Thursday, October 25, 2012

Autism, Grandma was right!

My Grandma often dispensed wise Irish wisdom while I was growing up like:

"On a hot summer day, drink a cuppa." (that would be a cup of HOT tea)

"FM radio stands for Fine Music"

"Don't forget to say "add a ride please" to the bus driver or you won't get home" (Causing me to believe as a 6 year old that I needed to say this to the school bus driver or I would have to live in the convent with the nuns.) 

"Eat your carrots.  They're good for your eyes"  (Hey, she wore glasses till the day she passed at 93.  What the hell Grandma?)

One saying has always stuck with me.  "With a house, there's always something."  No truer words have ever been spoken.

Now I know she meant it in regards to the joys/pains in the arse of home ownership.   Something is always breaking and needing to be serviced or worse, replaced.   You have dreams of a new design, your hot water heater leaks and changes your design vision.

However in an "autism house", this is also rings true.

My kiddo has like most kids, typical or not, behaviors du jour.  Ones that are so maddening that they would drive a Buddhist monk to drink.  As my husband calmly reminds me, "Don't worry hon.  Soon he'll forget this one and do an even more annoying one".  There is in some way a comfort in that.  Ebb and flow if you will.  There is some behavior we always addressing, redirecting and modifying.

On the flip side, there is often something that is positive though.   While my son is currently driving me around the bend with constant coversations about poo and pee, he also finally starting to eat new foods! A big effing deal in this house.

But then we are also dealing with his anger issues.   He gets mad at me,unfortunately for Daddy Fry, takes it out on him.  Seriously, the kiddo runs from me to go hit him.  Yeah you can laugh.  It is kind of funny.  Well not so funny to Daddy Fry but to the rest of us it kind of is.  

Upswing though, more independence in the whole bathroom area.   (which may be related to the constant poo/pee chatter)  Kiddo mastered number one but number two still needs work.  However he's finally making more of an effort there.  So props kiddo.

But then even that has another set of issues.   Bedwetting.  It is driving me up a wall!  I think I heard my washing machine sigh the other morning when I brought another set of sheets down to wash.  So there's another "something" this autism house is dealing with. 

We'll get through it.  Really what other choice do we have? Zip!  Oh well, it's least it's "something"  to write about in the blog. 


  1. Good Morning! I just found your blog this week and I was excited, cause there's nothing my 8 yr old with autism loves more than fries and ketchup. I loved the post today. That he goes from you to attack Dad. For us it's opposite, when my son is mad at anyone, he comes and gets me for it. Good luck with toilet training, we are not even close!

  2. Ah yes it's never boring in our house! If its not the boy it's his sister or the dog, lol! We just finished with Pull-ups at age 91/2 so if that gives you any hope for less sheet washing in your future ;)

  3. I had to laugh at what your husband said about how he'll move on to a more annoying thing. Isn't that the truth???

  4. My 8 year old is still wearing a pull up at night. I don't know if it's laziness or I'm picking my battles but I just don't care at the moment. I've got bigger battles to conquer in this autism household! Hopefully he will outgrown it at some point!
    LOVE your blog and look forward to your words and humor first thing in the morning!!!

  5. LOL, Oh the stories!! Seriously, we could have a comic strip based on our house and it would make millions. :>)

  6. I totally get the pee and poop thing. Sometimes, I think I am the queen of pee and poop.

  7. my grandson has a bedwetting issue still..we use the disposable bedpads that pullups make...he got too big for pullups to fit comfortably and fought over wearing what he saw as "stinkin baby diaper pants". They are fantastic for when we go camping!

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