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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Miss Shannon

As I said in an earlier post or two, we had Shannon tested for ADHD/ADD towards the end of 2011.  The results came back as definitely ADHD Hyperactive, but strong possibility of Inattentive/Hyperactive ADHD with ODD.  We tried to change a few things, but I was still noticing different, very strong behaviors in her.  So about a month and a half ago, I filled out a questionnaire to have her tested for Asperger Syndrome.  Well, I got the test results back today, and I'm still just as confused as I was a few months ago.  It wasn't as clear and detailed as the one we had done for ADHD.  My questionnaire showed it is "likely" that she has Asperger Syndrom.  The teacher's questionnaire showed it's "unlikely" that she has it.  So to me, that is still a 50/50 chance.  My next step will be to try and set up an appointment at the Child Development Clinic at the University of Utah. 
I'm determined to try to do my best for this child.  I refuse to just jump straight to medication.  I would much rather see a professional who can help with tools for everyday life and intervention. 
This parenting thing is tough.  Toughest thing I have ever done in my life, but also the most rewarding.  I am not trying to put a label on my child, I'm just trying to do what's best and do right for my bright, special, amazing 6 year old. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Red, White, and Blue

Today is Memorial Day.  I don't have much going on, since I'm sitting here quite immobile.  This has given me an opportunity to think about what this day means to me. 
I'm thankful to have been able to serve in the US Air Force.  Even if it was for just 2 years, I still said the oath and wore the uniform.  I met a lot of incredible people along the way.  I'm quite fortunate to still be in contact with most of those people today.  Almost everyone has been able to remain out of harms way.  I only know of 2 who haven't been so lucky.  There are a few others I knew who died, but only 2 who died over in Afghanistan. 
SGT A.J. Creighton and PO1 Chad Regelin are in my thoughts today.  I knew Creighton through mutual friends while stationed at the Presidio of Monterey and Goodfellow AFB.  Chad's death struck me a bit harder. 
My high school boyfriend was friends with Chad and his older brother, Ryan.  I first met Chad and his family during the 4th of July celebration at the Redding Convention Center.  Travis and I fell out of contact for a couple of years, but began dating again in 2002.  During the time that we dated, or the times we remained good friends, I saw Chad and his family frequently.  His mother is one of the sweetest people I have ever met.  Always so nice and friendly.  Through Facebook, I have been able to remain in communication with her and she would always talk about Chad's journeys and accomplishments.  In 2011, Chad was named the USO Sailor of the Year.  This was huge for their family.  Since Chad was deployed, his parents accepted the award on his behalf. 
I'm still trying to wrap my head around his death.  You know it can happen to any service member at any time while deployed.  I just never expected it to happen to anyone I knew, especially Chad or A.J.  It just breaks my heart to see what Chad's mother goes through everyday.  I especially want to thank the families of these service members on days like this.  Chad's family remain in my thoughts and prayers everyday.  
I don't necessarily feel like saying "Happy Memorial Day," so with that I say, enjoy your Memorial Day everyone.  But please, don't forget the reason we have this holiday and others like it.  While you are BBQing or celebrating however you see fit, please think of those who gave their lives for our country.