Wednesday, 7 July 2010

The Aftermath of an Autistic Meltdown: Wordless Wednesday

12 comments:

  1. I know this is wordless Wednesday... and to some extent I am speechless, as I don't have any personal experience of what this must be like. Therefore I will keep it short.
    Hugs.
    x

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  2. A picture tells a thousand words XXX

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  3. Oh my. Hard. Sending love. xx

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  4. So sorry about this Rachel. I am sure that I will have similar scenes to contend with at a later date but my thoughts are with you now. And feel better soon. Fran x

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  5. gosh, my love. there really are no words. hugs xx

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  6. Just to echo everyone's thoughts above. I have no words, as you say, just sending you strong vibes xx

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  7. Poor you! It's so hard when this happens! It leaves you shattered for days. I send love!

    Jennifer xox

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  8. It is bad to see that kind of situation but I know you are not the only one experiencing that. I know that you can take care of that. There are many organizations that are trying to help parents just like you.

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  9. Only just caught up with your blog through my Reader... hope you're ok - you haven't posted since this x

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  10. As a mom of a 15 yr old who happens to have autism...I can relate. Hoping life is going smoother right now for you...sending hugs.

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  11. Thankyou for your kind comments. I'm still hanging in there, although most of July has been characterised by this kind of chaos, hence the lack of posting!

    I'm now enjoying a mini-break away from the kids (although my MIL did phone and say that Lyla had reduced her to tears on the first morning & how had I coped with 7years of this)....Food for thought....
    x

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  12. I totally and completely relate to what you go through. My son is autistic and he can have very destructive meltdowns. It takes me hours to clean up after one of them.

    I was touched that the previous posters offered sympathy instead of condemnation for the destruction. I received the latter from ignorant people. This past summer, I was involved in a neighborhood dispute and the neighbor retaliated by calling CPS on me. They came as I was packing to move. Their presence made my autistic son have a meltdown, and he started throwing around all the stuff I'd been packing. They tried to remove my son because of the huge messes he'd made. Thankfully, their supervisor overruled them on that decision and he was never removed. The initial allegation was false (I'm a very loving and giving mother), but CPS investigated me from July through November because of their misunderstandings of autism. They tried to blame his autism symptoms on me. It was terrible. They admitted that they hadn't bothered to research autism. They literally didn't know what they were doing, and my family paid the price. I was yelled at one day for having clothes out. I didn't know it was a sin to go through last year's jeans to see what fit before you washed them again. I was also criticized for having dishes in the sink. My son was self-mutilating right in front of her and she couldn't understand why the dishes weren't done. I want to know another mother who would have had the same stupid priorities as CPS in my case. My 9 year old daughter is still terrified of them and continually begs me to buy a house with a secret room so she can "hide from the mean ladies". She tells me over and over how sorry she is that the "mean ladies" yelled at me (yes, in front of the child).

    It's nice to see understanding people here, people who won't kick others while they're down and place blame for things that are just part and parcel of life with a severely autistic child. I'm glad to know there are still decent and sympathetic people in the world.

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