Funny Friday: Wisdom Teeth, Horses, and More

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When Alyssa had her wisdom teeth out, I fully expected there to be plenty of material for Funny Fridays. However, since I certainly wouldn’t want someone sharing all of the silly things I did while drugged up, I wasn’t planning to use them. But Alyssa, as is common with her, defied all logic and was not the LEAST bit loopy from her high pain meds. I protest. When I had my wisdom teeth out, it was quite a traumatic experience.

Anyway, the day Alyssa had her wisdom teeth out was still quite funny–apart from the drugs.

For example…

She was taking a bath and wanted a bubble bath. Well, we didn’t have time for that, since she had to get to the doctor. Her response? “Awww, MAN. I love bubble baths!”

Then, as she was getting ready, I was explaining (one more time) what was going to happen. I told her the medicines would probably make her feel weird, but that it would be okay, because it makes everyone feel weird. “What? Brittany! [Guest staying at our house] is not weird! She is nice.”

After she was ready, she spent quite a bit of time watching our horses in the snow outside. One of them was so excited about the snow, she escaped the paddock and was roaming the yard. The other one was hidden inside their enclosure, preferring to stay warm. Alyssa, however, was quite convinced that her horse should be outside roaming the yard instead. She kept cheering her on from inside the house. “You can do it, Cookie! Come on… come onnnnn!!! Oh man. She went back inside.”

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The most hilarious part of the morning, though was when I thought I heard her saying “Oh, Cookie is naked!”

Not at all sure how a horse could be naked, I was a bit taken aback. But she repeated herself and I think I heard her right the second time…

“Cookie made it!”

I was relieved to know that the horse had made it safely out of her enclosure… fully clothed. 😉

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Thoughts for Parents: Handling Medications

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Looking back, one could say my life has mainly revolved around medication.

Age 6. “If Mommy ever tries to accidentally give you Alyssa’s pills, this is one time you can say no. Always, always say no.”

Age 12. Friend: “Why does Alyssa have to take so many medications?”  Me: “Well, she has Lennox-Gaustut syndrome, which means that she has a lot of seizures. If she doesn’t take her medications, she’ll get worse . So far, she has taken Klonopin, Dylantin, Phenobarbital, Depokote, and Lamictal. Do you know what some of the side effects are for each of those?”  Medicines

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*facepalm*

What can I say? My parents were trying everything possible to control Alyssa’s seizures and as the older sister, I was along for the ride. I had to get some bragging rights from all this bizarre knowledge!

Age 16. Lesson learned: do not ever go anywhere without the medications. Even if you’re just running errands or going on a day trip, if you don’t have them, you will regret it.

Age 25. Having to put work calls on hold when Alyssa starts unexpectedly throwing up due to doctors messing up medication amounts.

Growing up with a special needs sibling in the house means there is always something new and interesting happening… and something the rest of the world has probably never considered.  Medications are one of those things that I think my parents did a fantastic job informing the rest of us kids about. Here are a few things my parents did that may help other parents out there.

1. Be upfront. Whether your other children are toddlers or teenagers, explain to them what is happening. Depending on their age, let them know what medications your special need child has to take and prepare them for the side effects. Your instinct may be to shelter them from what is happening, but kids know when something is up. It is far better to give them the facts than let their imaginations run wild with the worst possible scenarios.

So prepare them for the times when their sibling experiences bad side effects. Reassure them that everything will be okay. Let them know that you have questions too and provide an environment where questions are welcomed and encouraged. Even if you don’t have all the answers, they will be relieved to know that the whole family is learning together.

2. Give your other children permission to say no. I think this was one of the most important things my mom ever did. With three kids under the age of three, there were times when my mom would inadvertently try to pop pills into the wrong kids mouth. Very early in my life, I remember her sitting me down and explaining that this was one instance where it was okay–in fact, incredibly important!–to “tell Mommy no.”  As a result, there was never an emergency situation with the wrong child taking the wrong medications.  :)

3. Always be prepared. For our family, this means never leaving the house without medications and taking twice the amount we think we’ll need when we go on vacation. You never know when your outing might run late, you decide to spend a couple extra days with relatives, or (at least in Colorado) when you’ll be stranded somewhere overnight due to a blizzard! And trust me when I say that leaving a party early or having to buy extra medications that are not covered by insurance is not the most fun you’ll ever have.

What have you found to work best when it comes to handling your child’s/siblings medications?

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Funny Friday: Alyssa and Gates

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We live in the country. This is a wonderful thing.

A not so wonderful side effect of living in the country is having a gate. One that isn’t automatic. This means that someone always has to get out to open the gate when we leave or arrive home. Our standing policy is that whoever gets the privilege of “shotgun” also has the responsibility to open the gate.blue gate

Well, as might be expected, Alyssa often does not want to open the gate when she has “shotgun.”  Consistency and follow-through become rather difficult when she takes five minutes to get out of the car and walk up to the gate. However, we all understand that consistency and follow-through are important, so we generally just settle in and wait.

However, once upon a time, it took longer than usual to convince Alyssa to get out to open the gate. She didn’t want to go. She said it was too cold. She said she didn’t know how (ha!). But then, finding us unmoved, she finally got out and walked up to the gate. She unlocked it and started to open it…

Only to walk through to the other side, close it, and lock it again.

We were perplexed. So mom rolled down the window and hollered to her, wondering why she didn’t open the gate to let us in.

Her response?

“I don’t want to! I’m going to go get Matthew to do it!”

She then proceeded to walk all the way to the house… by herself… in the cold… to tell Matthew to open the gate.

Sometimes, I just don’t understand. 😉

Image credit: “The Blue Gate” by Jose Roberto V Moraes. No, that is not our actual gate. That would be cool, but our gate is not nearly as awesome. Or blue. I’m just too tired to go take a picture of our actual gate. I hope you will forgive me.

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