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Monday, May 30, 2011

Off To The Gym?

Yes! Yesterday I went to the gym. I got my lazy behind out of the house and off to the gym. I almost stood home. I left the house before the kids pulled me back in. Because I haven't been to the gym in a long long time, I started out slow. I didn't work on any weight machines. It was straight treadmill for 60 minutes. It turns out that my left sneaker was too tight and rubbed the poopie out of the break of my ankle. I don't when I'll be back to the gym because I have no one to watch the  kiddies when I am gone.

Off To The Gym?

Yes! Yesterday I went to the gym. I got my lazy behind out of the house and off to the gym. I almost stood home. I left the house before the kids pulled me back in. Because I haven't been to the gym in a long long time, I started out slow. I didn't work on any weight machines. It was straight treadmill for 60 minutes. It turns out that my left sneaker was too tight and rubbed the poopie out of the break of my ankle. I don't when I'll be back to the gym because I have no one to watch the  kiddies when I am gone.

Let's Play

Social skills acquisition is very difficult for kids with ASD. For the past two years, social skill goals have been written in his IEP. I wrote in social skill goals into Aly's IFSP many times. ASD kids have to be taught to what to do in social situations. Modelling makes things easy for all kids but the key for ASD kids. The Als are lucky they have Becky and three cousins to practice with. Their teachers also see their social skills emerging in the classroom. I am proud to say that The Al's are finally socializing with each other. This is a great feat. It's hard for them to express themselves to other kids but they have created a sort of Al language that helps them play and play hard. AWESOME!

Saturday, May 28, 2011

My Dog Ate My Homework.

Does my dog ate my gym membership work for a reason for not going to the gym? I don't think so. I joined Planet Fitness January 2010. Last year I worked out a lot. (A lot meaning more then what I am doing now. My a lot isn't the same as someone else's a lot...lol) My body was adjusting well to the movement. I had energy. I stopped going due to a lot of stress of having two special needs children under the age of 4. Now that things are going relatively smooth with the kids, what is my excuse now? More stress has been the normal excuses for not going. It should be the excuse to go. Laziness? YES! After a long day at work, who wants to go to the gym. I look at my sofa and smile. I have a love hate relationship with my sofa. Tomorrow I am suppose to go to the gym. I have my bag packaged ready to go on the living room floor. Let's see if I go....I hope I do.

My Dog Ate My Homework.

Does my dog ate my gym membership work for a reason for not going to the gym? I don't think so. I joined Planet Fitness January 2010. Last year I worked out a lot. (A lot meaning more then what I am doing now. My a lot isn't the same as someone else's a lot...lol) My body was adjusting well to the movement. I had energy. I stopped going due to a lot of stress of having two special needs children under the age of 4. Now that things are going relatively smooth with the kids, what is my excuse now? More stress has been the normal excuses for not going. It should be the excuse to go. Laziness? YES! After a long day at work, who wants to go to the gym. I look at my sofa and smile. I have a love hate relationship with my sofa. Tomorrow I am suppose to go to the gym. I have my bag packaged ready to go on the living room floor. Let's see if I go....I hope I do.

Parent Teacher Conference Times Two @ Easter Seal CDC

Yesterday, It was Parent Teacher Conference for the Als. When I made the appointment I didn't realize that it was at the start of a three day weekend. It hit me when I got to work yesterday morning. It is so awesome the have a half day of work before a three day weekend. I tried to keep as cool as a cucumber at work because I didn't want the crap load of things that happened to mess up my day. I am pleased that I left relaxed especially since the lock to the library door was removed and BOTH central ACs were overflowing with water and travelled through the carpet.  Enough about that mess.

School Picture
What trick did they use to get them to pose like this?
Just the thought of going to Easter Seals for a visit makes me excited. It's one of my favorite place to go. I wish I could be there more....DARN YOU FULL TIME JOB!

So it was time to tag team teachers. Helen first then Melissa. This was my last PTC with Helen for Alex. *tear* I toured the classroom. Alex is an artist! His work is on every wall! His teachers and therapists are very proud of his work and display it with pride and love. I have a feel I am going to have to fight for his rocket ship and car pictures. HA! It's OK, they can have it. After the tour we sat down and got to "work." I pull out his new IEP for his new school. She was happy that he is getting counseling in Kindergarten, something that is rare. I told her that I didn't fight for the 3x30 for OT and took 2x30 because he has improved greatly and he is already being pulled out 7 times a week. It adds up to a full school day out of the classroom. Yes he does spend over a full day a week out of the classroom now but in bigger school there is less communication. Moving on. He has improved greatly. She has integrated "normal" pre-kindergarten curriculum and Alex is eating it up. He takes after his big sister Becky when it comes to loving science. That is favorite thing to do in the class. He still has transition issues and he has become more stubborn. Hence the need for counselling in Kindergarten. It was a quick and dirty PTC... well not not dirty.

Next I jetted off to Aly's classroom. Melissa has been Aly's teacher since March. I can see through Aly that she is a great teacher. I see improved in Aly that I didn't see with her last teacher. We spoke about her jargoning improvement and circle participation. I shared what is going at home. We went over her new IFSP with the ABA goals. I shared Aly's PECS and told her that we are moving forward with a PECS book like Alex's. I loved that she pulling out her post its and took note of what I was doing and noted some things off the IFSP. That's major points in my book. She also told me that Aly is independently setting up and feeding herself breakfast. That is just so AWESOME! We talked about placement in CPSE. I clearly stated that I want Aly going to Helen. *wink wink*  Aly is showing a lot of improvement in a lot of areas but it a long road ahead to get her where she needs to be.

She thanked me for coming to PTC and being involved. She started to talk about the lack of involvement for parents at the EI level makes her feel sad. Then She said, "I wish they would just love their children like I love them." At that moment... I feel in love with this women. What she said came from the heart. I am pleased that Melissa found her way to Aly and Easter Seals.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Big Bea For The Win!

Today was a very busy day for Big Bea. Her class was performing for the school's monthly assembly and the entire 4th grade had Science Jeopardy.

She started her day with a great performance in "A to Z Farewell to 4th Grade."  She was letter R. "R is for reading even when it brings you a tears." After her performance, it was off to Science Jeopardy.

Our school holds yearly competitions on different subjects, in the library, to prepare students for their state exams. Jeopardy delivers test prep in a fun and exciting way. Because Jeopardy as a whole is very long from start to finish, we break up Single, Double and Final Jeopardy. Single Jeopardy is done on the class level. The class is broken up into six teams of three. The team that wins at the class level move on to Double Jeopardy, the grade level.

Big Bea was very nervous the whole time. Her and her team started off slow. We tell the kids in advance if they answer incorrectly points are taken away. She listened to those words of advice and couched her teammates not to answer if they didn't know the answer. Of course, a few timesone teammate didn't listen and they losta bunch of points. The competation was close but they grabbed up the win for class champs.

During Double Jeopardy the entire 4th grade is in the library cheering their classmates on...so everyone was nervous. Her team and the English language learners (ELLs) team were neck and neck the entire game. She was very nervous... she was shaking, moaning and trying to keep focus. The funniest moment that broke her tension when was she was answer the question, "Name the body parts of an insect." She said," Abdomen, thorax and.....and..." While she was saying and she was grabbing and touching her head. Every one was looking at her with excitement. She looked to me for the answer and I looked away. I didn't want to cheat. She said, "Antenna!" In-corrected. The answer was head. She exhaled and laughed. It was a very funny moment.

Her team continued strong. They answer questions at the same time at times. The ELL team was on their tails but got a high points question wrong and dropped down a little. By the end of Double Jeopardy, Big Bea's team was on top and the ELLs were holding steady at a close 2nd. The others teams all ended up in the negative and could not continue to final Jeopardy.

The pressure was really on... Big Bea was biting her nails trying to figure out what to wager. They had 8400 points against the ELLs 4400. They played it very safe with a 200 point wager.

The ELLs answered first......incorrect. They lost 100 points.

Team Big Bea answered...

Your answer is .....

CORRECT!!!

The room exploded into cheering. Her team beat out all the 4th grade classes with a score of 8800!!!!

It was great to see my genius play like her hair was on fire.

I am so proud of her and all the hard work she puts into her studies.

YOU ARE AWESOME Big Bea!!!

Winning Team with
Classroom Teacher, Ms. Kirton & Science Teacher, Ms. Bisbano


Now it's time for math:
Big Bea was 1 of 4 girls participating in Double Jeopardy.
In total there were 16 participates in Double Jeopardy.
Only 25% of the participates were girls.
She was only girl on her team.

GIRL POWER!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Yes, You Can Abbreviate Everything...According to the Department of Education.

Last year, I post So Many Abbreviations, It Can Make Your Head Spin. Since then I've learn a lot more abbreviations. To help the newbies and to refresh your memory is here my updated list. Sit back and enjoy (Yeah right!..lol)

EI - Early Intervention
ECDC - Early Childhood Direction Center
SC - Service Coordinator
ISC- Initial Service Coordinator
OSC - Ongoing Service Coordinator
IFSP - Individualized Family Service Plan
PCP - Primary Care Practitioner
EIDO - Early Intervention Official Designee
MDE - Multidisciplinary Evaluation
SI -Special Instruction
SPT -Speech Pathology Therapy
OT - Occupational Therapy
FM - Fine Motor
GM- Gross Motor
PT - Physical Therapy
DME - Durable Medical Equipment
FI - Family Instruction
ABA - Applied Behavior Analysis
DD - Developmental Disability
CPSE - Committee on Preschool Special Education
IEP - Individualized Education Plan
Article 25 - NYS Public Health Law section establishing the Early Intervention Program
ASD - Autism Spectrum Disorder
SPD - Sensory Processing Disorder
CSE - Committee on Special Education
FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
PDD - Pervasive Developmental Disorder
SEIT - Special Education Itinerant Teacher
SETTS - Special Education Teacher Support Service
SESIS - Special Education Student Information System

That was just off the top of my head.... WHOA!

The Department of Health has created a list with all the ones I missed. Here's the link: Abbreviations and References

Toxic Relationships

I want to share some information I found about toxic relationships.

A toxic person is "anyone who manages to drag you down, make you feel angry, worn out, deflated, belittled or confused." (Dr. Lillian Glass, 2011)

"25 Ways to Tell if Your Relationship is Toxic1) Your partner puts you down verbally, in private or in front of others.
2) Your partner tells you he/she loves you but behavior shows otherwise.
3) Your partner doesn't want you to see or talk to friends or family.
4) Your partner is jealous of the time you spend with your kids.
5) Your partner shows up often at your work unexpectedly or opens your mail.
6) Your partner calls you often to see what you are doing.
7) You cry often or feel depressed over your relationship.
8) Your partner says you would have the perfect relationship if only you would change.
9) Your partner wants you to be dependent on him.
10) Your partner does things for you and then uses them to make you feel obligated.
11) Your thoughts, opinions, accomplishments, or words are devalued.
12) You don't know who you are anymore without him/her, or how you would survive.
13) Your friends/family don't like your partner or don't think he is good for you.
14) You have changed things about yourself to suit your partner, even when it is not your taste.
15) You always go where your partner wants to, like movies, restaurants, etc.
16) Your partner has made you feel afraid or unsafe, and you have been afraid to speak the truth at times for fear of upsetting him/her (walking on eggshells).
17) You don't feel you have control of your life anymore.
18) Your self-esteem is lower since you've been with your partner.
19) You think it's up to you to make the relationship work.
20) You keep secrets about your relationship from others who love you because they wouldn't understand.
21) Your partner makes you feel unattractive or stupid.
22) Your partner accuses you of cheating and is overly jealous.
23) Your partner can be really sweet to you one minute, and really mean the next.
24) Your partner seems really sweet/loving to you when he/she thinks you are about to leave the relationship, or after he/she has been mean to you.
25) You can't remember the last time you felt happy for more than a few days straight." (Dr. Lillian Glass, 2011)

Friday, May 20, 2011

ABA & Aly

Last month, Little Al was approved to receive ABA. Due to paperwork error made by the EIOD the start date was delayed. Our beloved, Roberto, has returned to us. He started last Friday.

During his last few weeks of instruction last summer he did mentioned to me that he does do ABA instruction. Mommy made a mental note of that. When Little Al was diagnosed with PDD-NOS I called him right away. Services weren't even approved yet...shoot the psy eval paperwork wasn't even typed out yet. I didn't beat around the bush. "It was verbally recommended that Little Al gets ABA and I want you to teacher her." He was shocked that we wanted him back yet again. He has worked with us in 2008, 2010 and now 2011. He is just that AWESOME!

Yogurt Face
It's only been ONE week and I have seen MAJOR improvement. She is jargoning ALOT. She sings familiar songs in jargon speak. She loves that I know what she is singing and join in. I love that I know what she is saying. She has also begun to couple words. "Take bath" "Go down" "What is that?" "I got it" to name a few. She greets appropriately and constantly. I said, " Hi, Little Al." She said, "Hi, Mommy."

The greatest gift ever happening this evening. We were jargoning back and forth on the sofa when I said, "I love you Little Al " and she said, "I love you Mommy"  I screeched when she said that. She loved my reaction.

Just before bedtime she asked me "Bottle?" Of course Little Al what ever you want.

I know that the great service providers are working like their fire is on hair but I don't know what it is about Roberto. He is locking greatness in her.

Mommy is happy.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Laziness All Around

What ever happened to good old elbow grease? What every happened to people working hard for the great good? Why am I surrounded by laziness? This drives me and the Bestie crazy!!!

What is going to happen if you actually do things without procastnating? WOW! They get done without stress. Why wait? Get off your a$$ and do some darn work!!! Ok I am going to stop ranting.

Sorry for the short post but it was bugging me.

So You Sent A Written Referral to CPSE, What Happens Next?

So You Sent A Written Referral to CPSE, What Happens Next?

Once your local CPSE district gets your referral they have 30 days to replay to you. They MUST sent you the following:

• Notice that the CPSE has received the referral (R-1P form)

• Notice of due process rights and free/low cost legal services listing. Which includes the waste of paper and $2.28, Procedural Safeguards Notice  in English or Spanish.


• Consent for Initial Preschool Evaluation (C1-P form)

• List of approved preschool evaluation sites in New York City

• Parent must select an evaluation site and schedule an appointment

• Parent must sign consent for the evaluations to begin (C-1P form)

Can see what ALL these forms look like by visited the CPSE SOPM online document. These online document has all the blank forms that will be involved with your CPSE case. Here are the pages where you'll find the form in this step of the game:
R-1P form - Page 5
C-1P form - Page 6
Request for Physical Exam - Page 7 & 9


Now that you have all this paperwork, you must select an evaluation site, schedule an appointment and sign consent for the evaluations (C-1P form) to begin the process of evaluations before the date on the Notice that Referral has been received (R-1P). If the CPSE does not receive a signed C-1P within 15 days from the date of receipt of the referral, the CPSE must contact the parent to determine whether or not an evaluation site has been secured. If an approved evaluation site is not chosen within 15 days, your case may be closed.

Timing is very important

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

New York City School Library System Spring Conference 2011

I haven't been to a NYCSLS conference in ages!!! This conference was held at famous New York Public Library's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building @ Fifth Ave and 42nd Street. I attended the conference with my Bestie, Roxanne. I've worked in an elementary school library for 9.83 years and I have never visited this historic building. (Bad librarian!) NYCSLS had prepared a day packed full of information and workshops.


My favorite part of the day was the Library Exhibit Tour. The exhibit is Celebrating 100 Years. This FREE (my favorite word) exhibition is on display from May 14 to December 31. The exhibition highlights contains of the Library's extensive collections. There are four sections of the exhibit: Observation, Contemplation, Creativity and Society. One of my favorite pieces were the many buttons in the society section. Many of the buttons were from the 50's and 60's during the Black Panther era. My fave button was "Black is Beautiful." Two eye opening pieces were a first edition of "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler and a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe. This reminded me that these horrible things happened in recent history. Scary. These things are hard to swallow but we can't forget what our parents and grand parents experienced.

Another great part of the day was the walking tour of the entire building. Of course when we walked in the lobby of the Library I had a flashback to Sex in the City movie when Carrie was suppose to marry Big at the Library. OMG! AWESOME!

One Tired Mommy
We wrapped up our day when a few visits to "Exploratorium" tables. It was great to be out of the building for a change.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Sample Written Referral to CPSE

I love helping others. A friend of mine asked for help with the evaluation process for Committee of Pre-School Special Education, the ever famous CPSE. It so happens that I have begun the Tranistion to CPSE with Aly. (Turning Five and Turning Three at the same time if SUPER stressful)

What is the first step? Write a letter. Write a letter/referral to your local district's CPSE. All districts have CPSE, some even have sub-committees to deal with overflow. I am including on this post a sample letter to CPSE to request an evaluation for a child ages 3-5. Remember, even if your child is almost 3 years old (e.i.:2 years and 350 days old) he/she needs to be evaluation by early intervention first. At that age, the EI and CPSE evaluation can and will happen at the same time. That can be very overwhelming for everyone and its a heck of a lot of paperwork.

What needs to be included on your written referral to CPSE?

1. The child’s:

       a. Legal name
       b. Date of birth (a photocopy of a birth certificate should be attached, if available)
       c. Address
       d. Telephone #
       e. Parent/legal guardian’s name
       f. Foster parent/foster agency

2. A statement indicating the reason for referral.

3. A statement specifying if the child has attended any early intervention program and the extent to which the child has received any therapeutic or special education services prior to referral.

4. A description of the language(s) spoken in the child’s home and understood/spoken by the child.

5. The language or other mode of communication preferred by the parent/guardian.
 
Here is the sample letter:
 
Dear (CHAIRPERSON OF CPSE):


I would like to refer my child (INSERT YOUR CHILD'S NAME) to the Preschool Special Education Program. My child's birthdate is (INSERT YOUR CHILD'S BIRTHDATE) and, I am concerned that he/she may have some developmental problems. My child home language is (INSERT LANGUAGE). My child received the following the service in early inverntion: (LIST EARLY INVENTION SERVICES).

I understand that I will be contacted by someone from the CPSE. It is my further understanding that this person will explain the program to me and can help me choose an evaluator from a list that will be provided.

The best time to reach me is on (INSERT DATE AND TIME).

Sincerely,

(INSERT YOUR NAME, FULL MAILING ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Stressfulness

Stress... I can completely live without it.

It seems to me like I am always stress. It is true for some people that they work better under stress. I totally disagree what that. I do not like working under stress and nor do I work good under it. I think the last time I wasn't stress was when I was 17 years old. Junior into senior year of high school....no stress. Sometimes I wish I can take a time machine back there BUT I can't so I'll stop talking about that.

Every where I turn: STRESS! I have to make a plan to reduced this stress. I have too young to have so many gray hairs. I don't know if this plan is going to work... I guess I have to try something.

Let's use Dr. Oz's Stress Proof Your Life:

"Give Yourself a C

We, of course, give you an A for the effort you are putting into completing this challenge, but you need to give yourself lots of foods that are rich in vitamin C.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps fight cell damage that can result from being under pressure and may even help prevent the stress hormone cortisol from spiking after a stressful event. So your first step is super easy: add a vitamin C-rich food to every meal.
 
  • Move for Your Mood

    Yes, we’re talking about exercise. But we’re not talking about burning fat or dropping 7 pounds in a week. We’re talking about the kind of movement that makes you feel better immediately. We know it can be hard to get off the couch or get out the door to the gym, but after you’ve done it, don’t you feel so much better?
     
    Go for a 10-minute walk, climb 10 stairs, or do 10 jumping jacks every day. The goal is to add 10,000 steps to your day (you can also buy a pedometer to make sure you meet your mark). If you’re feeling more ambitious, try the Dr. Oz 20-Minute workout. If you have less time, try Dr. Oz’s ritual morning workout, which can be completed in just 7 minutes.
     

  • Take a Multivitamin

    That's it. Once a day, take a multivitamin. Just as oil helps a car engine run smoothly, essential vitamins and nutrients fight the wear and tear everyday life exerts on your body.

    Look for a multivitamin that includes
    A, C, E, and the B complex vitamins (which can help alleviate stress and anxiety)

     

  • Step up to the Feel-Better Buffet

    Besides your daily dose of vitamin C, there are plenty of other nutrients that, as part of a regular diet, will help you lower stress, feel calmer, and maintain energy. And guess what? They all taste really good. So, go ahead, treat yourself to:

    A few creamy bites of guacamole Avocados are loaded with B vitamins, which stress quickly depletes and which your body needs in order to maintain healthy nerves and brain cells. Or try getting your avocado fix with this Brazilian-inspired shake.

    A palmful of mixed nuts Walnuts help replace those stress-depleted B vitamins, Brazil nuts hop you up on zinc (which is also drained by high anxiety), almonds boost your E (which helps fight cellular damage linked to chronic stress), and pistachios can soften the impact stress hormones have on the body.

    A plate of roasted asparagus Each tender stalk is a source of folic acid, a natural mood lightener. Dip the spears in fat-free yogurt or sour cream for a hit of calcium with each bite.

    A spinach salad These leafy greens are packed with magnesium, which helps regulate your body’s level of cortisol, which tends to get depleted when we’re under pressure.

    A bowl of whole-wheat pasta All carbohydrates prompt the brain to make more serotonin, which is a feel-good chemical. Other healthy options include whole-grain breakfast cereals, breads, and oatmeal. Complex carbs also help you feel balanced by stabilizing blood sugar levels.

    Good-for-you fish Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as salmon and trout, can protect your heart from surges in stress hormones. Aim to eat 4 ounces of fatty fish at least 3 times a week.

    A cup of warm milk Your mother knew what she was doing. Milk (skim, please!) is the perfect bedtime stress buster.


  • Lavender, Take me Away

     Put a few drops of lavender oil in the bath.

  • Ask for a Massage

    Sure, a gift certificate to a spa would go a long way to lowering your stress, but that's a budget buster (and who needs that added stress?). So, call your spouse into the room, ask him to read this and give you the gift of 5-minute relaxation.


  • Sleep it Off

    It’s a vicious cycle: Stress destroys your sleep patterns, and a lack of sleep leads to more stress. So getting good sleep consistently is one of the most important things you can do to feel calmer. Try practicing good sleep hygiene:
    • Keep a consistent bedtime and waking time (even on the weekends)
    • Take the television out of the bedroom
    • Save your bed for sleep (don’t work or write your to-do lists in it)
    • Don’t drink caffeine or alcohol in the evening
    • If you can, reserve the last hour of the day for relaxing activities

  • Get By With a Little Help From Your Friends


  • Social support is one of the biggest contributors to being healthy."

    Sunday, May 8, 2011

    More About Asthma

    Types of Asthma

    There isn't just one type of asthma. The different types of asthma are idenfied by triggers or situations that cause symptoms. Here is some information from Asthma.com about the different types of asthma.

    ALLERGIC ASTHMA


    Allergic asthma is triggered by an allergic reaction to allergens such as pollen or pet dander. If you have allergic asthma, you probably have a personal and/or family history of allergies, such as allergic rhinitis or hay fever, and/or eczema (a skin problem resulting in itching, a red rash, and sometimes small blisters).

    Keep in mind that one form of allergic asthma is seasonal asthma, which usually affects people in the spring or early autumn. For example, you may find that your asthma is worse in the spring when there is an increase in flowering plants, while others find their asthma is worse in the late summer or early fall due to ragweed or mold from leaves on trees.

    Other triggers for allergic asthma include respiratory infections such as the common cold, the flu, or a sinus infection, as well as exercise, cold air, sudden changes in air temperature, and even gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn).

    NONALLERGIC ASTHMA


    Your asthma may be triggered or made worse by one or more nonallergic asthma triggers, including substances (irritants) in the air, such as tobacco smoke, wood smoke, room deodorizers, pine odors, fresh paint, household cleaning products, cooking odors, perfumes, and outdoor air pollution. People with nonallergic asthma may have the same symptoms as those with allergic asthma, but they are not bothered by allergens from the natural world like pollen or mold.

    Other triggers for nonallergic asthma include respiratory infections, such as the common cold, the flu, or a sinus infection, as well as exercise, cold air, sudden changes in air temperature, and even gastroesophageal reflux (heartburn).

    NOCTURNAL ASTHMA


    Nocturnal asthma refers to asthma symptoms that seem worse in the middle of the night, typically between 2AM and 4AM. Interestingly, nocturnal asthma can affect someone with any type of asthma.

    Factors that can cause your asthma symptoms to worsen at night may include sinus infections or postnasal drip caused by allergens such as dust mites or pet dander. Your body clock may also play some role. The body makes adrenaline and corticosteroids, which protect against asthma. Levels of these two substances are lowest between midnight and 4AM, making it more likely you will experience symptoms during these times.

    ASTHMA IN PREGNANCY


    Among pregnant patients who have asthma, one-third will experience improvement in their asthma, one-third will remain stable, and one-third will experience worsening of their asthma. Improved asthma control during pregnancy is associated with lower rates of pregnancy-related complications. So if you have asthma and are pregnant, talk to your doctor about what you might expect and what you can do about your asthma symptoms.

    OCCUPATIONAL ASTHMA


    Occupational asthma refers to asthma that is newly diagnosed and caused by exposure to a substance (chemicals or animal proteins, for example) in the workplace. If you can reduce your exposure to these triggers, you may be able to reduce your asthma symptoms. Keep in mind that occupational asthma does not refer to people already diagnosed with asthma who are more prone to flare-ups when exposed to irritant dusts or fumes in their work environment.

    Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Asthma ...Roar!

    "When you have asthma, your airways narrow and swell. They produce extra mucus, and breathing becomes difficult. The most common asthma signs and symptoms are coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. For some people, asthma symptoms are a minor nuisance. For others, they're a major problem that interferes with daily activities. If you have severe asthma, you may be at risk of a life-threatening asthma attack" (MayoClinic.com, 2011)

    
    Albuterol Inhaler & Spacer

    The Als both suffer from asthma. Asthma interferes with daily activities for both of them. Allergies and colds do the most damage. Asthma can't be cured only controlled.

    Not being able to breathe is terrifying. Not being to tell something that you can't breath correctly is even more terrifying. You have to look for signs of distress.

    "Asthma signs and symptoms include:


    -Shortness of breath

    -Chest tightness or pain

    -Trouble sleeping caused by shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing

    -An audible whistling or wheezing sound when exhaling (wheezing is a common sign of asthma in children)

    -Bouts of coughing or wheezing that are worsened by a respiratory virus such as a cold or the flu" (MayoClinic.com 2011)

    Pulling is also another sign. Pulling happens the base of your neck in the middle of your collar bone of the child's neck dips inward with every breathe and the side abdominal muscles are being used to breathe.

    Thanks to antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs and bronchodilators Little Al is one step closer to being back to normal.

    More about asthma later...I have to give her a treatment.

    Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Cough... Cough... Sniff....Sniff.

    From out of the blue, Little Al got sick this weekend. She is still sick today.

    Sleep? What is that? I really couldn't complain about the lack of sleep. With one or two cups of coffee, I am go to go until 5pm. Which is not bad, if I do say so myself. I think that the must frustrating part of her being sick is her speech difficulties. She can't tell mommy where it hurts. She can't tell mommy that she doesn't what to eat. She can't tell mommy what will make her feel better. She can't tell me how she feels after her asthma treatment.

    All I can do is look for clues of pain and comfort.

    Now it's time for Mommy to get rest.

    Monday, May 2, 2011

    How Many Days Until Summer Vacation?

    40!

    I love numbers...let's begin!

    Today at work I created the school calendars for May, June & September. I feel like that school year has ended already. The last day of school is Tuesday, June 28th. The first day of school for me is Tuesday, Setpember 6th and for the kids Setpember 7th. So that means I have 69 days of vacation. I am drooling! This is the first time I've been this excited for a summer vacations to get here. I am so excited because the Al's will be in Summer School for six weeks and I'll have Big Bea on a time share......I'll actually have time for myself. (SAY WHAT!) There'll be weeks where I'll be child-less for 3.5 hours a day! (more drool) Other weeks, I'll have much needed girl time with Big Bea. I plan on using my time wisely. I am going to finally use my gym membership the way it's suppose to be used. It's going to be a stress-free summer! At least, I hope it is. WEEEEEEEPPPPPPPAAAAAAA!!!!!

    Sunday, May 1, 2011

    My First Blogger Award!!

    Margie, the creator of Tired Mom and Speaking On The Spectrum, pass on the Stylish Blogger Award to yours truly! Thank you so much Margie. You are awesome!



    The rules for accepting this award are as follows:

    1- Thank the person who awarded you and link back to them in your post.
    2- Tell 7 random facts about yourself.

    3- Pass the award to 15 new-found bloggers.

    4- Contact each blogger, informing them of their pending award.

    5- Let the giver of your award know you accept (or not).


    7 random facts about me:

    1- I am a total NERD. I remember every Math and Science lesson every taught to me. I have a poster of The Periodic Table of Elements hanging in my living room and a tee-shirt to match.

    2- I dropped out of college when I was 20. I went to City College of New York and was enrolled in the Mechanical Engineering program. I love the engineering program and it hurt to leave. I dropped out because I was pregnant with Becky and couldn't handle the 18 credit course load. I don't regret leaving.

    3-  I started attending Kaplan University's online program when I was 28. I graduated with an Art & Science Associates and a 4.0 GPA. Mama loves to learn. I hope to start my teaching courses this summer.

    4- I've had my Learner Permit since 2003. Yeah....I need to get driving.

    5- I am addicted to Facebook, coffee and Ziploc bags.

    6- As a child, I hated reading. Now, I enjoy reading and work in an elementary school library.

    7- I have OCD when it comes to paperwork. I don't like to missing something or not knowing where something is. I used to keep track of my husband's paperwork but I stopped because he is not OCD enough.

    I think 15 blogger is going to be hard, but let's see how much I can list.

    1- Miss Metropolitan Junkie by Alifia
    2- The Bee Hive by Wanda
    3- TriBoroDiva by Lisa
    4- Thoughts of a Fat Security Dude by Jay
    5- Cute Flats and a Metrocard by Nicole

     Awesome!