Well, here we are at the end of day 5, a Saturday. I have been ill all day, yech! Our youngest has been just bouncing off the walls for most of the day, even though he has a hacking cough. I wish that I could do the same. Over all, It has been a good day. But, I spent most of the day sleeping so can’t say much for the rest of the family’s thoughts about the day. Should I feel bad about that? Well, in a way I do, but I also have two auto-immune disorders that need to be cared for. Cared for in that when I get sick, I need to rest immediately to prevent a hospital stay. The nice thing is that my family understands this. We only had two issues with our youngest today, but they are both so minor that they don’t bear discussion.
So, it seems that our youngest son has issues with needing attention when any of his other siblings are home. It doesn’t matter to him if he is negative or positive in how he gets the attention. He will push any button he can to get attention. So we spent quite a bit of time in quiet spaces tonight. Quiet space in our house, we have 5 kids age 10 to 17, is where ever an empty room and a blanket exist. Once he gets under the blanket in the empty room for a couple of minutes, everything is fine for a good 45 minutes. Then we repeat the process. On one hand it is frustrating, on the other hand, we are learning how to interact with him in a different way that doesn’t allow the negative behaviors to surface. Early today when it was just the two of us,
Day two started out very well. No eruptions or complaints. Got a call from the psych nurse regarding missing the blood draw yesterday. She was very grumpy. I understand that there is a protocol to follow with the blood work for his meds, but what can I do if the people who draw blood are not at work? Draw it myself? I tried to explain that we live in a town of less than 1700 people and don’t have all of the resources of the big city. So we went to lab this morning. Our son was sure a trooper about it. He pointed out the best spot to take blood from his arm, and then asked if they could use a butterfly needle. He watched the whole thing from start to finish and never complained once, even when the veined rolled and they didn’t get blood with the first