Thursday, September 26, 2013

Warning signs I did not see

Looking back now there were so many signs to Liam having vision problems. He does not fit in the typical mold, but whats new.

Liam was a transitional kindergartner in 2012-2013.  He had a great teacher and learned a lot. Because he was a TK I did not push academics with him. I knew he was going to repeat so I did not see the need to push him. At the end of the year I got his report card and it showed that he still missed some letters in the alphabet and was not blending words. I was a little surprised, because the teacher he had is incredible. I decided to work with him over the summer so that he would have a jump start. After a month and half I let it go, because it wasn't clicking. He still knew some high frequency words from school, but would guess a lot. For example if he saw the word "Tree" he would say it was "the". At the time I did not know that he was just seeing the T and the E. So to him it was "the". This is a tracking issue. It was hard on my husband to understand him having a tracking issue. He said to me "this kid can catch and hit a ball, he does not have a tracking issue". I had to explain to him that there are different kinds of tracking issues.

When he was little like 3 years old we took him to his first 3-D movie, because his sister begged to go. Liam wore the glasses for a total of 2 minutes and cried. He kept saying "no glasses". I just thought he was too little and it scared him. When he was around 5 years we took him to another one and he did not cry, but refused to wear the glasses. When the Vision Test revealed he had a hard time seeing 3-D, I had an AHA moment. Liam does not like the Toy Story ride at Disneyland. He does not like to wear the 3-D glasses during the ride. It was starting to all make sense now.

When he started Kindergarten this year he was coming home with headaches. I thought it was because of the medication he was on for U.C. Then he started saying he could not see little words. The day that changed everything was when the kids and I were at the skating rink with our friend Jenny and her girls. I started to tell her about Liam's headaches and him saying he can't see little words. She asked if she could take him into the party room at the rink and test his tracking. I said "sure". One thing I noticed outside the window was that he told her he could not see the chart she was holding up. She kept bringing it closer to him until he could see it. Then she had him do an exercise and he did just okay. Then she asked him to follow her finger with just his eyes until she touched his nose. He lost track of her finger.Then she asked him to follow her finger while she made it go in a big circle. Again he loss track of it. We talked for a bit while the kids skated.  I said " I should just call and have him evaluated". At the time I just thought this kid needs glasses. Jenny on the other hand thought this kid needs VT. I took everyone home and we were sitting in her drive way and I said" Its 4:30 do you think the office is open?' Jenny said "were calling right now to find out". I made the appointment right then and there and that's when our journey started.

After we got the results of Liam's VT testing, Dr. Griffith put down some suggestions of activities to have Liam start. She wanted us to encourage   building blocks, puzzles, and similar highly spatial/visual manipulatives. When I read that on the report I was shocked, because those were activities I have never been able to get him to do. Again another AHA moment. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Where I shop

Many people ask me in daily conversations where I do my shopping. Many said it would be helpful if I posted on my blog, so here it is:


Monthly shopping- 

  • Frozen Organic Chicken Breasts
  • Fresh Organic Chicken thighs and drumsticks
  • Organic Ground Beef (Costco told me it was grass fed)
  • Grass Fed Organic Steak
  • Sometimes they will carry frozen ground turkey. I always checking to see if they have brought it back. If not then I buy ground turkey from Foster Farms.
  • Organic brown eggs- 3 of there 18 count 
  • Organic fruit (this is seasonal)
  • Coconut sugar
  • Coconut oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Chia seeds
  • Annie's fruit snacks
  • Fruit leathers
  • Frozen fruit for smoothies
  • Nitrate free salami
  • Organic vegetables:  salad mix
  • Nitrate free Hot dogs
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Lara Bars
  • Honeyville Almond Meal...They finally are selling it and I don't have to get online anymore
  • Organic Olive Oil

Trader Joes:

Weekly Shopping Depending on my weekly menu-

  • Nitrate free bacon- but mostly I get this at Target now
  • Nitrate free Hot dogs if Costco is out
  • Olive oil potato chips (treat for my kids on occasion)
  • Coconut milk
  • Almond Milk
  • Coconut yogurt
  • Raw organic nuts (cashews, almonds, pistachios, pecans, sunflower seeds)
  • Organic Romaine
  • Organic salad mixes (kale, spinach, leafy greens)
  • Organic Carrots, Celery, Broccoli, Cauliflower,Sugar Snap Peas, Green Beans, Asparagus, Onions, Garlic, Avocado ,Tomatoes, Zucchini, Cucumber, Bell Peppers etc....
  • Bananas
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Artichokes
  • Organic Fruit (Apples, Grapes, Pears, Plums, Peaches, Nectarines, Strawberries, Black Berries,   Raspberries, Kiwi, Pineapple etc...)
  • Chicken breakfast sausage
  • Italian Sausage
  • Organic Marinara
  • Pasta noodles- gluten free treat for my kiddos
  • Frozen Fruit
  • Lara Bars
  • Kind Bars
  • Organic Ketchup
  • Organic Mustard
  • Artichoke Hearts in a jar
  • Hummus
  • Olive oil
  • Sunflower Oil
  • Grape Seed Oil
  • TJ's barbecue sauce because it does not have corn in it
  • Odds and ends depending on week like spices and such.
  • Hormel Nitrate Free Turkey and Ham
  • Applegate products: Bacon and Salami and Hot Dogs- its nitrate free and uncured
  • Van's Gluten Free Waffles- in frozen section if we are having a cheat
  • Fruit Leathers
  • Kind and Luna Bars- in health food section near the protein powders

Almond Flour:

I order it in bulk for all my baking at Honeyville. The link is below