Dealing With Sharps!

Dealing With Sharps!

Recently in a group I am in on social media a mom who was new to the sharps world asked how she is supposed to expose of her used needles if her red plastic sharps container hadn’t come. She happened to be in my same state and I was like “I know this!” It has been a while but Dylan has had a couple medications administered with a needle in her little lifetime. I told her that in our state it was legal to label, tape closed and toss your sharps in a regular plastic container (she had been collecting them in a milk jug, which is pretty common I believe and exactly what I had used when I needed to.) After I gave her that information I Googled and found out I was wrong! Sort of. Even though I thought I was doing the right thing with my sharps, I wasn’t. You are not supposed to toss them in a CLEAR container, like a milk jug, it should be opaque (think laundry detergent or bleach jug), Whoops! Not only that but you can’t put the red plastic sharps containers in the regular garbage because they are labeled biohazard. In this case it’s not the sharps that are the problem, it’s the container! Oh my word… guilty… wait… (This is me hoping the statute of limitations is up…) Well none of these disposal methods are very convenient, you would think those red containers would be the better option. You can’t get those needles out once they are in there, but if you can’t throw the container away it doesn’t...
Special Needs Babywearing

Special Needs Babywearing

This is something that’s relatively new to me! Bear with me, we are all going to learn a little something new here! Last summer we decided that we wanted to start doing all kinds of fun things with our kids. They are a little older, almost all of them walk where you want them to (where you want them to is the kicker) and it’s time to start making memories! There is a place in one of the canyons not very far from me called the Fairy Forrest. People paint rocks and bring them to this little area in the woods a bit off the beaten path where they create a kid of fairy community. Fun! Then I recalled what I read, something about a dried creek bed? Not so dry some parts of the season? Might require some rock jumping or wading? Errr… wheelchair friendly? Not so much. Or what about a cave adventure! There is a cave a couple hours away that we went to with some of our friends back when we were dating. Shoot, that was AGES ago! How fun to take the boys into a cave where they can kind of skip along a marked path, looking at amazing things and learning a little on the way. Yay! But stairs… like a hundred stairs down into the dark earth. Oh my… no stroller in this area. Will my boys ever do any fun adventures again? I started to look into baby wearing, specifically for large children. I was not looking for a mega back pack from some outdoor retailer. (Besides, the weight limit on...
Sibling Troubles? Helpful Tips From Parents!

Sibling Troubles? Helpful Tips From Parents!

We posted a couple weeks ago how you shouldn’t let having a chronically ill or child with special needs hold you back from having more children. Overwhelmingly people who have gone on to have more children are happy that they did and feel like it was the best decision for their family. But, it’s not easy. How do you go about making sure their siblings get as much attention as your more demanding child? It’s easy for mom and dad guilt to creep in, to think that you aren’t doing enough even though you might be. Here are some ideas from the experts, special needs parents. Take them on errands by themselves – Even short trips like the home improvement or grocery store, or even to the gas station, will provide them moments of one on one attention with a parent. It will make them feel special and listened to. Plan a date night (Or a date day!) – A few parents recommended this. Give each sibling a night a month, let them choose what to do, where to go, and have both parents go on the date. Getting away from the distraction of a high needs sibling is crucial to building a relationship – even if it’s only for a few hours a month. Late nights – Have a special night where the sibling gets to stay up a little later and spend time with mom and dad. Remember how cool it was staying up past your bedtime when you were younger? It’s great! And time spent snuggling with mom and dad make it even more special. Find them...
In Case of An Emergency

In Case of An Emergency

I worry quite a bit how my family would respond to the fire alarm going off unexpectedly. Would they freeze, would they hide? Which ones would respond appropriately? My seven-year-old has been known to cry during drills at school, he cannot process the loud noise… and he is one of my typical children! One of my friends recently scared the pants of her five children by intentionally setting off the alarms and having a drill about an hour after they had gone to bed. She said it was frightening to see that some of them just froze! I thought this was a great idea and I plan to scare the pants off my children in the same manner sometime in the next few months. But if I am worried about my typical children, what about my sweet daughter who may forever function on the level of a one-year-old? What if there is an older individual under your care? Many cities have programs where you put a sticker on the home windows of people who are impaired in some manner and might not be able to get out of the house on their own. I know my state has a registry as well. You might want to see if this is a service available to your family if this is a concern. A simple Google Search shows me that there is likely one for every state. But what about car accidents! What if you are unconscious and someone comes to help your special needs child. How will they respond, what will they do? There are a few different medical alert...
I Can’t Wait to See You Bloom

I Can’t Wait to See You Bloom

I have made the best friends through social media – Really amazing and inspirations children and parents. One of my closer online friends Jamie posted this narrative the other day: Last fall I sprayed vegetation killer on a small area in our backyard. I then placed these red bricks for a makeshift very-cheap patio. (It was a really ugly area, so even a cheap patio was better than what we had). I hadn’t thought much about this area until I looked outside and saw these daffodil’s sprouting a few weeks back. Even then, I still didn’t give it much thought because I figured they wouldn’t make it very far, what with 20 pound bricks on top of them. When I got home from vacation I looked outside and noticed they were still growing, despite the odds. They don’t seem to care that I *literally* tried to kill them. They don’t seem to care that there is a brick on top of them. They aren’t detoured. Do you see how crooked those bricks are? They were in perfectly straight rows before those daffodils started blooming. That means that the daffodils, which weigh, what, an ounce??? Are pushing those bricks out of their way.  Snow, wind, storms and every other weather condition had been unable move them. But the tulips did. The daffodils have one job and the bricks are in the way, so the only solution for the daffodil is to simply move the bricks. I’m sure their little daffodil friends mocked them when they said they were going to move the brick out of its way. But they didn’t listen to the mocking, they...