Friday, July 2, 2010

Ummm, yeah, not so much

So about that weekly blogging thing? Yeah, not really happening. I have been bogged down at work (pardon the pun) and also have been quite busy at home. I know, you don't want excuses, just witty commentary. Ok, ok, fine.

Here's what's been on my mind lately....

Gameboy's Asperger's Syndrome

Hardly surprising, this is the first issue that has been occupying my time and thoughts. He is struggling just a little, and since the neurologist has asked me to remove him from the ADHD meds, he has been wrestling with his extra energy. Point in case: two nights ago, while playing the new Lego's Harry Potter game (addicting, btw), he asked me to help him beat a level. While I circumnavigated the obstacles in the game, he lay on his back on the love seat singing, kicking his feet, shaking his head from side to side. He was actually in a very good mood. This was not a fit or a tantrum. Instead, this was his way of dealing with the surge of excitement and "twitchyness" that he faces. It was amusing and sad at the same time. Being 8 years old, he looked very much like a two year old in that moment.

He's also been having issues fitting in with kids his own age. At school, he had younger playmates because they didn't mind his quirks and his "immature" behavior. Kids his own age mostly ignored him or treated him badly. Older kids would take advantage of his need to be accepted and manipulate him until they start to tease him. Same with the neighborhood kids. Last summer, they were downright mean to him so now he refuses to play with them. What sucks is that they hang out in front of our house and he doesn't even want to be outside. That bothers me a lot. Now at camp for the summer, he is having the same struggles. Older kids that pick on him and abuse his trusting nature and desire to fit in. Kids his own age mostly not wanting to play with him. Since he is in the 8-12 year old group, he doesn't have the luxury of younger kids to bond with. It's really sad and hard to deal with for him, and I am at a loss as to how to help. I just keep telling him how special and wonderful he is and hope it sinks in. What I want to do is go to the camp and bash some heads in. Since that's not an option, I have opted to tell the camp counselors about his Asperger's and hope that they can watch out for him.

World Cup

No, really! Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not the least bit interested in this competition. In fact, I don't pay much attention to any sport with the exception of baseball (living with Mr. Baseball, how can I avoid it?). The issue is, that it's all over the news feeds that I have and now I have to sift through to find REAL news. I mean, really. Is it going to improve the state of things in our lives if one particular country wins over another? It's not like it's the Olympics - which I do watch - where athletes compete out of sportsmanship. The World Cup athletes are HIGHLY paid professionals, albeit quite hunky professionals it seems. But when I turn to my RSS news feed, I don't really care what caused Cristian Ronaldo to blow the game, and I care even less that it was because of a breakup with his hottie girlfriend. Give me my news back!

Vintage Baseball

Maybe it's the history, maybe it's the theatrical in me, but I love wearing period dress and walking about as if we are in the 1860's. My hubby plays in a Vintage Baseball league - in a new team that was formed last year - and I immediately wanted to get involved. These guys are playing real ball, the way it was meant to be played. No gloves, period correct ball, and a properly laid out field are somehow magical to me. I learned to score the game this year, just to be more involved with the whole enterprise. I love it! I love the questions people ask (perhaps I love the attention just a little) and I get to tell them about the time period, the way people dressed and interacted with one another. I am fascinated by the social aspects of the time period too. It was most definitely a more genteel time. Well, except for that messy War Between the States, but we won't mention that....

VACATION

Yes, I am taking a real vacation this year. A whole week off! A trip to Michigan to see the family and I am beyond excited. We are leaving tonight, driving a few hours, stopping to sleep, and driving the rest of the way tomorrow. I so need this downtime right now. I so need to get away and just enjoy my time with Gameboy and J and CHILL....so on that note, I am going to sign off. I hope to be back for reals in a week and let ya'll know what's going on. Peace out!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Off to a Good Start....Sort of

I had every intention of getting back to at least weekly blogging, but for some reason, that has not come to pass. To be honest, I forgot about it! LOL It wasn't until I received an email from a comment that I remembered. Sheesh.

What's going on in GC's world? Well, I just got over a nasty illness. Won't go into details for the TMI-squeamish crowd, but I needed antibiotics and I am finally back on my feet after spending days on the couch. The worst part of being sick is the guilt I feel about not being able to take care of things or the people in the house. It's an illness, and the reason I did not take care of myself when I first started with the symptoms. I feel so badly when I can't do for my son and husband. They rely on me, right? And I don't like to rely on anyone. But the pain became too much on Sunday and I finally called a doctor Monday morning. After two days of meds, I am back in action. And I managed to clean and do some laundry last night to assuage my guilt.

Speaking of guilt, I have not yet started my daily workout routine as instructed by the doctor to help get my levels regulated. Besides changing my diet (which I am SLOWLY doing, btw) I am supposed to walk or do some routine for at least 10 minutes a day. Her suggestion was to find something that my husband also found entertaining. Guess you can all guess what that was! LOL But she means walking, swimming, bike riding...you know, traditional exercise :) Gotta get on that.

Good news though is I did manage to lose weight with the small changes I have made thus far. So there is still hope for me! Haha.

There are many things that I still need to do. And for some reason, I have been dragging my feet doing them. I need to get a copy of Gameboy's records from his neurologist about the Asperger's. Then I need to meet with his school (who conveniently forgot all about me) and make sure his needs are addressed next year. I will also need to determine what steps I want/need to take with the school district. I am not sure an IEP is necessary, because academically he is doing great, but he seems to flourish with individualized testing. That may be something to push for.

I also need to have my foot looked at - the heel is really bothering me since I broke the ankle and I suspect some form of tendon damage. I just hobble around on it now since some days are way better than others. I know, I know. I need to do it.

I just can't motivate myself. You know what? I just want some real "downtime". You know, the time where nothing needs to be done, nothing goes wrong, nothing is expected of me. Just time to be. Just time to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. I am hoping that we will get that opportunity when we go to Michigan this year. Only a few more weeks! I can't wait. It will be awesome.

Well, better get back to what I am supposed to be doing. Hope all is well in your world! XoXo

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Gameboy is SO literal

"Gameboy, stop eating the candy!"
"But Mom, it's sooooo good. I can't help myself."
"I know baby, but it's not good for you. You have such a sweet tooth."
"Which tooth is that? The one on the side?"

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Miss me?

Hello world! I know that I have not posted in a bit, but life has been hectic. I think that loving married life is just not letting me get on line as much :)

On that note, some wonderful things and some not so wonderful things have happened. To spare you all the ugly details and just provide cliff notes:

The GOOD
1. Finally got Gameboy properly diagnosed. Asperger's Syndrome. I know this doesn't sound like good news, but it is. I can finally get him the right assistance at school and elsewhere.
2. MFE is enrolled in twice monthly therapy with Gameboy to work on their relationship! Whoo-hoo!
3. Married life is heavenly. I have really met my soul mate.
4. Work has settled down nicely and I finally see a light at the end of the long dark tunnel we have been dealing with for the past few years.
5. FINALLY made those doctors appointments and have been placed on anti-anxiety meds. Wonderful!

The BAD
1. Family drama is a drain on my good mojo. My mother's health is not so good, but worse is our relationship is very strained. I'm trying to make more of an effort though.
2. Haven't had my "Aunt Flo" since before I got married in October. Doc doesn't know why. Nothing looks out of whack. But, I am of "advanced age" so they are not surprised. Really? 42 is "advanced age"???? Since when??? But I don't miss it.
3. I'm turning 42 this July. Sigh.

The UGLY
1. I gained 50 pounds in the past year and am now considered "pre-diabetic". Doc is working with me to get the weight off and level off my blood sugars. Working well, but it's a bit of a PITA.
2. Broke off with a really good friend due to mental instability and general freakish behavior. Sad but necessary.
3. I'm turning 42 this July!!!!!!!!!!!!! AACK!!!!!!!

Ok, that's really it in a nutshell. But I'm working on a much cooler post. Promise :) Until then, be well my friends.