"That depends a good deal on where you want to get to."
"I don't much care where –"
"Then it doesn't matter which way you go."
— Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland)
|Our new gluten free foods|
And such is our way with Cruz. He is made just a little different, has some different sensory issues, so we are changing some things around. We are having to tweak our routines a little. And since we are lacking a few ingredients we are researching and trying everything we can possibly do to benefit him. Since part of his brain needs to reconnect we are really trying to improve his diet, his amounts of Omega3, and anything that effects the nervous system. He has a speech therapist, an occupational therapist, we've seen the naturopathic doctor, the neurologist, the chiropractor, the acupuncturist (she only did pressure not puncture), you name it, the list goes on and on. Some things work great, others don't show an effect. I am definitely excited to see how changing his diet will effect him. I have heard numerous reports of changed diets that have helped children with autism. So, I just keep mixing and stirring this pot trying different spices and ingredients as we go, hoping that we'll get the blend just right so that the recipe is a success for him. We are trying all the time to do the best we can day in and out to provide the right mix of ingredients. Some days we do alright, there are others we'd like to forget. So we take note of what works and what doesn't and we make substitutions where we need to.
Yesterday was a good day. Minus the crying when he wakes up from naps. Everyday he will cry for at least an hour after waking up. Like wailing at the top of his lungs, crying for an hour. He usually needs deep pressure but he gets extra upset because he isn't quite sure what he wants and he can't communicate feelings. So, we are trying something new and getting a little creative. Since the deep pressure is a constant need we are trying out a pair of Jason's "ear pro" (hearing protection earmuffs) that he uses when shooting guns. They are very tight and keep a lot of sound out. I randomly saw on tv today a story of little girl with autism and how wearing the headphones helps. Cruz likes them. They apply constant deep pressure on his head, which is a nice change instead of ramming it into the ground (or me). He was using the Mrs. Potato Head glasses to squeeze around his face before, so this isn't as comical but hopefully it works. I had thought about getting him a helmet, but we'll see...We tried having him make sounds with the ear pro on. He actually seemed to do better. It's almost as if since he couldn't hear, he had to focus much more intently on watching our mouths. Its just a pinch of this, a dash of that, a sprinkle of some creativity and wham you've got a recipe for success. So, cheers to a good day, to new adventures, new recipes, and hopefully some tasty ones, even though we are now gluten free!