Autism & Transitioning Into Adulthood; A Mother’s Worry.

I was reading Robyn’s latest post, The Dreaded Red Folder, and got to thinking about my own son….

He turns 18 this year. Sure it’s still over half a year a way, but that time flies by. I worry about him transitioning into full adulthood. I worry about how he will do as an adult, how he’ll do when he no longer has the safety mechanisms available to him now, when society treats & expects him to act like an adult. Is he generally a good kid? Yes! But he does have some social issues and does not always understand or know just how he should act in certain circumstances; Doesn’t always know what he should or should not say or talk about and with whom. He’s run into problems before from saying the wrong thing to the wrong person and getting himself into trouble (thankfully they worked themselves out, though there was quite a bit of stress involved). I worry that he’ll fall between the cracks, that he’ll do or say something he shouldn’t and get himself into trouble.

He’ll still have one more year of school left after this one and will be 18 during the next school year, which means (simply put) he will be required to take a front seat approach at his IEP meetings. At the point, as I was told, the focus will be on him and he will be the one who will be required to do the talking, and to whom the teachers and such will be talking. We, his parents, will be allowed to be there (so long as our son give his okay), but will no longer be the ones to be talking. I can’t help but wonder how he’ll do at that point. He’s gotten better about speaking up and speaking his mind, and about sharing his thoughts & opinions… Will it be enough? Hopefully!

Wondering What To Do

Been wondering what to do about my wordpress blog here. For personal reasons (mainly due to time constraints, and not having much of any content to post), I ended up closing out all my other blogs. I’m finding myself running into similar problems with this blog, which has always been my main blog and was kind of my original one. Lately it’s been a struggle to get anything posted and, as you can see it’s been quite some time since my last post — My “ReCount” posts ended up being a dismal failure 😢, as was most any attempt at a regular posting schedule. Some days I can manage to sneak in sometime to post something, others – not so much.

For now I am reluctant to give up my last wordpress blog, but don’t be surprised if things are sporadic.

ReCounts (Too many days to count)

I’m beginning to doubt my ability to do this daily journal-type blogging thing. I started w/ every intention of posting something on a daily basis, whether it was writing about my thoughts, something that had happened, or just giving a recount of the days events. But it seems that my plans have turned into something along the lines of “the best laid plans of mice & men” – in other words things have not necessarily gone as planned.

Not sure what I was thinking trying to take on blogging on a daily basis w/ everything else I’ve got going on. Another thing that has started taken up some more of my time is that I’ve started my Health Information Technology classes at Pima CC. I’m taking 3 classes this term:

  1. Intro to Health Information Management
  2. Medical Terminology
  3. Health Information Employment Policies
  • Classes started on Wednesday. I haven’t gotten my books just yet but there’s still been quite a bit that I’ve been able to do.
  • We had a pretty good rain storm and wind storm come through this last week. The rain storm was on Wednesday:
  • The wind storm was on Friday:
  • In keeping with Tradition here is my
  • Question of the Day:
  • What are some shows you like to watch
  • Here are some of the ones I’ve been watching lately:
    • Master Chef – This show cycles through with Master Chef Jr and Hells Kitchen (which will be starting up in September)Gordon Ramsay’s 24 hours to Hell and Backer (old episodes)I recently started watching some episodes from “Sabrina, the teen-age witch”Here are 5 Random Blogs:

    Menopause – A List of Symptoms

    Warning!! – This post might be a bit TMI. If you’re not wanting to hear about menopause and the symptoms thereof now is a good time to get out….

    Don’t say I didn’t warn you – LOL.

  • The thing about menopause is it’s one of those things that cannot truly be diagnosed until after you’ve gone one full year (12 months) without a period of any kind. The stage right before that is called peri-menopause but ironically it’s hard to know for sure if you’ve hit that stage until you are post menopausal. Until then a lot of the symptoms associated with peri-menopause can also be symptoms of other things as well. I did find this list of menopause symptoms over at and thought I’d thought I’d go through each one and see how it relates to myself
    1. Hot Flashes – I don’t actually have true “Hot Flashes” but I do feel like I am always on the hot side, even when others are just right or on the cold side.
    2. Night Sweats – Haven’t experienced that one other than always being hot (see #1). I almost always have to have a fan on to be comfortable at night.
    3. Irregular Periods – Considering I went 4 months w/o a period then just had one a couple weeks ago, and the fact that I’ve had any where from just under a month to 2-3 months (not counting this last time), I’d say Yep definitely looking at irregular.
    4. Loss in Libido – Can’t say for 100% certain on this but lately I haven’t had as much interest in intimacy and being touched. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have romantic thoughts and all that, so I don’t know.
    5. Vaginal Dryness – Wouldn’t say I’ve got the whole dryness & itching but let’s just I do seem to be on the drier side and leave it at that.
    6. Mood Swings – Can’t say I’ve had any problems with mood swings.
    7. Fatigue – Definitely. Even w/ 2 cups of coffee each morning (my usual). I hardly have enough energy to get through the day and often find myself needing a nap and/or dragging.
    8. Hair Loss/Thinning – I’ve always had a problem w/ getting a pretty good amount of hair in my comb whenever I’d brush (but then I’ve always had a full head of hair so it’s never really been an issue). I have noticed that my hair isn’t as shiny & healthy as it was when I was younger and seems quite a bit more brittle looking.
    9. Sleep Disorder – No sleeping disorders, insomnia or waking up in the middle of the night that I’m aware of, other than always being tired (as mentioned in #7)
    10. Difficulty Concentrating – Yep. It does seem to be harder for me to stay focused on things and to pay attention when people are talking to me. I don’t deliberately not pay attention, I just find myself zoning out sometimes if I’m not careful.
    11. Memory Lapses – I haven’t had any major memory lapses, but I do find that I need to write things down more so that I don’t forget them. I’ve also noticed that if I set something down or misplace it I have a terrible time ‘retracing my steps’
    12. Dizziness – Can’t say that I’ve had any dizzy spells related to menopause. I did have a bout of vertigo the other day, related to my ears. I have had some problems if I get up too quickly but can’t really say for sure if it’s the menopause or my ears, and it’s been so benign it hasn’t been an issue worth mentioning (when you’ve had ear problems your whole life, you kinda get use to balance problems).
    13. Weight Gain – I have noticed some steady weight gain.
    14. Incontinence – Definitely can’t hold it like I use to when I was younger and if I have to go real bad, coughing can be a bit of a problem.
    15. Bloating – Haven’t noticed anything there (well except maybe when I’m actually on my period or just before).
    16. Allergies – It does seem that my asthma, allergies, and sinus issues have gotten worse lately.
    17. Brittle Nails – My nails are definitely more bendable than they use to be. I love the idea of Jamberry nails (I have a friend that use to sell them) and I bought some stuff from her – Sadly I haven’t been able to use them since my nails just bend when I try to file the edges so I pretty much just gave up on it.
    18. Changes in Body Odor – Definitely noticing my body odor more lately
    19. Irregular Heart Beat – Every once in a while I’ll get like a pitter patter feeling like my heart is racing for a second (sometimes it’ll feel like it’s bounding a bit) but it never lasts more than a few seconds and always goes back to normal… just enough for me to notice and get that whoa feeling. I have mentioned it to my doctor but until it’s more regular than say once in a while (it can be days or even weeks between episodes).
    20. Depression – Depression runs in my family so I can’t fairly answer that one.
    21. Anxiety – Haven’t had any problems with this one.
    22. Irritability – Ohhh Yes, DEFINITELY. Seems like the littlest things will set me off and irritate the (never-mind) out of me. This does tend to lead to quite a few rowes w/ the hubby.
    23. Panic Disorder – Haven’t had any problems with this one.
    24. Breast Pain – Probably a month ago (there-abouts) I woke up with excruciating breast pain unlike anything I’d ever experienced. It lasted for a couple weeks and was worse when I woke up in the morning, as well as right after I took my bra off for the evening. It has subsided but there is still some tenderness.
    25. Headaches – Nothing outside of the norm.
    26. Joint Pain – No real joint pain but do have some problems with my knees (but then I did have surgery back in my early 20’s I believe it was and am overweight so that doesn’t help).
    27. Burning Tongue – Nope
    28. Electric Shock Syndrome – Nope
    29. Digestive Problems – Well I have been more gaseous lately.
    30. Gum Problems – Can’t say if I’ve had any problems with this one.
    31. Muscle Tension – Definitely tight in neck and upper back, but then I also have asthma and use my accessory muscles for breathing (don’t ask me to explain that one). I have a friend of a friend who is a respiratory therapist who talked to me about athe usage of accessory muscles in asthma.
    32. Itchy, Crawly skin – I do feel like I am almost always itching somewhere, the back being the absolute worst (where I can’t reach, of course).
    33. Tingling Extremities – Not noticing anything there.
    34. Osteoporosis – Not that I am aware of but then it’s not something that has been tested for, and since I’m not actually menopausal not something I likely would be tested for.
  • ReCap/Thoughts on August 16, 2018

    Can’t say that yesterday was all that much fun for me.

    Woke up and turned on the TV so that I could see what time it was… Only problem was that the time, which should have been stationary on the tv set, seemed to be moving on the screen. Since I had gone to bed so late, I figured perhaps I just needed some more rest. Apparently that wasn’t the issue since I still felt like I had a case of vertigo when I got up a little later. Needless to say the problem didn’t get any better as the day progressed and hubby ended up having to take me, along with the son’s help, into Urgency Care. The diagnoses was “Benign Positional vertigo”. The doctor wasn’t able to verify an ear infection due to a large amount of ear wax that the doctor was unable to remove. Unfortunately normal methods of removing stubborn ear wax (by doing a water wash) used by most clinics/doctors isn’t the best solution for me due to a hole in my ear drum purposely put in place by my ENT, plus the doctor that I was seeing yesterday felt that the method generally used in the clinic was probably contra-indicated with my ear history and the vertigo I was experiencing. She did put in a prescription for antibiotics for me to use if I needed it, as well as a prescription for meclizine to help w/ the vertigo. I’ve been using some ear wax removal stuff in my ear to try and soften the ear wax (which does seem to be working – I did manage to pull a good size chunk of ear wax from my ear). My ear canal is a bit tender and swollen right now but I’m hoping that clears up here soon. I’m still dealing with a bit of vertigo and, ironically, the meclizine can also causes some drowsiness.

    Well, the family is home from shopping so I should see what’s going on…. I’ll be back a bit later to finish this and put it to bed.

    Question of the Day:

    Have you ever been to the Emergency Room or Urgency Care?

    I think I’ve been to the emergency room once (that I can recall) when I burned my hip during a flight to see my grandmother (long story)…I have been in the Urgency Care several times when younger, usually due to an ear infection as I was quite prone to them up into adulthood.

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