Month: July 2015

Doctor, Judge Thyself

Doctor, Judge Thyself

I feel that the best doctors are the ones who are truly nonjudgmental. They can meet a patient where they are, and gently but firmly guide them along, whether with little tiny baby steps, forward two and back one, or big sweeping steps, onwards towards a healthier place. I am not […]

365 Days Of Potty Training

365 Days Of Potty Training

It was July 29, 2014 that I wrote about our first weekend attempt to get Babyboy out of diapers.  We used an excellent book on toilet training for autistic children called Ready, Set, Potty by Brenda Batts that was quite helpful. Babyboy did very well, and […]

Challenging Cases And Self-Doubt

Challenging Cases And Self-Doubt

It’s only Tuesday, and I’ve already seen several challenging cases this week. So much so, that I can’t sleep. I keep reviewing salient details and email communications in my head, worrying over what I may have missed, or how I may have come across. Did […]

The Garden Project: Priceless

The Garden Project: Priceless

Our almost accidental 4′ by 8′ foot backyard garden is now an almost endless source of everything: education, entertainment, nutrition…  The kids are still so excited about it! They poke around in there every day to see what’s growing, and this week, they were thrilled […]

Vacation… All I Ever Wanted?

Vacation… All I Ever Wanted?

Let’s face it, working parents. A “family vacation” is a bit of an oxymoron.  Multiple consecutive days on around-the-clock kid duty is wonderful, but not particularly restful. I admit, by the last day of our seven days at the beach, I was kind of looking […]

Sadness; even then there may be beauty. 

Sadness; even then there may be beauty. 

A wonderfully written memory by a former labor and delivery nurse… A little story that can only be described as beautifully sad.

Kids, Canines, and…Kaboom!!

Kids, Canines, and…Kaboom!!

Throw a bunch of relatives of all ages together in a beat-up rental a block from the ocean; add a grill, a red wagon, some bikes, and a decent amount of good alcohol, and it’s family vacation, baby. For several years, we’ve made this pilgrimage to […]

A Child’s Eye View…

A Child’s Eye View…

It always amazes me how quickly our kids master our technical gear. I only just succumbed to the iPhone a couple of years ago, and it took me an embarrassingly long time to feel comfortable with the basic functions. These kids, these preschoolers, they get […]