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Dec 9th Oh boy! Total Terror!

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Good morning!

Just a quick update this morning.

Yesterday I took Jacob into the Dr. for his sports physical for Special Olympics. He is autistic and since I have been here I hadn't seen one of his meltdowns. Well yesterday they needed to draw a little blood and update his immunizations. OMG ! I called my daughter at work and she talked him down, a bit. Basically bribed him with a video game, but he was still very stressed and combative. It took 2 nurses and myself to hold him still. He did calm down afterwards, and as we were driving home we talked about it.. He told me they "shanked" him. I told him it was just a little poke. Then Mr. Vocabulary found other words to describe the event: sliced, cut stabbed. It was an excellent opportunity for me to talk about why Dr. draw blood and administer vaccines. I don't know if he was convinced, but I did get him laughing.

I have a ton of respect for what my daughter has gone through getting him where he is. He is a B student, in regular classes, although he does have an aide. He cleans his room ( not perfectly but that is OK), begrudgingly does assigned chores , can cook a bit and prepares his own breakfast and occasional dinner, and is his current wish is to be an actor.Most of the time he is relatively calm. I am going to use that as a learning experience and some bonding time. We are going to do movie nights and find some things like community plays to get a feel for what he thinks he wants. Since he is 13, I am sure that will change, but it is a way for me to stay engaged with him. In the meantime, I hope he doesn't need anymore vaccines or blood tests for a long time!
His doctor is great. The Dr has a brother who has special needs and is very understanding. That is awesome. I am very impressed with the school system too.

As much as I dislike the weather here, I think this is where my daughter and kids need to live. My Christmas list for Santa includes a long winter coat, a hat and some gloves. But maybe I should just go get them, because I don't think I have been very good this year. LOL

I have been logging my food all week. Did you notice I didn't say I was eating healthy. I just said I was logging!!

I am loving the PT and the Wellness Center. My daughter calls it the Country club. Shampoo, conditioner, body wash, towels, hair gel, and other grooming aids are provided. The center is clean and has a full calendar of water exercise classes by ability. I am in the level 4 group for arthritis. Who knows maybe I can continue and work my way up to level 1 classes. Right now my reward is the warm whirlpool at the end of a session.

Thursday night I took my Granddaughter Ashley to her Christmas concert. It was outside at 6 pm at a shopping center. Oh baby, it is cold outside. So this weekend, I am getting prepared for WINTER! Mukluks here we come! I DON'T CARE IF IT ISN'T FASHIONABLE. I WANT TO BE WARM!

The trees ( 3 this year) are decorated. Elfie Bob is doing his shenanigans and the cats are having fun!
Too much fun!

Everyone have a HEALTHY weekend!

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    Great post! Your daughter really has done great work with her son with autism and she is fortunate to have your support. You really are a go above and beyond grandma with all that you do. The thought of outdoor concerts in the cold make me shiver just sitting in my house. I love your positive outlook on life and sense of humor!
    1168 days ago
    Sounds like Christmas lives year round in your office.
    1173 days ago
    A fitness center and you attend ... VERYCOOL !!!
    1173 days ago
  • EILEEN828
    He may have rattled you but you did very well, in not showing that, and had the sense to keep things in perspective for him. You totally turned that around. High five! I'd say you forged a bond there, and that should give you some warm fuzzies. It's so wonderful that you can help your daughter and your grandchildren.
    1173 days ago
    Yu are so fortunate--- a fitness centre--a daughter who actually wants you there-Grandkids who yu enjoy--It just couldn't get better--maybe a winter coat etc---I enjoy reading how yu are doing!~--Hugs-Lynda
    1173 days ago
    1174 days ago
    OH boy. My DS hated having immunizations and blood draws, too. @ 13, bribing w/a video game is a good tactic!

    1174 days ago
    Your loving giving nature comes shining through and I am sure your daughter is so happy to have your help. The benefits for each of your grandchildren will be profound!
    1174 days ago
    Yes, I would say that you need a VERY LONG warm coat. lol And I sure am in awe that you made it through the Dr. visit. Autism is a very hands, and each person is different, what works for one probably wont work with another. And you aced when you talked to him about it on the way home and got him laughing, maybe next time he will remember grandma talking to him the time before and he will react differently. You are a HERO, for doing all of this for you daughter.
    1175 days ago
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    Keep taking it one day and one new lesson at a time; you are learning more about the kids every day and learning how to interact with them. I'm impressed that you could get Jacob laughing on the way home. Some autistic kids wouldn't respond to humor for a much longer time after a traumatic doctor's appointment.

    Glad you have the wellness center; wish we had something like it here.

    1175 days ago
    Your daughter has had it hard with him! I am glad you are there to help. My son had verbal aproixia which is his brain knew what he wanted but the wires got twisted and they would not come out so he was in birth to 3 learning sign langue then early childhood, When he entered school he was talking up a storm but OMG until that point, he screamed and it was a guessing game what he wanted and needed. Then I found out he had sensory issues. His therapist figured he has aspergers. I totally get what your daughter as a single mom is going through with him! So glad you are there to make her burden lighter. Not that children as a burden!
    1175 days ago

    Enjoy 'Winter' (once you have the outerwear you need !!)
    until then... stay as protected as you can.

    1175 days ago
    Going to plays is a fantastic idea! Always good to support local theatre. He may even want to try out for a production!
    1175 days ago
  • no profile photo ROSSYFLOSSY
    Have a great weekend! 😊
    1175 days ago
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