Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Things tossed, thrown, hucked or knocked over: shredded carrot, jellybeans, Sprite, potato chips, pepperoni, piggy bank, stuffed bear, singing frog, telephone, pillow, clock radio, books, photo album (into receptionist's lap in doc's office), computer monitor (again, doc's office), coat rack (doc's office once more).
Inedible objects attempted to be eaten, bitten, and/or mouthed: cotton ball, pen, magazine insert, telephone, light switch, diaper wipes box, lipstick from Mom's purse, hand cream tube, book, old potato chip, sneaker, sock, chain link fence, headphones, venetian blinds, chair, wood chips, flowers, grass, sand, Mom's arm, Mom's shirt, own shirt, pillowcase.
Yes, she had eyes on her the whole time, but she is also complete menace much faster than her parents. Hollis has been spending a lot of time in the time out room lately.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
One of the unanticipated side effects of the surgery is the surge in Hollis's energy level. While this is certainly a good thing, in my humble opinion she really didn't need any more! The energy is more like her being "slap happy": she gets absolutely crazy silly and starts destroying things and causing mischief. She goes through this cycle twice a day, once about 2 hours after she wakes up, and again about 2 hours before bed. We're trying to find better outlets for the energy because if she's in the house, she knocks over lamps, stomps on cats, turns on microwaves, stoves and coffeemakers, and clears countertops, all while laughing hysterically. And let me further clarify by saying that we cannot control the behavior, despite putting in her the timeout room, yelling, and trying various ways of settling her down by reducing high stimulation things like bright light or noise. So, we try to exhaust her.
Yesterday, we went to the YMCA pool and swam for about an hour straight, and left only because there was a class coming - she could have gone on and on. Today we went to the park and let her do "laps" around the perimeter. This was the first time we've ever let her walk by herself without a parent with a hand on her. She just did circle after circle, laughing the whole time, like she was getting away with something. The only time we intervened is when she would try to run into the football practice in the field next door: there were boys there, and she is absolutely boy crazy! Here's Hollis running down to the park (sorry for the low quality, I only had my phone on me.)
Monday, August 18, 2008
We've often had questions from kids, and many puzzled looks, and some who even hide, but this was the first time I've overheard a mean comment. As I said, we've been expecting this as long as we've known about her disabilities, and I promised myself that I wouldn't come down hard on those who say hurtful things. I realize that from a child's perspective, Hollis can be frightening, because she is so big, but essentially has the abilities of a toddler. This is terribly confusing! I have found that most kids are very curious once you explain a little bit about what's going on. Instead of chastising kids for making a such a comment, I'm hoping that by helping them understand one child's disabilities we will encourage them to be more tolerant and eager to learn about others'.