My New Earth work is actually on twiiter.com/BookClubClass It's a text messaging book club. In case you came here from the Oprah website and were wondering where it all is. I'll bring my New Earth Work over here because, I guess this is where it's meant to be. Welcome to Jippyjabber! PS I am auntjippy on the Oprah message boards.
Monday, July 30, 2007
I was house sitting for the past week. It 's so strange to come home. I want to live in a house now.
I liked having the dogs to take care of too. We got up and took the dogs out for a walk. We watered the yard early in the monring. Zach was so cute being in charge of the dogs. He picked out some bones and treats from them. He's known these animals from puppyhood so I wasn't scared at all. The big dog is a pit mix and I don't think I would oeffer to watch her if we didn't know her so well. Just some dogs try to over power Zach when he is in a non verbal phase. Zach is getting better at giving commands, from the animal planet addiction he has!
Tomorrow we swim with battery operated sharks.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I went into see the Genetics doc. Suddenly things clicked.
He asked us to be in a study, He asked me to give my DNA. ( spit in a petri dish)
He asked me to speak to a commitee. We talked about a support blog would be great for families.
He cares about all the kids waiting to see him and the ones that will never get in.
He's working on a pannel of ten tests to give kids with issues to help rule things out or point them in a direction.
I would have loved a test and some information early on.
Friday, July 20, 2007
But I am giving it a try anyway.
I have to tell the truth.
I mean I HAVE to tell the truth.
It's a horrible thing about me.
When I was a kid I would hear a lie cross my lips with no pre meditation.
I fought long and hard to rid myself of that habit.
Not that it wasn't frigging entertaining and funny as hell.
I mean an elephant stepped on my foot right! I got several gullable people to believe me......even with a known rep for storying telling. I was good.
Still, I wanted that stuff for the page and not wasted on some group of lunatics.
I trained myself to tell the truth. I just tell the truth. It is automatic, even to cops and now doctors.
Lets say, I might be able to go stealth in a game of poker but a full on sneaky lie to save my .......wait I can lie.
I just decide I better let these docs talk to each other for the best interest of zach's care.
Did you belive that bullshit about me not being able to lie?
I still got it!
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
We talked we laughed he left the room.
I look at "the Nanny" and predict the futre.
The nice ones are scary. They leave the room all smiles and friendly and they come back and show you their power by ruining your world.
THEY SAY I AM DOCTOR AND HEAR ME ROAR
He comes in and tells me he is taking Zach off of this and this and putting him on low doses of we tried that and we tried that twice already.
JIppy falls into a slump and fights off nausea. Jippy falls apart, starts sweating and can't breathe. Finally,
Are you going to admit him for that?
Doctor nice flinches,
why? DO you think he'll need that?
Yes,of course. He fractured my arm and broke my windshield twice when he was 80 pounds. He's 130 now.
We can't do it. YOU ARE SCARING ME DR. NICE.
Well, for autism this is whats best....
AUTISM! I don't care about autism. On a day without pain and he's just a boy with autism, we are happy, those are the good days. I am not here because of autism.
What I care about is keeping Zachary living at home with me.
We want him on the anit inflamatory diet. Fruits, Vegies and seafood.
He has cylic vomiting syndrome, he'll throw up if I try to feed him that.
Try putting a small slice of paypaya on top of his apple slices.
Oh that sounds like that will work, I'll try it. ( this dude has no kids)
No white flour and no white sugar. ( wait! mitchocondrial myopothy without sugar??? )
Why don't we just slit my wrists, I am gonna die.
We will go slow, I am more flexible than you think.
Email, the researcher in a week, for your next appointment in four weeks.
No perscriptions written and a goodbye I don't remember.
I call old doc, still in town and leave message I need perscriptions.
He doesn't know I saw doctor nice.
Should I have him call doctor nice or should I jus tmake sure I get the meds?
Am I am breaking in a new doctor or am I am the end of the line?
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Zach has an appointment on Mon. with the NEW DOCTOR at UCLA.
The one I wasn't even offically on the waiting list for...
THe waitnig list that was six to nine months long with two hundred more patients being added. YEAH!
SEVENTEEN PHONE CALLS, THREE IN PERSON VISITS AND ONE MAD DASH ACROSS LA WITH MEDICAL RECORDS
I had three, yes, three minutes to spare! I was there with the medical records at 4:27 on a Friday, called from the parking lot to regisiter the appointent for Mon.....This Mon!!!!
I got him in!
So here is a recap of how it all went down.....
I figured someone had plans this summer and would cancel an appointment. So I routinely called to check on the status of the list.
Zach has a file and a hospital number ( from an emergency room visit.) Some faxes ( the ones I sent) have come in but not his complete medical records.
You can't get an appointment with out a complete medical history.
I told them about Zach's situation.
There may be a chance kind of soon. ( When someone says this .....it's inside info and they are reaching out to you....)
I will get the records to you. When is the opening.
There is one on the 23rd but............ There is one on Mon. at one.
Can you schedule the 23rd for me?
Not without the records. (she hesitates)
I am picking up on something........so, should shoot for Mon?
I'd hate for you to have to go to all the trouble, but if you can get the records here it's best.
I will be there today with the records.
Good luck she says.
So, I called medical records dept. At Children's. They were just sent out on Mon. If they don't have them I'll make a copy and you can take it over.
Please call me when you are finished with the copy I will come and get it.
You never called me.
I found out I can't make you a copy.
I need them today there is an opening.
You'll have to pay.
How much and how long will it take.
Depends on how many pages one hundred fifty to two hundred dollars. but I have to wait longer to see if they recieve the copies we sent. Then I can put in a request to get a copy for you.
This is not what you told me before can I talk with your boss please?
She isn't here, I'll give her a message.
I call the boss, leave message.
I call the boss. Explain the situation and she tells me the crap the other lady told me ( obviously on her instruction)
I explain with some intesity that Zach needs to see this doc and if we don't get in on this appointment Mon. I'll be on a wait list for the next 6 to 9 months. She reply to me is ............. ARE YOU DONE?
I wasn't even yelling or being rude.
I'll call the hopital for you, it's on your request form and she hangs up on me.
I am told by Hanna, at UCLA that Children's want to give the mail three more business days....into the following week, to see if the records arrive.
I am stewing..........
I requested for the records to be sent on over May 8th. I have a copy of the request. That was plenty of time to have it done. I was told it was 10 to 15 days from that day. They sent them last week, it's been plenty of time and they are not there.
Besides, this is not about medial records. This is about my son who needs to be under a doctors care. This is not about paper. This is a boy you can not be with out medical care. He changes daily.
I contact the mail stops at two buildings at UCLA . They did not receive the records. I inform supervisor at records department. She tells me how it's over and they are waiting until next week.
I page her boss. Twice with messages and urgency. I am on my way there.
I am talking to hopital administrator ahe puts me on hold and then conferencce calls me with the supervisor to explain to me what my message sounds like on my cell phone to prove to me that she did return my call.
AT THIS POINT I AM DOWN THE HALL FROM THEM and believe it or not I am LAUGHING.
Thank you for returning my call. Please help me make this happen. If my son doesn't see that doctor on mon you will be seeing an attorney.
We are making the copies for you now.
I am here, I will take them to the other hospital immediately.
We told them we wanted to wait.
I know you did. They called and told me.
They know I am here and going to try to make it to them by 4:30
You'll never make it on time on a Friday with at this time of day.
It's 2:55 ( they are probably right)
How long will it take them to copy the records?
half an hour
Ok, please do it now
We have decided to charge this off to the hospital and you won't have to pay.
Thank you. I am here. Goodbye.
En route to UCLA
I call Hanna, I have the records I am on my way, can I leave them somewhere if you are already gone?
You have to fill out a new pt package before your appointment
I've made one up for you and your son
I am on Wilshire
You are gonna make it
not if I have to park
I'll meet you outside the building take the turn around.
Thank you, I'll call you from Tiverton St.
Loving her right now!
I go the building where the clinic is and not their offices ( damn internet!)
I figure it out fast and it's only around the corner.
I call her, she meets me outside.
We hand off the packages mine is three hundred pieces of paper.
Hers is about 50!
She points out I need to call to register the appointment by five today.
I call there is no record of the appointment yet.
I explain to them that I am outside with someone from the department right now.
I'll call the office.
Shiela, will know I tell her.
Yes, that's right Shiela.
I go through the hospiatl number issue and insuracne questions.......
I am registered. I hang up
I look at Hanna and smile. I'll see you Mon.
Do you know how lucky you are? She's smilling at me.
I laughed and said, Yessss, I do.
Seriously, this never happens. It's really hard to get in here. You've got a great doctor ( the inside scoop revealed) You are really really lucky!
That's why I am here. That's why I was willing to try.
We were speechless and bonded in the fact that only our personal vantage poitns in life would allow us to see with perfect clarity that we were in the midst of a miracle.
I am in and I've already made a friend.
Zach will see the new doc while it is still possible to pick up the phone and call the old one.....
I am feeling pretty good right now.
Friday, July 13, 2007
So I thought he was just buggin about the diet and NOPE.
He's got a problem, we have to go back to the hospital.
I am a crap mother .....
The space where the incisor tooth was pulled is gone his teeth are shifting soo fast that the gums are pinching. WHAT the hell?
I have never heard of this and I kept brushing his teeth thinking he had food sticking to that tooth. I didn't know this could happen.
His smile looks great. He's thinking I am into torture and doesn't want to smile at me.
I am not sure if I can wait until our follow up appointment Tues. AM.
Time will tell.....or we'll be at the ER. He needed pre-surgery doses and he did hurt his face a little. I didn't know he was in that much pain.
Sorry to Zach.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
No, we don't but Zach thinks, the reason his favorite snacks are missing is because we don't have money.
Ok, try to teach an autistic child that you need to go to the money store AKA bank before you do anything else or your little world will come tubbling down.
With online banking and bill pay things are easier but when he was younger all those conviences were just getting started. ( damn that makes me sound ancient!)
It was hard to have to physically go everywhere but it forced me as a single mother to take him out into the world. I know a girl who was twelve before she was ever in a grocery store. This stuff happens.
Zach is figuring out.......mommy has put him back on "the diet" The wheat free gluten free no casin, no dairy AKA "the autism diet"
He had to change what he was eating because of his mouth so I thought, lets really change and give biemedical intervention another try.
I have done the diet before before it's hard. It sucks, it wasn't a cure for us. It made some things worse. It has hard won benefits. Those benefits sometimes are worth it all. I have always kept him on the diet at least 80%. Until recently, we fell from that. I blame the nanny! What it's always my fault so why not lay it on her! She does like the grilled cheese and the pizza. LOL
My main reason is to keep the good things he has been willing to eat in his diet. He is really hooked on the grilled cheese, chips and cheese its....... All while on a medication that makes you pack on the pounds, while in a wheel chair......... It's up to me to make sure he isn't carrying twenty five extra pounds while in therapy for foot drop!
He is going to hate me! He's mad and scared and he is already having trouble sleeping. I need him to leave with me before his follow up appointments and I have to drag him back to the hospital.
So here we go......
Do the diet and supplements........ Keep the good food. If he trys to kill us to have the bad food. or it's a birthday party HE IS GETTING THE PIECE OF PIZZA....... I don't care if some people think I am poisoning him and drugging him..... I will do what ever it takes to keep him living with me and that includes a chemical straight jacket......however, IT'S NOT AT ALL LIKE THAT !
SORRY for yelling but when the kid is on the diet mommy is too...... I am grouchy! It must be withdrawls...... Also it's three times more expensive than letting him have the cheese its..... ironically, the the bad food is cheap. IF he only knew. We need money for banannas!
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
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At least Amy @ A Family Story thinks so!
Thanks A Family StoryAmy! It's the best feeling to know that people are thinking about you and that they care. You've been so kind to me. I think you ROCK TOO! She really is a Rockin Girl Blogger. Her blog is just awesome! My fav is picture day!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Zachary is really having fun being " talked to " "told stories" via a blog post at The Show Must Go On, Kitty, AKA, cinemagypsy posted a picture of a castle. A special request for Zach. For Prince Zach Then the stories began. You should go add to it. OR pass on any myths or castle culture that you may know. Zach is home and healing well physically.......For some reason, he's been so bored and unwilling to leave his room. You won't know how cool it was to see him get so cheered up for Kitty's blog.
Zachary really is into his job as Prince Zach. Trust me, he's even called me Queen of the Night when he's super irritated with me..... ( of course it makes me laugh! ) Thank you so much Kitty and all your friends who contributed! Esp. Spanky's photo.
Sunday, July 08, 2007
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I could live here! But, I would not be happy because I am wating on some people to get their books published.
Hey, Amira has a story online that we can read while we wait for her Wog Manual to hit the bookstores.
Wog Girl Meets World
Amira's story at Spinetinglemag
OH and if that wasn't good enough....I just read the titile of her latest post! Congratulations Amira!
Saturday, July 07, 2007
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He rocked out to the concert. His favorite part is when the helicopter took off from the roof of the hospital. I know they have gone as far as Hawaii to fetch a patient.
We have to have some good memories there or he'd never go back.
Right now he's afraid to leave the house in case we are heading that way. He also won't let momma out of his sight. ( oh well, one day I'll be begging him to come and sit by me)
Friday, July 06, 2007
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Two of my favorite things. It's makes the slice and serve very easy.
Zachary has to buy eight apples. Five red and three green. He can change the numbers but he must have red and green.
This comes from watching Blues Clues and a story about taking eight apples to a picnic and it wasn't fair that ...............now both of them have four apples each to take to the picnic.
I am just glad he still eats apples. Of course he's very picky about the way I cut the apple. That's why these are two of my favorite things!
Thursday, July 05, 2007
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He really wants to eat chips. He's sick. I didn't let him know it was the 4th of July. I don't want him to know how much he is missing. He can't handle going out at all. He wants to eat food that will hurt.
ALso, he got to eat things that he should not because he was on so many pain meds. He's going back on the diet and some of those chips he won't get back at all. i've done the diet before. It's not a cure for Zach but it's worth another try to see if it can help him out now. He takes suplements from his genetics clinic. It's ironically the same that the autism diet recommends. So the swelling is going down but he's yellow from his cheeks down to his neck.
I think they did an excellent job. I am lucky I had the plastic surgeons.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
I fully believe things are better and will be for a while.
It's just insane.
I can't stop myself.
I get a little break and I run for the finish line. Except the finish line has become the start line.
I want to start. I always do this. It makes the fall so much harder but I still do it.
Isn't his the very definetion of insanity? I think I do this by mere insanity. Now you know my secret.
I dream of a wonderful future. I make plans. I do things to make the plans seem very real.
I see Zach as fully up capable of being well and enjoying is part in my plans.
I swear that before my illusion is brought down again. I will at least visit the beach, watch a sun set, get some good wine to have on hand. I like a cold beer in the summer too.
I am an almond.
Monday, July 02, 2007
You don't want to know what Brett Battles is thinking about you! Unless you think of some alternative you, out there living the life of an international spy or on the brink of a life changing challenge and you like the idea that the person in line next to you waiting for a latte just might be more than the average joe.
"alternate stories" a podcast by Brett Battles on Bantam Dell
If you want to know about the process of inspiration and making a muse out of the everday experience, listen to Brett's podcast on the Bantam Dell website.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
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I had to take this photo. Baby is coming back from a MRI. The parents are still in the waiting room outside the MRI. I thought this would cheer them up if I got a picture of how cute he is in his transport. Baby's parents kept me up all night praying for him. I didn't mind. The young new parents finally got some rest when baby got some medicine. It felt like a miracle to all of us!