I originally started this blog a few years ago to chronicle Noah's daily struggles with autism. It was a dark time in my life - a time when I felt that things would never get better. It was a time when I felt that all my hopes and dreams for my son and for our family had died. In my efforts to help Noah recover from autism, I began a journey that inadvertently led me to rediscover myself. I learned how to laugh again. How to dream again. How to live again. How to love again.

Autism Schmaustism. He's still our son.

This is a blog celebrating our family. Our kids. Our life.

Monday, July 31, 2006

Is Noah Allergic to Our Apartment?

Well, today was our 7th session at Internal Balance. The odd thing is that he doesn't squeal there - at all. In the apartment, he squeals a lot. The weekends are the worst and they buildup and hit an all time low point by Sunday. I just can't figure out what it is. It could be the carpets - which are old and probably have who knows what in them. There could also be mold underneath them. I've also noticed that everytime we do the laundry or run water in the sink or bath that it reeks of chlorine. It's very overpowering. And the mini-blinds are old and caked with dirt and dust. And then there's the electrical transformer outside Noah's bedroom. And, of course, we're detoxing metals out of his body. It's like having to be Sherlock Holmes to figure all of this out. Tamara gave us a homeopathic remedy against environmental toxins and I gave that to him today. So far, we've been home for 2 hours and he hasn't squealed. We'll see how it works over the weekend - that's when it's the worst.

Eli is sick right now. His daycare called and he had a 102.7 fever. I gave him some dye-free motrin and he's sleeping right now. Will probably be up by 3:00 am, but a Happy Eli is much better than a Grumpy Eli. He's been in daycare 3x a week for 2 weeks now and this is the second time he's gotten sick. I don't think he likes it at all. At first he loved it - but I think it's getting old and he just wants to go home. He misses Simeon a lot.

Well, Eli is actually stirring, so I'm going to check on him. Just wanted to say that we got more metals out of Noah's foot bath today and he actually wore the oxygen mask in the HBOT for 40 minutes and only took it off twice. That is awesome considering that it is usually an hour long battle of him taking it off and us putting it back on.

Hope everyone has a great week!

Noah's Mom

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Earwax, Eczema, and other Matters

Noah's at it again. This time he went to sleep at 11:00 and was up by 4:00. Have no idea what's going on in that little body of is - but I try to remember that it's not his fault. He's yawning like crazy, but his is flapping and spinning circles - and takes breaks to yawn. He just can't help it. I'm sure we'll find the answer to all of this in the next few months and am just trying to keep the faith right now.

We did have some exciting developments last week. First of all... drum roll... Noah hasn't had steroids in a week. Woo hoo! He is still itching, but I think it's more from detoxing. The itch he had back home was more environmental - like allergies and air, etc. He doesn't itch near as much hear. Thank goodness! We still have to lather him up with all sorts of things, though. Right now, we put on Jason's Organic Vitamin E oil (45,000 IU), AminoCare cream, Keys Eye Butter, and Keys RediCare Healing Therapy Spray - which basically all leaves him looking like an oil slick and smelling like a citronella candle. At least I don't have to worry about mosquitos getting him! :-)

It's kind of funny because I have a hard time spending $10 on moisturizer for myself, but I've got the whole fountain of youth sitting in my kitchen cabinets that I'm using on my 4 year old. Man, if I were to use all this stuff on myself, I'd look 16 again.

So the good news is that the eczema seems to be getting a bit better. I am just SO glad that we *might* get to stop the steroids. I'm not sure how long we can go without them, but this is the longest we've gone since the beginning of May. We've noticed more metals coming out in his footbaths since we stopped the steroids. I think they were just hampering his progress b/c they basically suppress everything. Now, maybe we can continue to move forward.

Another thing is that Noah is finally starting to purge the build up of earwax that he's had for at the least the last 4 years. He had massive build up at his 12 month checkup and we suppose he had the same blockage in India. Anyway, we've never been able to get it out. It's bugged me for 4 years. We finally started using some homeopathic drops in his ears (Similasan Ear Wax Relief, which you can actually get at Walmart), and we started doing the QRS in his ears.. well, wouldn't you know on Thursday we were at Dr. Foley's and I looked in Noah's ear and stuff was practically oozing out. (Hope none of you are eating). It was so gross that it was kind of cool. The weirdest part is that when we saw Dr. Foley for our initial work up two weeks ago, he detected fungus in Noah's body but couldn't tell where it was coming from. He checked all of Noah's organs and nothing showed up. Well, when he saw what was happening to Noah's ear, he rechecked the fungus and it showed up in his middle ear. Isn't that wild? So, I got out as much as I could, but could still see that there was loads in there. When we got to Tamara's, we looked again and could just see it deep in his ear canal. I kid you not, within 15 minutes, it had worked it's way up and out of his canal. 4 years worth! I've never seen anything like it. It was so digusting. I saved it. I did! I'm going to break it back to Texas with me to show Simeon. And... this was all from his left ear. The right ear is still blocked. Who knows what will happen when that comes out.

The main thing is that we think Noah's body is starting to purge itself from the toxins that it's held onto for so many years. This doesn't mean that he's going to recover in the next 3 months, but hopefully he will be able to get rid of so much stuff and start to heal. I just wish we hadn't used those steroids for 3 months. My fear is that it's going to take these 3 months just to repair his body from overusing the steroids. I'm really excited about getting back to the therapy this week and seeing what happens. His footbaths are becoming nothing short of amazing. I wonder if I can post pictures to this blog. I'll try to take a picture of it this week and post it. I'll be sure to post a warning so that everyone can finish their breakfast or whatever before looking at it. :-)

Well, I'm very excited about the start of a brand new week. We found a church in Nashville last week that has a program for children with special needs. We're going again today. There are three other children with autism, but they are really high functioning. Makes me realize how much we need to work with Noah. The good thing is that they all understand autism, so they don't mind if Noah needs to get up and run around or if he has to have something in his hands to fiddle with during the lesson. It's just such a relief to be able to go to church again. My dilema was always "Do I put Noah in a 4-5 year old class or do I put him in a 1 year old class?". He's 4 years old, but around 1 year old developmentally. And while I hate segregating him from other children, a special needs class seems to be the most appropriate right now. We can work on his attending skills and work with him on being able to sit in a circle and listen to a lesson - and everyone understands. So that's really good.

It's 6:00 o'clock now and the sun is up. I'm going to put a video on for Noah and start preparing for lunch so that we'll have something to eat after church. I am trying so hard to stick to the Blood-Type diet (Noah's type B), but cooking everything from scratch is killing me. You have to be soooo organized - which is not a trait that I was born with. Autism is basically forcing me to learn how to cook, clean with baking soda, learn old-time folk remedies, and become extremely organized. But I'm throwing in the towel if I have to start sewing homemade organic cotton clothing by hand. :-)

Have a good week!
Noah's Mom

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Noah hates Indian food

Okay, it's official. My little Indian boy hates Indian food. Either that or it's my cooking. Although I think I know the answer to that one, I choose to believe that his genetic make up is better suited to hamburgers, french fries, and ice cream sandwiches. (If only he could have them!)

Noah has allergies or sensitivities to sooooo many foods. He's not meant to have anything with gluten, dairy, soy, peanuts, corn, potatoes, tomatoes pork, or chicken. That leaves almond butter, eggs, rice, quinoa, millet, lamb, turkey, beef, green vegetables, some other veggies, agave nectar and fruit. Sounds bad, but I know some kids who have it a lot worse, so we're lucky that we can pick from more than 5 foods. Problem is, he doesn't eat hardly anything. We sometimes cheat just so that he'll eat - but he's a smart little fellow and I think he sometimes holds out until we give in. But we always see a reaction whenever we cheat, so I'm trying my best to cut out all of the foods that make him sick.

I made Indian food last night and he refused to touch it. Eli, on the other hand - who thinks high fructose corn syrup is part of the food triangle - asked for seconds. We ended up giving Noah a rice cake with almond butter last night. Just now, I made lamb burgers with onions, garlic, squash, egg, and parsnips all cooked and mixed to make patties. I made Bombay potatoes & chickpeas and then green peas. Noah's just sitting there waiting for me to give in and fix him something else. I have a feeling I may post an update at 2:00 in the morning and he'll still be sitting at the table holding out. And it actually tastes pretty good. I'm quite proud of myself!

We went to Dr. Foley's today and I brought some foods with me to test on Noah. Noah's not sleeping again and I was wondering if he's developed new food allergies that are making him hyper and unable to sleep. Remember that post the other day about Noah going to bed by 8:45? Well, he was up at 3:00 in the morning and spent the next 4 1/2 hours turning circles in the middle of the living room and shrieking. Last night, he didn't fall asleep until 12:30.

So... I brought all the food in and you couldn't tell what the food was because I had each one wrapped up in brown parchment paper. He tested fine on everything - but showed a reaction to rice cakes. That's what I've been giving him every night! No wonder he can't sleep. He's pretty much been eating 1 or 2 rice cakes a day for the last two years. Apparantely, your body can develop reactions to something that it's been given over and over again. Sounds strange, but I'm going to give it a try and give up the rice cakes for a few days. I really hope this works!

Tamara also asked us to give Noah melatonin at night and we need to start doing the QRS at night, too. Hopefully this will all help.

Hey, I wanted to mention that we had the best foot bath ever today! The water turned dark, dark brown with a green tint on the bottom. And there were LOADS of metals floating about. It seems that his liver and gall bladder were detoxing today. We collected it all and we're sending it off to Doctors Data to run some tests on it to see exactly what's coming out. Can't wait to get the results. I hope they're good!

P.S. No signs of Nicole and Keith yet! haha. Actually, I haven't seen any country music stars out here. They all live about 10 - 15 minutes from me, but I guess they don't hang out at garages sales and thrift stores. :-)

P.S.S. Noah finally ate his supper! It took a few hours, but I guess he realized that he would just have to sit there until he ate it - and he did! He ate everything except for the peas. Good enough for me!

Take care,
Noah's Mom

Monday, July 24, 2006

A Quick Update

Hey, guess what? The kids are both asleep! They fell asleep around 8:45 pm. I looked outside and didn't see pigs flying, so I can't quite explain it. haha

I'm going to keep this quick because I should take advantage of their sleeping and go to bed myself, but wanted to post a quick update.

Noah is doing okay. He's making small progress here and there. He has decided that he doesn't want to sleep by himself anymore. I found him cuddled up to Eli the other night. That was a first! He is also starting to test me, I think. Much like a typical two year old would. Most people wouldn't be so thrilled when their child starts acting up, but I'm actually very happy. I remember the time when Noah threw his first (and one of his only) temper tantrums. We were so excited!! It was such a typical thing for him to do and we were so happy that he was exhibiting typical behavior. I can honestly say that I don't think we take one thing for granted with him. It's also made us hyper aware of Eli's developmental milestones. They all seem so huge to us because we didn't experience a lot of that with Noah. I think I had to stop myself from taking a picture of Eli picking his nose for the first time. It was so exciting! Look! Look! He's picking his nose. Grab the camera, quick!

But I do think that Noah's starting to do a few new things in the last couple of days. He definitely has started wanting to cuddle with me. He actually grabbed my hand and pulled me on to the bed the other night. I had tucked him in and laid down beside him and he didn't want me to get up. Also, whenever we say "Give me a kiss", he leans his forward down to our mouths. That's his way of giving kisses. Well, I was laying down the other morning with Eli while Noah was playing. He suddenly stopped playing, ran over to me, leaned his forward down to my mouth, and then ran off to his toys. I think he gave me a kiss!

He's loving his therapies. We had lots of metals come out of his foot bath this afternoon. Again, I know it sounds so strange, but it works. We use a foot bath ionizer. Anyway, I can't explain it but you can google it. All I know is that the bottom of the bath had loads of metals in it. They come out as charged ions and then clump together in the water (because the water is charged as an opposite). I am so bad at explaining this stuff! But the point is that what we're doing here is working.

Tamara wants us to give Noah more "wet" types of foods. He eats a lot of dry foods like rice crackers, rice cakes, dry cereal, gluten free toast and waffles. He still has stomach issues and she says that dry foods are really hard to digest. She suggested that we try to make Indian food -since Noah is originally from India and Indian foods tend to be more of a wet type of food. This means I have to learn to cook! She's already banned the microwave. What am I going to do?? I'm a product of the microwave generation. :-) No, seriously, though, I am a pretty bad cook, so will definitely be looking for "Indian Cooking for Dummies" at our nearest Barnes and Nobles. But Tamara does have a point. When we were here before, she gave Noah macrobiotic foods that were wet and he started having a BM daily and they were formed. (sorry - hope no one is eating while reading this). I know his diet makes a huge difference, so tomorrow I'm off to Wild Oats to buy "Noah food". I just hope Eli eats it! I think he could live off gummy bears, Ritz crackers, and cheese.

Okay, off to bed. Will keep you all posted.

Noah's Mom

Friday, July 21, 2006

Our first week of therapy

Wow, I can't believe we've been here for a week and I've only posted once. I have to admit, I had all these grand ideas of posting reports every night, but truthfully, I'm so tired by the time the boys fall asleep that I just crawl into bed. It's 10:30 as I write this and they're STILL up. Noah gets so exhausted by his therapies - which end around 5:00 or 5:30 that he falls asleep in the car on the way home. We've learned that if he takes a nap then he doesn't sleep at night. He only slept for an hour today, but he's already too wired to sleep. I'm sure our apartment neighbors just love us!

We completed our first week of therapy. Where to begin?? It's going to sound so strange to everyone who's new to this. From my last post, you know that Noah was reacting to the electric wires outside our apartment. The Q link did help, but I think the power was too strong and he started reacting again. We also found out that they cleaned our carpets right before we moved in, so we think he was reacting to that, too. So, Tamara came over and put in something called Stetzer Filters (www.electricalpollution.com) into our outlets to help neutralize the currents. Then, Felicia, Tamara's cleaning lady, came over and cleaned the apartment with natural cleaners and the apartment complex let us borrow a tornado fan to help get the air circulating in the apartment. Before this, Noah was sleeping maybe 4-5 hours a night. After Felicia cleaned and Tamara put the filters in, Noah slept 12 hours that night!! Oh man, it was awesome.

I have to stress that I'm not a salesman for these stetzer filters. I've never even heard of them until this week, but it's worth looking into. When we moved in, we noticed that we couldn't get our cell phone to work in the apartment. It only had one bar and had too much static. I think it's a big problem because around 9:00 at night, you can see everyone out on their balcony talking on the cell phone. Anyway, we now get perfect reception! It's still only at one bar, but I can walk anywhere in the apartment and talk and hear clear as a bell. This happened right after we plugged in the stetzer filters. Pretty cool, huh? I mean, if the electricity in the apartment was causing so much static that a cell phone wouldn't work... imagine what that was doing to Noah?

We saw Dr. Foley 3x this week. He is amazing. He's a chiropracter who does BRT. I can't really explain BRT and do it justice, but it's all about muscle testing and clearing allergies and sensitivities. You can read more at www.bodyrt.com .
I was certain that Noah was reacting to pesticides and that the apartment had sprayed the place. But he came up fine when we tested him. We called the complex and they said they hadn't sprayed our apartment in two months. His testing showed that he was having a reaction to chlorine though. Guess what? I had forgotten our chlorine ball back home. We always put in the bath when the boys bathe and it neutralizes the chlorine in the water. Guess what else? For two years, Noah had been wearing these special (and expensive!) chlorine-free diapers. Regular diapers use chlorine to bleach them. That's why they're nice and white. We had started putting Noah in regular pull-ups about 2 months ago to help potty train him. Well, the potty training didn't work and it looks like he developed an allergy to the chlorine. Dr. Foley had no prior knowledge of these changes. Isn't that weird? So we treated him for chlorine and he's back to wearing the Seventh Generation diapers.

There's so many things going on with his treatments, but I don't want to overwhelm everyone. I know it must sound so strange when compared to regular medicine. But this is working for so many kids and it's the only thing that's really helped Noah.

Yesterday, I met a mom at the practice who has 2 kids on the autism spectrum - ages 6 and 8. They just finished 15 sessions out of 40 and both boys have words now. Isn't that great? They're 6 and 8 and just said their first words! That gives me so much hope for Noah. We should finish 15 sessions in 4 more weeks. I'm so hoping that he has words by then. I'm hoping so much that I think my heart is actually hurting. I just love the kid so much. I'm crazy about him. (And Eli, too, of course!)

Well, I hope I'll be more diligent with my posts. I think I can get a lot more information posted if I write after each session. I may bore you all to tears, but it'll be a good online diary to look back on.

Take care and have a good weekend,

Noah's Mom

Friday, July 14, 2006

We made it to Tennessee!

Well, we finally made it to TN last night. I can't believe that we're finally here. There are so many hopes and dreams pinned on this three-month stay. I wish I had a crystal ball and could see where Noah's going to be come October. We stopped by Internal Balance today and saw a little boy who we first met back in April. He's been coming 2x a week and he's now potty-trained and his language has exploded. I think he was nonverbal when we saw him 3 months ago. He also seemed a lot calmer than I remembered - so I'm really excited to see how Noah's going to progress over the next few months.

Hey, I have an interesting testimony for the Q-link pendant. If you go to Noah's website at www.recoveringnoah.com, you can read about Biopro under the "How You Can Help" section. Noah's been wearing the Q-link since February and he no longer freaks out whenever we drive by the power substation at the end of our road. Anyway, when we walked into our new apartment yesterday, he started shrieking within seconds. It was awful. I nearly burst into tears - actually had a mild panic attack, I think! Noah hasn't shrieked in ages and the fact that he started as soon as we walked through the door made me want to turn right around and go back to Texas. Let me tell you, his shriek is the shrillest, most high pitched sound you'll ever hear. I think it would actually send dogs running. My dad went outside to bring in some furniture and said you could hear him all the way outside. Anyway, I went outside and guess what?? The power for 20 individual apartments are all connected to a power line that is right outside Noah's bedroom window. Noah had had a potty accident in the car, so we took off his wet shorts and he rode the rest of the way to TN in a diaper. So he wasn't wearing the Q-link. We immediately put it on him and he stopped shrieking. Unbelievable!

You know, I know the thing works because I've seen it with my own eyes, but it's still so hard not to be skeptical because it just seems so far fetched - but this made me a 100% believer in it. It really blocks EMF's. Very cool.

We're so looking forward to starting therapy next week. Noah got so excited when we stopped by today. He is so different from the moment he walks through that door.

Will keep you all updated. The journey has begun....