Hello All. Lizzy has been doing fairly well. Some of her sensory issues have returned. Her noise sensitivity is one that is a major issue. As mentioned in our last few posts Lizzy is battling pinworms. These things make one very irritable. So I believe that this is the problem. Plus she is constantly putting her fingers in her mouth and licking things again.
Her speech is good and she was very cooperative when we went to see Santa Claus on Saturday (Dec.4 ). Lizzy did not want to sit on his lap, but she was fairly calm and interested in what was going on.
We then proceeded to go to the market. This is a new market in town so I was hoping she would not become over stimulated. Lizzy was very comfortable there and was singing as we went up and down the aisles.
The other shoppers noticed that she is different and look down towards their feet. I used to do the same thing before Lizzy became autistic. I just was not sure what to do or say. Now I make a point of trying to engage the child or person with a smile or hello. You can see the shoulders of the parents just relax when one does this. I know I feel better when people just treat her like any other kid.
It does not bother me any more. It used to. I have become very accustomed to it and am very proud of her and her siblings that love her so. Again our precious Lizzy has taught us how to be better people. Thanks Lizzy ! 🙂
As we returned from our outings I noticed how each one of the kids walked up to the house differently. Our walkway is not completely smooth. Over the last two years the walkway has changed in places due to the elements it has been exposed to. It is the same for us as a family. Like the walkway we all have shifted in places.
All ten of us choose a different route in order to obtain the same goal. Some walk over the unsmooth stones. Others stay to one side or another. We all do it differently. We all handle life’s challenges in our own unique manner. We all have a different way we have been impacted by Lizzy. We each choose a route that will help us achieve the same goal. We are all on a journey. A journey to recovery not only for Lizzy, but ourselves.
Later that evening Lizzy attended the tree lighting ceremony with Dad and her siblings. She was fine with the band and all of the people. Once the tree was lit she loved it. Only drawback was that she wanted it to turn off and then on again. So Dad and the gang left and came home.
I stayed at home during the tree ceremony to make dinner. We had Chinese noodle soup with chicken and shrimp. Lizzy ate some and was cooperative for the rest of the night. Until……
Lizzy has been hitting again. She hit Katie and Katie came up to her and kicked her leg towards Lizzy. She looked and Lizzy and said”Kick”. I perceived this as Katie reminding Lizzy that if you do it again I will defend myself. Katie is one tough little cookie. She has no problem reminding her older siblings that she will not tolerate any of their jazz.
Lizzy went to bed as usual and only called out once. I rubbed her head and back to sleep she went. YES!
Today Sunday 12/5/2010 has been pretty good. I just notice that she is exhibiting more autistic characteristics. You can see from the pictures above that there is a different look in her eye since this pinworm thing. I must confess I still get a sinking feeling in my stomach that she will revert back and not keep going forward. I pray about it and God gives me the strength to go forward and stay on the path that I am on. This worm thing will take time to fix so I must remain faithful and not get distracted. From time to time it is easier said than done.
It is about 9pm and snowing outside. I LOVE when it snows. Todd made organic popcorn and I made organic mint hot chocolate so we are all warm and fuzzy. With God’s help we will all stay that way and have a great night’s sleep.
Sweet Dream To All