A sassy, crafty mama bird from Los Angeles
raising a very sweet little girl with Autism
and a new baby boy in the Midwest... and other stuff, too.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Just another day...

"It's just another day
nothing in my way"
-Keane
I feel like the busiest mom on this planet. Yes, I'm sure other moms are as busy, but I'm doing all this with just one kid- not multiple kids. Little Bird is in school (where she gets therapy services), physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, PLAY therapy, applied behavioral analysis; she sees countless doctors, psychologists, a chiropractor, etc. I get her to all those places (usually on time), schedule and arrange for each appointment; I'm the point person for all the therapies, doctors, making sure that it's a cohesive system and that I can get everyone on the same page. Don't even get me started on how many grocery stores I schlep to in order to keep her on a clean, healthy gluten free/casein free diet. Did I mention that I also have a job that keeps me busy for about 15 hours a week?
Trying to help a kid overcome special needs is like working constant overtime. I always feel like I need a break. However, when I get one, sometimes I don't know what to do with it. I can't believe I've become the girl who rarely does things for herself. Part of that is because I don't want to spend money. You know that in the state of Michigan there's no insurance coverage for Autism related services, right??? I digress. Anyway, I had a fairly light day planned today: drop Little Bird at school, have a meeting, pick her up, run to Chiro, home for lunch, and off to run more errands, play at Friendship Circle, then figure out what to make for dinner, etc. Well, yesterday I got a letter home from the principal: Swine Flu has hit Little Bird's school!! So, no school today. That means I need to find a sitter so I can still get to my morning meeting. Well, 15 minutes before my meeting she texts to cancel. Of course, I dragged Little Bird to the meeting. Thank g-d I can be flexible.
Actually, the sitter canceling was just the beginning of a rough day. My kid is especially autistic today: displaying more symptoms that usual. This happens sometimes. It sucks. The good news is that not every day is as bad as today. All I can do is keep on doing what I'm doing; keep working with her, the therapists, the doctors, etc. It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it- I still wish it wasn't me!!

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