So, the ever-fantabulous Hartley, amazing author and tireless champion of parents with SPD/ASD/special needs kiddos, has a little awards shindig going on over at her blog. Nominations have been going on for the past few days, and I just received the news that my blog has been nominated for an SPD Blogger Award!! In the category for "Humorous Blog" no less! (I've checked out the competition and it is fierce, *gulp*!)
This is literally the first good thing to happen to me this year so far. Yes, I know we're not even 3 weeks into 2011 but so far? It has bitten the big one. We're in the midst of another major battle with the school district regarding Kiddo's current IEP and have further heard that it is 99.9999999999999% sure that Kiddo will not be granted an aide for next year (or ever again after this year) when her CSE meeting rolls around in March. Kiddo has now been examined by a pediatric pulmonologist, who confirmed what her pediatrician has been suspecting for several months now - Kiddo has asthma, and with the relatively "late" onset of symptoms, it is likely that she will have asthma for the rest of her life (as opposed to kids who have it as toddlers and then outgrow it). Have you ever seen a major sensory seeker on not one but two asthma meds simultaneously? Holy bouncing off the walls, Batman! We're working out an appropriate med regime that controls the inflammation with the least amount of disruption to her life, but the working out phase involves dealing with issues like difficulty falling asleep/restless sleep and other fun stuff like that. (If you think a major sensory seeker hopped up on two stimulant asthma meds is a scary enough sight, add to that a lack of adequate rest and we have a new horror movie franchise in the making.) On top of that, Kiddo has just been more challenging than usual behaviorally. I won't go into details, but she was Majorly Grounded for almost a week, which effectively killed our wedding anniversary date night out plans (and on top of that, it's never fun to have to be the Grounding Enforcer/Prison Warden anyhow). Last but not least, she's been sick for more days this January than not, so we're stuck inside with playdates and birthday parties falling by the wayside thanks to those evil, evil germies. (Side note: someone told me that the odd years are always more challenging than the even years. Six was pretty dang delightful around here, especially in light of how seven has been. I'm willing to believe that at this point, especially if it gives us a light at the end of a tunnel that will only go another 5 months... Anyone else ever hear that one?)
So, like I said, 2011? Not the best year so far. (Isn't this the big Mayan Apocalypse year? Are all these issues actually harbingers of the impending doom - and if so, where the heck are Dean and Sam and Castiel when I need them? Will I start dreaming of Phyllis Diller again? Did I mention that coming up in December, I turn the big 4-0? Isn't that bad enough for one year in and of itself?)
But... then I received the news from Hartley that I've been nominated for an SPD Blogger Award - and it's a MAJOR AWARD, you know. I'm hoping the prize looks something like this:
And yes, it's just an honor just to be nominated, especially since I didn't nominate myself - someone out there likes me! But then again, if you really do like me, please drop by the voting page starting tomorrow at 6am and help me stuff the ballot box, mmmmkay? I mean, George Clooney and Hugh Jackman have presented Oscars and Golden Globes before, so what if it's one of them presenting the SPD Blogger Awards? Do you want to be the one to make me miss out on that? Let's reverse the trend of craptastictude for 2011 by landing me a Major Award!
I promise I'll mention you in my acceptance speech - maybe even give you a shout-out from the red carpet when Ryan Seacrest stops me to find out who I'm wearing..... "Microfleece yoga pants from Target, Ryan, of course! Mind the sparks, now..."