17 February, 2009

Autism: Deal With It! 2007-2008 Cliff Notes

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..."

It's the night before the test on A Tale of Two Cities and the opening line of the book is as far as you have gotten? Time for Cliff Notes! Ah yes, the beautiful yellow pamphlets that manage to turn a 400 page novel into 25 pages of story line.

It is in that time saving venue that I bring you the Cliff Notes (note: this is not a product of the Cliff Notes brand) version of what has happened between June of 2007 and now.

My wife was correct in her belief that Connor would eventually outgrow the fear of diseases and stop the spitting. +1 Point for her!

There have been several actions that Connor has started and stopped over the time period, but nothing of special note.

One dramatic change is that Connor and Aiden are now both taking medications to help with their anxiety issues. I will talk more about this item in a future blog post, as there is lots to say on this point.

As for me, in September of 2007 I changed jobs from being the Telecommunications guy to the manager of Security and Emergency Preparedness for my hospital. Look for a future blog post on this and how the changes have impacted me.

Lastly, if you have ever wondered about me (well, even if you have not wondered you are about to find out) and what types of things I obsess over, then let me tell you... my number one perseveration is the natural phenomenon called the tornado. Yes, those whirling winds that reach from the clouds down to the earth are ever present in my thoughts. Did I mention that there was a tornado last week about 60 miles south of where I live. Ok, so it was an EF0, but that is pretty much what we get in lovely California.

Thus ends the Cliff Notes, you are now ready to take the test! Oh, did I mention that the teacher knows everything that is included in the Cliff Notes and none of that is covered by the test? Oops!


Anonymous Sharon said...

I sit here in tears at 4:00am so frustrated over friends reactions to my little girls asperger diagnosis. I typed in "tired of skeptical reactions" & found a post you wrote in 06 about "Let there be Light". It is nice to know that I'm not alone in these feelings. I always feel like I have to justify her diagnosis to everyone but the bits & pieces I serve up only get a "oh, kids do that" reaction. I'm just really sad right now that no one seems to understand & they just blow it off. This has been such a long process & we finally finished all testing just a few weeks ago so I suppose my emotions are raw & I just want someone who doesn't have to 2nd guess me. I don't know how to respond to people's reactions. I suppose I'll learn.

25 May, 2009 01:49  
Anonymous autisable said...

We'd like to share your story on Autisable.com. Please touch base to discuss further.

02 October, 2009 10:43  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also found "Let there be Light" and was amazed to read your blog about your son and your journey. I have a 4 yr old son, that I have known in my heart that from birth he was autistic. He had his differences but to look at him he was fine. Last month a Dr. diagnosed him with "Semantic Pragmatic disorder" and reading about this I find that I have it also. Blew my mind. I always knew I had difficulties, but autistic :) Now I find myself happy to know that I am not crazy, just special as my son is and I have you to thank for writing and letting people like me know that the journey is worth taking. God Bless and thanks for being here for people like me who needs to know we are not alone :)

09 December, 2010 22:06  

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