50 important facts about having mild autism by Captain Quirk

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Here’s a copy of the link where captain quirk did the post

Asperger Syndrome: 50 important facts about having mild autism | Autistic, Not Weird

http://autisticnotweird.com/2015/04/09/asperger-syndrome-50-facts-about-having-mild-autism/

On April 2nd this year, World Autism Awareness Day, I decided tooffer a little insight to some of my Facebook friends. Their responses were actually what inspired me to start this blog in the first place.

I hope this helps people who are curious.

1)The rest of you are weird.Weare completely normal.

2)You definitely know a few autistic people. Maybe you don’t know it, but you do. Maybe they don’t know it either. We’re 1% of the general population, which is higher than it sounds.

3)Autistic people aren’t always similar to one another, for exactly the same reason that non-autistic people aren’t either.

4)81% of us aren’t in full-time employment. Personally I’ve spent less than two years of…

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Blackouts, storms and dim lights

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I start my fourth week of IV hydration therapy tomorrow. Keeping consistent with the theme of my Lyme journey – there have already been several highs and lows. The first week was amazing! I had energy, ambition and even lost a few pounds. Then the second and third weeks weren’t so great. There was more herxing than feeling good.

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After meeting with Dr. Molly last week and reviewing my symptom’s chart (which she gives me to track the severity of my symptoms) she suggested that I receive a shot for the exhaustion. It was a tiny little needle in the back of my arm – all natural of course! I went back to work and immediately started to feel the effects. I was sitting in the conference room for our bi-weekly manager’s meeting, but this time when I looked around the room, it was like I had put on glasses for the very first time. Everything seemed so much clearer. I also felt like I was an integral part of the meeting for once. And when I got back to my desk, I was more productive in that last hour than I had been all week. It was amazing!

We’ve had a busy week with the usual end of year parties, birthday celebrations – and oh I almost forgot losing power for two days due to severe storm (don’t think they actually labeled it a tornado, but it was the most dangerous storm I’ve ever witnessed). Giant, full grown trees were ripped up from the root, white vinyl fences were blown over everywhere, every traffic light in town was out for days, it was the like something out of a movie.

With four kids, no electricity, no air conditioning and barely any food in the house, I was prepared for the worst; but to my surprise it was actually a very pleasant few days. The lack of fighting over video games, the same old re-runs on HGTV that suck me in . . . . it was quiet and peaceful. The kids played things like Hide and Go Seek in the basement and we fried waffles on the stove – which is now the new favorite breakfast food! And I enjoyed washing clothes by hand and drying them outside. It was adventurous. However,  we also knew it was only temporary. We knew the power would come back and save us!

I guess that’s how I get through my Lyme journey. I know it’s only temporary. Dr. Molly says I will feel like a different person at the end of my ten week treatment. I see the light and I’m headed in the right direction. (It can’t come soon enough for me – but that’s just my flesh talking). When I sat down tonight, I opened up the bible and came to Psalm 116 1-9:

I love the Lord, for he heard my voice, he heard my cry for mercy.
Because he turned his ear to me I will call on him as long as I live.
The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came upon me
I was overcome by trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
O, Lord, save me!
The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.
The Lord protects the simplehearted; when I was in great need, He saved me.
Be at rest once more, O my soul, for the Lord has been good to you. 
For you, O Lord have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before the Lord in the land of the living. 

The Lord has done all of these things for me. Before I was saved I was severely depressed, suicidal, overwhelmed by life and completely lost. Now, my hope is in the Lord. I know He has me on the right path for healing, I know I have lessons that need to be learned. I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be.

I’m patiently waiting and trying to stay quiet so I can hear what He has to say. It’s not always easy, but when I realize how much He has done for me in the past, why would I ever doubt my future? Just as there was darkness in our neighborhood a few days ago, the sun always came up. And even as the night fell upon us, there was a calm once the storm passed and the glow from the candle was enough to get us through the darkest of times.

I hope that you allow the Lord to be your light and guide you during your dark times. It’s the only way to survive the darkness. Trust me, I know! God Bless 🙂

Sugar Comma

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It’s been few months since I’ve been GLUTEN-free, SUGAR-free and DAIRY-free. I guess I didn’t realize what a huge effect the diet had been having on my quality of life. Yesterday was the triplet’s 9th birthday. Hubby surprised us with a chocolate, chocolate chip ICE CREAM cake! I decided that for their birthday, I would indulge and partake in the “eating” of the celebratory cake (for THEIR sake, of course)!

The chocolate fudgy center was to die for . . . . and I almost did! Kidding! But I did find myself acting juvenile and silly, making up “potty” songs to the theme of Frozen’s LET IT GO – and laughing HYSTERICALLY at myself. (Looking back I realize, this was the sugar HIGH). A few minutes later, I found myself on the couch. Within the hour, I was in a sugar-induced coma, barely able to function.

Hubby came in a few times to ask questions about the kids’ clothes for the next day and about packing lunches, and I think I mumbled a response – but that’s all I remember. The next thing I knew, I was in bed this morning and my alarm clock was going off.

I’m still recovering from the sugar shock. I was exhausted all day and felt extremely Lymie. But, just like the pizza crust, I learned a valuable lesson . . . . make sure I’m in my own home and close to my bed, the next time I cheat, so when the coma hits, I don’t have far to go!

Psalm 127:3-5  Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

I am so blessed to have such wonderful, faithful, God loving children. Although it’s not always easy, it is always possible – thanks to God! Love you guys – happy birthday!

Let the magic begin – Dr. Fantasia!

0609151746 I had my first treatment at the Cherry Hill Clinic today. I sat with Dr. Molly for a few minutes to discuss my file (my overwhelming file that had been sent from my original Lyme doctor). During my consultation, Dr. Molly assured me that she could help and that although my body needed a complete “oil change” I would feel like a new person when I was finished my ten-week course of treatment. I was super excited to hear this! When you read time and time again that there is no cure for a disease that has debilitated you for years, it’s overwhelming when someone finally steps up and says, I CAN HELP YOU!

Dr. Molly (Amalia) Fantasia, PhD, is a leader in the field of health care, health care management, ambulatory healthcare and nutraceutical medicine. Acknowledged by chemists, bioengineers, geneticists, physicians and health care administrators alike, Dr, Fantasia has pio- neered many of the preventive and integrative medical practices being standardized and inte- grated into traditional and primary health care today. I fell in love with Dr. Molly the minute I met with her! Her genuine spirit is the first thing you will notice about her. From minute one, I knew that she was going to do everything she could to help me get better. As first appointments typically go, you expect a quick consultation, then a prescription for a boat load of blood work, wait weeks for results to come back, then eventually setting an appointment to start treatments. Today was much different! After my consultation, Dr. Molly asked when I wanted to get started and I exclaimed, “Immediately!” and she said, “Okay! Tuesday is our late day. Come back after work and we’ll get you started!” I was shocked! Same day service – that’s unheard of!
I went back to work, finished out the rest of my day anxiously awaiting my first treatment. When I walked through the front doors of the clinic at 5:00 pm, I was immediately greeted by her staff, “Hi Lisa, I’m Linda. Come on back!” What, I don’t have to sign in? I don’t have to give you my name? You know who I am and what I’m doing here? Oh, and I forgot to mention that when we discussed when we’d start, I had to admit that I didn’t have my checkbook with me, so I couldn’t pay. That wasn’t an issue either! Dr. Molly’s last name isn’t Fantasia by accident! She makes you feel like you’re in a magical Disney movie, in a world where people are loving and kind . . .where customer service is more important that protocol. It truly was a magical experience. “I hope you brought me good veins,” says Linda. Yikes, my veins are terrible. I have “rolling” veins that are very challenging to find. But, to my surprise, she was able to find a vein in my hand and very easily set up the IV. Not a pinch, not a sting . . . nothing! This truly was becoming a Disney movie!
Scene Two: we go back to the IV therapy room. Similar to a dialysis room, there are a lot of chairs with IV stands lining the wall, with a TV for everyone to watch. But this room was different. Dr. Molly sat right in the middle of the group. Not doing Doctor type things – but just sitting there. Talking. She had just finished telling the other patients a little bit about me and my Lyme battle.  Then she introduced me to each patient, like they were a long time friend of hers. I sat in the chair, Linda hooked up my fluids and I chatted with the other patients about everything from Gluten-free diets to adopting a Bernese Mountain Dog. The next thing I knew, the IV was removed and I was headed home.
So, the burning question . . .  did it work? 1)  I’m blogging! That’s one step in the right direction. I’ve been MIA for several months. 2)  It’s 10:19 pm and I’m awake and functioning (that in itself is a mini miracle) 3) I feel something . . . I can’t quite put my finger on it. I still feel very lymie (back ache, joint pain, consistent dull headache) but I have a spark of energy I haven’t had in a very long time.
It’s funny, I’ve gotten so used to being “sick” that it’s become my New Normal. It wasn’t until I actually did the math the other day, that I realized that I’ve been battling with Lyme Disease and my co-infections for almost two years now. I kept focusing on how blessed I was to get a diagnosis within six months, and I never really thought about how much time has gone by since starting various treatments. It’s not until I look at my husband and see his exhaustion that I realize how incredibly long two years is.
The movie Fantasia was Disney’s boldest experiment to date. It brought life to his vision of blending animated imagery with classical music – that’s Dr. Molly Fantasia! She brings her patients back to life with her therapeutic treatments! I am so incredibly thankful to God for His plan, for putting my hubby in the right place at the right time, to learn about the Cherry Hill Clinic. I’m thankful that I have to the opportunity to come back to a job that I love and just happens to be right down the street from the clinic that God has led me to. I know it’s HIS work. I just had to be patient and wait for all the pieces of HIS plan to fall into place. And now that HE has put Dr. Molly is our lives, I know the magic will begin!

Time lapse = relapse

It’s been awhile since I posted and I’m not even prepared to write an update, but I had to share this article that I just read. I was wracking my brain trying to figure out why my symptoms were spiraling out of control when it dawned on me that it had been about a week since I’d taken my medication.

I was out of refills for my anti-depressant as well as my thyroid medication, but I’m in between doctors and figured I would have the new Lyme doctor prescribe the medication. Not realizing what an impact both of these have on my immune systems. Waiting was the worst thing I could have done.

If you have time, please read. This is very interesting:

http://www.lymebook.com/adrenal-fatigue-hypothyroidism