Back to school on April 11

We have been homeschooling Maggie this year, for various reasons – mostly, because she had a rough year last year.  She was constantly getting sick, which in turn caused more Rett symptoms, and though she has fought so hard to gain back her strength, balance and walking ability, being at home has allowed her to focus[…]

palm springs

Palm Springs

A couple of weeks ago, we took a little weekend trip to the desert because nothing says relaxing like 109 degree temperatures.  It started out auspiciously with Maggie unable to calm her body, communicate her wants or regulate her body temperature.  The last one was a new discovery.  She’s always run a little hot, but[…]

Hand over hand battle

For the longest time it has felt like we were losing the battle with hand function.  Stopping any more loss of functions for Maggie has been yet another one of our primary goals, since the diagnosis.  We spend most of everyday, watching what she can do, discussing what we saw that day and figuring out ways[…]

The Houston Report

This trip to Houston was a little different than the last one.  At the last one we were nervous and everything turned out as good as could be expected.  This time we weren’t nervous and we didn’t feel like it turned out quite as well. We didn’t get to see her GI doctor since she[…]

Back to Houston

After a really great and relaxing week spent with family, swimming every day and getting eaten alive by mosquitos, we’re going back to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston today – the mecca for Rett research.  We’re going to see Maggie’s neurologist and gi doctor as well as meet a new physical medical rehabilitation doctor.  It’ll[…]

Playing With Others

It’s been a regular struggle to get her to play with other kids.  When she was younger, before the regression, she would play near them, but not necessarily with them.  And when she started tossing sand out of the sand table, they’d typically find something else to do, lest they be sandblasted.  Don’t get me[…]

Back to work

Rett Syndrome has changed my life in so many ways.  Before the diagnosis, I was working at Jash, the digital studio that Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Reggie Watts, Tim and Eric started along with a bunch of other people I’ve always respected  and at various times believed it to be my dream job.  I was[…]

Mad scientist hyphenate / Producer

A blog written by my wife, Jenny.  She is smarter and funnier than I am, so enjoy. When I wake up everyday, I usually pause, take a breath and hope for the best. The truth is we really don’t know what each day will bring. Will Maggie’s arms be out of control today, will she[…]

Special thanks.

When Maggie was first born, our friends Dan and Rachel visited regularly, and made it a point to be a part of Maggie’s life; and Maggie (and the two of us) loves them for it. Her OT still talks about the time that Rachel picked Maggie up and how excited Maggie was to see Rachel.[…]