Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I needed to do something that only takes a minute so I wrote UN officials. The letter encouraged them to press the government of Sudan to immediately reverse its decision to expel humanitarian aid agencies (more about Darfur below). You can join me- click here. The letter is already written all you have to do is add your name and address. I know the situation is Sudan is complicated. Will my letter along with thousands others change what is happening in Sudan? We won't know unless we try.
In Darfur alone some 4.7 million people rely on aid. The agencies' departure will leave 1.1 million people there without food, 1.5 million without medical care and more than 1 million without drinking water, the United Nations says. "The very life bridge to the people of Darfur is threatened now ... so this creates a new kind of hell for the people of Darfur," U.N. World Food Programme executive director Josette Sheeran told AlertNet.
Monday, April 27, 2009
On Saturday, Igor went to art class and painted a picture for EstaMae. She hasn't been feeling well so we thought a small cheerful painting would bring her some joy. We decided to drop in on her Sunday afternoon. She was so excited to she us and finally meet Henry. EstaMae was delighted with Igor's gift.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
April 23 is a cooperate day of Fasting.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?” (Isaiah 58:6, NIV)
“Declare a holy fast ; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.” (Joel 1:14, NIV)
Fasting is a powerful tool of prayer. Consider fasting in some way today as you pray that the tide will turn and autism end.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Yesterday after Igor returned home from school we went to a neighbor's house to play. Igor and his friend "N" were riding their scooters. Everyone was having a great time until Igor wiped out. Igor scraped his arms and it was bleeding, otherwise he was okay. After we cleaned up Igor's wounds we went home. Igor was shaken up, his arm hurt/bleeding and he was crying. Igor really wanted to be comforted so I put both boys in my bed so we could cuddle until Rob came home from work. Since both boys are in bed I decide to read them a few books. Henry starts to cry. He cries until he is wailing. Henry gets out of bed and heads for the stairs. Now Igor is crying because I am chasing Henry and not cuddling with him. Then it hits me, Henry is crying because he thinks we skipped dinner! The routine is- play outside, come inside, eat dinner, play, read books in mom and dad's bed then get ready for bed.
I pick Henry up and say over and over, we are going to eat dinner, it's okay. Henry is still crying but no longer wailing. Thankfully Rob arrives home!! I quickly reheat leftovers and dinner is served. Henry is very happy eating his dinner- we are back in the routine.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here is Igor's interpretation of the LL Bean catalog cover. I think he did a fantastic job!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
I asked the doctor about the link between lactose intolerance and giardia. If you google (always dangerous!) the topic you will find articles from Georgetown University to the Mayo Clinic that state giardia may cause a period of lactose intolerance. Henry's doctor spoke with a pediatric GI at the University and did some research herself. Both doctors agree there is no research that proves the link between lactose intolerance and giardia. hmmmm... I did find a few websites that say the link between gairdia and lactose intolerance hasn't been medically proven but anecdotal evidence indicates there is a link. Many giardia fact sheets say of to 40% of people with giardia develop a temporary lactose intolerance.
My gut says go with the anecdotal evidence. We have taken Henry off dairy and we'll see what happens over the next 2 to 3 weeks. The allergy test the pediatrician is running is not for lactose intolerance but for the milk protein. Removing milk from his diet cannot hurt him. I will make sure he receives the daily recommended dose of calcium. If we see a positive difference we'll keep him on a dairy-free diet for up to 6 months. The dermatologist said Henry's pigmentation issue was a food sensitivity issue. The medication she gave us has not helped. We'll see if milk is causing his skin problems.
I made almond milk this morning. Henry loved drinking it and didn't seem to notice a difference in his oatmeal. I have two batches of almonds soaking so we will have plenty of almond milk on hand for the next day or two. Rob and Henry walked to the grocery store this morning and picked up some Silk. It's the brand my sister drinks. We'll see if we can get Henry to drink it.
I am wondering what I am going to cook for dinner each night. Igor is a vegetarian (his choice) and now Henry is off dairy. If you have some kid friendly non-dairy vegetarian foods let me know! I found a couple of non-dairy recipe websites so I will be checking them out this weekend.
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Yesterday, Igor and I colored eggs.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
His daddy taught him that every puddle is his own personal water park! Henry cannot walk by a puddle without getting sopping wet.
If you ask Henry a question and the answer is "NO!" he vigorously shakes his head and waves his hands in the air. When he does this I stifle a laugh because it's so funny.
He eats everything except two of Igor's favorite foods; beets and cucumbers.
When he hears the dryer buzzer he taps his ear, grabs my shirt and pulls me into the laundry room. He also taps his ear, as if to say "hear it", when a helicopter or airplane flies over the house.
Henry loves sitting in the car. He doesn't want to go anywhere, he just wants to sit in the car. The other day we had our snack in the car which was parked in the garage. He thought it was the coolest thing ever. He was happy so I was happy. I know some day I won't want to sit in the car eating a snack but for right now I'm okay with it.
Henry still loves to spit. It's something he did in Ethiopia. We've tried to get him to stop spitting all together but sometimes he has the urge to spit. I needed a compromise so I have taught him to spit in the toilet instead of on the kitchen floor. He can go for days without the urge to spit then something happens and he is spitting in the toilet 5 or 6 times a day.
Thursday, April 2, 2009
This morning Henry, my friend Riana and I went to the pediatrician's office for Henry's blood to be taken. They are doing an allergy panel, CBC and a few other tests to help determine why Henry's pigmentation continues to change and why his tummy still has troubles. It's so sad to watch your child cry and cry while they are trying to find a vein! While they were drawing the blood Riana had the privilege of holding Henry's legs down while I held down his arms. ugh... The good news is they were able to get the blood samples they needed so we did not have to go to the hospital! AND Riana brought a cookie with her so after the nurses were done Henry enjoyed a treat!
The bad news- I came home with these...
Yes, the specimen kits are back in our home! Nine of them need to be filled this time! ugh.... Some of the samples must be delivered to the hospital within 2 hours of being "filled". The lab is open 24 hours so we, I mean Rob, can deliver them night or day.
UPDATE- Rob took the first sample to the hospital this afternoon. They said they will be able to run all but two of the tests with the one sample. WOOO-HOOO! I only have two more vials to fill.
Here is Henry wearing his new helmet!