Over and over and over as the day went on I was very thankful I was able to get Owen into the doctor yesterday and get him started on the antibiotics. I’m also very thankful he slept all night and so did I. He woke after six but I could tell he was still exhausted. I know I was too. He was a mix of being hyper and not feeling well all in one ball. He was attached to my hip for most of the day. I could tell he needed a lot of sensory input. The screaming is one of the hardest parts. Anytime he is sick his screaming and repetitive behaviors become more intense. I’m sure it has to do with how his body is feeling but it is hard because it is constant. He stood next to me yelling “help” at me but as soon as I tried to get up or ask him what he needed help with he screamed more, then he would stand there and laugh. He likes for me to read the caption of a video and then ask the voice-activated option to show more videos like it. He doesn’t want to do it any of the other ways. He can ask for many videos himself but if he can’t read the caption he wants me to help him. The key to this is that he will watch the video for maybe fifteen seconds and then wants to request a new video. He is looking for very specific parts of videos but I could not even begin to understand how he does it or what in particular he is looking for. He can somehow find exactly what he is looking for and watch ten seconds of it and be very happy. Then he will watch it over and over again. He watched a video on the robot toy he likes. The toy has a red mouth but in the video it had a black mouth. He saw the character and said, “red mouth” and told me about his. I’m always impressed by his attention to detail. Even though his vocabulary is increasing he doesn’t always have the connection to words he needs to explain how he is feeling. He walked into the bathroom and he wiped his eyes. He said, “do your eyes hurt” saying it like how I would ask him. I’m thankful he can tell me in his way when he is not feeling well. My little book reader was pulling out all his books and he was mad because we don’t have all the There Was An Old Lady series. He reads them with his speech teacher. She has tons of them and lets him pick out which one he wants to read. He was running through the house asking for his favorites using his famous line “order it.” I told him I can’t order them all but we could order another one. He fell asleep as soon as his head hit the pillow the second or third time he got up. I lost count. I’m praying he feels better tomorrow. Laugh when you feel like crying, dance when you feel like sitting, and know those victories will come that you have been waiting for. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.