Sensory Issues, MCS, and Allergies, triggers and symptoms

In the beginning, if you aren’t super aware of your symptoms, and what might cause them. And know that there not normal. How will you know you need any solutions for them right? Or in the case of a loved one knowing, how will they understand, and be sensitive to your needs? Or even in some cases, help you cope and prevent them? Both you and they won’t be able to well, if at all. They also need to understand that numerous others have similar issues. This blog helps with them recognizing your not alone. But, so does this app! Which is mutually available in the apple and android store. The Google play and android market combined has 914 reviews on this app with an overall rating of 4 stars out out of 5. Although this app, doesn’t cover all kinds of symptoms super well, and it may be better suited more for families then individuals. (Next month, if your lucky, I’ll share an app that addresses these other things on my other blog) This one, does, what it does VERY well, without being overwhelming. As long as you turn on it’s notifications and put in your location for the weather forecast. It’s very customizable. So, your (Or your child’s, husbands, ect)) MCS, Roscia, or PSD, symptoms can defiantly easily be added. And the note section is crucial.

It has 1 Zyrtec add but, it doesn’t kill your battery. And it certainly isn’t annoying.

Bye the way, I bought this, researched many similar apps, and started using this one, before I noticed It’s android presence. Recognize symptoms for what they are ( this app may not due that for you, but, other free sources can), find out your causes, share them with your correct doctors, or close friends/ family. And cope or get rid of of them, as effectively as possibly! Because awareness, and others seeing, accepting, and accomodating, you/ your families needs. Are key, in finding solutions.

For the Apple Store the App is called just “Allergy”. For the Google android store it’s called “WebMD Allergy” there both the same. Completely free. And with a dandelion on the icon.

Holidays Like Thanksgiving

Here are a number of Websites that talk about customs and traditions for Holidays Similiar to Thanksgiving, around the world. Thangsgiving as many of you know is today in the US. I recommend, visiting the first one first one before any of the others, as it serves as a nice and brief overview.   Some, if not all of these, have somewhere in the US celebrations, for the immigrators and there families, from these places. However, wide knowledge of and celebration for them, are not present.

www.thanksgiving.org.uk/around-the-worlds.html

http://www.adoptvietnam.org/vietnamese/tet-trung-thu.htm

http;//en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukkot

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_Pongal

www.traveltips.usatoday.com/chuseok-festival-korea-103094.html

www.infoplease.com/spot/kwanzaa1.html

 

I know I said, in the other post this would be via a photo. My app won’t change to showing my post section right now. So, I’m on my chromebook. And haven’t figured out how to create and attach photos directly via my dashboard yet via the computer. sorry.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Holidays with PSD and MCS

In the States, once a year there is a holiday that is called Thanksgiving Day. Which if you haven’t heard yet, is today. Where typical foods eaten on it are, Turkey, mashed potato’s, turkey gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, pumpkin egg nog (If your really lucky).  And other things that are chosen buy the cooks of each family/group gathering.  Sometimes people eat under 3 meals a day since the Thanksgiving feast is so, large. And large groups of people who are often close to one another often gather to socialize and catch up with one another. However, throughout the world, there are many other very similar holidays.   Holidays that have the same or similar purpose.  To thank, whatever god you believe in, for the Harvest. And everything else your thankful for.

 

    In quickly reviewing the URLS in the photo I’ll create a new post for shortly. You can learn more about the other Holidays, people celebrate that are like their own Thanksgiving version. All over the world. At least one of the holidays is a couple days. And atleast a couple are a week long. Most are in August-October.  Except for Kwanzaa (Late December- Jan first) and Tai Pongal (Mid Jan).  Most are for the entire family.

   From what I can tell, some if not all of these holidays have some strong tasting foods, and unusual ones for our palets.  Many with SPD, struggle with change physically, not just with mental transitioning.   So if our brains can handle the social adaptations required without a shutdown or meltdown. It doesn’t mean our whole body can.  Which can defiantly be sometimes a problem, for many of us. Before, during, or after, eating problematic foods these reactions may occur. Sometimes, even up to a year after eating it if it has unhealthy gluten in it.

        Their are also, fragrance, and scent, issues people can be exposed to being around others. Those with PSD sometimes can’t even tolerate the smell of many strong smelling spices or food. I am no exception to this. Some with MCS, can even be hospitalized if exposed too certain chemicals. So, PLEASE be aware of and sensitive to these people especially.  These chemicals are often in household cleaners, clothing detergent, and body and hair products. Not just cologne and perfumes. Their ARE safer alternatives. Fresh lemon for example, in a cleaning product will make me black out. Lavendar if strong enough will do the same.  Among other problems. So, don’t think all organic is the way to go either.

   This year, like some of the more recent previous years. I’m eating on my own. Or atleast eating my own foods. But, with others. Why? Because, I can’t eat must if not any, of whatever others in my party are going to.  No cranberry, onions, sweet peppers, turnips, parsnips, turkey, stuffing, egg nog, or pumpkin anything for me. And no GF stuffing doesn’t work for me either. For one regular (and most rice) isn’t my friend. I have over 100 food intolerances. Some of which, include most spices, including black pepper.   And I NEVER drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages.  Did you know that brain fog is more likely if your exposed to unhealthy gluten?

   In conclusion, please don’t forget to remind people of your needs. Take Care of yourself, BEFORE making others happy. Be aware and accepting of what others needs are, and most importantly take care of each others health. No matter when,  how, or what  you call your holiday.

   And if you have SPD or MCS, diagnosed or not. Know your NOT alone. numerous others struggle during the holiday. But, let’s try to advocate for ourselves and each other. In the end, it will help others who don’t have these challenges, (But who interact with us) happier too.

 

National Autism Conference in Florida

Nov 13-16 th. This yr, (VERY SOON) there will be a National Autism Conference, mainly for parents, professionals, and maybe a few disability advocates- in Pete Beach, Florida! In that order of attendee focus. Bolded wording starts here- However, I believe it could also be helpful for some parents and professionals who help those with ADHD, PDD, PSD, the new social communication disorder, and possibly for parents with children with Roscia, or severe digestion issues. Including parents of kids with MCS. Partly, as inspiration. Folks attending for help on any of the bolded words do, need to very carefully select what they attend however. However, as far as ASD conferences go, (And I’ve now attended atleast a dozen) most offline. I strongly feel, it is, mostly geared for professionals and parents working with people classified, or who fit (Possibly not diagnosed) within the entire range of ASD. Bold ended at the previous ASD. Thier also was (And will be for conferences after this one) a limited number of single scholarships available mainly for desperately needed, parents.

It will be held at what claims to be a unique resort, where the staff is not only geared towards a family atmosphere. But also, have some autism training and awareness behind them as well! They say there an autism friendly resort. They even offer GF food options, at atleast one of there restaurants! I hope, it’s not GF sweets and junk food! Our community has way to much of that already. It’s pet friendly, both of which, could be GREAT for your ASD child and possibly your pocketbook too! I’m sure, babysitting services won’t be cheap, but, in that case, there’s actually hope, it might actually be good! How awesome would that be!? Have you seen the room variety or resort activity options?! I have! Check the last URL on the website obtained from the last link below.

The resort looks and sounds very impressive!

The conference itself, (without) lodging, food, and travel expenses is fairly cheap for what it is. About 100$ -$200 per person. (A professional US conference on a weekend normally is 250-600 per attendee. The reason I would say this one is possibly cheaper is,

1. Because the speakers are mainly functional medicine experts (Not doctors, or traditionally trained professionals.) this year, the biggest two, are Julie Matthew’s and Temple Grandin, who is the key note. Atleast a couple of the speakers are parents of autistic children. Atleast two of the speaker’s are on the spectrum. Julie (Not Julie Matthew’s, and Temple Grandin). See the speaker URL below.

2. It’s ran buy a National Autism Organization which probably has a nice pool of money coming in annually. Not to mention the cost of their Sponsors coming in. Some of which is from large corporations and companies.

3. It’s in a cheaper part of the country.

4. I’m guessing (Like an educated guess) but, it sounds like it’s held there annually. Why else would the resort be autism trained? An autism summer camp attends it? Less likely, but, I guess possible.

5. It’s geared towards parents a lot (Professionals, have there business, cover atleast part of it’s admission often).

6. It’s 3 days and they realize missing work is more likely, so they want to encourage attendance.

7. The recession. This one would be last, except it isn’t, because of why I needed 8 to be last.

Number reason 8 Is at the very bottom of this post. Buy the way, coming up with these 8 reasons was a piece of cake for me. The execution. And wording of it. Is a different story.

If you look at many of the topics addressed, you will see sensory issues, and environmental toxicity, as main topics. Did you notice the resort even has a Sensory Room for children? Who would of expected that!? This and it’s functional medicine slant, is all why I’m posting about it on this blog. The number one reason in my mind to go to something like this isn’t, to go broke, add more stress to your life, or honestly even too learn more info. (Although, you SHOULD learn more info.) it’s for networking. It’s too in grave that support exists, others have similiar challenges, to inspire, and to give you hope! Why do you think Temple, is so often the Keynote Speaker for them?

I can, do, and or will connect you already (Or hope to, provide you accept it) all these things to some degree. However, having it live, can take it to a whole new level for you. Especially, as a parent.

I recognize my wording is typically (NT) wrong in how I describe the resort. I in no way mean to degrade the resort or any of their employees. I applaud any positive efforts on there part. And I love that they have microwaves and refrigerators in atleast many of there rooms. However, some of my audience easily, directly, and succinctly for me, need the truth. And that is the best way, I know how to communicate it. Also, I recognize first hand, not only with my own issues. But, being in situations ect, with others with ASD. How challenging accomodating, and working with people with PSD, ASD, and other issues like it, can be. I know, especially working at a resort. How that magnifies even more, those challenges. Because, unless the resort staff literally, monthly, has several ASD visitors to deal with, and there parents, ect. (And I’d be shocked if that was the case) It’s impossible, for them all to be experts on caring for your children. Unless, of course they all excelled first at teaching kids of all ages in an ASD/ADHD exclusive setting. Like in a school for sp. needs students with these conditions. I get, leaving your child with a stranger. Esp. In a NEW territory for you AND that child is very hard. And possibly scary. And I KNOW, how hard, change, can be on the ASD individual, as well.

Buy the way, I should mention (I think,) since I know some would care. And it will teach you the tone of the conference too. Number 8 (From above) is, Autism Speaks backs and helps support this conference, and likely the organization as well.

http://nac.nationalautismassociation.org

http://nac.nationalautismassociation.org/speakers/speaker-bios/ This is my fav., conference detail page.

http://nac.nationalautismassociation.org/accommodations/autism-friendly If you have children, or want to check out the resort, in depth, after reading this brief page. Click on the Trade winds link at the bottom the page.

This aimed to be smaller font- I know, this is last second. And I can’t do anything about that. But, like I said in atleast 1 other post. These organizations 1 a yr, or more, have similiarly focused conferences, (Atleast in America, and likely in the UK, Europe, and Canada too). I’m not posting about them every time. This might be my only year I post about the National Autism Societies Conference.
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Why I LOVE online shopping!

This should be a page but, I can’t post any more that will actually appear to you. This is SO sensory related. 

   After starting this post and got to think about it a little more. I decided I should probably first tell you why shopping appeals to many NT Women, but, for us, it simply doesn’t work.! So here’s part 1. The italics can be often the NT speaking/ mindset. The non italics is me/ a potential Aspie/MCS reply. Which may or or may not be an internal mindset response.  If it is internal, the individual may not be aware of its existent cue immediately. 

In store only, card holder, special events!

But online, I can find it cheaper! And I don’t want your unique in store gift anyway. It’s often another bag or perfume.

I mean who doesn’t want a free makeup artist do you up?

Who’s said that I like that you were in charge? How do I know your products are PSD friendly? I bet you don’t even know what PSD is. Am I right?

And don’t you just love that peakinease or lavender room smell?!  (Think VS’s cologne and body products section)?! It’s a free stress reliever too!

Or how about the excitement of style with the crowds of like minded people! Want new friends? There are shopping clubs. Didn’t you hear?

More artificial friends!? Like when did I need more of them!?

2. Learning what’s in style

Wait, are you saying I can’t learn that at home?! You can, and at your own speed. So, it might actually stick this time!

3. The social aspect.

When did shopping become fun!? It requires money, means more space is needed to put it all in, not to mention the social stress, or environment changes!

4. Eating out, Who always wants to cook anyway?

Avoiding GMO, herbicides, pesticides, and hormones buy putting control into my own hands, is far more convenient then the planning and cleaning up of my one time meal. So, no thank you! Not to mention, it’s cheaper, and less of a headache, in the long run too!

5. The sales, Black Friday everyone?

Need I say more?!

6. The bragging rights.

You really think I have friends to brag too? And even if I did, how do you think your going to make me think that shopping is awesome?

7. Sizing footwear okay this one, with SPD I can relate to, but, I’ll teach you in another post exactly how to make this not matter anymore.

8. Impulse shopping addiction anyone? Impulse what? I nearly don’t know the words meaning! I’m a control freak, not impulsive!

9. The personal shopper fan. What do you mean I have to make another professional friend?

10. a. Influencing taste/ trends and B. getting glammed up to go!

As for 1. I don’t care.

2. To much effort

11. No shipping!

What do you mean I have to DRIVE?!