When I tell you that Reine is terrified of “bloodshots” AKA needles, I am not exaggerating at all. Her older sis is the same way. Where they got this from is completely beyond me. While her father, oldest sister, and myself do not exactly love the thought of getting stabbed with a tiny metal tube, we do not fear it either. It is more like “Can we please just get this over with so that I can move on with my day?”. They, on the other hand, freak the hell out. It takes 5 plus people to hold them down for any blood work that they need. Vaccines included. Reine would be so terrified that she would make herself physically sick (vomiting, loose stools, and shaking uncontrollably) when she found out about anything she needed relating to a needle. So, I knew needed to find something to help them get through the sheer panic of just hearing the words blood work or vaccine. Lavander essential oil was just not enough to calm their nerves.

I stumbled across Buzzy in my quest to find something to help them and decided to give this little gadget a try. For those of you not familiar with this device, it is a small “insect” shaped device that uses a patented Cool-Pulse™ technology. In their own words “Buzzy® uses natural “gate control” pain relief by confusing the body’s own nerves, thereby dulling or eliminating sharp pain. In the same way that rubbing a bumped elbow helps stop the hurt, or cool running water soothes a burn, Buzzy® controls sharp pain.” 

You can purchase a Buzzy either on their site or via They come in 2 sizes, mini or XL. They also have a couple of accessories you can purchase separately or you can just buy a kit that contains their distraction cards, bravery stickers, and a kazoo for all ages. The kits start at about $50. It may seem steep, but for us, it has been worth every freaking penny of it. I am not sure if the kazoo is still a part of their kit or not, but it came with ours and is a favorite distraction tool. If you are a professional looking into Buzzy, for your office, they got you covered there too. Seriously, I am in love with the neoprene cooler bag. Ours did not come with it. We got our kit in a small clear tote.

Our Experience:
Buzzy works to help relieve most (if not all) of the pain from vaccines and “bloodshots”. It also calms both of my kids down by more than 60%. There is no longer a need for 5 people to hold them still. It is usually just myself. I am not saying that they still do not cry or have a couple of minutes of panic, but it is not such a fight anymore. They will not have anything done with needles without Buzzy with us.

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I am not affiliated with Buzzy in any way. I did not receive any compensation or product for a discounted rate or free for this post. I just wanted to share something that has worked incredibly well for Reine and her sister. All Buzzy pics in this post are from the Buzzy website. Seriously, you should check them out!

Here is their link if you missed it in the post.

“Wait” Cards

Reine was recently diagnosed with ODD tendencies in January of 2017. We began going to Behavioral therapy immediately. Reine’s Behavioral therapist is well worth the hour long trip (one way) each week to see her. The therapist has given us a light at the end of what has been a dark tunnel. We dove in headfirst and have been implementing everything since.

“Wait” Cards and Timer:
The first thing the Behavioralist had us do was use “Wait” cards and a timer with Reine. The reason for the cards was that Reine would get livid if she asked us to do something or to get her something and her needs were not met in that instant. She could not make the connection between waiting for a few seconds and her needs being met. The “Wait” cards and timer have done just that.

I created mermaid themed “Wait” cards for Reine and laminated them. The cards are placed in a container (with a magnet) on my fridge along with 2 different timers. We focus on using the timer for 10-15 second sessions with the max time of 2 minutes (only when I need to do something like wash my hands).

Reine: Mommy, I am thirsty.
Me: Ok, give me a sec to get you a drink.

Reine picks out a “Wait” card and brings me a timer.I set the timer for 10 seconds. She uses the “Wait” card as a place holder. It tells her that her needs will be met she just has to wait. The timer is set for 10 seconds and handed to her. She presses start and watches the time go down. Once it beeps, she hands it back to me along with the card and I get her a drink immediately.

Me: Thank you, Reine, for waiting as patiently as you could while the timer counted down.
Reine: No problem.


Santa Love

This past Xmas, we were walking through the mall and Reine spotted Santa. She was worried once again about whether or not he was going to come to our home. Unlike last year, she was not as hyper-focused about it, but it still was weighing on her. So, we went to the “Big Man” himself to make sure he was still coming.

He was freaking awesome…He took the time she needed. He listened to her concerns and did not force any kind of interaction with her that she did not want. He even High fived her. We left Santa confident that he would make an appearance because she tried her best all year to listen to Mommy. That is priceless to my Mermaid.

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Nena and Papa

I got seriously lucky when I married into my Hubby’s family. My In-Laws have claimed me as their own. Our relationship is not the typical “Inlaw” relationship. To me, they are my parents. I have been lucky enough to have this type of relationship more than once in my life.

My Dad has spent the past 2 years battling Stage 4 Colon Cancer. While he kicked it’s ass (recently diagnosed 100% cancer free), the fight has taken a lot out of him. His body is still healing from the effects of the chemo and radiation treatments along with his immune system. The 3-hour trip to see us is still takes too much out of him. My kids and I can only go so long with seeing them. The day after Xmas, we decided to drive for 2 of the 3 hours to see them. We met at a steak house restaurant. I told our waitress we were going to be there for a couple of hours along with the quick reason behind our meeting there. She was incredible about it. We, in turn, tipped her very well for the use of her table.

All of us ordered steaks, baked potatoes, and steamed broccoli. It was 2 hours that we will cherish for a lifetime. I hope my Mom and Dad realize what they mean to both me and my children. Words will never do it justice. My oldest even took off of work early to join us…

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Vehicle Safety – Small Businesses Part 2

We never want to think about getting into a car wreck or any kind of situation where First Responders will have to come to your vehicle in an emergency. But when you have a child with autism you have to plan for every contingency. This is one of those times when it can help both the child and the First Responders save time and possibly their lives.

I asked one of our local firemen about the stickers put on vehicles that say “Child With Autism aboard” and whether or not they pay attention to them when there is an emergency that they are responding to. I was told it is mixed. Some first responders do not pay attention to these type of stickers at all because they can be outdated (meaning the vehicle was sold to a new owner that did not bother to take the sticker off) especially if they are faded, partially torn, or worn looking. Others will pay attention to them in a heartbeat. He was in no way implying not to use the “Autism child on board” type stickers. However, I was told to make sure to replace them when they are worn looking and that the best place to keep them is on her windows only. We also came up with the idea of using an emergency seat belt cover with Reine’s information in it and somehow adding including a place to hold current pics and “stats” so to speak. It needed to be on her seat belt only, not in the glove box or center console. He told me it would be most valuable for them to be able to grab it quickly in an emergency and read it. They could match the pics in the cover with the child in the seat and know it was her. I needed to also find a way to let them know to look at the emergency seat belt cover.

My search began. I looked commercially and could not find what I needed. Most of the emergency seat belt covers are generic. While this is better than having nothing, I knew it was not what I was looking for. I turned my search towards the one place I knew I could find what I was looking for or someone that would help me to create what I was looking for. Etsy.

Vehicle Autism Stickers:

I found a shop on Esty called MorganStreetDesign that had the perfect stickers for my truck. They are not too big. The colors are perfect and bold enough to get anyone’s attention. I placed on each side of the rear passenger windows.il_570xn-1014289087_dd2h

Emergency Seat Belt Cover:
This search was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. There were so many options but none offered what I needed. I took a chance and contacted the shop Snuggle Button to ask if they would be willing to work with me.

Our conversation went something like this…
Me: Hi, I am wondering if you are able to make one of your medical alert seat covers with a pocket on the inside similar to the one in the pic? Our local first responders want us to use one with an inner pocket that can store our daughter’s information in it. (I sent them a pic of what I was asking about).

Snuggle Button:

Yes! I can definitely make a medical alert seat belt cover with an inner pocket for you. Thank you for including a picture so I know exactly what you need!

Me: Thank you so much for working with me. I just placed my order.

And we came up with exactly what I needed and was looking for!

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Reine modeling the emergency seat belt cover. In all seriousness, she knows that this has to be on her seat belt and the information inside of it must stay there. It is comfortable for her to wear too. Gotta love sensory processing disorder.

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