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Sunday, January 03, 2010

Bouncing Off the Walls

Griffin chose this photo of his cat "Dot", he loves her so much! Griffin has been bouncing around the apartment like a pinball and I am just as bored. I was bouncing yesterday but feel better today. I have been spending waaaay too much time of Facebook, one of my friends actually dropped a hint. What can I say? There's not a lot to do inside all day after all the cleaning is done, I even searched for a few things with no luck, but the computer is an outlet for both of us. It is nice to be able to communicate with adults, especially since we practically never have any visitors here. At least Griffin has Legos and toys to play with when not on the computer but I have little else to do. Sure do look forward to getting back to my studies tomorrow and I am pretty sure that Griffin is ready for school (and to get away from me too). Earlier today, Griffin was having a string of mini-meltdowns and I couldn't figure out why. Then it occured to me that maybe since he still had on two layers from going outside that maybe he was feeling hot and couldn't tell me/didn't know how to express it. Sure enough, as soon as he got them off they stopped. Thank goodness!!!!

I have found some great blogs from Ireland, my new FB friends, and look forward to following them as some of the children are quite young and newly diagnosed. I am hoping that I can share my/our experiences with them and perhaps they can find something that is valuable. I have also met a woman here in the USA who has an autistic son who is now a teenager in mainstream high school classroom and I'm eager to hear about what it's like to have an autie teenager. Seems kind of scary to me, puberty and autism ARGH! My friend Vicky tells me that Griffin is so handsome that the girls will be noticing him before he even takes notice of them. I can't help but wonder how he will react to the opposite sex. One day soon, I will post a photo of Griffin's father and you can be the judge of whether or not he looks like him. I think that he looks just like his dad, who is Samoan. And that he looks nothing like me. I will have to do a side-by-side so it will be easier to tell.

Well, it's almost time to brave the cold again (finally above the teens) 22 degrees and take Abby (Griffin's service dog) out for a short walk. I think that I will write in my online journal, there's something productive to do!!!!

Hi Jazzy! Thanks for dropping by and reading my post about the link between autism and bipolar disorder. It is nice to meet kindred spirits! This could be the beginning of many a year of friendship. I have been blogging since 2005 and are still great friends with many women I have met through here, so I look forward to many years for us!


Taz said...

Hi Lora, just started following your blog and am really enjoying it! Looking forward to reading more, and feel free to check out my blog if you get a chance!

Melissa H said...

Nothing wrong with being on Facebook and enjoying the interaction with grownups! Some afternoons, FB is my saving grace! :-D

Hope you and Griffin have a great day back at school!

Clive said...

Hi Lora

A very happy New Year to you, Griffin and Abby too!

Glad you've met Jazzy - her son and my NSLM went to school for a year or two before her son moved on to mainstream school!

The Irish autism facebook support group is great - lots of good friends there to meet and share stories with. Clive had a Facebook page but we just found we hadn't enough time to blog and go on FB as well!

Hope the back to school goes well - we're not back until Thursday.

take care

coolkid said...

hi lora

i am loving your blogs xx
god reading this one i just remembered that yes a teenager is one thing but teenager and autism OH MY GOD. I have a good bit away yet with Luca but Kyra is 9 and already a teenager in her head, god a teenager and aspergers, now thats scary.

Griffin is indeed a very handsome boy, he has such story telling eyes, it will be an interesting time when the girls take notice.

As for facebook and on it a lot, yea i get bored easily as im quite a hyperactive person, i find this keeps my brain stimulated and busy, Luca isnt one for big bouts of interaction and playing, he prefers to crash, spin and watch telly, can hurt your feelings at times but thats just who he is, ryli is still sleeping a good nap in the day so this fills the void till the homework tantrum lol xx