So, when the parents do this, it's a horrible and tragic accident, right? That could happen to anyone. Let's take that *same* set of parents, and say that it was a daycare provider who caused their child's death. Do you really think the parents would be ok with calling it a tragic accident? No, they would be screaming from the rooftops for the person "in charge" to rot their selves in prison forever.
Why should parents be held up to a less higher standard than anyone else? THEY are the parents!”
“As the parent of a severely autistic, non-verbal, self injurous child, I can tell you this much.
***When you see your child injuring themselves, you are desperate to try anything.*****
My daughter is ten. She has been on Risperdal, which is an anti-psychotic, since she was four years old. Did you read that right? Four.Years.Old. We've tried twice taking her off it. The first time, we didn't replace it with anything, and it was a disaster. She was soon banging her head against walls, hurting herself and others. The second time, just recently, we tried her on Abilify. It was an even bigger disaster. It was like someone gave her speed. She went two weeks not eating or sleeping, getting sent home from school for her behavoir, until we put her back on it.
Every child with autism is different and no one is saying this will help every child. But, for Gods sake, why would you at least not TRY it? Is it better to have your child injuring themselves to the point of death? Or on dangerous psychotic meds that have never really even been tested on kids?
This story is heartbreaking, and unless someone has actually been in this situation, they literally cannot imagine the heartache these kids and parents deal with every day. If Medical Marijuana were legal in my state, I would've requested it for my child years ago.”
chatnuptime1 on Jan 31, 2013 at 18:39:49
“Just trying to jin up support for the big drug cartel. peoples health doesn't come to the mind. After all money is capital to them. And the GOP is about nothing but capital. Their family Value God the Almighty dollar.”
Sunlogic on Jan 31, 2013 at 17:40:06
“I'm sorry your family is going through this. It should be flat out legal across the US, but our government holds a firm stance based on ignorance. Minds must be changed so that people have the right to choose how they medicate for their illness, and not have that dictated by an ignorant government entrenched in its own selfish interests in maintaining this for profit drug war. I think our voices are slowly being heard as we gain victories like those in Oregon and Colorado. The amazing thing is that really any state that sells alcohol already has a system in place where cannabis could be regulated, taxed, and sold with an age requirement, or for medical need. Being that the Centers for Disease Controls have no numbers on cannabis related deaths, and we know that you cannot overdose in it, wouldn't anyone see it as a time to use some rationality?”
drumz on Jan 31, 2013 at 17:23:27
“Don't let the legality stop you from helping your child.”
I'm a sahm of an 8 and 10 year old. My ten year old daughter is disabled. She has atypical Rett syndrome, which in turn makes her severely autistic and completely non verbal. Although she is indeed in school, she misses countless hours going to doctor's appointments, therapies, etc. Much of my time while she IS at school is spent fighting with school officials, doctor's offices, and insurance companies.
I do work from home a little bit and do some at home schooling. But your vast assumptions speak volumes about you. You really should think a bit more before you speak.”
“There is no such thing as a divorce proof marriage. I'm sure you're a lovely couple and truly committed to eachother. But this is life, people change, and *&%$ happens. My parents have been married 43 years, does that make my marriage divorce proof? Of course it doesn't.
I'm reminded of all the "divorce is never an option" Hollywood couples who are now, indeed, divorced.
Don't ever assume your problems can't lead to divorce.Staying together isn't all it's cracked up to be sometimes. There are couples out there who've been married fifty years but can't stand eachother....go figure.”
cam175 on Dec 26, 2012 at 16:27:41
“I can speak as one who's been married over 25 years - and you're right - there are plenty of married people out there who have been together years and can't stand each other. Part of the reason the divorce rate is going down is financial - there is no money for divorce, and one or both people may be out of a job and have no financial prospects outside of staying married to someone they can't stand. And another post was right too: sometimes everything is wonderful, and the next day, it isn't. *(&(*& happens.”
“Given the depth of trouble this gal was likely in - is it that far fetched to think this could push an already on the edge person over the edge?
It doesn't get much bigger than the royal family (barf) and her actions completely embearassed the hospital she worked for. I'm sure she was facing losing her liscence at best, and possible jail time at worst. I'm sure the palace was PISSED OFF about this and you know what they say about @#^# rolling dowhill.
It was a dumb prank, not even funny. I'm sure the dj's feel plenty awful about it. I'm so, so sorry for this poor woman's family. Having dealt with the tragedy of suicide in my own family, I wouldn't wish it on anyone.”
Pax333 on Dec 8, 2012 at 23:01:40
“From the article...
"and were transferred by Saldanha to Kate's nurse."
The nurse may or may not be in trouble but all Saldanha did was transfer the call. She did nothing even remotely wrong.”
kbug0021 on Dec 8, 2012 at 21:28:27
“Where are you getting your info? The nurse that died wasn't even the one who gave out the information. All she did was pass the call on. Why on Earth would she lose her license, or go to jail for that? And, the suicide is SPECULATION, not FACT. For all you know (or anyone else) she could have had a heart attack or stroke.”
“I didn't have the flu, or a flu shot, while pregnant. I did, however, have a very nasty sinus infection during my second trimester that had to be treated with antibiotics, and ran a fever during that.
At this point, it doesn't really matter to me "what" caused my child's autism. She is ten years old, I just want to find something that will help her!”
“Science should be devoting itself to figuring out how to help existing children, like my daughter who is severely autistic. No, I guess I really don't have much sympathy for infertile couples. I'd rather be in their boat than mine.”
ktmckinsey on Nov 5, 2012 at 09:03:00
“My oldest daughter probably has Asperger's. (Runs in the family and we're waiting for results from tests. She's only 2 1/2.) I had several miscarriages before I was able to have her. I thought there was a good chance that I would never be able to have children. Now, I have two little ones and I feel very blessed indeed. It's usually not a good idea to compare your personal struggles with those faced by others. Nobody's life is perfect. Downplaying someone else's pain doesn't take away from yours.”
Fran Jaime on Nov 4, 2012 at 03:03:42
“You sound incredibly bitter and self centered.”
jolenedoray on Nov 3, 2012 at 16:50:28
“How sad for your daughter and how sad for you. I wish infertility on no one - ever. And why can't it all be figured out? Why one and not the other? Why is your pain greater or more important than mine?”
“Nope, my comment is just because I can't see how this is "heroic" when there are literally millions of real, live people out there desprately in need of help. I would've rather seen efforts go elsewhere, even to an animal shelter.”
“I'm sorry, but who cares? There are millions of real, live human beings in need of rescue and power and food and water and God knows what else, but let's Go Save the Embryos?
This is what is wrong with this country.”
Roxy Eastland on Nov 10, 2012 at 15:37:54
“I sympathise with your sentiments but then I thought that there wasn't anything those particular staff could have done to rescue 'born' humans at that time, not having the requisite skill sets, but they could make sure the embryos were saved, it was an actual thing they could do. And it would mean a lot to the parents, this kind of procedure is both stressful and tedious, and for the woman also uncomfortable. Not sure why it makes the staff heroes though or why it's news worthy. Perhaps because it's going to stir up controversy”
KellyByDesign on Nov 4, 2012 at 10:57:45
“They work there. If they worked in a hospital with babies and the babies were in danger, they'd save the babies. If they worked in an animal shelter, they'd save the animals. It's not like the national guard stormed in to save the embryos instead of "real, live human beings."
There's nothing wrong with a country wherein people do the best they can when and where they can.”
skunky93 on Nov 2, 2012 at 17:23:56
“Those embryos are ones that have been chosen for families who wombs that have been preparing themselves in hopes of a successful procedure so that families can be started. This is for people who are struggling to have a family. Your heartlessness speaks volumes about you.”
“Unless someone knows the realities of raising an autistic child 24/7, they ought to shut their pieholes.
My 10 year old daughter is on several, heavy duty medications, including an anti-psychotic and an antidepressant. Would I switch it to medical marijuana if it were legal and I thought it would help her? Are you kidding?
Unfortunately, the government doesn't have the marijuana industry in their pocket like they do the pharmacuetical companies....follow the money, folks, it's always about the money.”
“She cannot talk. Her communication is very limited. She uses a few signs and a speech device called an Alt Chat. She doesn't play like a normal kid, she just very recently got potty trained. (After NINE years!!)
She doesn't do any sort of reading, she doesn't participate in routine hygiene. Even brushing her teeth she cannot do.
I could write a book. But suffice it to say she will never live a normal life. Even if they found a "cure" tomorrow, I'm not convinced it would help her.”
Jennie K DillerDaniels on Jul 22, 2012 at 12:53:46
“have you had the micro array blood work done on your daughter? it's a genetic blood test that will tell you that if your family or your husband's family carry the fragile-x gene (that one is part of t he reason that there are mental disorders) ans well as any chromosome deletions. although vaccines could be a trigger, as well as any chemical, for genetic predispositions. seriously, if vaccines were the main cause of all of these disorders, then everyone that has had a vaccine in their life would have medical disorders. i believe that it's genetic predisposition that is the root cause here. yes, i have a daughter that has autism. she has a tiny deletion of her 2d pair of her 3d chromosome her fragile-x gene is half fully mutated and half carrier status.”
The Ghost of Awesome on Jul 20, 2012 at 16:43:35
“I feel sorry for you, because I can do everything you can yet I and your child are put on some spectrum, which pejorises me with supposed disability and makes it harder for your child's issue to be pinpointed upon and helped.”
“My daughter is now nine years old. She was "off" from the second she came out of the womb, however, no one would listen to me.
She did qualify for Early Access at about 16 months old. During which time we were told that "it's just a speech delay", and "girls don't usually have autism". Uh huh. Ultimately, she was diagnosed at three years, two months of age.
I don't know how much of a difference something like this would have made. All's I know is that my daughter will never have a normal life. No one can tell me why, no one can suggest anything to do about it. We have done all the traditional therapies for her for years, with very little results. We're unfortunately on one limited income and are limited by the services that her Medicaid and SSI will pay for.
It seems pretty obvious to me that the cause of autism has *something* to do with the horrible, toxin filled world we live in. I'm not convinced vaccines are off the hook, and look at all the chemicals they put in our food, beverages, and products. Just today I read that they banned BPA finally....who's to say my daughter's baby bottles didn't poison her?”
peskime on Jul 18, 2012 at 09:09:16
“I can only imagine the daily stress you have to live with and it's bloody unfair that her therapies are limited because of money. Our country should be ashamed that we have not taken better care of all children. Hopefully the Affordable Care Act will bring you some relief and better therapies for your beautiful child. I don't know you but as a mother I have great respect for what you must have to do on a daily basis”
Carol Judge on Jul 17, 2012 at 20:47:27
“I also have a child with autism that behaved very differently from birth yet passed all childhood screenings available at the time. The week before I took him to Children's Hope his pediatrician told me not to be concerned every child develops differently besides they can't even make a diagnosis of autism until a child is 5-7 years old. I kept my appointment which included completing 20+ pages of questions. While the team tested a Developmental Pediatrician reviewed my answers & explained Autism is diagnosed. There are 3 catagories and each catagory has several symptoms. My son had every symptom in every catagory except one that concerned lost language. I couldn't see how he wasn't diagnosed sooner. It's becoming clearer now that autism is a genetic based disorder, but it is still unknown if there are an environmental factors that could make the condition worse. Currently early intervention, developmental and behavioral therapy are the only effective tools available to parents. Screening is vital to early recognition. Unfortunately many pediatricians aren't using the latest screening recommendations and they don't spend enough time with their patients to pick up an abnormal behaviors. People also need to be aware the state run Early Intervention or Early Access Programs that screen children can not diagnosis them but they can label them as speech delayed, sensory intergration processing.... Request a more extensive accessment this could lead you to a diagnositic team at a children's hospital.”
The Ghost of Awesome on Jul 17, 2012 at 20:08:23
“Could you explain to me what your daughter cannot do?”
“How about...everyone minding their own business? It angers me that there are people who think that gay people don't deserve to get married or have a family. Seriously? You think the kids might be messed up JUST cause the parents are gay?
There's a bazillion horrible, straight parents out there. Instead of looking for issues where there are none, how about putting our energy towards kids who are abused, neglected, beaten, etc? If anything, being ABLE to become parents when you're gay isn't a given - if anything, they are probably BETTER parents because they take nothing for granted.
Jun 8, 2012 at 17:26:05
“It cracks me up how OFFENDED people get when you dare say that perhaps God doesn't exist. For those who haven't seen it, Through the Wormhole is an amazing show. For what it's worth, I don't believe in God, either. I think our souls are eternal, and we are not alone in the universe. But "God" has nothing to do with it.”
So I'm watching the news last week and there is a story about an increased risk of brain cancer from children who use cell phones alot. And I've thought this for a long time - the autism rates really started skyrocketing in the mid to late 90's, right? Doesn't this coincide with the astronomical rates that people started buying/using cell phones and computers? Before the Internet, most people didn't have a computer. Is there any way that all the satellite radiowaves and whatnot could affect children's developing brains?
I've never heard this theory, though I'm sure I can't be the first one to think it. It's no crazier than any other theories, right? Most experts agree there is some sort of "environmental" impact, wouldn't it fall under that category? The timing of it all has always seemed very suspicous to me, I guess.
Hopefully I don't come across sounding like a conspiracy theorist, lol! Thoughts?”
Sharon Hanson on May 27, 2012 at 21:55:15
“Hi imadesphousewife, the current thinking is that it is not one environmental toxin that is causing autism but many.
I believe that mercury, aluminum and gadolinium should all be studied. The problem is that pharma doesn't want to self-report if it is going to remove their cash cows from the market; they want to sell drugs, vaccinations and MRIs with gadolinium based contrasting agents for profits. Profits are first not patient or child safety. It’s the same with cell phones. I have read what you have read and see suppression of the science behind cell phones and brain cancer. Rather than tell the truth they cover it up. It’s a huge problem.
The direction we need to go is to force the NIH, the CDC and the FDA to do their jobs and get these toxins off the market. And we need to force them to do the right studies. By the way the EPA has given the date of 1988 for an environmental trigger driving the increase in autism rates. It is the first year that Magnevist, a gadolinium based contrasting agent was approved for widespread use.”
May 16, 2012 at 16:35:29
“I would probably see them anyway, but like most fans, would much rather see the original lineup. Ozzy is getting older and I won't pass up any chance to see him again, and it's been a lifelong dream of mine to see Sabbath perform!
I also suspect Sharon Osbourne might be behind this. I cannot stand that woman!”
totalliberal on May 16, 2012 at 18:27:24
“Without Sharon, Ozzy would no longer be with us. Good trade-off. (For me anyway.)”