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Coast Causes

Gathering Riley up from school Monday for OT earlier this week, the woman at the front desk handed me a page from newspaper.  She had spotted Riley in The News-Press of Fort Myers, April 18th, 2016 Causes: Toast of the Coast page 3D.

I just love the little gestures!

Climate of Disregard

This post has been written and rewritten in my head.   Most of them are.  Sitting down to the keyboard and examining the events of our life here is often an achievement simply in time and energy to complete my task.   Beyond that, I ask myself to be candid (to a reasonable degree) with myself and my audience.   Of course, to relate my life I must confess my own faults as well as revealing the ones I discover in this very strange special needs life.  Earlier this week, a friend and special needs mom, S.S., referred to my blog as “blunt.”  Blunt?  This, I believe, she intended as a compliment.  So, I will continue to strive for blunt since it seems to be my style.

Now, here we are when I must confess and address my own faults.  But I need to recognize my faults and methods without altering my purposes.  I have already admitted throughout the life of this blog that at times I can fall very easily into the role of Mama Bear (at times referred to as “Crazy Woman”).   As last Monday dawned, I had a few subjects on my mind to address this week via this blog: special needs camps and wheelchair accessible vehicles.  I expected the week to be fairly calm as Ronan headed off to a day camp and Riley spent one on one time at home with me.  Unfortunately, my head seems to be stuck in Park back at the camp parking lot.

The Charity Register 2010

Gulfshore Life Magazine was kind enough to allow me to speak with writer Denise Scott  for The Charity Register regarding our experience with Naples Equestrian Challenge.

Horse ranch helps kids with special needs – ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

Horse ranch helps kids with special needs – ABC-7.com WZVN News for Fort Myers, Cape Coral & Naples, Florida

Buck Corner October 2011 Newsletter

Buck Corner
October 2011
Happy Fall Everyone!  Here in Paradise, windows thrown wide open, we are once again immersed in school activities, fundraisers, horseback riding and preparing for the holidays.
As you can see above, Riley maintains his celebrity status (read about “his interview” on NBC television in Rileys-Smile and the newspaper). 
The Shark Tooth Guy is launching a new line (photo above/see below for more details).  New fossils?  Is he still alive? 
Don’t let YOUR SKIN BE THE SCARIEST thing this Halloween Season… Arbonne Skin Care and Nutritionals.  Is offering new promotions and products (coupon in this newsletter!).
We sincerely thank you all for taking a moment to share our endeavors and the positive encouragement we have received.  Questions and inquiries are welcome and we look forward to hearing from you.
Plant you now, dig you later,
Stacie & John


DID THE SHARK TOOTH GUY GET EATEN!!!!???  No, John has been working 6 days a week (real life job) and had a major ear infection that has kept him out of the water.  But, he has used that time to create some ideas/new lines that will be presented in November.  Small hint:
Website/Blog devoted to Shark and Fossil education (geared towards kids and “adults who are kids at heart”).
A new line of fossils that make for interesting displays for the serious collectors all the way down to someone who wants to own to prehistoric pencil holder!
Activities/links that you can participate in to learn more about fossils and have fun discovering (ages 4-100)
Stay tuned (be patient (but not 6 Million Years!)
Fossil Kits &   Healthy Treats:
Grandkid Favorites
Fossil kits are still available ($20-$60 including shipping). 
Interested in giving out shark teeth for Halloween instead of candy?  200 teeth/fossils (and cards explaining the fossils inside) : $35  (limited supplies).


Having a Halloween Party?          Chocolate is a must.
Chocolate Cheesecake….. $25
(Special Spooky Halloween Design)
Delivery included:
Naples/Bonita/FM residents
Tailgate Special for the man and woman: Chocolate chili (a robust sausage chili with hints of cinnamon and Mexican Chocolate).
Going to a Halloween Party or Holiday Event? Call and discuss how we can cater an easy but gourmet dish for you to bring ($19-$65)
Does your body feel like you are wearing a costume?  Does your skin look worse than a Mummy?….
Introducing Arbonne Essentials!
Just What Every Body Needs
Announcing the
Arbonne Essentials launch, nutritional solutions that are individually targeted to meet your body’s needs. Formulated with active botanicals, the Arbonne Essentials line is comprised of 22 products, which support a range of areas including digestion, immunity boost, increased energy and weight management. 
Shop for Pure, Safe, & Beneficial skincare, nutrition, weight loss, aromatherapy, and color products.
A Halloween Treat for Mom or Dad!
What is your costume? Scared of those lines and wrinkles?   Arbonne has a treat for you!
This coupon entitles you to a 15% discount on any Arbonne order placed prior to Halloween!
Certified Vegan Makeup  (cow approved)


Arbonne Holiday


Fight Brain Aging & Stay Mentally Sharp
It’s never too late or too soon to start thinking about protecting your brain as you age. After age 40, we may notice our minds start to slip on occasion (don’t tell me if I’m the only one). It’s common to notice subtle or gradual changes in memory, perception, thinking, problem solving, and judgment. Fortunately, leading experts no longer believe this decline is an inevitable part of life. Your brain is hard-wired to change.
Freedom Waters Foundation
We have geared up for our first big event of the season, The Stonecrab Festival 
 Oct. 28—30, 2011!  
We are prominent at Tin City WE NEED YOU THERE!

Sharing Freedom Through Boating for Special Children

September 29, 2010


“Special needs basically means the Loss of Freedom: Loss of the senses… smell, taste, hearing, feel/touch, sight. Freedom Waters Foundation gives our blind, deaf, and paralyzed child his senses back,” wrote John Buck, Father of Riley Buck, age 8. “The smell and taste of the salt water air; the vibration (hearing) of the motor or gentle rocking of the waves; the touch of the sun and wind in his hair. As for sight, the organization gives us something to look forward to every time we participate. For a moment in time, our son/family, are “normal” and a part of something very special.”

(Photo above, John and son, Riley Buck, Age 8 )

Zach, 7, who is on the most part non-verbal, sometimes has a hard time adjusting to new places or situations and although he has been boating before with FWF, his last trip was on a different boat, from a different marina and he approached with great trepidation and many tears. With a great deal of affection, comfort and support, Zach slowly adjusted to his new surroundings and we left the dock. Soon there after, he wanted and did explore the vessel, helped at the helm, and he was smiling with the joy of his boating experience.

By the time the boat returned to the dock, Zach was so relaxed that he nearly fell asleep.

“Freedom Waters Foundation allows children, whose lives are full of therapy and work to be free. The water allows them to just be a kid for a day, not a kid with special needs ormultiple problems. Just a kid, who can set sail and relax in the sun. To see them laugh and feel the wind on their faces is such a wonderful sight. As a mom I take great joy in seeing my son sail on the open sea! His joy brings me joy and for that I am thankful!” stated Rebekah Aldridge, Zach’s Mom. She even wrote a little poem:

Water is so much fun,
then you add a little sun,
A little sail and special friends,
and the fun just never ends!

(Photo Above – Zachary Aldridge, 7 and Volunteer, Donn Schulte)

Today’s discovery:

Christmas Cards from About the Small Stuff

Christmas cards featuring disabled children: Janet Harrold of Painting for Hailey


http://blog.friendshipcircle.org/2011/09/14/11-special-needs-novels-that-will-touch-your-heart/Overfilled is how I feel emotionally and timewise.
There just is not enough of me to get to everything I want to do. Free Smilies courtesy of www.GreenSmilies.com

Riley’s cold from Labor Day weekend just cannot be shaken.  Poor little thing really needs to get a good clean breathe.  This week he has been sent home from school and lost out on horseback riding.  PT was “messy” but he got through it.  Good thing we’ve got drugs:-) But they wear him out too.

Great big thank you to all who have signed up for Friday’s event at Chico’s!  If you don’t hear from me personally to remind you (big oops if you don’t), please contact me.

Sharing today because that’s what I do and I just can’t help myself
Sheryl Soukup of Naples Equestrian Challenge is in the business of changing lives

11 Special Needs Novels That Will Touch Your Heart from The Friendship Circle.

We are all Special… by Stacie Wiesenbaugh

Raising RSV Awareness

Riley and I had the pleasure of being interviewed yesterday by Stacey Deffenbaugh!  Stacey anchors NBC-2 News at Noon and The Healthcast report at 5:30pm.  She also contributes court stories from state and federal court.
We discussed raising awareness of Respiratory syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) virus, or RSV.
Ms. Deffenbaugh and her cameraman, John, were a pleasure to have in our home and share Riley’s story as well as his cause of protecting vulnerable children against respiratory illness.  Fortunately, Ms. Deffenbaugh was incredibly patient with my random thought pattern and our slightly chaotic lifestyle.  This experience certainly shows me that I need to polish my speaking skills and reign in my focus.  I suspect however that she will have no problem working around us as she prepares to get the word out.
Respiratorysyncytial virus (RSV) infection, is a common, easily spread virus that almost all children catch at least once by the time they turn 2.
RSV disease usually causes moderate-to-severe cold symptoms.  However, for some babies, complications from RSV disease can lead to serious lung infection.
Babies at most risk for developing severe RSV disease are premature babies – those born before 36 weeks gestation.
Premature babies have underdeveloped lungs and fewer of the vital antibodies needed to stave off infections, so they are not so well-equipped to fight RSV as full-term babies.  Other risk factors for RSV include: low-birth weight (under 5.5 pounds), certain lung and heart diseases, and situational risk factors such as attending day care, having preschool or school-age siblings, or exposure to tobacco smoke.
It is recommended that you call your baby’s doctor if your baby has any of these problems:
Coughing or wheezing that doesn’t stop
Fast wheezing or gasping for breath
Spread out nostrils and/or caved in chest when trying to breathe
A bluish color around the mouth or fingernails
A fever (in infants under 3 months of age, a fever greater than 100.4 degrees rectal)
    • Cover coughs and sneezes
    • Wash hands frequently and correctly with soap and water for 15–20 seconds
    • Avoid sharing their cups with others
    • Refrain from kissing others 

Parents urged to watch for common virus – cape-coral-daily-breeze.com | News, sports, community info. – Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Parents urged to watch for common virus – cape-coral-daily-breeze.com | News, sports, community info. – Cape Coral Daily Breeze

‘RSV’ can severely sicken young kids

August 27, 2011
By MEGHAN McCOY (mmccoy@breezenewspapers.com) , Cape Coral Daily BreezeWe interviewed yesterday with the lovely Ms. McCoy to help spread awareness of Respiratory Syncytial Virus.

Although babies who are born before 36 weeks are at high risk of catching the respiratory syncytial virus, young children up to the age of four are also at risk.
Every year RSV affects between 4 million and 5 million children who are younger than 4 years old. In addition, more than 125,000 children are hospitalized every year from RSV.
Pediatrician with Lee Physician Group Tom Schiller, MD, said that RSV is a very common virus that has been around forever. Although the virus affects people of all ages, it can make young children extremely sick, he said.
The symptoms for RSV usually include a nasty head or chest cold, fever, runny nose, cough and wheezing, which are much like cold symptoms. Worst case scenario, RSV can cause lung disease, heart disease and cause a baby to stop breathing.
“It is a nasty little virus,” Schiller said.
If a child is cranky, pulling at their ears or running a significant fever, Schiller said they need to be seen by a doctor.
Once the virus affects the child, it can occur over and over again.
“First time you get it is usually the worst,” he said.
Schiller said after a child attracts the virus, they may wheeze with their next cold without it actually being RSV.
“It could happen for a couple of months,” he said.
The symptoms can peak in small children between the ages of 2 to 8 months old. It can especially affect premature babies.
When the virus affects really small children, it goes down deep into their windpipes and causes inflammation and destruction, causing them to wheeze, Schiller said.
“Half of the kids that get RSV are later diagnosed with asthma,” he said, adding that it can happen at any point.
RSV, he added, is the leading cause of lower respiratory tract infection in infants and young children.
The virus usually comes in outbreaks during the winter months, according to Schiller.
Although a sample can be taken from a young child’s nose to run tests to see if he or she has the RSV virus, Schiller said they generally cannot act on the diagnosis.
A preventive medicine – synagis – can be given to the child to increase their immune system to help protect them against RSV. Schiller said the medicine is very expensive because it is a monthly inter muscular injection. Although it is expensive, it is cheaper than having a child go into the hospital, he said.
Schiller said the last vaccine that was created for RSV was in the 60s, but was later banned because it killed people, rather than helped them. He said research is still being done to create another vaccine to help with the virus.
With 80 percent of children in day care settings, the virus is easily spread through the simple touch of a hand.
“Hand hygiene is really the only tool you have to prevent it,” he said about the virus.
RSV became a strong concern for Stacie Wiesenbaugh and her husband John Buck when their son was born early and was faced with many complications.
Wiesenbaugh had a very healthy pregnancy until she entered her 32nd week and had to have an emergency Caesarean section on Aug. 28, 2002 because her son Riley had suffered an in utero grade four massive brain hemorrhage.
Riley was born four pounds, six ounces.
“He had many complications due to the hemorrhage,” Wiesenbaugh said. “We actually didn’t think he was going to survive the first night.”
A few days after Riley was born, he had to undergo surgery so a reservoir, a piece of hardware, could be placed into his skull so the doctor could remove the excess blood from occuring.
“The hemorrhage wouldn’t stop,” Wiesenbaugh said, which could have been deadly because when blood is not contained, it can cause extra pressure.
Due to Riley’s size the problem continued, which involved another surgery to place another piece of hardware into his brain. The VP shunt, Wiesenbaugh said, was designed to allow the body to take care of the access fluid by itself.
Riley was released from the hospital two months after he was born, which was close to his actual due date.
Because of his condition, the family had to take every precaution they could to keep him healthy, which led to discussions of RSV.
She said they had to protect his compromised lungs, which were already receiving help from a respirator.
“He was high risk for picking up this virus,” Wiesenbaugh said. “This kind of infection would land him back in the hospital easily and be life-threatening as well.”
The hospital in Los Angeles told the family about the synagis injections to help prevent the possibility of Riley attracting RSV.
Once a month for two years Riley received the injection, which kept him safe from catching the virus.
“It was worth it because we didn’t want to end up in the hospital,” she said.
Although Riley will be 9 years old on Sunday, the family still practices prevention measures to keep the virus away. She said they kept him home when he was in a compromised state and did not allow people to approach and touch him. In addition, when they were at home, they were not shy about asking people to wash their hands before holding or touching Riley.
“Even though he is beyond the age of 2, we still are very careful,” Wiesenbaugh said.
When she can educate others about the common virus she does by instructing them to wash their hands on a regular basis and sneeze and cough into the inside of their elbow so germs are not spread.
“It has been a long ride,” she said. “This birth changed everything about our lives.”
The parents were blessed with another son, Ronan, who is healthy and full of energy.
Wiesenbaugh said the progress Riley has made since he was born is amazing. He attends Rayma C. Page Elementary School as a fourth grader, where they began a special needs class for him, which has grown with other students since its inception.
“He comes home happy and they do everything they can for him,” she said.
Due to many of his systems being compressed at an early age, Wiesenbaugh said Riley is nonverbal, developmental, visually and hearing impaired. He does not communicate through spoken word or sign language.
“The way that he will squeeze your hand will tell you if he is relaxed or stressed. Since he cannot walk or jump with joy, he will kick his legs rapidly in the wheelchair if he is excited,” Buck said. “The pitch of his laugh can tell you if he is happy, scared or even in pain. If his sound (nonverbal) mimics yours in beat, pitch or tone he is in a communicative mood. In sum, it is his own language that we had to learn and we mutually learn given his impairments.”


Success Story…

Pleasantly surprised to find a photo of my husband this morning as I was reading the paper.  In fact, it was the only sight of John I have had today since he was out the door by 5 am for work.
John Buck, a technician for The Client Server, works on a customers
computer at the company’s office in Bonita. / ANDREW

Success Story: Technology firm The Client Server Grows

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