on “adventures, not for the faint of heart”
Saturday, July 04, 2009 @5:58:54 AM
Hi Jenny. Thanks for your story.
I'm sorry you're feeling somewhat overwhelmed. Given your situation, it would be expected. And yes, it's a different adventure than most of us would have signed up for. Your safari adventure analogy fits. That being said, you will get through it without being eaten alive.
Although you didn't mention his age, the more you can do with/for your older son in getting him out, the better. Does he also have an anxiety disorder? If so, you might find that more limiting than his autism. It just means you have to be a bit more selective in where you take him.
You won't find anyone that has had the same experience as you. All kids with autism are different. But you WILL find people that are traveling similar paths.
You've been give a more challenging opportunity to raise a kid than most. If you haven't yet done it, look for a local chapter of the Autism Society of America and go meet some other folks like you. At the very least, you'll make some new friends. At the most, you might find some new insights for living for your son... maybe even find him a friend! it's worth putting yourself (and him) out there.
Thanks for blogging. It helps us all!
Wednesday, July 08, 2009 @7:21:26 PM
Welcome to Autism Hangout...You drew an amazing word picture, capturing that awful feeling of everything being more than you ever expected to cope with.
I just want to tell you that you have found a safe place here, and while I am not in your shoes or your home, I know how it is here in my home with an Asperger teen.
Take it slow and give yourself lots of rest and friendship.
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