Things You Don't Tell Your Doctor (But Should)

Great article-- I confess I am guilty, guilty of withholding information. I want to make 2 ...more

Does back to school mean back to meds for kids with ADHD?

(Sept. is National ADHD Awareness Month. The following is a good article - used with permission from LearningRx):As 56 million American kids prepare to flood back to school, for many parents it’s time to focus on the tough question, “What will we do about his ADHD this year?”Three to five percent of our children suffer from ADHD according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Many of them take a “holiday” from the symptom-controlling drugs over the summer, so now it’s time for parents to revisit the dilemma: “To medicate or not to medicate?”...more

Woohoo, It's Officially Senior Year

WOOHOO, HSB is at his last final. It is algebra 2 and it will be a bear. We had him see the Saturday tutor, the during the week tutor both Monday and Tuesday. I am keeping my fingers crossed that he passes. Hell I will take a C, so he can get a descent grade for the year. The poor kid has earned it. I have to say that in my recollection, this has got to have been the worst year for this child....more

Medication, Metabolism & Autism

I feel like we have been missing in action lately. We have been so sick since Christmas...and I think (hope) we have seen the worst of it all and got our fill of sickness for 2009! All over in one fowl swoop.We had everything from upper respiratory infections that manifested into pneumonia to the stomach bug that ripped through our family of 6 in waves of three. I have to share the following two situations that occurred because I believe they profoundly relate to the current studies on autism today....more

Poor Kids Prescribed More Antipsychotic Drugs? The Power of a Poor Graph

Children on Medicaid are more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic meds than those with private insurance - and for less severe conditions - that's the front-page news in Sunday's New York Times.   So I read the article with interest, expecting something dramatic in the results of a new study that left me wondering if the media has stretche...more

Let's Be Honest

A Day in the Life of a Pet Sitter

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LBDA Video

So the LBDA (Lewy Body Dementia Association) has come up with a Public Service Announcement. View it on my blog, thanklessjob.typepad.com. It was shown to something like 80 million people watching some football hall-of-fame show. ...more

Living Better Through Chemistry

Oh, I reached an all time high on the bitch-o-meter last week. Needle was in. the. red. Why? Because I’m a jackass. All my life I always attached a stigma to needing help of any kind. I’m tough, God damn it! I get over ANYTHING. Uhhhh, not so much. Turns out I’m actually a complete wreck at times and it makes me want to sit in the corner in the fetal position, rocking back and forth, and chewing on my hair. Not pretty, I guarantee you. ...more