a new pediatrician on the 23rd, right before we go to Knoebels, which is our end-of-school celebration for him advancing another year.

-We had Liam's IEP meeting on the 31st of May. He's going to be advancing into the second grade. His reading and math levels are in the early-to-mid second grade level, and everything else is on par with his classmates, so he's doing really level. Also, instead of a "substantially seperate" classroom, they'll be integrating him more fully into the typical second grade classroom. We're so very proud of Liam and I'm very happy with the teachers at his school.

-Ryan (my brother) called me to let me know that Dad went to the hospital on Saturday with pneumonia--but it looks like Dad has asthma now, and also they're talking about sleep apnea as well. He's still in the hospital and I'm going to go visit tomorrow if he's not out by then. They're still deciding on a course of treatment.

-I've been unemployed since June 1st. We're ok at the moment, but I don't want to lose the decent lead we've had on our bills, so I hope I get something soon.

And...that's about it. Which is enough.
tree_talking: (autism awareness)
Dear Friendslist,

Autism Speaks is getting ready for its annual signature event, Walk for Autism Research. I am planning to be a part of that Walk and I am asking you to join me in raising critically-needed funds for autism research by making a contribution in support of my Walk.

Autism is a complex brain disorder that often inhibits a person's ability to communicate, respond to surroundings, or form relationships with others. First identified more than 50 years ago, autism is typically diagnosed by the age of two or three. Autism affects people of all racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Few disorders are as devastating to a child and his or her family. While some people with autism are mildly affected, most people with the condition will require lifelong supervision and care and have significant language impairments. Many children with autism will never be able to tell their parents they love them.

Currently, the causes of autism are unknown and there are no specific medical treatments or cure. Physicians have no blood test or scan that can definitively diagnose the disorder. As such, the diagnosis of autism is based solely upon observations of behavior. Despite increasing national interest and high prevalence, autism research is one of the lowest funded areas of medical research by both public and private sources.

Whatever you can give will help! I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress.



Click here to get to my personal page and make a secure, online donation.

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You may make a check payable to Autism Speaks and mail your check to me. Please comment with an e-mail address to get an address to send donations. The comments will be screened so your e-mail will be secure.

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