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Amy McCoy
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The Self-Checkout Lane
"Please wait. Help is on the way,”  the robot computer voice tells Matthew and me. We were using the self-checkout register at the grocery store on Sunday.   Really? Again?   I remind myself to take a deep breath so I don’t lose my mind.  “Please, Matty, pu...
The Self-Checkout Lane
The Self-Checkout Lane
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World Autism Day 2018
Little Matty 2007 - age 3 - Back when seeking answers and diagnoses felt like a full time job.   Autism - the word that frightened me to my core when I first learned that it was a piece of Matthew's  puzzle many years ago. Autism - showed up like a punishme...
World Autism Day 2018
World Autism Day 2018
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Take THAT, Epilepsy: The who, what, when, where and why of seizures
Matty - waiting his turn for monthly bloodwork to make sure his seizure medication is working properly.   Epilepsy wears a poker face.  Epilepsy wants to keep me in the dark.   I already know Who (Matthew) and What (Seizures).   It’s The When ,
The Where an...
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The World Through Blue-Colored Glasses
Cheering on neighbors while watching the morning "Car Show" I often wonder, how does Matthew see the world?  If I could see the world through his eyes for
one day, one hour...would my questions be answered? I know Matty’s view of the
world is drastically di...
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Once a Day - Then Put it Away
Lynn, sitting behind her daughter Kaylee with Matthew at a playdate in 2007. When Matthew was two years old, I met my first special needs
mom friend, Lynn.   Her daughter is the same age as Matthew, so Lynn instantly became my friend who just "got it" about...
Once a Day - Then Put it Away
Once a Day - Then Put it Away
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Won't You Please, Please Help Me?
Somewhere along my parenting journey, I began to (mistakenly)
equate my success as a mother with my ability to do things with my kids by
myself – without any help. This is a dangerous way to think when you have a child with
disabilities.   We need a lot of
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Keep Right, Except to Pass
The left lane, the
fast lane, the passing lane.  My
daughter, Kathryn (age 7), is in the left lane – I knew the day would come when
she would pass by her older brother, Matthew (age 9). Matthew takes the
special needs van to and from school.   He has been r...
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I Don't See No Wheelchair
“Excuse me,” I politely uttered to the TSA agent who was
standing at the head of the mile-long security line at the airport.   She barely looked up but I knew she could see
us standing there.   I felt Matthew’s limp
hand in mine, and I was trying to not los...
I Don't See No Wheelchair
I Don't See No Wheelchair
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The Spaghetti Hat Lesson
We just got home from Matthew’s “Spaghetti Hat” appointment.   His neurologist taught us this term, Spaghetti Hat , as a euphemism for EEG
many years ago when Matthew first began annual EEG’s for his epilepsy diagnosis.    Spaghetti Hat, or an EEG appointme...
The Spaghetti Hat Lesson
The Spaghetti Hat Lesson
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Back to School Flashback
On a hot morning in late August, my kids and I piled into
the car all excited to meet Matthew’s Kindergarten teachers on the day before school
started.   It was Kindergarten Orientation
or “Meet the Teacher Day”.   Matty on his first day of Kindergarten,  2...
Back to School Flashback
Back to School Flashback
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