Autism Watch: 2007

Took an autism vacation

Posted on: January 11, 2012

Okay, not really…autism doesn’t really go on vacation, does it?

In reality, I was simply busy and tired of writing about my daily life and finding something that would be of interest to anyone else, emphasis on that last part. I had no witty stories, no clever anecdotes or no epic tales to tell. And very little time.

Not only did the Yorkie require major surgery the week of Thanksgiving, but then my son’s service dog tore his ACL the week before Christmas. Ka-ching. It’s such a turn of events when the service dog requires us to service him, but it was an honor. He’s such a devoted loving animal, it hurt to see the pain in his eyes and the frustration on his face when he couldn’t get up and around. We don’t kennel him, so restraining an 85 pound animal was no easy feat. Thankfully, the Yorkie survived and is doing wonderful; we’re still working on dissolving the stones in the remaining kidney and hoping to avoid one more surgery to take them out, but she’s happy, healthy and a hairy ball of energy who will kiss you to death. I think she knows what she went through and is thankful to be through it all. Big guy is up and around, limping some but trying to be normal; we still have to stop him from his infamous “Charlie Spin,” but soon he’ll be completely back to normal and have a cool scar to share stories about with his doggy friends.

The holidays were good. Too quiet for me, we’re used to hustle and bustle, and having no friends or interested family in this small town made for a different kind of Christmas, but it’s temporary. It’s only a matter of time before we move back to the big city. Now we just have to find realtor #3, someone reliable who really depends on sales for some income. Who knew that would be so hard to find?

BB is having an off day. Didn’t want to sleep in his room last night, he was sad so she slept in ours. I think the last couple of weeks caught up to him. Spending the night at a friend’s house (a little boy remarkably like him, with wonderful parents), going to the movies, long trips to the vet 2.5 hours away, shopping, bright lights, loud noises, weather change, having friends here, it was all a lot and still, I took him to see We Bought a Zoo last night. Boom, it crashed down … and it didn’t help that I let him drink Dr. Pepper and eat Nerds. Don’t judge me, he’s a kid, I threw caution to the wind and let him be ‘normal’ and while later it caught up to him, he had a fun visit to the movies with me and even volunteered to go shoe shopping after! (What’s a trip to the mall without a visit to shoe stores?? Mamas, give me a ‘heck yeah!’) During quiet parts of the movie, I could him hear tic’ing, this odd breathing noise he makes that qualified him as Tourette’s, though we don’t use the term. (Nor do we use the term ‘autism’ around him, but more on his conversation with me in another entry.)

I hope you all had good holidays and are enjoying a relatively calm and relaxing new year. Onwards and upwards!

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