May 31, 2013

Nurse Detour saves the day...again.

Thor has been sick with the flu the past week and it got so bad I had to take him into the emergency room. 

He wasn't able to keep even a sip of water down for days. Detour was worried and stuck by his side...even in the bathroom while Thor was getting sick; he wasn't letting his boy out of his sight. 

I found myself having to reassure Detour that Thor would be ok. 

We are finally getting over the days of nausea and uncontrollable sickness.

Thank you Detour -again - for being my boy's guardian angel and best friend. 

April 20, 2013

My Boys - 8 months later.

Eight months ago we were blessed with the World's best dog...

A best friend, protector, and guardian angel. Detour has been the best thing to happen to Thor - he is calmer, happier, more talkative, and safer with Detour around. Their bond has grown stronger every day.

Today they had their photos done. My heart is overflowing with love for these two. You can truly see the light in Thor now...

April 14, 2013

Two years ago...

Today is Thor's 2 Year Autism-Diagnosis Anniversary.

Two years ago I wasn't sure how to help Thor. He spent many days wearing a hockey helmet to prevent brain injury; banging his head off of cupboards, walls, and even the floor.

He was frustrated. He couldn't communicate. He was non-verbal.

He had lost all ability to speak, hold a spoon, make eye connect, or even smile.

I had lost my son.

Two years ago I drove the 7 hours to a special clinic to have him assessed. Four days of testing and a lot of tears later, Thor was diagnosed with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder, and an extreme case of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

I left feeling relieved...there was hope. Finally, someone could give me answers and tell me what had happened to my son. We had a starting place and could now move forward with therapies.

Two years later...40+ hours of therapy each week: therapy groups, preschool with support workers, speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, private therapists in our home, and many hours of mom and Thor working on goals too.

Two years later...Thor can talk. He can smile. He does his best to make eye contact. He feeds himself and is learning how to dress himself.

Thor is now 4 1/2 years old and I see a bright future for him. Yes, he still struggles daily with meltdowns, anxiety, speech & communication, and his daily "stims" but we are working on it. Detour has helped him so much in these areas...bringing him a sense of comfort and familiarity in situations where he would typically meltdown (like the grocery store).

Thor with his Autism Service Dog (Detour) at the grocery store.

Happy Anniversary've come so far and I'm so proud of you. I can't wait to see how far you come in the years to follow.

April 13, 2013

from the bottom of my heart...

Thank you to those who helped by giving items to help the two children I blogged about last week.

My mom brought a carload of clothes, toys, and even some food to the family today and they were very very happy and appreciative of the support everyone has shown to them.

People are still coming together to help build an extra bedroom, and give the kids bikes.

Thor sent the little girl a few of his own toys and we got a photo of her today with the toys...she is the sweetest little princess I've ever seen and I feel so heart broken she was treated poorly - and yet so uplifted that she is with people who truly love her and know how to care for her now.

My heart is full of love and joy today.

April 5, 2013

A Plea for Help

(edit: Names have been removed from this story to respect the family's need for privacy. This is all the information I'm permitted to give...I appreciate anyone who is willing to help by donating to the cause.)

This post is not about Thor, or even my family for that matter. But it affects me as a mother and I am sending out a plea for help...

I'm about to tell you a true story that most of us have only ever seen on TV.

And it is heartbreaking.

A four year old girl & twelve year old boy have been removed from their home by child protection services and put into the care of their loving Aunt and Uncle in Williams Lake, BC.

...they were living in extreme hoarding conditions. I don't mean a messy house. I mean the kind you would watch on TLC. Dogs & Cats were removed from the home by the SPCA; feces and filth all over the house.

The girl & boys's aunt and uncle have 3 children of their own; the don't have a lot of money but they have an overflow of love for these children.

The little girl is 4 years old and the children's living conditions were so bad that she wasn't even allowed to bring her teddy bear or dolly when the child protection workers removed her from her home.

The boy is 12 years old...he has only been to grade 2.

They are only children; this is not their fault. 

Quesnel and surrounding areas, as well as the internet community came together to help me raise an overwhelming amount of money to help my son when he was in need. Can we do the same to help these children?

I am taking up a collection of items to send to these are some of the things we are looking for:

(Boy, 12) wears 35W/32L in pants & large in shirts.
(Girl, 4) wears size 5 in tops and bottoms.

Beds for both children.

Toys suitable for 12 year old boy & 4 year old girl.

Williams Lake has a large Walmart - gift cards would be appreciated as well.

If you are able to donate to these children or have other ideas of items to donate, please email me (subject line: Donation) at

Please share this with your friends and family - lets help these kids regain their childhood. Let's help their aunt & uncle provide them with the life they deserve. Let's show these kids the meaning of community and love.

edit: If you don't live close by but would like to donate to the cause, please click the widget below to go to the YouCaring Faundraising Page.

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