He was almost 2 when we made this little hand print one day. His aversion to finger paints was STRONG at the time, but I just kinda thought he was over reacting and I didn’t understand why on earth he was screaming like he was being killed when his hand hit the paper plate of paint. We made several of these, they went to various family members with a little picture of him. I kept one and noticed how freaking tiny it was today. There was so much I didn’t know then, so much I didn’t understand about who Archie was and is and will be. I regret pushing him through things like this hand print for example, I’d never do that to him now. But I just didn’t know. Even now when he is adamantly against something he has a fear in his eyes and a panic on his face that I think mostly stems from not being able to explain why / then thinking he will be forced into doing something he is totally uncomfortable with. My learning on how to work with him came at his expense at times and that makes me so sad, I know I can’t undo that. There’s been plenty of experiences in his life that he desperately required that patience with and those moments he didn’t get that patience left a lasting impression on him. He had a dentist visit at 2 years old that I know for a fact he still remembers and is terrified of, for example, I remember everyone involved kept reminding me how we had to hurry hurry hurry and don’t worry about explaining anything to him he’s “just 2”. I regret that shit still. Some of these things.. I know are unavoidable, I can’t expect the world to bend to every need he has.. but I always hope it’s at least flexible. Things that kids do every day.. he needs a hand still. How long and to what extent he will need a hand I have no idea.. but what makes me most proud of him is that as long as we help him he is down to do just about anything. Even when it’s tough for him. #autism#motherhood#son#love
According to the comprehensive state-by-state health rankings, Mississippi has remained squarely at the bottom of the nation’s overall health rankings for decades. Mississippi’s vaccine “efficiency” is over 99.4% vaccine coverage in kindergartners, highest in the nation.
This is because they do not allow parents to claim any exemptions for vaccines, one of three states that do not allow parental choice. Despite juxtaposing two critical pieces of health information about Mississippi’s children—high vaccine coverage and poor health rankings—Dr. Paul Offit, one of the vaccine industry’s most strident ambassadors, does not ask the obvious elephant-in-the-room question: Could one have something to do with the other? Offit makes it clear that he wants other states to follow Mississippi’s example and take away parental rights to make vaccine decisions.