I escaped mostly by providing my lads with the elusive Sharkleberry Fin flavored Kool Aid (which people are always clamoring for on ebay and Amazon for outrageous prices, and which always seems to be in stock on the shelf of my neighborhood Pak Men store for 27 cents). I also hiding in my room to watch a library rental DVD, Soul Surfer (not a ground-breaking piece of film, but a wholly Christian story that was very beautiful--check it out!). That was as sharky as I got.
We made some changes around the BS Haus:
1. Hub totally and abruptly gave up his eternal beloved. That's right, no more sugared soda. In fact, he has switched mostly to Propel and sugarfree softdrinks, leaving soda behind in the scorched earth of his youth, without even shedding a tear. A truly "when pigs fly" moment.
2. After much hand-wringing and inner debate, I chose to stop taking my one most effective nerve pain medication, Lyrica. The constant nagging headaches were a bearable side-effect, but the inability to eat over 700 calories a day without gaining great amounts of weight has started to caused a host of nutitional deficiencies, and left me feeling depleted despite the 50% reduction in my pain. My own doctor flushed her Lyrica (for seizures) when she padded on 3-7 pounds per month despite running marathons, so I feel in pretty good company. We'll see if this pig flies.
3. Tovi's grant has been unfrozen since the state shutdown "resolution", and now the autism-adaptive supplies are finally rolling in (something I truly had my doubts would ever happen for us). His iPad arrives next Tuesday, complete with a host of therapy apps and a number of adaptive accesories, and in a few weeks, a $3000 adaptive bike that would have taken a miracle for us to provide. And, in the next 4 months, $23,000 worth of additional needs (such as window and door alarms) will also come to make our home a truly perfect environment for his development and success. next year's grant will allow us to install a more secure outdoor perimeter through new gates and fencing, and Toe will begin receiving Project Lifesaver International tracking services. By January 2013, Toe will be celebrating his 8th birthday with a fully trained ASD service dog
(That is, if those adorable little piggies keep flying).