I just got done looking up some stuff about autism. We're fairly certain that our most adorable son is autistic, or rather, has autism spectrum disorder. So I went to the good old web and Holy Crap! was I surprised. There's so much info that by the time I read everything I should instantly be awarded a bachelors degree! So far, I've figured out that a lot of the therapies that are used to teach autistic kids are exactly the same ones that his speech therapist uses. I've also kinda figured out that he's a high functioning autistic which means it's very possible that he can learn enough so that he might even attend college one day. Now all I have to do is get hard working, minimal time for anything dad to read up on this stuff so he'll be informed as well. So I decided to try to print all this stuff out and of course my computer is sloooooooooow and then I had to order ink and blah blah blah. It's been a fun day, but a good learning experience. One that I'll be learning for quite awhile.
Meanwhile, other daughter had an "incident" with her uncle (my brother aka "black sheep") and has now decided that he needs to be in a supervised home of some kind because she can't deal with him anymore. After some discussion about this, I totally agree. He has his medical and physical ailments which include Busch beer so it's not too good having him around baby Mia.
At this point all we can do is say a prayer and wish him well. Elder care is tough, especially when you live in a state that gives you so few resources. At least it's different when you need to take care of a child, then there's tons of stuff for the kids. It's just that the child can't be 62 years old! I just hope my kids would want to take care of me but that I'm not so bad that we can't enjoy each other. Otherwise, put me in a home! Or send me to Sweden where they actually take care of their elderly.....for free! At least I'll finally get to see Sweden, my lifelong travel dream.
Tomorrow it's on to Mass. to celebrate Messy J's 8th birthday with a big cookout and bash at some local park. We'll pick up big brother Bubba on the way and it looks like the weather will be good so we look forward to having a blast. I hear there'll be a clown with balloons which son will be thrilled with so I'm off to bed to rest up for all the driving and fun.
So ends Amma's rants of the day.