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A Perfect Example of the Yin & Yang of Our Autism & Epilepsy Lives

This should be a quick one I promise.

Wifey signed Kyle up for some speech therapy offered at a local college.  
12 sessions after school, 1 per week, 1 hour long, at a good price because they are students studying to be speech pathologists. 
Today, after school was his first session.
Wifey and I had the following text exchange at about 3pm.

So all afternoon I was riding high.  This was awesome stuff!  
And I couldn’t wait to hear the rest of the stories when I got home.  
I texted wifey at 5:55pm to say I’ll be leaving in a few and I get no response. 
I texted her again at 6:05 to say that I’m walking to my car should be home at 645.  
No response. 
When I get home I find the king asleep on the couch 

with wifey sitting right next to him. 
HER: “He had a seizure.”
ME:  “Damn!  A big one?”
HER: “I don’t know. He was in his playroom and I could hear that weird humming sound that he sometimes makes. By the time I got to him it was over. And he fell asleep a few minutes later. 
ME:  “Any naps or seizures at school today?”
HER:  “A 20 minute nap. Then he got up but he has small seizure and had another hour nap.”
ME:  “Damnit!”
HER:  “They said when he was awake he had a fine day.”
ME:  “How do we break this pattern?
How was the rest of the speech therapy?”
HER:  “Fine. But by the end of the hour he was DONE. But he only tried to hit her once…”
That’s pretty much it. That’s the Yin and Yang of our day today. 
By the way the positives from that speech session today are pretty HUGE!  That’s not lost on me here. It just sucks that you can’t bask in the glow sometimes…
It seems like we can’t have a couple positives without a couple of negatives. 
That’s just the way the world works I guess. 
Or at least the way our world works…
I just need to accept it…
Yin & Yang baby, Yin & Yang!
Over  & Out. 
I told you it was a quick one. 

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Frank Campagna

I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).

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8 People Replies to “A Perfect Example of the Yin & Yang of Our Autism & Epilepsy Lives”

  1. Agreed on the like button suggestion above! Another great post, thank you!

  2. I love it when our kiddies do things that surprise us, no matter how remotely small. Well done, Kyle! Sorry about the seizures :(.

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  4. Christina

    I know- I was looking for a like button as well! As a student of speech-language pathology, I think it's wonderful you're taking him to a college for therapy!

  5. Anonymous

    You need to get a "like" button here! 🙂

  6. I was soaring high with you through that text screen shot. I know that feeling, that strong excitement that almost makes you want to cry. (At least for me it does) Knowing these tiny moments are mountains in our world! 'Kyle' did fantastic! I hope he knows how awesome he did with his tacting and imitation!

    Negatives are a world all their own that lurk behind the positives. Waiting for a moment to sneak in and steal your light. Don't give up that light though, fight for it. After that negative moment is over go right back to beaming about those positives. That'll keep you going strong!

  7. Truth buddy. Truth. It's always a dance with these kids.

  8. You're right….life is a series of ups n downs….but yours seem to come at you full speed…like a roller coaster! You & wifey have to hang on for dear life!