Author: Kayla

G, In Five Years

Tomorrow is your birthday. You are a positively sweet, snuggly, smart and stubborn guy. There is no one like you on this earth. I look back at the last five years with so many different feelings. My biggest feeling is that I am proud of how hard you work to learn and to manage your feelings …

Myopia Atropine Drop Cure for Kids

I signed up my oldest son for a clinical trial for his myopia in June of 2019. I have learned a lot since then about myopia, a sulfate called atropine that is derived from the belladonna plant, and the history of it all. What’s myopia? It’s nearsightedness: one of the most common eyesight problems. For centuries. …

Gavin Will Be 5.

I haven’t wrote here since June. That feels like a lifetime ago now. My mom died in July. Then the other months just tick tocked along the line. My oldest son and I just got back from a long visit with my dad. My eyes are still puffy and vision is blurry as I look at …

Vaccines. Autism. What to believe?

People are worried about babies under 1 eating honey – I mean, they yell NO, NO, NO HONEY! But having multiple vaccines every month or two when you’ve barely been out of the womb seems like a piece of cake compared to eating a sticky gel made by insects? I have a lot in mind for …

Stem Cell Treatments for Autism

When I was having my first son, L, I was asked to sign some paper to donate my cord blood. It’s all a blur really. They may have mentioned that I could bank the cord blood in case we needed it later. I considered at the time that cord blood was for “diseases” and “serious reasons” …

My PSA: Take Control of Mental Health

I’ve still been on the research break I mentioned in my last post. I have tried to relax and enjoy the spring time with my family. On many days, I still feel a little helpless as soon as I wake up. A little lost but pushing on. My son is gaining more understanding all of the …

Why I Unsubscribed from Autism News and Alerts

Today was the day. I just couldn’t see this subject in my inbox anymore. For exactly one year now, I had Google alerts set up for autism and a few other search terms relating to it. I also signed up for some newsletters, one being from the Autism Research Institute. I unsubscribed from them all today. …

Where We Are and Where We Will Be

I haven’t posted in weeks now. When G was in preschool I was pretty organized with this blog and keeping up with all changes, big and small. Since winter arrived, we all made it through both the gloomy, soul-searching days and the exciting, snowy days. Today I find the need to just push the words out …