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Autism and Sick Days

This past Friday night Adrian started coming down with some sort of virus. He was coughing and had a lot of congestion and a stomach ache.

You can not tell with him when he is sick. He does not whine or sleep all the time like Jade is known to do. He wants to be up and moving around. Not even sickness stops this kid…

I have one main rule when my children are home sick from school they are not allowed on the computer at all. Adrian stayed home from school Monday October 24 and Tuesday the 25. Adrian is computer crazy. He was desperately seeking a Netflix fix so I allowed him to bring the iPod to his bedroom both days and he was allowed 30 minutes of wii time yesterday. He is so electronically inclined. If he is not allowed some sort of privilege he would go mad. We would be in meltdown mode all day for two days straight…

Which brought me to mom’s new rule: you are allowed an Ipod as long as you are resting in bed. No running, jumping, spinning, or computer time. Well surprisingly he followed that rule well.

My husband brought home some essentials 7up, Popsicles, and Mucinex kids. I think that is my go to med from now on. After three days of taking 10 ML twice a day the cough and congestion were pretty much cleared up. He still had some stomach upset which caused for the second day home.

Today I sent him off to school and realized I had called his school to inform them of his absence, emailed both his teachers, but somehow forgot to call his bus driver. She informed me this morning that children on the bus had been getting sick both days this week so far…

I was right it was a virus. Now I am just hoping he does not come home with it again. He does not get sick as often as he did when he was younger. Still even given how well he did at home for two days I am hoping he does not get sick again. Right now with no family close by school is the only place where he could get an illness. He is not an outdoor child at all. He hates walking 10 minutes to get on the school bus. We do not have children his age in our area and I am shopping while he and Jade are in school, which I can not even begin to tell you how great that is!!!

It amazes me how much growth Adrian has accomplished. The little boy I knew last year would have screamed and had tantrums until he got his way. Went on the computer or spent all day spinning or jumping or some other activity. He listens without melting because of a 30 minute rule I enforced this year and I am sure his teachers at school are helping immensely. We hardly ever see a meltdown ever anymore.

When we first started our Autism journey after Diagnosis almost 16 + months ago we had never heard the term meltdown before but Adrian had them and frequently. He was frustrated a lot of the time especially when outdoors or in public. I had know idea what Sensory Processing Disorder often referred to as SPD was either. Adrian and mommy have come a long way since the before days. I have learned how to calm him, and how to meet his sensory needs. We are about to receive his first weighted blanket. My goal is to help him sleep but maybe it will work in other mysterious ways too. I’ll let you know…