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I try to shy away from political writing here, but the masks from Russia needs to be addressed. I need to share this here for the folks who may not be from the US and wondering what in hell is going on right now. The president commited a crime by striking a deal for masks from Russia. He broke sanctions for this. He overstepped congress yet again. And he legit just did a quid pro quo with Putin and admitted it to our faces. Putin does not give freely EVER. In the time of war we are in, wether biological or other, war is war. You do not accept "help" from a foreign operative currently attacking the very threads of our nation in our election system. This is interfering with an election in a way we've never seen before. Do not fall for this whole oh look how nice BS he is trying to show. Remember who he is and what he has done already. This is more of the same. Putin doesn't just "give" without something in return and by Trump accepting this he has yet again made us look like fools on the world stage and put you, me, and every single person in more danger as Russia now invaded us yet again and during a pandemic our president authorized the invasion of our nation no less. Do not fall for it!!! This is huge! We have allies. You go to them for help and they to us. Not to our sworn enemy of the state. Ever. Two hours ago, Trump fired the Intelligence Director who blew the whistle on Ukraine. There is no doubt this was the exchange for the masks (and there may be more involved too). These masks are currency in a biological war and an international intelligence war. These are not health supplies, they are the blood of our very nation and a betrayal to every single American and every one of our allies in a way never seen before. This is not OK. I just want everyone to understand this and know this was not charity. This was not humanity. As Lady Gaga says, "it was a perfect illusion" . #masks #COVID19 #President #lies #War #NationalSecurity #HealthCare #medicalsupplies


Welcome to the World of Special Needs Parenting!

It’s not somewhere you ever thought you would be, nor would you have ever chosen. a lot of emotions going on right now, and you’re reading everything you can get your hands on to find out about your child’s diagnosis. Back away from the computer! It’s okay. Take a deep breath and hug your child (if they’ll let you).
I’m here to tell you that there is good news and bad news.
The bad news (because I prefer my bad news first), is that you are going to go through a #grievingprocess . You are going to grieve your #dreams of your perfect child who you thought would have no medical issues or other issues. You are going to grieve what your child has to go through and what the new reality of their life (and yours) is. You are going to be mad, scared, angry, and sad. Take the time to do that.
Be prepared, this is a roller coaster. It’s one you don’t really ever get off. Just when you think things have settled down, a new diagnosis comes up, puberty happens, things that were working suddenly don’t, but there is #help.
The good news is, is that you are about to meet some of the most caring, and wonderful #Community of people you have ever met.
Trust me on this, you want those other #SpecialNeedsParent s as your new best friends. They are who are going to let you in on the secrets of how to get things covered your #Insurance company denies, where to get the best, cheapest and delivered to your door #medicalsupplies and the best #Doctors and #therapists. They will literally save your life more times than you can count.
Make sure you have a really good #pediatrician. They will be at the center of this and you want them the top of their game for your #child.
When you are ready, DO share your child’s #Diagnosis with #Family and #friends. They need to understand what’s going on so they can help you. You need #Support and #understanding. Take those offers of dinner or babysitting. (And if those offers don’t come, this is another reason why you need your new friends, “Special Needs Parents”.) There is nothing to be ashamed of with a diagnosis. It’s just what is. It’s where you are at right now. If you don’t share the diagnosis with your loved ones, the school, church teachers, they don’t know how to support your child. #knowledge is #power. Power to #help, power to have more #patience, power to #understand.
Most of all, know that the diagnosis doesn’t change who your child innately is. They are still your baby who you have loved, the person you have known. This is new territory and one you didn’t expect to find yourself in. Give yourself and everyone in your family some #grace, spend your time grieving and then find your #community. You’ve got this!
(This was written, as a reflection of what I would say to a couple of friends who have joined the ranks of “Special Needs Parents” unexpectedly in the past year, and I wanted to put some thought into what I would say to them if I could sit down with them over a bowl of ice cream.)