Thursday, January 20, 2011

I just read the book Room

by Emma Donaghue and it kind of blew me away. It's a simple book, in a way, but it's written from the POV of a 5-year-old, and, given that my kids are 6 and 3, I guess I could relate. Also, the 5-year-old is very different and very special and very sensitive, all of which characterizes my two boys, and I just connected with it. It's also brilliantly written and inventive and layered. I just loved it.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

effing kaiser

Well, I met the new Kaiser autism doctor today. She is really nice and seems really intelligent. But as soon as I told her I'd like regular speech therapy for Elliott since he's extremely behind, she shut down and said that Kaiser doesn't consider this a medical need so much as an educational need and that they'd only cover 2 sessions. Now, correct me if I'm wrong, but autism is a neurological (THEREFORE MEDICAL) condition.

There is this wonderful woman who provides a step-by-step guide to getting services from Kaiser. It is possible but it's so frustrating that they make you jump through hoops and their default mode is to not help autistic kids. What about parents who can't fight or don't realize they can?

The doctor said something like, "I know this isn't ideal, but..." It just makes me even more irritated because I know that she knows this is wrong.

Monday, January 03, 2011


I've been gaining (a lot of) weight despite training for a marathon. I have my period every 2 weeks and my mood is all over the place. Ryan's had a migraine/sinus infection the whole weekend. We both went to the doctor today to figure out what the hell is wrong with us. (Good luck with that, buddy.) A bangin' start to the New Year. But tomorrow we are taking the kids sledding, which could be a nightmare, but I'm hoping will be fun. Wish us luck. No New Year's resolutions for me this year. I'm going to take it one day at a time. I'm feeling a lot better though. :)

Saturday, January 01, 2011

happy new year, you guys

I'm in a funk but I'm trying not to be. Hope this year brings great things for all of you. Ryan put this song in my head today: