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jelbe5

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About jelbe5

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    Female
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    Northeast IL

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    Homeschooling mom of three, including son with autism
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    IL
  • Interests
    Reading, homeschooling, helping parents of special needs children
  • Occupation
    Previously worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  1. I love this lentil soup - no need to prep beans before hand. Just combine everything and cook.
  2. I frequent this site. Jeffrey has great recipes and a video for each one which makes it easy to see exactly what to do step by step. All videos are on YouTube and his site has step by step written instructions with photos. He just added a yogurt video so I think I will try that soon. http://pressureluckcooking.com Recently I have made: Steel cut oats Dress it yourself shredded chicken (for make ahead salads) Creamy chicken Marsala pasta (soooo goood) Beef burgandy Rice Also Taco meat as seen here: https://youtu.be/VGk1xPXkOR8 I find videos have helped me branch out and experiment more.
  3. Have not been here for a while but saw this and wanted to share this info - great recipes with videos. Just made the latest chicken Marsala with pasta the other night and it was great! http://pressureluckcooking.com http://pressureluckcooking.com/recipe/instant-pot-chicken-marsala-pasta/
  4. I understand your concern about putting him back in diapers. Just wanted to share what we did in case it helps. My son who is autistic and was not very verbal at the time trained at age 6. He would not poop in the toilet for a long time, but I could tell when he needed to. I put him in a diaper and had him go in the bathroom to do #2. When he was done he went back into underpants. He could only wear a diaper for a bm and then he had to remain in the bathroom until finished. Eventually he began to sit on the toilet for #2. It was a process, but it worked. Just wanted to share and I hope you find what works for you and supports Marco.
  5. I would suggest you and your dh make a list of all the changes you have seen in your son, including self-injurious ones, and go asap together with your son to the doctor and tell your son you are seeking a drug test to rule out drug use. Make sure the doctor knows all your concerns and sees your list of behavior changes. Make sure a release has been signed so the doctor and social worker may communicate. I encourage you to not let this go. It will be interesting to see how your son reacts to the request for a drug test and either way, whether he is using drugs or not, you will have info which will help develop an effective treatment plan.
  6. I am curious as to what the LCSW your son is seeing said about the arm hair burning and verbalization of hand sanatizer/fire? I am sorry if I seem to be overreacting. I myself am an LCSW who has worked with teens and I offer my thoughts as a professional who only knows a few details about your situation. I am glad your son is already seeing someone and I hope he will receive the care he needs and things improve. You are obviously a very concerned mother who only wants the best for your son and is trying to navigate unfamiliar territory.
  7. I would treat the recent hair burning and verbalization of hand sanitizer/fire as a danger to self and would consider a psychiatric hospitalization. That might sound extreme but that type of behavior and verbalization is very serious in my humble opinion. If he tests positive for drugs what is your plan? What is your plan if he does NOT test positive? A full inpatient psych eval may be the best course since having him tested at the doctor's office may strain any trust he has in you and your husband. Will he know or suspect the doctor's office is testing for drugs? My heart goes out to you. The changes you describe are signs of substance abuse/mental illness and should be taken seriously.
  8. I have had several successful root canals many (10+) years ago. I agree with saving the tooth if possible. I hope you find relief soon!
  9. Ann Sathers http://www.annsather.com Gulliver's on Howard http://gulliverspizza.com Leona's on Sheridan http://www.leonas.com Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder http://chicagopizzaandovengrinder.com/
  10. Do you have a peak flow meter? It is best to take your peak flow daily and then when you see it drop you have additional, concrete info that things are deteriorating. http://www.lung.org/lung-health-and-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/asthma/living-with-asthma/managing-asthma/measuring-your-peak-flow-rate.html
  11. I am so sorry. While I dont understand your exact situation I know life can be challenging as our now adult son with autism can still exhibit behavior problems. I find the hoilday season stressful as I cant always anticipate what will set him off. He was great on Thanksgiving but had a meltdown at home today for no particular reason. So now I am rethinking plans I wanted to make re taking everyone downtown Chicago, etc. and feeling sad, wondering if things will get easier, etc. I want to let you know you are not alone, and it is sad to feel you cant have a "normal" holiday because of circumstances, but your plan sounds good and it is important to take care of yourself and the rest of your family. Hugs.
  12. I splurged on these a few months ago and really like them. I wanted over the ear headphones to drown out noise. I like earbuds, too, but these are my "take me away" headphones. http://www.sony.com/electronics/headband-headphones/mdr-xb950bt
  13. Maggie Daley Park, just east of Millennium Park. CTA (Chicago Transit Authority) has a system of busses and trains known as the "L" which is short for "elevated" . . . even though some of the trains run underground. The "L" is not to be confused with the Metra trains, which are primarily commuter trains. If you are staying downtown you will probably use busses to get to most local attractions. You might find this helpful, especially the "Downtown Sightseeing Guide". http://www.transitchicago.com/maps/ http://www.transitchicago.com/assets/1/brochures/16JD_011_Downtown_sight_seeing_guide.pdf The hotel you are staying in should direct you to how/where to buy the transit passes and may even sell them onsite.
  14. Praying for you and your family.
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