Autism and mitochondria – Colt’s Journey (Day 1 – 140)

Dear Wendy,
 
It was wonderful meeting you on the phone today. Below is an e-mail I recently shared with a concerned parent of an Autistic child … there are two wonderful articles regarding Autism and dysfunctional mitochondria and Autism and gene expression … 
 
I look forward to staying in touch and one day meeting you at convention.
 
God Bless,
 
Stephanie
 

I know that one day soon, we will find the missing pieces of the Autistic Puzzle! The nutritional supplement is ageLOC Vitality. The main ingredients are cordyceps mushroom, pomegranate and ginseng. It has been designed to rejuvenate and support our mitochondria. 
 
 I also wanted to share with you a very encouraging article regarding Autism and gene expression. I am very excited about this research because the company that develops the supplement that we speak of … does just that … researches aging effects by mapping our gene expression through what they call heat mapping. I have put this information in front of the lead scientist of the firm.

http://www.health.com/health/article/0,,20412038_1,00.html

Ageloc Vitality is specific to supporting and rejuvenating our mitochondria. The ability to create such a supplement is because of a science used to map our gene expression …  heat mapping displays the expressions of our genes and how they change or loose vitality as we age. 

Below is a link to more info on this supplement plus my son’s amazing journey.  
 
We are now hearing wonderful testimonies on how this very same supplement is helping those with alzheimer’s … I will look those up and share in my next e-mail.
   
I now know in my heart that God wants me to share my son’s inspiring story. Colt is 9 years old and is challenged with Autism. He was diagnosed ~ 6 years ago and he falls smack in the middle of theASD spectrum. God has blessed us a step at a time introducing us to wonderful educators and specialists. At the early age of 16 months, Colt has been receiving early intervention therapies. 
 
Last year I was introduced to a company which the business opportunity was a blessing financially, but now I know God has bigger plans. Last September, this firm launched to the market a nutritional supplement that is specific to supporting and rejuvenating our mitochondria. Last November a study was published connecting Autism with a dysfunctional mitochondria … when I read the study I stopped in my tracks (or rather God stopped me in my tracks) I immediately wrote to my up-line sponsor and asked if I could get the info in front of one of our scientists to see if the supplement would be safe and beneficial for my son. The very next day I received an e-mail from the firm’s chief scientist, recommending a safe and possible beneficial dose for Colt. 
 
Today is day 157 and I am proud to say that my son’s world has opened up. His progress since this supplement was introduced to his diet has been phenomenal. His eye to eye contact has returned, he is engaged in conversation, he is playing with other children on the playground, he is inviting friends over to the house, the flapping of his arms and tippy toe walking has decreased significantly, he is PRESENT! 
 
Please note that we are not making any medical claims. We have been blessed that Colt has responded so beautifully to this supplement, but we also know that not all individuals will have the same results.
 
ageLOC Vitality: http://www.nsedreams.com/pwp/productInfo.do?pwpID=US1177622&prodId=01003736&textCacheLocale=en_US

We still have a lot of work to do, but a world has opened up for Colt and he is now participating in his own life. I have been keeping a journal of Colt’s journey and I would like to share it with you. 

 
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We also tried the GF/CF diet for over an entire year. We were hopeful, but saw very little progress. With the introduction of Vitality into Colt’s diet, we witnessed Colt’s world opening up on day #2 as you will read below.
 
Colt has no known allergies nor does he take any medications.
 
I have attached a link to the article that was published in Autism Speaks connecting Autism with mitochondria dysfunction. This article not only caught my attention, it has helped to open a window for my son.
 
http://blog.autismspeaks.org/2010/11/30/science-more-mito-dysfunction-than-expected/

 “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” Mark 11:24
 
Stephanie 

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December 04th . Day 1: Colt took 1 Vitality – 9 am
 

better eye contact 2 hours after he took his supplement

December 05th . Day 2: Colt took 2 Vitality – 9 am
 

Better eye contact. Excess energy in the area of his libido (tell you that story another time) … taking it back down to 1 vitality

December 06th . Day 3: 1 Vitality – 3 pm

better eye contact and thought process when forming his sentences and relaying his ideas
swam 10 laps in the pool after having been out of the pool for 13 days. His para was beyond proud as she thought he might make 6 laps, tippy toe walking is getting less, obsession with computer lessening. Colt was able to occupy himself with music, watch a movie, help dad pick out a Christmas tree and get involved with the family looking at all the christmas ornaments and tell stories to me while I was cooking dinner. Flapping of arms lessened … trying to dance instead of jumping and flapping his arms sporadically when he gets over stimulated. Actually, he didn’t get over stimulated last night. Colt went to bed at 9 pm.

 
December 07th . Day 4: 1 Vitality – 7 am and 1 Vitality – 3 pm
 

Colt woke up at 6:30 am. He seemed to feel pretty refreshed. Colt enjoys his Vitality mixed in with his yogurt.
Picked up Colt from school at 2:30 pm. Tana informed me that Colt had a fabulous morning. Stayed focused and his swimming/ diving went really well.
1:15 Colt became confused and anxious. His autistic tendencies came back full blown with the uncomfortable flapping of the arms and wanting to leave the room/ situation.
3:00 pm we are at home. Dave and I decided to give Colt one more Vitality to see if the above was caused because the morning dose was not enough.
4:26 pm Colt has decided to read Christmas stories and listen to music instead of having his computer privileges. He is still bouncing around, but trying to dance instead of simply flapping arms and making funny faces. And … Colt just asked me if we could go and see “Tron Legacy” at the movie theatre … this is HUGE because he doesn’t like to go out … he would rather wait until a movie come out on DVD or Net Flix!
6:00 pm Colt still hasn’t asked to use the computer and Dave and I are not going to offer it. He willingly sat down and did 3 pages of his home work and we just finished reading three chapters in a Christmas story book.
8:00 pm … WOW. Colt made it through the entire day not once getting on the computer. He actually enjoyed some time with his family and we thoroughly enjoy having him participate with us! He went to bed at 8:00 pm.

Siblings … still interacting as usual … provoking one another …

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December 08th . Day 5: 1 vitality plus 2 jungamals at 7:00 am . 1 vitality at 3:30 pm

Colt woke up at 6:40 am and was wondering why I didn’t get him up earlier. He was hungry for some breakfast. I still had to help him get dressed, but the morning went smoothly. I pick him up at 2:30 pm … will check in with Tana (para professional) at that time …

BREAK THROUGH! Wow .. Colt had an amazing day at school. Tana couldn’t contain her excitement! Colt actually sat with a new friend at lunch, but that wasn’t all. He PLAYED with friends on the playground and actually enjoyed it. Colt climbed the chain ladder, played tether ball, went down the slides … this is hug! Colt’s typical day on the playground is walking the parameter of the playground flapping his little arms and staying away from the kids.

I gave Colt his second Vitality at 3:30 pm. Today he asked if he could use the computer. I suggested that we read a book first. We actually snuggled and read an 11 chapter Christmas book ( an hour ). Dave and I did let Colt use the computer for 30 minutes afterwards, but within 15 minutes on the computer, he started flapping his arms so we suggested that we do something different. Computer went off.

We are decorating the Christmas tree and Colt is not interested in helping. We told him that it is important that he participate so Colt decided to go and find some Christmas music. “We need background music to help” said Colt … quote unquote.

Colt still had his moments today. Running around and making some funny faces while the music was playing, but I am still hopeful and so excited about his playground experience and participation!

December 09th . Day 6: 1 Vitality at 7:00 am . 1 Vitality at 3:40 pm

Another amazing Day for Colt … he is starting to socialize and play on the playground. Last night was also a wonderful observation … Hunter had her Christmas performance. Dave, Colt and I were in the audience. A friend was sitting in the row in front and her 1 year old daughter started fussing. Colt was not bothered. He simply moved to the other side of Dave to be one seat further away. WOW!

December 10th . Day 7: 1 Vitality at 7 am . 1 vitality at 3:15 pm

Colt’s swimming is getting stronger. His response time both physically and mentally is present. At the school Christmas performance rehearsal, Colt did get tired … the standing around, hot lights, and routine of a traditional rehearsal seemed lengthy for most of the kids. In the past, Colt has always had his para with him, escorting him on and off stage as well as during the necessary times behind stage … today, Colt informed his para that he could handle it and that he can hang out with his class mates … WOW!

On our drive home from school today, Dave told a joke in the car … Colt picked up on it and added to it …

Subtle observations, but HUGE progress in this family!

Today isn’t quite over yet … our Christmas tree fell over in the middle of the night, so we have some re-decorating to do. This morning when we woke to the “CRASH” Colt told me not to worry … “mom, we’ll get it back together after school”.

Colt still likes the repetition of music phrases … catching him on the computer going over and over one section of music. Two steps forward, one back.

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December 11th . Day 8: 1 Vitality at 8:00 am . 1 Vitality at 3:30 pm

Colt had a very productive Saturday. Colt helped his sister with a new language program “Hooked on French”. He did spend time on the computer listening to music, however he is picking up rhythm … trying to dance instead of simply flapping his arms. Colt also has been “present” … I like to use that word because he is engaging in conversation, reading books to us and telling us stories. His creativity is blossoming. And, Friday evening Colt sat still for an entire 3 hour film. Another FIRST!

December 12th . Day 9: 1 Vitality at 8 am … no afternoon dose

Colt had a wonderful morning. He is … PRESENT. He is playing and interacting with his sister. We gave Colt more computer time this morning, but told him that if he started jumping around and flapping his “wings” he would have to choose something else to do. We kept a close eye on him … Colt would catch himself and start to dance instead … I give him credit!

3:00 pm the kids decorated gingerbread cookies. Colt was so proud of his man creation!

Around 4:45 pm Colt started to run around in circles again … head down, jumping and running … Dave and I asked him what he was doing … “I’m thinking … this is how I can think.” Time had escaped me and I had forgotten to give Colt his afternoon Vitality. Nervous that it might keep him up all night, Dave and I decided to wait and give him another in the morning.

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December 13th . Day 10: 1 Vitality at 7:15 am . 1 Vitality at 3:00 pm

Colt had a hard time waking up this morning. I let him sleep in until 7:15 am. I called his bus driver and told her that I would bring Colt to school this morning. I must say, Colt did get himself dressed all by himself Smile. Today was a switch … it is usually Colt up early and our princess Hunter that needs the extra beauty sleep. Hunter made the bus and Colt got a ride. Will see how he does in swimming this morning …

Colt’s days at school seem to be evening out. He was a bit tired throughout the day, but was able to focus on what needed to get done. No major breakthroughs however his level of engagement has changed for the better.

December 14th . Day 11: 1 Vitality at 7:00 am . 1 Vitality at 3:00 pm

Today is Colt’s performance night. I know that he is excited and nervous. The rehearsal was this morning and Miss Tana said that he did a fine job. She purposely sat in the audience to see if Colt could handle the task of staying with his class behind stage and follow direction when it was their turn … 2 thumbs up!

6:30 pm had to get Colt to Sitka performing Arts Center. The 3rd and 5th graders will perform … program will last ~ 1 1/2 hours. Colt did GREAT! He not only kept up with his class and the direction, but he was singing the songs and was really enjoying the experience. After the performance he gave me a HUGE hug and wanted to know if we could have some “family time” before going to bed. He also enjoyed watching the performance on video and sang the songs all over again!

December 15th . Day 12: 1 Vitality at 6:45 am . 1 Vitality at 4:30 pm

Another good day for Colt. He is counting down the days until Christmas and reminded me that he has an “Australian” Holiday Party in school on Friday. I didn’t get to speak with his para today as we had Colt take the bus home, but he was very cooperative doing his homework this evening. He wasn’t as focused as I would have like, but he didn’t put up a fight which is typical. Also, I was starting a baking project just before the kids were in bed … Colt came in the kitchen and wanted to help me. Unfortunately it was too late for him to stay up and help, but we have many more projects over the next few days.

Again, the changes are becoming more subtle or maybe it is because they are becoming more consistent … just loving the fact that he wants to participate and not disappear into another world.

December 16th . Day 13: 1 Vitality at 7:00 am . 1 Vitality at 4:45 pm

The days are becoming more consistant with Colt’s presence or awareness. This is making it harder for Dave and I in regards to noticing changes, however Colt is emerging from his shell. He is becoming aware of his expressions, emotions and actions. I feel as though I am getting to know my son all over again.

Today was another milestone … Dave was incredibly sick to the point that I was afraid he might pass out. I had to pick the kids up from school and take Hunter and her friend to ballet. I was nervous leaving Dave. I did call Kelley (my friend) to let her know what was going on.

1.) When I picked Hunter up from school, I also picked up her friend Dyana. When it was time to get Colt, he was perfectly fine knowing that another child was in the car (this is usually not a comfortable situation for Colt and he would rather take his bus … another child in our car is “out of routine” for Colt.).

2.) I told Colt that he had to be a big boy and take care of his dad for me while I took the girls to ballet. He told me not to worry and that he would make sure dad was fine. I also asked Colt to call me every 20 minutes to check in … and he did.

3.) At dinner, Colt filled me in on how he took care of his dad and what he thought might make Dave feel better. Colt suggested that Dave eat only chicken noodle soup to take the pain away from his stomach.

4.) Colt also made a Christmas ornament for us. He was incedibly proud. Again, in the past I was the one who would get excited about his projects and he would just say “yeah, we made this in class” and not really have any enthusiasm or understanding of what he had achieved. Today he showed Dave and I all his art projects and went into detail on how he made them …

I am finding myself sitting back and watching in amazement my son. He has always been a wonderful child, but over these years, I was in the habit of constantly reminding Colt of what he needed to do trying to keep him on track … today, Colt was acting like a typical 8 year old. I know that we have a long way to go, but for those of us who know Colt … we are meeting him all over again :~)

The holidays will be a wonderful time to see how Colt interacts or reacts to folks coming over to the house … this will be our biggest challenge as our home is Colt’s sanctuary and he is very uncomfortable when other children come to visit … to the point that he will hide in his room for the entire time the visitors are here.

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December 17th . Day 14: 1 Vitality at 7:00 am . 1 Vitality at 3:00 pm

Colt’s interaction/ engagement is becoming more consistant.

I met Colt at school today for his Christmas party and also to deliver presents to his teachers. When I arrived, his para told me that Colt was getting a bit overwelmed with all the Christmas confusion and wanted to hang out in Miss Pilgrim’s room (quiet space). When I asked if Colt wanted to deliver presents with me, his face lit up light a christmas tree … he was so excited to show me where all his teachers were AND he wanted his teachers to open their gifts right there so he coluld explain what was in each parcel.

After we finished delivering gifts, we went back into his class to participate in the Christmas “Australian” Party. Colt went by himself to the snack table and picked out a nice assortment of foods to try all by himself. Afterwards, I had to go to Hunter’s school. As the timing was tight, I asked Colt if he wouldn’t mind taking the school bus home. He was fine with that.

Tana also told me that Colt was looking for his new friend to sit with her at lunch. Also, Veronica encouraged Colt to climb up and go down the slides with her. Veronica is in 2nd grade and has to go in a few minutes earlier than Colt at recess. When she went down the slide, she ran in leaving Colt at the top with a lot of loud kids. When he came down, he told Tana (para) that it was too crowded up there, but he managed and didn’t panic!

3:00 pm I gave Colt his second Vitality.

The kids are excited to be out for Christmas vacation. Both Colt and Hunter continually remind Dave and I how many days until Santa comes AND Colt pulled me aside and asked if he could help wrap presents. Absolutely, mom needs help. We also made a list of projects that we want to do this up-coming week.

8:00 pm the movie Avatar came on. Colt joined in and watched the movie with us until he realized that he had seen it twice before and asked if he could go in his room and watch a Christmas special instead.

December 18th . Day 15: 1 Vitality at 8:30 am . no afternoon dose

This morning the kids have been getting on each other’s nerves. Colt would usually drop everything and help Hunter with whatever, but this morning … he told me that if Hunter can wait for a few minutes he will help her, if she can’t wait … then he was sorry, but he was busy with some research. He is investigating music compositions specifically “house music sample breakdowns”.

We are still finding that when Colt spends too much time on the computer he gets lost in a zone and starts to flap his arms and makes funny faces. As long as we can engage him in a conversation, that sensory release tends to decrease. His conversation skills are continuing to get better. Instead of talking at us with facts, Colt is interacting and responding in a real back and forth conversation.

I had some ladies over for a meeting. Cindy brought her grandson who is 14 months old. Colt saw that their was a baby in the house. Instead of the normal panic mode where he would rundowstairs and hide in his room, Colt stayed up-stairs in the master bedroom and simply closed the door. Again, this is another improvement.

2:30 pm … I had to go to the hospital for an unexpected emergency. Everything is OK. I bring this incident up because Colt stayed “out of his shell” to make sure that I was alright.

Also, because of the incident … I forgot to give Colt his second dose of Vitality.

Colt continues to stay pretty calm even without the second dose.

December 19th . Day 16: 1 Vitality at 9:00 am . no second dose

Colt had a really hard time waking up this morning. He said that he was really really tired. I gave him his Vitality ~ 9:00 am.

It is 12:27 pm … Colt is on the computer listening to more music. I had to remind him twice so far not to flap his arms. Hunter went in the room to dance. Colt is now dancing/ excerising to the music with his sister. Jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, running in place …. maybe I need to join them :~) He is keeping his heels down! Hunter is leading a GREAT exercise class and Colt is following along … Wow, they have been at this now for 20 minutes.

The day couldn’t get any better. 3:30 pm Colt decided to join us for a pizza dinner and movie out. This is significant because Hunter’s little friend, Vicky (5 years old) is coming with us. At the restaurant, Colt actually engaged in conversation with Vicky … a real back and forth conversation! And we all enjoyed the film. And Colt did not try to run out and beat the crowd. Again, social situations are difficult for Colt and he trys to avoid them if at all possible … On the ride home, again, Colt was comfortable having Vicky ride with us! For me, another WOW!

Colt did not take his second dose, but seems calm and on track …

And I have to thank Colt’s little sister, Hunter … she is a super support and trys to keep Colt on track.

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December 20th . Day 17: 1 Vitality at 9:30 am . no Vitality in the afternoon

The day is just starting and Colt woke up refreshed and not groggy … looking forward to another wonderful day!

December 21 – 26th . days 18 – 23: each day 1 Vitality in the morning and 1 in the afternoon ~ 3 pm

Everyday becomes more and more obvious that Colt’s window of presence is sustaining. The breakthroughs are an everyday occurence.

I took the kids Christmas shopping. We had a GREAT day! Shopping, shopping, lunch, and shopping some more. The kids were having such a fun time we forgot about the time. Colt did amazingly well to the point that he forgot about the time and our adventure didn’t seem to bother him at all. Again, this is NOT typical for Colt. He usually will tolerate one or two errands before he insists that we go home (routine thing). Today … we were able to be spontaneous, enjoy lunch out at a restaurant and shop at stores even with lots of crowds!

Christmas eve … surprise visit from a friend and his daughter, Luke and Angeline. Angeline is 6 years old … another step in the right direction, Colt did not hide. He was fine with company in the house.

Christmas morning both Colt and Hunter woke us up at 1:30 am excited that Santa had come … getting those kids back to bed was impossible … so I was up with them until ~ 5 am! We all went back to sleep … but they were bright eyed and bushy tailed at 7:30 am … WOW!

I only wish I had this one moment on film … 2 am … Colt was so excited. He ran over to me and gave me a huge hug and said “This is the BEST day ever!” Santa was good to the children, but this is the first time Colt actually understood/ embraced what Christmas was all about.

We are still working on the flapping of the arms and running on his tippy toes when Colt gets over stimulated, but these actions are becoming noticeably less … BIGGEST IMPROVEMENT … Colt interacts and engages with us. Again, everyday that window stays open longer and longer.

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December 27th . day 24 . 1 Vitality at 8:00 am . no afternoon dose

Another wonderful start to a promising day. Colt is reading his sister a book and they are having a very cute discussion about what they want to name their new ELF …

It is snowing outside … kids are both hoping that enough will come down to build a snowman.

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December 28th . day 25 . 1 Vitality at 7:30 am . no afternoon dose

GREAT day! Hunter had a friend over for the entire day. 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. Vicky is 5 years old … Colt was not bothered. He did not hide. He didn’t necessarily play with the girls, but he did not hide in his room all day … he came up and helped himself to snacks, talked with them for a bit and was … O.K. Around 4:30 pm he did get a bit nervous and asked that I call vicky’s mom. He didn’t want Vicky to stay for a sleepover … after I assured him that Vicky would be going home … he was fine.

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December 29th . day 26 . 1 Vitality at 8:30 am . 1 vitality at 2:30 pm

Another really nice day. I’m using Colt’s social opening to have playdates for Hunter. Another friend over at 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm … Colt was hangin’ out with the girls. He actually came and helped us make popcorn. And when Alyssa’s mom came to pick Alyssa up … Colt came out to say “hi” and bye” …

Still working on his tippy toe walking and flapping wings … but all is GOOD!

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December 30th – January 02nd . days 27 – 30 .  each day 1 Vitality in the morning ~ 9:00 am and 1 Vitality in the afternoon ~ 4:00 pm

Everyday Colt’s window of social engagement contiues to stay open! He knows and feels the difference. Colt is now choosing not to seclude himself, but participate in family activites. In the past, Dave and I would have to make Colt join in … this is no longer the case.

December 30th … Hunter and I were playing a board game. We asked Colt if he would like to join us. Not only did he decide to try … we played, laughed, giggled for ~ 1 1/2 hours!

December 31st … Hunter was at a birthday sleep-over, Dave fell asleep early that evening … and Colt and I stayed up to bring in the new year! We watched movies and the fireworks outside!

January 2nd … Colt came to church with me and Hunter this morning. We also went out to lunch. Again, both places filled with people and children. Colt was absolutely fine! He also helped us take the ornaments off the Christmas tree. This is important to know because he was not asked and … he was offered computer privileges. Colt told us that he would rather help his family!

… back to school tomorow … I will be curious as to how Colt’s transition back to the school routine is and, of course, his teachers observations after not working with Colt for 2 weeks.

What a wonderful ending to 2010 and a very promising beginning to 2011!

January 03rd . day 31 . 1 vitality at 7:00 am and 1 Vitality at 3:30 pm

Fisrt day back to school after Christmas break. Both babies were a bit sluggish to rise and shine at 6:15 am, but they did and they both made it in time to catch the bus.

2:25 pm . Hunter and I stopped by Colt’s school to pick him up … HOPSCOTH and WALL TAG! Both games that he played at recess. His para was very proud of Colt’s focus today.

On our way home from school, I had to stop at the grocery store. Colt didn’t complain … instead, he put in a snack request :~)

When we got home …. another wow … Colt did not insist on getting on the computer. He told his dad all about his day at school, helped put the groceries away and asked for a snack. He did take advantage of his computer privileges for 45 minutes, but when it was time to get off … no complaints.

Home work … one page we agreed upon … and one page without a fuss!

Dinner time … a family of 4 with many conversations … I’m starting to get used to this!

Bed at 8 pm.

Thank you Lord for a perfect day :~)

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January 04th . day 32 . 1 Vitality at 6:45 am and 1 Vitality at 6:00 pm

Another good day at school. Colt is participating and playing with his friends, but today he was complaining of having an up-set stomach. His para said that his focus on his assignments was off, but Colt also hadn’t told her about not feeling well until later in the afternoon and we gathered that was why his focus was off.

2:30 pm With a HUGE smile on his face, Colt told me “Thanks mom for picking me up because I don’t feel well.” I told both Colt and Hunter that their dad wasn’t feeling the best either … his toe hurt. As soon as we got home, Colt ran inside and wanted to make certain his dad was O.K. and wanted to let him know that it was alright because he didn’t feel too hot either :~) Colt proceeded to get Dave a glass of juice to make him feel better and also wanted to make sure that I knew dad might need my assistance.

Again, Colt told his dad and I all about his day at school and forgot about his computer privileges … we enjoyed the conversation and made some pop-corn. Colt did jump on the computer to listen to Billy Joel music … and is now practicing dance moves!

5:15 pm time for homework … Colt enjoys practicing his cursive hand writing. Math is another matter. Lost total focus and started complaining and getting fidgety. I realized he hadn’t had second Vitality …

6 pm gave Colt his second Vitality. Within minutes back on track. Not complaining and we were able to fiinish one page of math problems. It took us ~ 20 minutes whereas we were struggling for 20 minutes before.

Another great meal-time … all 4 in conversation. Hunter decided to read us two books during dinner as well :~)

Colt took a shower and got dressed on his own initiative  and also reminded Hunter that she had to do the same.

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January 05th . day 33 . 1 Vitality at 6:45 am . 1 Vitality at 6:00 pm

Rise and shine. Colt got up at 6:30 am without an issue. He even got dressed for school and came up for breakfast before I had to remind him! He had a good appetite this morning … hoping his queezy stomach from yesterday won’t be an issue today.

Colt still needs to catch up with his gross motor skills. We are planning on bringing his bike to school this week so his teachers can work with him on that during recess and PT time.

Nice afternoon. Colt did his homework without a fuss  … and again, a good appetite! And did I mention … Colt is really getting into dancing. I am impressed with the rythm and he is now attempting “break-dancing” moves!

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January 06th . day 34 . 1 vitality at 6:45 am . 1 Vitality at 5:00 pm

GREAT morning … up without a struggle, great appetite for breakfast, good morning at school … AND did I say something?

Dave and I got a call from the school, Colt fell on the playground. I spoke with Colt on the phone and he sounded scared so I went down to see him and make certain he was OK.

The good news is that Colt is having a really fun time playing with his new friends … the bad news is, his gross motor skills are still a bit delayed. One of the children accidently ran into Colt and he lost his balance.  When he fell .. he went face first into a pile of rocks! OUCH! His reaction time wasn’t enough for his hands to come out and protect his face.

We didn’t know the extend of the injuries and I’m not one to gamble with a head wound … so off to the doctors. he is fine … bumps and bruises, but his beautiful little nose is broken. He is such a trooper … and he will be just fine!

I think I was just as shaken up as he was.

~ 5:00 pm Colt reminded me to give him his Vitality. “This should help me heel better”

A little shaken up, but resting well this evening.

Keeping Colt home from school tomorrow.

January 07th . day 35 . 1 Vitality ~ 7:30 am and 1 Vitality at 3:30 pm

Good morning. Colt slept well all night. When he got up, Colt was concerned about all of his cuts, but he is healing up really nicely. I can see that he is a bit more stiff or hesitant in his movements. I’m sure he is sore …

The dark circles under his eyes are increasing … but not too bad … he has been complaining of an itchy nose … we don’t want him to rub it so he has been putting on a warm wash cloth.

Snuggled and watched TV shows most of the morning … ~ 10 am Colt wanted to listen to music and dance … he has been enjoying various “nightclub” style french artists????? and wanted me to listen and watch him dance. His movement a bit more withdrawn or cautious … but he was really concentrating.

During the day, Dave and I noticed Colt starting to make blinking or squinting faces … on and off for the afternoon … pretty much stopped around dinner time. We asked him if he had a head ache or if his eyes hurt … “no” … was his response.

~ 3:30 pm Colt took his second Vitality.

This evening his stomach is bloated … and he has not had a regular BM … having him drink lots of water and relax.

Colt went to bed at 8:30 pm … still not able to go to the bathroom …

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January 8th . day 36 . 1 Vitality at 8:30 am and 1 Vitality at 6 pm

Colt had a good morning. I had to rush out and do a “Girl Scout Cookie” drive with Hunter, but he and dad were relaxing when we left.

YEAH!  …. Colt was able to go to the bathroom … rarely is he constipated and I was a bit concerned …

Had some work to attend to, but a good afternoon for us all!

January 09th . day 37 . 1 Vitality at 9 am and 1 Vitality at 4:45 pm

Colt woke me up and wanted to watch some t.v. and relax before we went to church! This is week two that I have brought Colt to Church with me since he was in diapers …. WOW, he really sees what is going on! We went to church … an amazing sermon … and I watched AND heard my son sing! I am a woman of faith and today The Lord opened another door!

When we returned home we got a phone call from a friend of Colt’s from school … she wanted to come over for a visit.

Colt had his first ever play-date for an hour and a half!!!

A simple day … an amazing day!!!!

And Colt’s bumps and bruises are healing really well.

And this family is embracing a miracle emerging!

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January 10th . day 38 . 1 Vitality at 7:00 am and 1 Vitality at 6:00 pm

Another good morning. Colt woke up bright eyed and bushy tailed. Both kiddos got themselves dressed and ate a good breakfast.

Dave and I have been noticing that Colt’s appetite has gotten better. He will now sit down the entire time at the table with us and finish his meal. Before it was a constant reminder … “Colt, get back to the table and sit down. You need to finish your dinner” … sort of thing. A typical evening meal before would be that he would get up and run around 3 – 4 times during the meal … running or pacing and flapping his arms.

Looking forward to seeing how his day at school went …

Dave met Colt after school as I had to take the girls around to sell girl scout cookies. hunter and i got home ~ 5 pm. Colt and Dave seemed very relaxed. As soon as i got dinner prepared and in the oven Colt sat down with me for ~ 20 minutes and did his homework. He also studied his spelling words with his dad.

Again, Colt’s appetite is much better. At dinner he sat down and didn’t fidget around. he sat and ate his entire meal.

After dinner, the kids washed up for bed and we read some stories for ~ 30 minutes.

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January 11 . day 39 . 1 Vitality @ 6:50 am and 1 Vitality @ 3:15 pm

Colt’s days are becoming all the more consistant. This wonderful window is staying open! No major breakthroughs, however he continues to engage. Still playing with his friends on the playground, focus is much better on his work both at school and at home. We are engaging in conversations and the best part is that Colt is responding to subtle jokes … even if it is on Spongebob Squarepants!

last night we were reading and talking about some old fashioned nursery rhymes …

and the “little girls are made of sugar and spice and everything nice” came up … today Colt told me when he got home that

he was made of sugar and spice and everything nice and his sister was made of snakes and snails and puppy dog tails … because it was more fitting :~)

What can I say … another GREAT day!

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January 12. DAY 40 . 1 Vitality @ 7:00 am and 1 Vitality @ 5:00 pm

I am going to start todays journal backwards.

” Today Colt was raising his hand and participating in a class discussion. Yesterday he did an amazing job with an independent writing activity. Awesome!!!” Jenny Grant … Colt’s homeroom teacher.

I feel like that says it all! But there is even more.

I picked up Hunter and her friend, Bella, from school today … girl scout cookie orders … we walked around with a third friend, Keeley and her little brother, sister and mom (thank you Sherry!!!!). After our big adventure out, Hunter and I invited everyone back to the house for hot cocoa and pop-corn. O.K. do you get the picture I’m painting … three 6 year old little girls, a 4 year old little boy and an 18 month old little girl ALL coming over to the house … AND Colt is home.

And not a problem at all.

No, Colt did not hang out with us, however he did not panic, he did not complain, he did not hide … he simpy went into his bedroom and decided to watch a movie until all the kids were gone. Afterwards, he did tell me ” mom, you are now having too many playdates for Hunter “. What can I say …. I just gave him a big hug and thanked him for being a GREAT big brother!

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January 13 . Day 41 . 1 1/2 Vitality at 7:00 am . 1 Vitality at 6:00 pm

Started off this morning with 1 1/2 Vitality. Colt’s appetite continues to be healthy. I made him a big breakfast, but the bus arrived just when he had started eating, so I told to bus driver to go on without Colt and I would bring him to school. Colt ate his entire breakfast, got ready for school and waited in the car ’til I was ready. When we arrived at school, I asked Colt if he wanted me to walk him out to the play ground to meet his para … “No thanks, mom. I can do it myself”. I gave him a big hug.

We are noticing that by giving Colt a Vitality later in the afternoon/ early evening, he sleeps so much better and wakes up that much more refreshed.

Another GREAT report for Colt. Colt took the bus home today as I had to take Hunter to ballet. He told his dad that he sat with a pre-schooler and tried to be his friend. Please note: the bus that Colt takes is for challenged children. On the days that the pre-schoolers are onboard, Colt is most stressed … today Colt decided to help out the youngsters!

When I got home Colt was happy, energetic, but not so focused. Homework was a difficult task tonight. Took both Dave and me to sit down and work with him. What we did notice is that Colt has more control over his gross motor skills. His energy is higher, but he isalso coordinated especially when he is dancing and he has been keeping his heals down!

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January 14 . Day 42 . 1 1/2 Vitality at 7 am . 1 Vitality at 2:45 pm

What can I say. A perfect morning. Colt got himself dressed for school, ate his entire breakfast without jumping around and gave me a kiss good bye :~)

Picked Colt up from school at 1:30 (early Fridays) and another great report … coming out of a classroom one of Colt’s teachers (she work

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