dimanche 15 juillet 2012

What's wrong?

One of the most challenging situations when living with autism is when our son gets sick. Whenever this happens, it becomes a guessing game with us because, in no way, he is able to let us know wexactly what is going on.

For instance, a couple of weeks back, our son had that problem with the popcorn. We had to go by process of elimination to find out exactly what caused the problem. The same thing happened when he had an allergic reaction to milk.

Today was no different. Before we went to Church, our son was lying around everywhere. We asked him if he was feeling sick and he kept telling us that No he is fine. So we went to Church and he decided  to lie down on one of the sofas.

Our babysitter in Bouctouche, informed us that there was a couple of kids who caught a fever on thursday. That would explain it. Later on our son was boiling hot, so we left before the end of the service. We gave him some tylenol and now he seems to be doing fine.

Having to find out was is wrong with him, everytime he was sick, is quite the event and it is always nerveracking.

samedi 7 juillet 2012

Art by Patrick on Facebook

I just realised that I really didn't take any time to explain what I am doing on Facebook right now. I have a page on there called Art by Patrick. On this page I share a lot of information on autism and I also try to sell my art to give all the profits to the autism society of Canada.

The page is slowly growing,but the people, who already are subscribed to the page, keep coming back to read the updates and view the links that I post on there. It would be nice to see the page go viral and get more awareness out there.

Since I started, I received two orders and I am currently working on the first one. The member wants me to reproduce this:

This looks easy to do at first, but it really isn't. Reproducing someones art is quite challenging. At first I started drawing the scketch:

Then when the sketch was drawn I proceeded to adding color:

That was one hour in. I left it at that and started working on it again the next day for one hour:

I hope that it will be looking great once I am done with it. The most important thing is that I hope my customer will like it.

I hope that this project goes well and that God blesses this project as well. I really would like to see this become a great way to bring autism awareness to people.

God bless you all!

vendredi 6 juillet 2012

My 2 cents on 50cent

I am not sure that everyone know this, but 50cent has been in hot waters as of late in regards of some remarks he did on twitter to a follower. The hufftington post explains the situation here:

Apparently, 50cent has over 8 million followers on his twitter account and so whenever he tweets something, a whole lot of the population reads it. When he was asked about the date of the release of his new album, 50cent kinda had a boo-boo, misinformed and, well, flat out disgusting to my taste moment. You think that a person in the worlds eye view would be more responsible and mature in regards of what they are tweeting.

To quote the hufftington post:
The ugly tweets were in response to an eager fan who wrote to 50: "Release the album or get shot again." The rapper allegedly tweeted back, "yeah just saw your picture fool you look autistic." And, he didn't stop there. "I dont want no special ed kids on my time line follow some body else," he posted later." 

This literally lifted me up my seat. I can not believe that he just tweeted that. Unfortunately, what 50cent doesn't know is that 1 in 88 kids in america are diagnosed with autism. Needless to say that right after this comment, 50 received loads and loads of comments about his statement. A mother also sent him a letter to ask for an apology

To me, this indicates that there is a lot of work to be done in regards of making people aware of autism. My son looks like any other kids in the playground. You wouldn't be able to see that he is different than all the other kids. I learn everyday from my son. It is a stress yes, but we are so blessed with the development that our son is making. Fitting in is difficult but he does try his best every time.

When someone, who has a lot of followers, is in the public eye or has great influence on others, says comments like this or reacts like this, it pains me. I pity the fact that, still, there is a lot of undermined or under toned judgment in regards of people who are different. I believe it is time for a change. I won't be sitting down if someone uses the R word. Get the facts, read, learn, get involved, get to know just how amazing people with autism are.

jeudi 5 juillet 2012

My Point of View

Today, my boss sent me a video that got over 39 million hits on youtube. It consist of a reporter being at a fair somewhere and she trying to interview a boy who's make-up is made up to look like a zombie. Here is the video in question:

They put in the description that it is a news report blooper. The comments that I see are mainly about how the education system in the US is failing, jokes about turtles, etc..

Here is what I see, I see an autistic (Asperger) response to an unknown (unfamiliar) situation. In most cases, when an autistic kid doesn't know how to react or respond to an unknown situation or faced with a question to which they don't know the answer to, they will quote a line from either a movie or something they like or a phrase that brings them comfort.

In the case of my son, is favorite line is "whacha doing guys, wait wait wait" or some lines from his favorite movies. That is what I see now when I see those kind of videos. Maybe that kid is autistic and he didn't know how to react to the question.

Of course, on the first view I laughed but immediately after, I started thinking about why did the kid react this way.

Sorry to all I might've killed their funbuzz here, but that is a reality of what some of our youth is about these days.

mercredi 4 juillet 2012

Accomplissements en vacances

Ok, so I decided to write this post in english so that my english friends can share this story as well.

My family and I went on vacation last week on P.E.I. and man did we have a great time. Not only that, but God also blessed us with a couple of accomplishments along the way.

Our son, who's autistic, has a problem with food texture. Which prevents us from trying a whole lot of things to eat with him. He also has a problem with lactose. We discovered that when our son ate microwaved popcorn. It gave him cramps and was crying as if someone was dismembering him on the toilet. So when we isolated the food that created that, we pulled it off the "what he can eat" list. But then, in the cottage that we rented, our son wanted to try a grape, which, in the previous years, he would've spit out and say "yuk".

Well this time he tried it and he loved it. Allelujah!! Our son loves grapes, this is AMAZING!!

I don't think that I will ever be able to explain how much joy this brings to us. Even you, as a reader, can't probably grasp the importance of this event. But it is such a blessing. Our spectrum of foods he can eat got slightly bigger.

Last Monday, we went at the zoo. Every year we go to the zoo almost 3 or 4 times. I'm beginning to know the lions on a first name basis. Every year we tried to get our son to do things that all the other kids do. As simple as feeding the animals or riding the pony. Well this year was the year! Our son fed the animals without any screams or nothing AND he rode the pony. The other parents might have thought that we were crazy parents because my wife and me we're both teary eyed and so proud of the little guy.

Everyday, week or month, our son brings us miracles at home. For those of you who don't believe in miracles, come spend a week with us, I'll show you 10 new ones every week.