Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Who knew!?!?

Dylan is a very quiet kid. We thought he was just painfully shy. He rarely speaks to adults unless its me or Clint. He will go into "meltdown mode" when he is socially uncomfortable.

We took him in for a routine dr visit. Just a check up--no biggie! After noticing some of his behaviors (no eye contact, refusal to get on the table--just plain irritable) she suggested getting him tested for autism.

It literally took my breath away--I think I sucked all the air out of the room. I wasn't processing it well and thought it was highly unlikely. She said she would make an appointment.

Later when they didn't call me about with a time and day--I didn't bother calling back. I had looked on the internet and my son wasn't like some of the kids I saw! Far from it! He is a straight A student!

A few months passed and I got a phone call. Normally a call checking on the well being of a patient is welcome but when I told her I hadn't followed through--I got a lecture...lol Kindly but I also realized what her concerns were.

She made an appointment and told me to do some more research focusing on Aspergers or high functioning autism.

I did.

And I saw Dylan.

The worst part was thinking my son was "sick" or "disabled" They don't know the kid I know. They don't see the giant progresses he has made this year! They don't know what we have overcame!

I was soon reminded of the road ahead. 3rd grade. A huge transition in elementary school. Especially for a child with social challenges. So I took him to his scheduled appointment last Wednesday.

A lot of the questions weren't my son. There were some that described him to a T. Quirky things I thought were just that...quirky.

In the end I saw Dylan differently. A strong willed child that has overcame many obstacles that we take for granted. A child with a bright future and family that loves him--quirks and all. A child with high functioning autism.

Friday, February 26, 2010

New look!

I debated deleting this account and starting over....but I figured it would be easier to just give it a new look!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Its been a long time!

It has been a long time since I have blogged. Not that I have many following...lol

Many things have happened since my last post. We are in a new season in our life. We resigned as youth leadership---even changed churches--this fall. We are use to home missions churches and the church we were attending wasn't that--but it was a small congregation. We tend to thrive in that environment.

Without going into detail--after lots of prayer we knew it was time to move on. We now attend CLC. We love it but the size is a bit intimidating. That is taking a while to get use to. In time I know it will seem silly that its this overwhelming to us now..lol

Another thing that happened is something that has completely changed my life. My sister found out she was pregnant and during a routine screening realized her baby may have Trisomy 18. Anyone that is familiar with this genetic disorder knows its "incompatible with life"

It was a scary thing for my sister and her husband to go through. Im not an emotional person but this broke me in ways I could not even imagine.

I live a little ways away from my sister but I supported her in the only way I knew how--phone calls.

Two weeks ago today we got to meet little Madyson Nicole. She was beautiful! Although she only lived around 40 minutes---those minutes with her were treasured. My life has been changed by her. I don't take the little things for granted anymore. And the "big stressors" in my life don't seem as significant. I hug my boys a little tighter and appreciate my family more than I thought I could.

I feel like right now is a turning point in my life and Im learning who I am and who God wants me to be. We never imagined ourselves in this place--and I know it seems like chaos to us but I know it all fits perfectly into God's plan.

so...if you will...keep my family in prayer during this time while we discover God's will in our lives.