I spent Wednesday obsessing over the Wikileaks/Julian Assange imbroglio (if that's the right word for it), Walter Benjamin's ideas about translation and film (I'm late to submit a revised version of the paper I gave about 'critical autism studies' at the University of Ottawa), and Charlie's latest thymic state.
While we are, thanks to some experiences, politely wary of biomedical theories about autism, we have been more and more concluding that stomach distress is at least a little connected to Charlie's difficult moments. His being so much more picky about his food choices has definitely, ah, impacted his system, as has his not drinking enough fluids. We certainly encourage him to eat different foods and to drink more and have had some partial success. But I guess there could always be more in this area.
Wednesday was mostly good for Charlie at school. His teacher noted an interesting, if I may call it that, correlation of events around 10.30am. He had been doing school work and requested a snack and told he could get it, at which point there went his head on the table and a half-hour of intenser than usual unhappiness/ruckus/you get the picture ensued. Once he calmed down (which did take some doing), he was ok for the rest of the schoolday, on the bus, at home (with some intense running back and forth from kitchen to stairs, yowls, and a request to go for a bike ride, happily acceded to by Jim).
I again felt so very much reminded that when Charlie is feeling that he is having stomach trouble, he often asks to eat, or eats a great deal. And that, sometimes, getting the asked for food precedes him getting really upset.
Because it's then he realizes his stomach does not feel so good?
Because he knows his stomach does not feel good and he thinks he has to eat what he asked for and he can't as he feels sick and he gets worried at all this cognitive dissonance-ness and, boom?
Translating the actions of our boy into words and into something we might start to get our minds around: So not easy to hack into our lovely boy's system, to decrypt its operations and read the signs rightly.
(Please excuse the metaphor.)
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