|I LOVE MUM by Lyla & Mya.|
That's the question I was left mulling over as I left the hospital dentistry department this afternoon.
I would say that I was shocked, but actually I wasn't.
Mainly because having an autistic child has pretty much depleted my shock gene: Oh look, she's just smashed a window/set fire to the carpet/sparked the TV by pouring milk on it/ given me a black eye/climbed out of a third storey window (all of these have happened to me, some on the same day), that my reaction to them has diluted into a shrug of the shoulders and 'Oh well', plus or minus a few expletives.
Did I ever write about how much I enjoy swearing?? I find a few mental **** or ****s always give me an inner chuckle and are excellent stress relief. Whatever gets your through, swearing to me is as crack-cocaine to Amy Winehouse etc
Anyway, I digress.
Why does my child need SIX teeth extracted? Yes, you read that right. SIX. Really, SIX.
Well, she has autism. Part of this manifests itself as compulsive behaviour. Lyla is obsessed with eating, this is a sensory issue is something she can't help. She is clever and likes to steal food and hide it when I'm not looking. I will routinely find little bowls of frozen peas/ cranberries or Bran Flakes tucked down the side of the sofa. Or bottles of orange juice stashed under her pillow. Last week I she took a ladder to my highest cupboards and pulled down the sugar jar and ate the whole lot with a tablespoon. There must have been over 1lb of sugar in there.
I was worried, not only from the tooth perspective, but also because I thought she might have induced some kind of lethal sugar-rush in her body.
So, compulsive sugar-seeking + difficulty brushing teeth = 6 extractions under general anaesthetic = Fail.
Bit of a no-brainer, but I'm really sad for Lyla as this will affect her long term as is something we have little control of.
The dentist asked me why I couldn't explain to her not to do it.
Sighing, I offered her the opportunity to waste her own breath 'explaining' this to Lyla. After the sermon was over, Lyla replied 'Oh hell, why do people keep talking AT me'..............a sentiment, I couldn't help but agree with.
Some of you might have noticed that I haven't been posting as regularly as usual. The abridge reason is that I have been suffering from stress. Normal service will be resumed shortly.