Justin had to be about three years of age when it was revealed he knew how to play me. We had recently been told that he had Hypoglycemia; which is when the blood sugar level drops due to illness for Justin. So, I was so frantic about him being sick and always wanting to make sure that if he was ill; I was giving him protein to maintain his glucose. I literally like to have pulled my hair out trying to find foods that were high in protein. It was very hard finding foods that could be easily pureed, because of the Autism Justin doesn’t chew. I would call my Mom and ask her a thousand times a day, “Mom, what are some foods that are high in protein and easy for Justin to digest?”  My mother would often tell me, “Mary, you are making this harder than it is.” It was easy for her to say that, living it was devastating.

After clinging to trying times with Autism, there is a lighter side. Justin had been listening to me talk about him being weak, sick and passing out for so long. Until one day we were riding in the car and my sister was driving, I was on the backseat with Justin. I glanced over and there was no movement with him, called his name twice and still no movement. Yes! I panicked and my sister nearly wrecked. I reached over to grab him, and he rose up laughing :-). I guess he was letting me know that if I wanted him to pass out, he would do just that! Our Autistic children do pay attention; even though he is nonverbal Justin listened and understood my fear. I wish I had gotten a picture of that but as a parent panic set in and there was no time for it.

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God fearing, loving mother to an awesome young man. Enjoying what I do! Although I'm not the greatest teacher, however raising a child with special needs has given me more degrees than any college university you could think of.

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