Food Fun!

Food Fun!

Please feel free to share these food pics, as long as you credit and link back to my blog page where you found the food pic.

Thanks & enjoy!


Hollow bell of Trombone cake
with removable large and small mouthpieces at far, right end
Hollow bell of trombone cake
Trombone cake 2012
Front view of husband's 2012 birthday cake
Strawberry Cake
Hope & Faith - celebrating birthdays together
Easter Cross Cake 2011
Creamy Parmesan Shrimp and Okra
Orange Cream pastry, sliced open
Chocolate “Lasagna” Cake
Wedding Reception cake
Easter Cross Cake 2010
Side view of iPod Birthday cake 2010
Steelhead Trout
Corned Beef Brisket, Cabbage & Carrots
Glazed Roasted Duck a l’Orange
Coconut Macaroons
Lemon Ginger Shrimp & Scallops over Wilted Spinach

Could an Infection Cause Tourette’s-Like Symptoms in Teenage Girls?

This article is by far the best I have seen to date on PANS (formerly known as PANDAS-PITAND).  Dr. Jenike is also chairman of IOCDF (International OCD Foundation) Scientific Advisory Board as well as a member of its board of directors.  Dr. Jenike has been deeply involved in OCD care for decades.  One of his most significant quotes (and it’s difficult to chose as there are many) from this interview is the following:

“I used to think it was very rare, too. I’ve work on OCD my whole career, and I couldn’t figure out why no one could pin down what was going on with these kids who had had strep. Then the parents got me involved, and I learned a lot more. I now think PANS is extremely common—way, way more common than we thought. I get e-mails from parents every day whose kids have it.”

Symptoms include more than OCD and movement disorders.  Please see PANDAS-PITAND Awareness & Research Support for additional information and click Research and How to Help to find out how to help.


Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day

Today is Children’s Mental Health Awareness day, in the midst of Children’s Mental Health Awareness week, which is May 1 – May 7.

Do you know the signs and symptoms of P.A.N.D.A.S. (Pediatric Auto-immune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections)?

Please view and share the following video ~ thank you!

Sick Mommy

This morning, there is no question that I am sick, which I’m sure did not help our day yesterday.  Hmm… can someone please tell me what page of the Mommy handbook of caring for a chronically ill child (and preparing to take another trip for a two day infusion for her) addresses this one?  I can’t find ‘sick days’ in my copy … it appears there has been an omission in the job description…  ;~/

Hopeful Parents

Someone shared this link with a group of PANDAS parents.  It resonated for most of us.  While it was written about ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), one can easily substitute PANDAS for every instance of ASD.

If you are the parents of a child with PANDAS or any other special needs condition, and are experiencing several symptoms on the list mentioned, know this.

  • You are NOT a bad parent.
  • This is NOT your fault; your child has a medical autoimmune condition.
  • You are NOT alone.
  • You are NOT weak.  (As the post mentions, you are a reasonable person, who has been dealing with an unreasonable situation, for an unreasonable amount of time, without reasonable support.)
  • There IS hope!  Contact your physician and/or counselor.  Make an appointment.  Bring the list of PTSD symptoms with you, marking the ones that are applicable to you.
    • I know all too well that you are reluctant to do so, given the history of being ignored, judged, dismissed, etc. with your child’s condition.
    • Go and discuss it anyway.  You need to be as healthy as possible to get through this journey.

Hopeful Parents – ASD & PTSD

Upcoming Episodes: Dr Susan Swedo – NIMH ~ The Coffee Klatch

Upcoming events: Dr Susan Swedo – NIMH ~ The Coffee Klatch

Upcoming Episodes:  Dr Susan Swedo – NIMH

The Coffee Klatch
Date / Time: 2/9/2011 9:00 PM
Category: Parents
Call-in Number: (646) 595-2881

I am honored and personally thrilled to present Dr Susan Swedo, Senior Investigator Behavioral Pediatrics and Developmental Neuropsychiatry her laboratory studies childhood-onset obsessive compulsive disorder and related disorders, including Tourette syndrome and Sydenham chorea. Dr Swedo is the leading researcher in PANDAS and related disorders. Dr Swedo joins us to discuss the latest in research and the new clinical trials being conducted to find treatments for these disorders.

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