Sunday, August 29, 2010
Happy Birthday Planet Autism
I started this blog exactly one year ago.
Time flies, and all that.
Luckily I am only getting more fit and fabulous with the passage of time (oh go on then, laugh hysterically if you have to...I know I will.).
Or maybe I'm becoming progressively myopic with age.
Either way, it's a good place to be, and it's not as hard to look in the mirror as I might have feared.
The changes in my little man (and in our family) over the past year are, with no small sense of relief, a cause for celebration.
It seems impossible that 12 months ago my almost entirely non-verbal, incontinent, fabulously handsome son was getting ready to start Big School.
Well, to be blunt, he didn't give a rat's ass about starting school...but I was worried sick.
But the stars conveniently aligned in our favour, and Bob's Autism Unit, and indeed Bob himself, have exceeded all our hopes.
Bob is thriving at school and can now recognise simple words and make sentences. He is learning to add, and is, mercifully, toilet trained.
It'd be nice if he could sit still for longer than 3 seconds, but that's just how he's wired up.
I never knew I could be courageous. As I come from a large family, and then married a great fella, there was always someone around I could hide behind.
But when your kid has autism, you can't afford to hide or you'll let your child down.
I'm still afraid of things (the dark, deep water, lack of wine etc) but I've learned not to allow fear to prevent me from trying things.
I know this all sounds like a big pile of psycho-babble poo, but there's always a grain of truth in a cliché.
In 1933 Franklin D Roosevelt said "we have nothing to fear but fear itself".
He was talking about tackling the Great Depression, but we could apply his words to any challenge.