So a while ago I was rushing around like crazy. It was going to be a super cold night and I wanted to get some extra blankets on the boy’s bed for him. Along with his Autism, he has some sensory issues and he likes to sleep in the corner of his bed under a comforter. He won’t use a sheet, but wants to be right up in the corner of the bed against the wall. It’s an outside wall, with a large window – not the warmest spot.
To each his own, no biggie.
Except it was 3 degrees outside and the walls were COLD. This is why we are redoing a small space in the house for is sensory room – for him to have a place to sleep and fill his sensory needs that is safe and warm in my frozen tundra. You see, the boy didn’t sleep in his room because he wouldn’t go to sleep. Hubby or I would have to lay with him to make sure he stayed in bed. Then, we needed him super close in case he woke in the middle of the night. He wasn’t like a typical 4 or 5 or 6 year old back then. He would wake up after only a couple of hours of sleep and then he would wander the house. He would empty the fridge, climb up into the bathroom sink to play in the water, or any other number of unsafe things. So we had locks all over and we kept the boy close.
But then he grew, and we discovered ways to help him sleep. We changed his diet, found holistic treatments and started using different things that calmed him and helped him to sleep. Now he usually sleeps instead of getting out of bed and getting into trouble. I am forever grateful for that development, but there is that pesky little thing Autism HATES
Yeah, kids with different special needs really don’t do change well. Autism, OCD and other challenges make it hard for kids to adapt to change. So although it was now ‘safe’ to let him be in his own room – he didn’t WANT to be in his own room.
So I rushed up 2 steps to the closet and grabbed an armful of blankets to line the wall so that the boy wouldn’t feel the chill through the wall when the crazy cold wind came whipping through. I then rushed back to his bed, forgetting to actually walk down the steps.
My ankle is all manner of colors now – pretty purples, blues and reds.
Just what I needed on a super cold night.
Well, I’m lucky it’s not broken. Maybe. I think it hurt less and healed quicker years ago when I did break it. Now there is just this ‘old’ bone chip they found floating around in there causing me some pain and swelling. Go home and put your foot up they said. Put some ice on it and keep it wrapped up they suggested. Try to take it easy so that you can heal.
I have a 2 year old in the house
I have Autism in the house
And I have these stinkin’ pigs that don’t want to stay in their huge pasture.
All I have to say is – the boy is going to be in his new room by the end of the week. I’m a mom on a mission now.