The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

Graphic depicting ADS and possible comorbid conditions So, I've spent the past few days in a huge boiling vat of stress with my two youngest at home. The teen has autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, sensory processing disorder and a learning disability, to name most of the letters floating around in her alphabet soup. I truly… Continue reading The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

Cutting off the Inner Clueless Curmudgeon

Ah yes, a meme about how we need to stop being so miserable and whiny and how we need to move forward with raging thoughts of nothing but positive ideas and shoving everything negative to the back recesses of our mind. OK. Are they accurate? Yeah, sure, quite so, sort of. All one needs to… Continue reading Cutting off the Inner Clueless Curmudgeon

The Many Mom Shaming Moments

Try to picture the scene. It's the middle of September in 2001. The country is still obviously reeling from the attacks on the country. There is still a bit of fear and tension in the air about crowds and such. My son was four years old at the time and with his Autism, ADHD and… Continue reading The Many Mom Shaming Moments

At Least We’ll Die Together

Recently, my husband and I were on a short day trip away from home. I received a call from my daughter's school, but I was navigating in the vehicle and let the call go to voicemail. I never thought it was anything other than an announcement about pictures or news about an upcoming sale or… Continue reading At Least We’ll Die Together

These Small Hours

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMfzPbONyVA I simply and truly cannot believe how many years are marked today from the passing of my mom. Having lost so many people in my life in such a short period of time doesn't have a word or description. I've been asked countless times how I endured the loss of my mother, then my… Continue reading These Small Hours

Looking at Mother’s Day from the Other Side

It's that time of year again. All the stores are in full Mother's Day swing. The jewelry stores are holding Mother's Day extravaganzas (buy this diamond for "only" $3000 this Mother's Day and make her the happiest mom ever! LOL), florists are advertising deals on bouquets for Mom, people are jockeying for standing space at… Continue reading Looking at Mother’s Day from the Other Side

Autism is Just a Word

What a loaded term, so subjective and deceptive. There used to be a disorder called Asperger's Syndrome. While many still refer to it and utilize it, it has been removed from the DSM-V at its publication. What is the DSM-V? However, it is most commonly referred to as the highest functioning level of Autism. What… Continue reading Autism is Just a Word

Divergent Destiny

If someone would have told me that years ago I would be facing the imminent loss of my father, so soon after the death of my husband AND still getting over the loss of my mother, I would have called them a liar. I would have said that no one could endure that much in… Continue reading Divergent Destiny

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore

I remember when I was a little girl, my dad would always take us out the day before Easter or thereabout so we could pick out a flower for my mom. For some reason, I always picked a hydrangea bloom because it looked like a piece of popcorn and it made me giggle. For my… Continue reading You Don’t Bring Me Flowers Anymore

Navigating Life with the Autistic Adult Child

When I remember back to my son's early days, from toddler to high school student, it was tough. By tough, I mean "spending the night in the hospital waiting for your child to get a bed at a psychiatric facility tough" or "standing at the door, sobbing, hoping the police will not use the taser… Continue reading Navigating Life with the Autistic Adult Child