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Rindy 
Posted: 16-Dec-2004, 11:28 PM
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They are very special people..

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Posted: 17-Dec-2004, 07:55 AM
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Bless you, Rindy. I cannot imagine what that is like. My daughter has quite a few issues going on right now, and I am trying to get testing done for her, but I don't believe she has an LD. I know she is ADD. Probably a little bit of OCD or a nervous tic - we can't quite tell which one it is. She makes this little noise in the back of her throat constantly, but it gets more pronounced when she is nervous.

My heart goes out to you, but I know you are a wonderful mother, and I am sure your son knows it, too. Thanks for bringing up this topic! I know a lot of good will come from it.


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Posted: 17-Dec-2004, 11:02 AM
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Posted: 17-Dec-2004, 11:09 AM
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Hey Rindy! I wish we could get a sheltie! Right now isn't the time, unfortunately. But once we get our own place, I can buy one.

I do not have my daughter on medications yet. I want to do testing first, and go from there. She is struggling in school, but that seems to be one of the only places she has problems, b/c at home I just kind of let her be. I am not sure whether her tic is just a tic or something else. Two years ago it was very bad, and they thought she had Tourette's. But the pediatrician said to wait and not say anything to Mackenzie about it (since you need a year's observation for diagnosis anyway). She got better and better, and last year did not seem to have too many problems with it, though she blinked her eyes alot while making the noise - I used to call her Gollum because of that! But this year it has started up again - with just the noise, so who knows? I'll just ride it out like always, and give her as much love as is humanly possible. There isn't too much kids can't get through without love.
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Posted: 17-Dec-2004, 11:18 AM
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susieq that is all you can do and pray for her and the doctors doing the testing. Please keep me posted.

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Posted: 17-Dec-2004, 04:20 PM
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My 4-year-old daughter has a sugar allergy which we discovered as we saw her getting more and more wild and wired every day. A few weeks ago, my wife suggested we try a diet change before we did anything else. We cut sugar completely out of her diet one morning. By the afternoon, she was as calm as we could ever ask for. We occasionally slip up and give her food with sugar in it -- not candy and ice cream, but even things like spaghetti sauce or bread -- and we have to deal with it.

I've heard it many times before, and I would always recommend to anyone that they should look at allergies first. There is a great book that discusses ALL kinds of non-medical ways of dealing with hyperactivity and ADD/ADHD. This is the one we used.

I think we got really lucky in finding the sugar solution right off the bat. It seemed the most obvious, since sugar causes problems for lots of kids.

There are other issues too, of course, like dyes in food, certain types of food, and even aspartame and artificial sweetener, so it has to be a slow process of elimination.

Good luck you two. I'll pray for you both.


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I am an ADD person. I have trouble focusing. You name the medication, I probably took it in high school. Ritalin, Cylert, and even Prozac. I'm not hyperactive though; my mind just wanders off into outer space. In high school, I'd even fall asleep in class occasionally. What helps me when I need to concentrate on something (like doing my homework when I was in school or filling out paperwork) is going to an area of the house with the least amount of distractions.

Another thing that helped me was I cut back on pop. That was way too much sugar and caffeine for me. Instead of drinking 5 or 6 cans a day like I used to, I now drink 1 or 2, with either or both being decaffeinated, like Diet Rite or Diet Sierra Mist.


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QUOTE (deckers @ 17-Dec-2004, 02:20 PM)
My 4-year-old daughter has a sugar allergy which we discovered as we saw her getting more and more wild and wired every day. A few weeks ago, my wife suggested we try a diet change before we did anything else. We cut sugar completely out of her diet one morning. By the afternoon, she was as calm as we could ever ask for. We occasionally slip up and give her food with sugar in it -- not candy and ice cream, but even things like spaghetti sauce or bread -- and we have to deal with it.

I've heard it many times before, and I would always recommend to anyone that they should look at allergies first. There is a great book that discusses ALL kinds of non-medical ways of dealing with hyperactivity and ADD/ADHD. This is the one we used.

I think we got really lucky in finding the sugar solution right off the bat. It seemed the most obvious, since sugar causes problems for lots of kids.

There are other issues too, of course, like dyes in food, certain types of food, and even aspartame and artificial sweetener, so it has to be a slow process of elimination.

Good luck you two. I'll pray for you both.


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deckers, you are so lucky you found out. I am glad they didn't put her on medications and all of that. I know I eat sugar for the buzz. Never used to .

Thank you for your prayers
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My youngest daughter has Cerebral Palsy...does that count? My baby sister is also mildly autistic, though now at 19, you can hardly tell unless you know what you're looking for. That was far from the case when she was little though...I'm amazed at her progress, really.


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My daughter also has Cerebral Palsy. When she was born in 1981, she was three months early. Mandy only weighed 2 pounds at birth and soon dropped to only 1 pound 11 ounces. At the three years old she was diagnosed as TMI (Trainable Mentally Impaired, I was told she would never finish school) and at 5 she started at a school for children with severe disabilities. After a year of this I pulled her from this school and fought to have her mainstreamed into the public schools. She slowly caught up to her peers in public school and by the time she graduated she had a 3.96 grade point average. She was also crowned as the Homecoming Queen her senior year. The first time a girl with a disability was every chosen at this school. After graduating she headed off to college and just last month she finish student teaching at a neighboring high school. She's a teacher. The first part of this month she had surgery on her left leg. A lengthening of the Hamstrings and the Abductor muscles and her hip was cut in two, the leg rotated slightly to make it straighter and pinned back together. Right now she is in a full leg cast, but the doctor is planning on removing this on New Years Eve Day. In February she will again be student teaching....this time to earn a special education endorsement. Her goal is to be an inspiration to others. To show them they can reach their dreams.
When she was born she spent her first three months in the hospital. The NICU unit. Two and a half weeks after she came home, her mother (my wife) died in her sleep.
Her mother dropped out of college to marry me. She was studying to be a teacher. Mandy has now become what her mother set out to do!

In the single parents thread I have posted a couple of pictures of Mandy when she was first born.

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Posted: 18-Dec-2004, 10:54 PM
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QUOTE (Sekhmet @ 17-Dec-2004, 11:07 PM)
My youngest daughter has Cerebral Palsy...does that count? My baby sister is also mildly autistic, though now at 19, you can hardly tell unless you know what you're looking for. That was far from the case when she was little though...I'm amazed at her progress, really.

Hi Sekhmet,

Yes I would say they both qualify, it is amazing how many people do have some kind of a disability. You can't go by looks. Good luck to you. thumbs_up.gif
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Posted: 18-Dec-2004, 11:00 PM
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Hello gettin-away,

Wow, your story made me cry. That is one of the most fantastic come backs I have ever heard. Bless your entire family! We all have our crosses to bear we don't always know why but this proves it can happen. Was the operation real painful? You let us know how she is on New Years Day I will be praying for her. I am so happy for all of you!

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I have a daughter that is now 25 and when she was around a year old she was diagnosis with a hearing loss. But as time went by she didn't fit into the mold of a hearing impaired child, she didn't develope speech and due to a lack of language she had social behavior problems. She went to a pre-school for the hearing impaired and we continued to have her tested by all the specialist, and were finally told that I had to accept she was mildly mentaly retarded. I argued with the diagnosis and sought additional help. Her teachers from the school also disagreed with the diagnosis. Finally we got someone who listened to me about what I knew my child could do, after some unorthodox testing for the time we got a doctor to agree to place tubes in her ears at the ago of 4. After the placement of those tubes she went from a 75 word vocabulary to over 400 in just 6 month, she was also diagnosis with central auditory processing problems, I was told she would always be in special education and would never put more than 2 words together. Well by the time she was in the 9th grade she was out of special education, she was tested with an IQ score of 160, she graduated from high school with a 3.5 average, she could not get a college prep seal because she has a difficult time learning a foreign language. Now she will be graduating from college with a degree in marketing and a 3.5 average. I tell parents of children with disabilities not to alway accept point blank everything the professionals tell you, they don't know your child personally and they only see the test results. Set reasonable goals and when they reach those goal set higher one, and understand you are going to have times when you make mistakes, and hit brick walls, do all the research you can and ask questions and seek out professional who are willing to think outside of the box. I wish the people who said my daughter would never put more than 2 word together could hear her now, she will talk your ears off, and she will soon have a college degree to wave in their faces. Oh by the way parents of disable children don't forget to make time for yourselves-its important for you and your family.
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Posted: 19-Dec-2004, 10:56 AM
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He there gwenlee,

Yours is another fabulous story wow! The doctors make mistakes also. I am glad that things turned out well for you and yours. The very last sentence of your story is so true, I don't think we did that much and it was very hard. .

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Damn it gettin-away, your not supposed to make an old man cry. Give your daughter a big hug from me and give yourself a BIG pat on the back for being the kind of father who made it possible.


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