The Line Between Preparedness and Paranoia (S3E11) -

The Line Between Preparedness and Paranoia (S3E11)

In this episode, I update you on a major decision I had to make in order to keep my immunocompromised son safe during the COVID19 pandemic. Very few things are simple with it comes to Special Needs parenting and I share the thought process that goes into making potentially life-altering decisions for my kids. I also talk about a few other things that are on my mind and I curse a bit. 😉

I also want to apologize to my mother for the language in this episode. I’m feeling terribly overwhelmed and I needed to vent a bit. Sorry, Mom.

I wanted to provide you with a list of reliable sources for information regarding COVID19. Facts, science medicine and accurate, truthful information matters now more than ever. These are some of the people and medical facilities that I trust and rely on for information about this pandemic. Please give them a follow.

Dr. Tara C. Smith

Professor, infectious disease epidemiologist



Cleveland Clinic



Mayo Clinic





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Ok. I hear your concern. I have some ideas for your sons. FIRST, Gavin. Even if he’s living in an alternate reality in his mind, it might be interesting. For example, can he write stories about what he does? Can he draw the people he sees? Do origami that represents his thoughts? I guess where I’m going is that even if he isn’t in touch with reality, his fantasy might be interesting applied to arts. And art and craft can be found online. Might help him to find a was to express himself that isn’t solely him talking your ears off.

Okay, now for Emmett and Elliott. Do either of them like any arts & crafts? Maybe now would be the time to experiment. A not expensive suggestion: maybe you all could learn a musical instrument? A soprano recorder is easy to blow, simple to learn tunes, and a student model is cheap. As a musician, I think any person can only be improved by learning music. I mentioned the recorder because I think you could learn and teach it to them. Just a thought. I’m sure there are videos too. Or singing? Even singing is good and can make someone happier. You can even buy electronic keyboards relatively cheap on eBay ($40). \

There are also cheaper types of instruments. I do default to music as a Bachelor of Music, but crafts are so cool. Art is awesome. Even just coloring something they like is good for them.

Emmett sounds very tuned into what is what. He’s obviously so bright! That kid could do his own podcasts directed to other kids like him. Just throwing out ideas.

Now, as adults Jacob and Henry do Magic the Gathering and different role-playing things (DnD). And we’re so lucky there is so much to be found on the internet. You can go to a website with a piano keyboard and play a song on your laptop!

Anyhow, maybe all these ideas are bad. Oh, I almost forgot, photography is an art. Even just trying to take pics with a phone is a start. I know you like to take pics. Do you all have a garden? Maybe growing something in your back yard would be different?

Sorry for all of this. But if one idea is helpful, then I would be glad. Anyway, Henry used to like origami quite a bit. It wasn’t until he became quite sick that he lost interest. For example, for one Christmas I gave him origami paper airplanes that needed to be folded. Darn, I miss all of this but I can’t imagine having to go through the lockdown as a single parent with 3 special needs sons!

Jacob is still working at Marco’s and at least he’s OCD about cleanliness. So when he comes home he changes his clothes, and his work clothes get washed in hot water while he showers. sigh It’s such an adjustment for all of us, and we’re lucky to live in Ohio, for the most part. I think DeWine wants to do the best for us.

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