Friday, September 4, 2009


No, this was not a typo. Yes, Gabe is now in Kindergarten. It seems so weird to say that, and even more strange to think about how old I'm getting. :) It seems like just yesterday when I was sitting in the hospital waiting for him to finally decide to come out. In his defense, there really wasn't much room for him to work with on the coming out part. Before I had him I never really knew what true love was. He amazes me more everyday and I love him more and more everyday.
Anyways, enough of the mushy stuff, I'll get to my point of this blog. We met with Gabe's new teachers, he will have one for his Life Skills (special ed) class and one for the reg. kindergarten class. He is splitting his time between the two at first with the end goal of being in kindergarten at least most of the day, if not all day. I would love to see him grow and improve so much that he no longer needs Life Skills class, but right now that is definitely the best place for him to be to get everything he needs. He has now been in school for almost 3 weeks and he is doing really, really well so far. His new teacher seems too good to be true. She teaches almost exactly how we parent Gabe. She doesn't baby him or treat him like he is different just because he has autism. She pushes him just as much as she would any other child, which I think is what a lot of these kids need. Usually, when Gabe has goals and is pushes to achieve them, he always exceeds them. He is so smart and loves school! He continues to use his words a lot at school, but a little less at home. I think that by the time he gets home at night he is just so exhausted that he tries to get lazy on us. ;) Once he gets use to his schedule I think he will jump back in to the swing of things. We have also slacked a bit on watching his sugar intake. We were doing really well there for a while and then school started and it made it very difficult to send snacks that didn't contain sugar or carbs. We are currently trying to find some snacks that he will enjoy, but that are also low in sugar. That could prove to be a challenge.

We are still doing the MB12 injections and they are going really well. I think for a few weeks I was injecting them too deep and they weren't as effective. It's almost like when they seem to burn and itch more, they are more effective. I wonder why that is...because the times that he doesn't cry after are when I don't notice as much effect from the shot.

Our DAN! Dr recently put Gabe on Naltrexone cream to see if it would help with Gabe's tippy-toe walking. Anyone else heard of this before? It doesn't seem to be doing anything thus far.....


  1. Naltrexone is an opioid receptor antagonist used primarily in the management of alcohol dependence and opioid dependence. It is marketed in generic form as its hydrochloride salt, naltrexone hydrochloride, and marketed under the trade names Revia and Depade. In some countries including the United States, an extended-release formulation is marketed under the trade name Vivitrol. Also in the US, Methylnaltrexone Bromide, a closely related drug, is marketed as Relistor, for the treatment of Opioid Induced Constipation. It should not be confused with naloxone, which is used in emergency cases of overdose rather than for longer-term dependence control. While both naltrexone and naloxone are full antagonists and will treat an opioid overdose, naltrexone is longer-acting than naloxone, making naloxone a better emergency antidote.

    Naltrexone helps patients overcome urges to abuse opiates by blocking the drugs’ euphoric effects. Some patients do well with it, but the oral formulation, the only one available to date, has a drawback: It must be taken daily, and a patient whose craving becomes overwhelming can obtain opiate euphoria simply by skipping a dose before resuming abuse.

    Basically, it prevents them from getting no added benefit from . It'd be about the same action. I'd only recommend if your son was self injurious. I wouldn't be recommending much, then. Mind you, I'm no physician; I just know how to read.

    Um, just out of curiousity, why'd you want to cure a high functioner? All he needs is more acceptance outside the home, and maybe a little something for the pain that external stimuli during fixation would bring him.

  2. Thank you for your information. I appreciate the response! We have been giving him the Naltrexone every night before bed as a cream form and haven't seen any benefits or negatives from it really. We are stopping usage now that we are out of it. :)

    We don't want to "cure" him, just give him all the support and treatment possible to make him have the healthiest and best life he can. He is very behind in speech and language, and we have noticed that his diet greatly reflects the amount of speech he has or does not have. What were you speaking of when you said to maybe give him a little something for the pain of external stimuli? Like a drug of some sort? Just curious...

    Thanks again.