FRIDAY FUN

FRIDAY FUN

FRIDAY FUN ~ FULLER STYLE

Everyone knows that at the end of a school year I get “get outta school itis” worse than the kids and teachers.  I don’t think the traditional educational systems knows (or cares) about the amount of pressure that it put on PARENTS.  Last minute trips, last minute projects, last minute assemblies, schools are a bundle of last minute everything.  Anyways I digress.  So today we took a “vacation” day and hung out together and went to the chiropractor :

Marcus, Jr being adjusted by our chiropractor, his brother and his sister 🙂

We went to the book store and we had good fast food….well we had food.  We danced, we sang and we didn’t do any work at all, today was a total free day.

 

FRIDAY FUN ~ UPDATES

Marcus Jr. has been growing mentally by leaps and bounds.  This is what he did today:

  • When he wanted lunch he grabbed a plate and fork and came over and asked me for lasagna
  • When we got out of the car at the book store he got out closed his door and came over to me no running or jumping
  • Although, he did running and jumping in the bookstore he came when I called and choose his own book
  • He’s been very verbal about his wants, the whining and crying from not being able to communicate is lessening

Jai Lynn has been doing great also, here is what she did today:

  • Took her clothes to the basement only had to ask once
  • Cleaned up the floor in her room
  • Sang and danced with me today

Mason:

  • Language is becoming clearer
  • Tantrums lessening

All in all the kids are doing great.  So proud of all of them.  So that is our Friday update hope you enjoyed, we are still doing the same supplements:

We don’t take all supplements everyday, honestly the only two we take consistently are the Divine Child drink and Juice Plus. I watch what they eat and make sure I keep their brains working.

Know in the journey you are not alone, we have come a long way and still have a lot of ground to cover but I am beginning to see and their teachers are beginning to see a real change in the two older kids and everyone is commenting on how “aware and smart” Mason is.

Keep up with us as we chronicle our summer time fun and learning expedition.

Until Next Time

Wishing you Peace, Love and Healing

Charmaine

 

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Updates 6/1/13

Autism

So, we just started Juice Plus again with Marcus and I split my dosage with Jai Lynn.  Marcus had been seizure free for about 2 weeks then they started up again on Wednesday of this week, he seems to be a bit under the weather but in great spirits. The seizures never last long and his recovery time is normal.

Autism Updates ~ This Week’s Treatments

So these past few week have been very minimal, the Divine Child Drink. That’s it, I have to get more clay but we did a castor oil wrap today and will do an epsom salt bath tomorrow as that is also a way to detox.  We haven’t been up to much.

 

Autism Updates ~ Kid Updates

Marcus Jr – He has be more communicative, he has been more focused and he has been more helpful.  He has been answering more questions almost having conversations! We have been able to have mini conversations with him if we are asking the questions.

Jai Lynn – Has been a bit more focused and has had the ability to control her emotions a bit better.  She has been communicating more also.

Mason- Has been talking and requesting more and has understanding what is being requested of him. He can count to 5 with assistance.

 

Autism Updates ~ The Future

My kids are healing more and more everyday.  Parents if your child has a different ability don’t allow anyone to tell you what they Can’t do or will NEVER be able to do.  You know your baby .

Until next time

Peace Love and Healing

Charmaine

 

To Vaccinate or not to Vaccinate that is the question

This is a touchy, touchy, touchy subject…vaccines.  Are they any good, are the parents not vaccinating crazy?  I believe (this is my personal opinion I am not anywhere near the medical profession but this is my gut feeling about how they affect my kids) in my heart of heart that vaccines are not the wonderful that the medical community, government and pharmaceutical companies would have you believe.  I think they were manufactured for people who didn’t have the time to be sick or have sick kids so they needed a quick fix. The drug companies realized that they could make money off of us and our “microwave” mentality and ran with it.  They began manufacturing drugs and vaccines to “keep you kids healthy” never mentioning diet, exercise (the stuff that requires some work) because we didn’t want to hear it.

I believe that vaccinating your child is your personal decision as a parent. I don’t fault those who do and I don’t think those that don’t are crazy, it’s your choice.  But I don’t, I seriously believe that my son’s issues stem from vaccine damage as his first seizure came after a round up of vaccines given to him by the U.S. military “doctors” and “medical staff”(oh boy do I use that term loosely we’ll talk about how the U.S. government cares for their service members and their families in a later blog) whew give me a minute too many feeling rushing (I see some forgiveness work in my near and immediate future on this one). in a period of three months my son had over12 (DTAP, Polio, Hib, Hep B, Prevnar all given at the SAME time in March, April and June of 2004)vaccinations that where given to him all while he had recurrent  double ear infections…(wait I need another minute to process this one)…Soon after the last go round he got super sick and then had a seizure , which when I remember back is the same type of seizure that he is having now.  When he was admitted into the hospital he was diagnosed with pneumonia and staph infection of the blood! It never occurred to anyone that something was extremely wrong with that picture.

I know that me as his mom should’ve stepped in but I didn’t have the knowledge that I had now and I was still apart of that mindset that  medical staff knew everything and that they actually had my child’s best interest at heart.  There only concern was a schedule and not the health and wellness of my child.

I say all of that to say this, if you do or don’t vaccinate know your why. Not to explain it to anyone else because it’s no one’s business if you do or don’t, but that explanation is for you. So that no matter what happens to your child good or bad health wise you know that you did all you could, you know that you were armed with the knowledge you needed to make a conscious decision for your child’s health. Please READ up on whatever you decided to do or not do, research, research, research don’t take ANYONE’S word for it.

I know that had I not vaccinated my son as well as pump him with antibiotics that his path would be much different than what it is now, and as a parent I have to forgive myself because I only did what I knew. My job now is to make him better.  That’s why I was always so tough on Marcus, Jr because I felt like I caused it, that it was my fault that he was having seizures, and he could talk or that he is in his own world and seeing the reflection of things you think you did wrong is painful.  I think that is the most painful part about having a child with a different ability, you feel in some way responsible. Now I’m not about to be popular for this next statement but here goes.

In a sense you are responsible for whatever your child’s current (note the word current) condition. I’m not talking solely the different ability itself but everything surrounding it. Stop babying your child saying what they can’t do or will never be able to do, because it sets a tone in the universe, then they take on the mindset that they are limited in life.  Stop dwelling on  what you “might” have or “might not have” done that’s in the past, how is being depressed helping your future or your child’s future?  I’m not saying you can’t have a sad day or a day that you are totally frustrated with the process, just don’t stay there it’s not healthy for anyone.

Great example of what I mean:

Marcus, Jr had impulse control issues, and I would always jump down his thought, yell at him, just basically sending him bad vibes, so that’s how he acted, no better no worse.  I always said to myself he will never get better he will always be doing this thing or that thing.  So he did, and the vicious cycle continued and it even caused other family members to join in and gang up on Marcus and how “bad” he was. One day I woke up and decided to shift my thinking about him and only feed him positive message because I didn’t like the mom in front of me or the kids that she was producing. I resolved that no matter what his abilities where I was going to prepare him to be his best by being patient and kind. And the kid that emerged is the kid I’m blogging about now, helpful, attentive, smart, loving, able to follow along in class.

So you see mom’s and dad’s thought hold A LOT of  power. More than you could ever imagine.

Feed your family thoughts of healing, kindness, love, compassion. Dish it out and you’ll be sure to get it back.

Send you Love. Health. and Wellness

Charmaine

 

New Updates 4-27-2013

This week has been a super crazy week for us.  My son’s school was on lockdown for the second time this year (http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2013/04/gunfire_in_harper_woods_leads.html) and he had seizures this week, 3 on Thursday, 4 on Friday and 2 today.  They appear to be tonic-clonic seizures(http://www.epilepsyfoundation.org/livingwithepilepsy/parentsandcaregivers/parents/infants/tonicclonic.cfm)

Which is more information than what the neurologist has ever given me.  If that is the case then the medication that he is on is not going to help (not like it really was anyway). So I’m looking into some natural methods to help him.  Other than the seizures he has been doing quite well but he we have a lot of work that we will be doing over the summer.

Jai Lynn has been doing……great as far as being able to verbalize and converse with us.  Today was very memorable.  She has a difficult time regulating her voice and she is not good with inflections and all that human stuff that we do.  She doesn’t get that smacking her lips or moaning are inappropriate behavior. Long story short, she got very upset  tonight because she was redirected by dad and it wasn’t “nice”. So, she begun to cry. So I seperated them (not literally  and I went into her room and we talked.  I gave her re-affirming statements to repeat, “I am beautiful, I am smart, I am loved” then I had her to tell me two things that she was thankful for today and she said that I made sandwiches and that she had a chocolate covered strawberries.  And that got her to smile, telling me what she’s thankful for always gets her to smile.  Once she calmed down she and dad made up and all was right with the world.  After dad left the room she and I talked for a minute.

She said “I have to worry about myself mom” and I told her yes that that her brothers where not her responsibility to care for and that she didn’t need to feel the need to always be concerned about what they did or didn’t do because mom or dad would always find out. Plus, she was a great big sister that loved and cared for her brothers and that she is doing a great job.

This summer with her I think social awareness skills and self-esteem are going to be on the top for learning this summer for her.

This is why I am homeschooling next year because although she’s learning academics (loosely) the social piece is…somewhat lacking.  She mainly has issues with self esteem and some depression.  I take ownership in some of the mental struggles that shes having, because I was having them also and I am working on them now.  So as I build myself up I build her up.  I want her to learn lessons now and not take 30 some odd years to get it.  That is way I am thankful that I am on this journey, I was meant to go on it now.  I’m happy that she and I are doing it together because it gives me the opportunity to be a true example.

So that is what is going on with us as of late.  I’m getting my cards ready for Mother’s Day and Graduation’s, I have vendor shows coming up so I am a very busy girl.

Until next time

Charmaine

Meetings for Moms!

So today was the monthly Maximizing Autistic Potential mom meeting and today it was held and my house.  I wanted to do something a little different and make some homemade cleansers.  In my search for multiple cleaners, thank God I found one on the Facebook page for Natural & Frugal:Raising 6 Kids    it was for an all-purpose cleaner! Well hot dog I thought this was exactly what I was looking for.  We ate laughed and made household cleaners.  I love things that I can do myself, that will save me money and that will stop any further toxification of my home.  I try and clean and cook green as much as possible and I try to  make our environment as healthy as I can when I can.  It was great to be able to share what I had learned with other mom’s so that they could change their environments also.

Long story short, the meeting was great, the ladies that attended were fun as usual and made some great food and we laughed way past closing time.  So if any of you wonder what is this mom’s meeting that she speaks of. What it is, is that each month a group of mom’s that have children with challenges namely Autism, come together.  We spend about 3 hours, talking about our children’s challenges  triumphs and just our struggles or triumphs.  It’s great to know that I’m not alone. We are from all walks of life but everyone is positive and supportive of one another, I love when a group of women can get together and  support one another.

If you are the parent of a child or loved one with a different ability please find a support group.  Many times we don’t think that connecting with other parents is important because no one understands who we are, who our children are and what we are going through.  When actually we are closer than we think.  Although, none of us experiences our recovery of our children in the same way we are able to celebrate with one another and lift each other up in times of struggle.

Connecting with another parent that either has, or has had a child with special needs will be vital to your sanity.

Wishing you Health and Wellness

Charmaine

 

 

Oh my Progress!

The past few days for Marcus, Jr and Jai Lynn have been amazing to see their growth and level of understanding growth and flourish.  To see them get things.

 

*side note I started this posting before they got home from school. I don’t know if it’s because we have a vacation coming up or what but they are getting to me all of them.*

Any who.  Monday and Tuesday for Marcus, Jr. at school were wonderful.  They reported that he had been able to sit at the table at lunchtime for the past two days without being re-directed, he has been doing his work at school and at home with pretty good focus and without much fanfare. He had been doing well at home also.

Today he had a few small upsets but I think it’s time for castor oil wrap and clay bath so we’ll see.

 

Otherwise kids doing great. I thought Jai Lynn was done crying about school but she’s not. Now I’m beginning to think she’s not just being dramatic.  She’s not saying that anyone is messing with her or making her feel uncomfortable but she doesn’t want to go. She says the school is too big and old. Which in my mommy mind mean something else.

Thankfully I’ll be starting homeschool lessons this summer so they will be ready to go in the fall.  I will be creating my own curriculum as I am not satisfied with the ones from the internet schools. Still feel to boxed in for me.

I’m planning a day next week to run off and get some things together (not running away just running to Starbucks for free Wi-Fi) so I can start getting materials ready for summer.

Until Next Time

Wishing you health and wellness

Charmaine

 

 

Lunchtime with the Fuller’s

OK I’m feeling veggie again. So this week is going to be mainly vegetarian meals. But let me do a side bar on my daughter.

So I am sitting at my desk and she starts growling and I asked her “are you growling at me?” she states “yes like a tiger” and she comes over to me and starts growling at me. In turn I begin acting like I was afraid like she was going to eat me and she did 🙂 She has never really initiated that before so excited.

Now back to Saturday’s lunch. Today I made a pesto stuffed zucchini and I was a bit apprehensive because:
1. It required work and
2. My inner unhealthy girl wanted a burger with some fries and an apple pie with a Starbucks on the side.

With that being said I made it anyways. So here is a picture:

 

This is what it looked like after baking yummy.

Here is the recipe:
I used 3 large zucchini
4 oz of mozzella cheese cut into small chunks
1/2 cup of shredded paramesan cheese
1/2 cup pesto sauce
1/4 walnuts (the recipe said pine nut but I didn’t have those)
and 1 container of cherry or grape tomatoes roughly chopped.

Cut the zucchini in half and scoop out all of the flesh, you can make bread or muffins or pancakes with the flesh, freeze it or trash it (although that would be a sad waste). Set them aside in a roasting pan.

Then in a small bowl add the chopped tomatoes and mozzarella, pesto, walnuts and shredded parmesan and mix well together. Then spoon mixture into the scooped out zucchini, add about 1 cup of water to the bottom of the roasting pan so the zucchini don’t dry out on the outside and bake on 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

Serve with a salad or another accompanying veggie and viola your meal is served. This was filling yet light and the kids loved them.

I hope you enjoy as much as we did. Not sure if I am going to post dinner as tonight I’m making tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Until next time wishing you
Health and Wellness
Charmaine

 

My plate