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I can really understand your hesitancy to give the medicine to your little boy. It can be scary to put things into a little body. But like so many have said, he needs it. Asthma is serious and the longer it goes unmedicated, the more scarring it causes. Asthma is never a wait-and-see illness; the sooner you treat, the LESS medicine is ultimately required. Once it's spiraled out of control, it can require large quantities of medicine (including steroids) to get to breathing...
Thank you, everyone who responded, for sharing your stories. It's given me much to think about, and it's helped us to firm up our plan in case things get dangerous. I think that we're not there yet, to the point of needing to hospitalize. We saw Carter's psychiatrist on Monday and made some significant med changes. Fingers crossed. His therapist is also lining up some new services including a behavior specialist who will come here to our house. Hopefully we'll learn some...
Wow! That's amazing. That apartment is about half the size of our bedroom! I couldn't do it, but we're totally nesters. That's great they found something that works so well for them.
Thanks for your replies. Earthmama, that sounds like such a good program! I would give about anything for access to a good day treatment program. There are four here; there are two good ones, but they only work with kids with autism. Of the other two, one doesn't even take kids as young as Carter and one has a terrible reputation. I'm grateful that at least the inpatient hospital is a good one. Carter's therapist (who is a Godsend; he really cares about our boy) works...
OK, I know there are not tons of us here with kids who are old enough for this to even be a consideration, but I know there are some. I need to hear about how people make the decision to hospitalize, especially pre-adolescent children. Carter is 7 and very unstable right now. The only reason we can keep him safe is he's still small enough that we can safely restrain him if needed, plus, because of fine motor delays, he can't unlock any of our house's exterior doors. We...
On the issue of "selling it" to your DD, you can try what we did with our youngest. The problem is not comfort (he's much more comfy in his seat), but embarrassment. Very, very few kids around here sit in a seat beyond the legal requirements (if that), so he didn't want to be the weird kid. We told him that we would just make sure his buddies didn't see him in his seat. It just means parking a little further away for some things or getting there a few minutes early, but it...
Ours is a short list: we buy gifts for our kids and our two nephews, and DH and I each get something small for the other (almost always a book, DVD, or CD). For our extended families, it's a card and something small - homemade candles or bookmarks, an ornament, something like that. But that's our family culture. Our parents have continued to give us "real" gifts (when we have Christmas at my folks', my mom even fills stockings for her adult children and...
Quote: Originally Posted by lolar2 This. Also I have ethical concerns that maybe some of the people who are mentally ill enough to be on that show, are also too mentally ill to consent fully to being on TV. Yeah. I was very curious when the show first started, but I find it incredibly painful to watch (I feel the same way about Intervention.). For inspiration, I like to watch design shows instead, but I'm neither a hoarder nor a packrat, just...
I hear you loud and clear. I'm the favorite scapegoat in my family, too. I don't know why that sometimes happens in families, but my failures are all they notice about me. My house is often messy and you'd think I was a serial murderer based on that alone. But when I got a good job, when I publish, when I have any kind of success, my family can't be bothered to even text me a simple congratulations. My younger sister? She hung the paper towels in a unique way and my mom...
Quote: Originally Posted by allnaturalmom How much ammonia? I've never used it before, but I'm desperate over here! One cup.
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