Ugh, I hate when I leave up a sad post for so long! We have been busy and crazy as usual but I am determined to post on everyone's blog tonight. Today is Friday and Anthony was home sick from school this morning but he went in this afternoon. It's not even 9:00 and he is quiet, which is worrisome, I fear he'll be up at the crack of dawn or earlier but what can you do? NOTHING.
Yesterday, (I'm working backward), his program manager called and said that he was sick, he had thrown up 'all over his cube'. He has a cube at school, have I ever said? It's so nice, it's just the size of an office cubicle and it has all his favorite things in there. His old weighted blanket, which probably serves as a lap blanket now, his drums, his DVD player, his iPad, all sorts of stuff. He has all his work in there and work he does, except not yesterday. I guess yesterday he was kind of puny when Mike took him in but then he threw up and Mike went to get him. I had *just* put Felicity down for a nap when she called, our plan was to go get Mike and then go to Mass (yesterday was a holy day of obligation) but it all got scratched because Mike had to go get Anthony. He lay around all day, he wasn't upset and he didn't throw up again. In fact, he had dinner and seemed fine. Then right before he went to sleep, he kicked the HELL out of his door, laughing and laughing. What a whacko he is, he was so puny all afternoon and I felt so bad for him and he must have just BOOM! felt better, which can sometimes happen, but the way that he indicated it was by kicking on the door, ha!
Wednesday was Halloween and he could dress up for school. They always go trick or treating at the office next door, and this year they were invited to a party at a place across the street from their school, so it was exciting! He came home with a bag full of stuff. I didn't know what to do for a costume, we always want him to be comfortable and no masks or anything, two years ago he was Alexander (from the Judith Viorst book) and last year he was a rock star and this year I just couldn't think of anything. So I asked on Facebook and my friend Molly said Lumberjack, AND she posted a link to a do it yourself ax made of duct tape, so that's what he was and it was just great. He brought home a bunch of treats, but he doesn't much like candy so mostly we just added it to the girls' stuff.
What else? I took a bunch of pictures for his PECS at home book. It ended up to be kind of depressing, because I wanted to get pictures of everything he likes, things that are motivating to him, and there isn't that much! No wonder he gets so sick of us on the weekends! But I am excited about starting the PECS at home, so I don't care.
Two last notes: he has not been grabbing at us anymore. They advised us at his school to just ignore it, not to do anything and even though it was hard, it worked. He just stopped doing it.
And my internet friend Jean wrote this great post about What is Autism and it's just great. Her son is on the spectrum, as is she, and of course they and Anthony's autism is all very different but there are similarities too and at the least it's a great post, really clear and smart. So read it!
Here's a picture of Anthony on Halloween, and some other fall pictures. He is damned cute, if I do say so myself: