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By Judy Blake on 3/27/2013 9:21 AM
Do I need to mention how many times I've reminded Ryan that you don't just   barge into someone's office or interrupt their conversation?  I didn't think so.  I've explained a million times that you have to be respectful of others. 
By Judy Blake on 3/21/2013 8:28 PM
It is very hard to believe that Ryan will be 18 on March 26th.  So many thoughts come to mind.  Where did the last 18 years go?  Is Ryan where I thought he would be developmentally at this age?  Could I have done more to help him along?  The older he gets, society expects more of him and will he be able to step up to the plate?
By Judy Blake on 3/18/2013 6:58 AM
We started this new medicine about a month ago.  Wanting to be careful about the dosage, Ryan initially took only 12.5 mg at night.  Then we added 12.5 mg in the morning.  We’re now up to 25 mg at night and 12.5 mg in the morning.  The hope was that it would calm him a bit so and reduce the pacing, talking to himself and hair pulling.  So far, it hasn’t helped at all.  I know it takes a few weeks to take effect and until he’s at the full dosage of 25 mg in the morning and at night, it’s hard to tell if it will help at all. 
By Judy Blake on 3/17/2013 10:33 AM
We have a fabulous local bakery in Houston.  I actually used to work there and they have amazing desserts!  It’s called Dessert Gallery Bakery and Café and they actually ship a lot of their desserts if you’re ever wanting something decadent.  When you sign up for their e-newsletters, they also send you a coupon during the month of your birthday.  You’re entitled to a free birthday cupcake which is very cool considering my family loves desserts.
By Judy Blake on 3/15/2013 12:59 PM
Regardless of whether or not your family has special needs, it is an adjustment when someone else is living with you.  With my mom having back surgery, she's staying with us for 7-10 days.  Overall, Ryan is doing quite well.  Yes - his routine is altered but that's okay.  It can't always be the same and about Ryan.  The changes he has to make do not hurt him and regardless of his issues, he still has to adjust to change.
By Judy Blake on 3/11/2013 12:51 PM
Ryan saw something on the kitchen counter and asked if it was new.  I told him it had been there for several months but on a different counter.  Needing to use it, I moved it so it would be easier to get.  
By Judy Blake on 3/8/2013 12:19 PM
My brother and sister-in-law celebrated 30 years of marriage.  The Rabbi blesses you during Friday night services in front of the congregation.  It is an important milestone and our entire family went to services that night.
By Judy Blake on 3/3/2013 8:18 PM
It never ceases to amaze me at what my kids can remember from years ago.  So many things fall off their radar screen yet other obscure details remain etched in their brains forever.  It's unpredictable as to what is remembered and when I don't remember what they do, they're surprised.  How could I not remember 6 years ago when we went to that restaurant and what he ate for lunch or dinner?
By Judy Blake on 2/28/2013 9:44 AM

I think that one of the most difficult decisions any parent has to make is whether or not your child should take medications.  If Ryan, G-d forbid,  was diagnosed with diabetes and required insulin, there would be no question he would receive it.  If he had strep throat, antibiotic would be on its way.  But when it comes to treating conditions that are needed because of an inability to control behaviors, we question their validity.

By Judy Blake on 2/24/2013 3:34 PM
I think Ryan has been pulling his hair out for several months now.  I don't recall exactly but it's been about that long.  Some would say that I should constantly remind him not to do this.  Others would say don't call attention to him doing it.  What is the right answer?  I'll never know.
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