And, every day I use all the patience I have. Every day.
And, not a day goes by that I don't think about what life is like to live in Nick's world. He is confused by what I say, every day. He gets tripped up over words, still. He knows that if he's confused by what I am saying, well - then, he is being too literal. He knows he is literal and yet, there's drama and confusion. He doesn't pretend to be cool and try to understand what I might be saying; he just gets upset and frustrated. Each and every day.
As his mother, I am well aware of his quirks and since I home educate him, I keep these things in mind when we do school, read, have fun and simply just do chores around the house. Try as I may, I cannot prevent Nicolas was getting upset. It's just the way it is. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of time to calm him down, explain the situation and give him a little "pep-talk" to get him back to "normal". This makes for a lot of starting and stopping of activities throughout the day. And, yes - it is tiring. I know that people look at me and think , "Oh, I don't know how she does it!". I hear it all the time and my answer has always been and remains, "What else can I do?" - I really don't have a choice and neither do many of the other parents who have children in the autism spectrum or who have ASD kids or kids with food allergies. What can we do? The only choice we have is to just keep on, keeping on.
I also have people tell me that they don't know what they would do if they had a child like Nicolas. Really? I hear their fear and I understand. I do. But - there is a part of me that assumes they are ignorant. Nicolas did NOT used to be like this. I believe it has been an accumulation and combination of things that have led to the overload of toxins in his body. I know I've said this before, but - I can't help but say that he was completely non-symptomatic until the age of 4 1/2. That's when we started to notice things. Were they signs? Maybe - or maybe not. Now, at the age of 8 - he is a completely different person.
And what would you do, if your child changed and someone told you that it could be from the
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