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#Words+ and @HP Lost My Son’s Communication Device

communication device

Remember the post I did about my son’s communication device being broken at school?  The device was broken at the end of March.  We sent it to Words+ to be fixed.  My husband called them and got the address to send it to, and an estimate on what it will cost to repair it.  He packed it up and shipped it out.  We waited for a phone call that never came.  You would think that they would call us when they received it.  No.  It just sat on a desk.  It was looked at, but that was it.

My husband ended up calling to find out what was going on.  They said only the screen needed to be replaced, and they needed payment before fixing it.  The cost was $350.  We paid it.  It hurt us, but it hurt more to have my son without his communication device.

We were told that we would have it back in a week.  A week went by, and nothing.  We waited a few days after the time that was given to us to expect it in the mail.  Then my husband called.  Words+, in California, mailed it to Texas.  That didn’t make sense to us.  If it had to go to Texas to be fixed, why weren’t we told?

Two weeks later and still nothing.  It’s been over a month since we sent it to be fixed.  We’ve paid for it to be fixed.  My completely nonverbal autistic son has been without his device for over a month.  My husband called yesterday.  Guess what?  It’s somewhere between Words+ and HP.  HP?  When did they get involved?  Words+ is the software.  HP is the hardware.  Since it’s the screen that need to be replaced, that falls on HP.  Only, nobody knows where it is now.  We were told it shipped out from one to the other, but they can’t find the tracking information.  It’s lost.  Now what do I do?

I am so frustrated at the lack of support from Words+.  I’m so angry that my son is still without his communication device.  If I had known that this was going to happen, I would have went with a different company for a communication device.  I should have gone with a device from DynaVox Mayer-Johnson.

When Things Get Worse You Keep Smiling

It’s not easy.  Just when I thought I was getting better, I got worse.  I have an ear infection, and it woke me up this morning with popping and then fluid draining out of it.  It hurt.  It still does.  I had to cancel my dentist appointment, and go see the doctor.  As miserable as I was, I kept smiling.  I was not going to let it get me down.

Before I went to the doctor, I caught my sister on Facebook.  That doesn’t happen that often.  She lives in a different state, has a really busy schedule, and is fighting Leukemia.  She had a doctor appointment today to see if she was in remission.  She also told me she has been suffering from depression.  This fight with Leukemia has been hard for her.  When I got home from seeing the doctor, I checked her update, and she isn’t in remission.  I just want to go down to FL and put my arms around her.  She needs help, and I am too far away.  Her husband has been great, really supportive of her needs.  I just wish we lived in the same state, and town.

I don’t understand what she is going through.  I don’t know a lot about Leukemia.  I do know that it is physically and mentally taking it’s toll on her.  I worry about her.  She was up here last month, and seemed to be doing good.  But that is my sister.  She puts up a good front.  If she can, I can.  Even though today was tough for me, I can keep smiling.  I’ll get better.  I just hope my sister will, too.

Trying Not To Be Sick and Failing

I went to bed Thursday evening feeling sick.  I had a pounding headache, and my throat was feeling soar.  I woke up Friday and was miserable.  I had big plans on Saturday, and couldn’t be sick.  I also had both kids for most of the day.  I took it easy, as best as you can when you have two kids in the house.  When my husband came home, after work, he went straight to bed.  Alright, I thought.  He’s tired.  A few hours later, he gets up and doesn’t look too good.  I asked him if he was sick, too.  He did his best to answer yes.  Poor thing, he had lost his voice.  So, what’s worse than both parents being sick at the same time?  Both parents being sick, two kids that aren’t, and a busy weekend already planned.  Yikes!

I didn’t get much sleep Friday evening.  I was so congested, and was head throbbed.  I got up early Saturday, took some medicine, stood in a hot shower, then got myself together for the day I had planned.  Remember the big plans I said I had?  I had reserved a spot at our Golden Corral parking lot yard sale. (Golden Corral rents out parking spaces in the lot to raise money for their camp.  I don’t know how often they do it, but I think it’s once a year).  I had to load up my stuff, and leave the house early.  It was difficult, but I was able to do it.  By the time I got over to Golden Corral, my medicine was helping, and I was telling myself I was going to be fine.

I was out there with my Unit Leader.  Did I mention I did this to sell some of my AVON inventory?  This was important to me and I couldn’t let being sick stop me from doing it.  We were out there for about seven hours.  It was very successful.  I forgot my sunscreen, but I had my hat.  My arms got burnt, but my face didn’t.  I pushed all thoughts of me being sick to the back of my mind.  While I was out there, I wasn’t sick.  I did great.  Until we were done.  And my husband and kids showed up right as we were breaking down.  Talk about perfect timing.  They wanted to eat.  I wanted to go home.  But, I was hungry, and I had been smelling their food all day.  I didn’t eat much.  My throat just wouldn’t let me.  I managed to get some green beans down and a bowl of chicken noodle soup.

I spent Sunday resting, and doing the mom thing.  My husband went to the truck race.  He still sounded miserable, but he said he felt better.  He enjoyed the race.  I started feeling better by the end of the day.  Then, when we went to bed, we both started coughing really bad.  Really?  The coughing had to start when I thought I was finally going to be able to get some sleep?  Another night of bad sleep, and feeling miserable.  Now we are up to this morning.  Still miserable, but working hard on getting better.  Trying not to be sick, and failing.  But I won’t give up.  I have a busy week planned.

Easter and My Before and After Weight Loss Pictures

Easter was fun.   We went to Mount Airy (NC), or you may know it by another name.  It’s the little North Carolina town that is known as Mayberry by many.  We had dinner at my mother-in-law’s place, and went to church services.  Then, before we left, we walked around “Mayberry.”

The shops were all closed, but it was nice to walk around and look in the windows.  We saw some familiar names and faces.  Here’s one that you might remember.

We also had an amazing view on the drive up.  Mount Pilot is a wondrous thing to see.

I also wanted to share a before and after picture of my weight loss.  I still have more weight to lose, but I thought it would be nice to share what I looked like before and what I look like now.


Communication Device Broken At School

communication deviceI mentioned it on Twitter when it happened.  My son’s communication device was broken at school.  It’s a Say-It! SAM device.  My son is completely nonverbal, and this was his main way of communicating.  The device, which is expensive, was paid for by his insurance.  The repair for it isn’t covered.  That will be coming out of our pockets.

My husband sent it off last week.  If the only thing that is wrong with it is the screen, the cost of parts will be $267.  I don’t know what the cost for labor will be.  I’ll find out when I get the bill.  I also don’t know how long it will take.  I’m hoping that it will only be a couple of weeks.  A very long couple of weeks.  Try not talking, at all, for two weeks, and then you will understand what my son is going through.

I don’t know how it was broken at school.  No one there knows.  Bottom line, as long as no one there knows anything, the school isn’t liable.  When I first held the broken device in my hands, I felt like my heart had been stabbed.  I went off on my own and had a breakdown.  I didn’t want to do it in front of the kids.  Communication is so difficult for my son, losing his “voice” was painful for me.  It had taken so long to get him that device.

If you are a parent of a non-verbal autistic child, I’m sure you understand how the broken device has been such a hardship for my son.  If you aren’t, just imagine that your child isn’t able to speak, and you will have an idea.

The new statistics for the rate of autism is 1 in 88.  My child isn’t the only child with autism that is nonverbal.  It seems like, as the rate rises, it becomes harder to get help for my son.  Have people become desensitized to autism?  Have they decided that it is something to be accepted, and can’t be changed?  By people, I mean doctors and government officials.  April is Autism Awareness month.  From what I can see, we have plenty of awareness.  People know about autism.  Chances are, you have a child with autism, a family member with autism, or a friend with an autistic child.  Awareness isn’t the problem.  We need action.  We need actual help.  We need to know what causes autism and how to minimize it or cure it.  With the way the rate of autism keeps rising, how long before it becomes a 1:1 rate?

Boys and Girls Weekend

This weekend was a boys and girls weekend.  My husband and son did camping with the Boy Scouts.  My daughter and I had a girls weekend.  My guys left on Friday, and returned home on Sunday.  My son rode on the Boy Scout bus, while my husband drove the truck.  Lucky for all of the scouts, our truck also serves as our storage for all of our camping equipment.  The scouts had food, but did not arrange for anything to cook the food in.  My husband pulled our all of our camping pots and pans for them to use.  Our canopy was also put into use.  My husband and son had a great time.  They were tired when they returned home, but willing to go out as a family to walk around some stores.

Friday evening, my daughter gathered her dolls and put them in my bed.  We’ve made it a tradition for us that she will sleep in my bed when the guys go camping.  I have to say, I was extremely happy to have my husband in bed with me Sunday evening.  Sleeping with my daughter and all of her dolls is not fun.

Saturday was a busy day for us.  My daughter had bowling in the morning.  Then, we had to go get some adjustments made on her glasses.  I also had an AVON meeting to attend on Saturday.  It lasted a couple of hours.  We took it easy Saturday evening, but was up and out of the house Sunday morning.  My daughter needed an Easter dress, and a bathing suit.

Shopping for the bathing suit made me realize why my mother and daughter do so well together shopping.  My mom always insists that everything gets tried on.  My daughter thinks everything needs to be tried on.  I prefer to pick a couple of items, different styles,  have her try them on, and pick the best to buy.  My daughter wanted to try on everything.  It doesn’t matter if it’s the same style as something she has already tried on.  I did it her way.  I let her try on everything she wanted to, and then we picked out the best one.  I don’t think I have ever spent an hour shopping for a bathing suit before.

Sunday was miserable.  The morning started out as a battle.  My daughter wanted to go out to a fast food restaurant for breakfast.  I didn’t.  I told her it was either eat at home, or go to one of two places I specified.  We went around and around about it, and it took an hour before we were out the door.  After my husband and son came home, and their laundry was started, we took off for some stores that were out of town.  I wanted to look at things that I couldn’t find in my little town.

We went to two different stores, and I ended up with such a headache.  My daughter wanted me to buy her all kinds of things.  Towards the end, she was fixated on me buying her an Easter basket and treats for her classroom.  I was planning on getting those things today, when she was at school.  I told her this.  She didn’t want to wait.  I ended up very frustrated from constantly saying no, and telling her I will take of those things the next day.  I ended up with a really bad headache. I just wanted to go home.  I was disappointed, because I had started off enjoying myself.  I really just wanted to look around in the group of stores we were at.  They had a lot of things that the stores in my town don’t have.  I could tell my husband was not happy.  There were a couple of stores he wanted to check out.  But, he understood.

I have the month of April packed with commitments.  I am hoping to be able to fit in a family camping trip before it gets too hot.  We’ll see.  It would be nice to get away from the computer and phone for a whole weekend.

How was your weekend?