Monday, September 13, 2004

Keep on Keeping On

Monday Morning......
Okay it sure has been a draining week! And here it is a new one starting!

School IEP
What a joke that was--right now the position of the school is that "She is NOT having problems there--" so they are simply going to "WATCH" and revisit the whole thing in October.... The general attitude is that if she isn't having problems at school then the problems are ours to deal with at home.

The shrink (DR. Joe) has told me this is the 'common attitude' of the public schools and that they generally make sure to make the parents feel awkward during the meetings by out numbering the parent and diverting everything to being the parents responsibility.

Meds We have been using the Risperdal (.50) Mg at night and the Ritalin 10 mg in the morning.... and truthfully there has been great improvement in every way.

Makala--did have some trouble falling asleep for a few nights but that seems to have passed lately.

This morning she woke up pretty rough and in a bad mood--but by the time the bus came she was herself again.

Diet
Seems to be an ongoing battle but we have changed all the food we have in the house.... This is so hard for us because half the family needs to GAIN weight---daddy and Jeremiah need to eat all they can to just maintain their weights.

So daddy has a stash of his JUNK food which he can eat and eat and still lose weight---and Jeremiah is getting what he needs and Makala is needing to learn that she has to be careful.

I am trying to see this the same way I might if my child were type one diabetic.... My very best friend in all life was and Thank God Makala does not have to take blood tests and receive insulin.... It is difficult for her to understand but my feeling is that we need to do our best so she does not gain 40 pounds this year!

Snacks have become very fun here....

Re-vamping my old recipes:
I learned a long time ago that using Zucchini Milk as a substitute in baking recipes for MILK is great....and substituting Apple Sauce for OIL also works. I have the most splendid Pumpkin Zucchini Bread recipe and have used the substitutes for years.... Now for the Sugar issue.... I plan to try it today.

Zucchini Milk -- Peal all the green skin off the Zucchini and drop the rest of the fruit into the blender and blend it to puree---CAN BE FROZEN. This milk can be used in place of regular milk in MANY baking recipes and as a base for cream soups, and other dishes that use milk.

WE are cutting down on the MILK products only in areas we can due to the CARBS.

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