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Thursday, September 10, 2015

In The Autism World, Lately


Alex had to have a pre-surgery check up at the doctor this
 morning.  He's not really having surgery, but he's having two
cavities filled in his wisdom teeth in a couple of weeks, which
 has to be done as an outpatient surgery procedure.
You may remember, Spencer had to have a similar thing
done back in February.  Geesh!  This mama is ready
for this kind of thing NOT to happen anymore! 
Having your child under general anesthesia is stressful! 
Especially if they really don't understand what's going on.





Alex was ok until the nurse used an automatic blood
pressure cuff on him and left it running a little too long
while she typed in some info on her computer.  He has
 anxiety issues and that got him all upset.  But he recovered
 well and even gave the doctor a high-five.  Whew!






Not going to his day program was a treat, but to make
the day a little more special and celebrate that we survived
the doctor's office, we went to McDonald's for lunch
and celebrated with quarter pounders and fries.






A nice distraction and he seemed to forget all about the
earlier appointment.  haha....he was so cute standing at
the counter to order.  The anticipation was all over his face.




The only time he got upset was when I wouldn't let him
eat a french fry that dropped on the floor.
I had to fight him for it, but I did win!  lol.....



51 comments:

  1. I'm happy the appt went okay,so hard to know if they understand what is happening to them and why. Aww I'm happy with him at his reward. I smiled at the french fry incident:)

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    1. Yeah, this was actually the easy appointment....I really dread the actual day at the hospital. :(

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    2. I know what that is like. I will pray for both of you.

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  2. Oh my goodness!! What a day you've had today! But that reward at the end---the quarter pounder and fries---that'll solve ALL the world's problems! His pictures at the end are priceless!

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    1. Nothing like junk food to relieve the stress...lol....and he ate half my fries...haha...

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  3. Oh Betsy what a beautiful post. I just followed you around and am so amazed at your life and your ability to take so much in stride, and then share it with us. I feel so close to your family and boys...thanks for letting us in. So glad you got that french fry. However we do have the 3 second rule and blow it off...at home...haha...not at McD's. Love you!

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    1. We blow it off at home, too! haha....but there? yuck....boy was he mad, too.....

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  4. Hope he will be absolutely ok ! Yes Im stressed too when they received anesthesia . Esperanza had this las year and Is stressful I know.
    But He looks happy now :)

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  5. Aww, sorry that Alex has to go through this ordeal, yes it can be nerve-wracking even for the one's who understand the procedure.
    He's enjoying his hamburger and fries at least he gets a treat :)
    ~Jo

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    1. yeah, that's the worst part....his anxiety gets the best of him and it's impossible to prepare him.

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  6. Great that the appointment went well and what a lovely reward for him and you . . .I love Mac's fries and quarter pounders . . yum . . :)
    Hi Five to the doctor . . . great . . . :)

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    1. I enjoyed it, too.....fast food is a rare treat for us. Yum!

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  7. Must be very stressful for him and you....
    We usually pull the wisdom teeth...never heard of filling them!
    I had Mc Donald's with miss v and my daughter at the cottage ,in town,on Saturday! Delish!
    Pork here for dinner too....it is our 43rd anniversary today!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. We usually pull wisdom teeth, too...but he gave me a choice. I just don't see him doing well
      with that week of recovery! This way once he wakes up in the hospital, he's good to go.
      And happy anniversary!!! I'll be over later for a visit......to your blog, not your house...lol....

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    2. Oh....hahaha!....come on over!
      Love to have you!

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    3. Happy Anniversary Linda. 43 big milestone. Have fun.

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  8. haha five second rule
    At least for those that think eating off the floor is cool
    I used to get excited for McDonalds too
    Then they made one on every corner in view
    Got old rather fast
    Hopefully the wisdom teeth filling goes well and all this is soon a thing of the past

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    1. I'm sure it will make me even more gray
      as we live through the hospital day. lol....

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  9. Sounds like you choose the best alternative for Alex and I do love the treat at the end.
    Thanks for letting us into your life and educating us on how to live with autism.

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    1. yes, having those teeth pulled would have been much, much worse...

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  10. awwww, so glad he put that behind him,,, our gracie went in for her pre op appointment, she has to have a filling and a broken tooth fixed, they will put her asleep also.She apparently grinds her teeth and the high carb foods she prefers have give her a cavity, she is only 5, so hard to explain but now I see its hard for even older kids with Autism as well, with Gracie its loud noises that set her off, she had her cleaning successfully but they know drilling is out of the question,,
    they told our daughter to cut back on cheese and breads and crackers, but those are Gracies main foods!! She is sooooo picky!!!!

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    1. Sounds like you can completely relate....yes, and Alex loves his carbs, too! And those wisdom teeth are waaaay back there and he blocks his teeth with his tongue when I brush them. Crazy! lol....

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  11. Looks like you did well with the day. Hope the procedure goes well. Our thoughts and prayers go with you both.

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    1. Thanks, Taria....we will get through it...may not be pretty, but we will! haha....

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  12. Betsy, you are a great Mom!! I admire your fortitude! Nice to see the day ended with a treat :)

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    1. Thanks, Michelle.....I really hate this kind of stuff...so stressful! At least I've been through it
      with Spencer already so I know what to excpet. haha...

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  13. I love these glimpses into your world and how autism impacts your boys' lives ~ husband, oldest son & wife ~~ you too!

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    1. Thanks, Helen.....if it doesn't kill you it makes you stronger, right? haha...

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  14. Your trip for a burger reminds me of the many trips we took to the Red Barn with Tim on Sunday afternoons. Burgers, fries, and milkshakes, milkshakes that we shared.
    :0)

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  15. Bless it! It doesn't matter how old your baby is, that anticipation and excitement they experience when waiting on a treat is the best. I'll whisper a prayer that he does well....although, I'm sure he will.

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    1. That is true....he was so excited. haha....I had to make sure he didn't take anyone else's that was in line before us. lol...

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  16. I am sure it's so difficult when you don't understand what's going on. Hard enough when you do! Crossing my fingers for the big day.
    And not much in life that can't be cured by quarter pounders and fries. Yum! He is enjoying it so much!

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    1. Yep...I needed that lunch as much as he did...lol.....now, what treat should we get after the hospital?
      We'll need a really big one!

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    2. He would eat them, too! haha...but he'd rather have two fries...

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  17. I'm glad the appt went well. I'll be praying the procedure does too!

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  18. It looks like your day turned out pretty well, and the treat of burgers and fries for each of you was well deserved.

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    1. Food treats always work well with that boy. haha.

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  19. Glad the day turned out well for the most part. Haha, funny how important a single french fry can be.

    Best wishes for the actual procedure. Hope it goes as well as Spencer's did.

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    1. I hope it goes as well as Spencer's, too. But Alex is our anxious one....and takes meds to control his
      outbursts. He isn't allowed to take any meds before the anesthetic, which is the worst part....raw emotion,
      anxiety and an IV....SO not looking forward to it. But, still better in the long run that having those teeth pulled.
      I don't think we would survive his recuperation. lol....

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  20. I remember this happening not too long ago. McDonald's makes it a little better, though, right?? Lol

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  21. Oh Betsy - you do do so so well ..and eating chips off the floor .. oh thank goodness for some of us having understanding ... and being able to deal with it - well done .. all the best - Hilary

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    1. He was determined to eat that fry! lol...

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  22. Alex, I don't like those blood pressure cuffs either. I will keep him in my prayers for the procedure too. McDonalds fries are the best...I winder if the 5 second rule applies to the floors at a fast food place. Probably not.

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  23. Bless his heart- I hope the procedure goes well and is not too stressful for him. I'l remember him in my prayers.
    I used to distract mine with McDonalds too, but now they go for the more expensive restaurants-compared to Micky Ds anyway!

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  24. The reward is good. That will be the experience remembered--hopefully. I know my grandson has improved a lot and is not eager to try new things but he will when asked in a nice way. He is so smart and forward in some things and shares his experiences with us when we inquire. He built himself a "gaming" computer. He and his mom bought all the parts from Tiger Direct and they put them all together and it works beautifully. So proud of him.

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