Friday, November 28, 2014
Thanksgiving was a C+ but we're gun shy for today...
Fri 10:27am -- Yesterday, Thanksgiving Day was a solid C+ in Autism Daddy land.
The first part of the day was a solid A-
The king was relaxing & cooperative at home while while wifey cooked a bunch of the side dishes that she was bringing over her sis's house and while I helped clean pots & pans and packed his gigantic bag of supplies that we brought with us.
He was good for the first few hours that we were at wifey's sis's house although he was sorta keeping to himself and playing on his iPad.
But the second half of our day there was an F.
He was happily hitting everyone that came anywhere near him. Or he would go up to my father in law, seek him our, kiss him on the forehead, and then slap him in the chest... HARD.
My 75+ year old father in law who has heart problems and had heart surgery a few years back shouldn't get hit.
No one should.
So we had to make a hasty, quick exit...holding both of his wrists as we said good night to everyone so he couldn't get an extra slap in.
What brought on the hits?
Again he wasn't raging.
He was happily hitting and QUICK.
His hands are lightning fast.
But what brought it on?
Who the F knows?!
Maybe the combo of him eating virtually NOTHING most of the day combined with the fact that he didn't get in his late afternoon nap that he's become accustomed to.
That's the nap that we aren't always sure if it's seizure induced, side effect of meds, or just plain old puberty / growing pains induced.
Regardless he didn't have an opportunity to nap and showed no signs of needing one PLUS we tried to get him to eat a decent meal most of the day and he wouldn't take a bite of anything substantial.
So no naps + hunger = hitting?
Who the F knows?!
All I know is that it put kind of a damper on the day...
And even though the family was fine with it all...
"Guys, it's fine. He didn't hurt me."
It's just not right or polite to let your kid hit his relatives.
In fact, in hindsight we probably let it go on too long. He got in way to many good shots to several different people before we pulled the plug and got the hell out of there.
And now, today?
We're supposed to go to my sister's house for an early afternoon dinner. We're picking up my mom and driving up there.
My sis lives 90 minutes away
But wifey and I are gun shy.
My sis has 2 NT daughters.
8 & 10 years old.
If Kyle feels like hitting today, hitting his young cousins, what do we do?
Last night when we got home we seriously talked about me and my mom going and leaving Kyle and wifey at home.
"If he shows any signs of that kid from last night then we probably shouldn't take him." I said to wifey.
And my sis is great. She said "of course bring him...we can deal with it, the girls will be fine"
But it's just not nice to have an 11 year old hitting younger kids.
Luckily it hasn't happened before. When the king is in a hitting mood he normally saves his wrath for the adults and spares the kiddies.
But, he was in RARE form last night. So we are gun shy.
It's now 10:57am and his majesty is getting an extended morning nap. And we have an hour or so to decide what to do.
We are leaving towards rolling the dice and going...or at least I am...wifey seems a bit more apprehensive...
But I think we are gonna go for it... And hope for the best... And if things go sour we'll pull the plug, earlier than yesterday, and make the 90 minute trek home.
Sorry this post is such a downer... But that is our reality right now...
Today's Friday. When does work and school start again?
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