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Autism shots and another ER visit

This morning I took Alyssa and Ryan for their annual autism influenza vaccinations. Alyssa put on a heroic, “I’ve got this” front right up until she was sitting on the table and the nurse was about to inject her. Then she freaked out and I had to physically hold her down. Ryan freaked out the entire way to the doctor’s office and into the office — I had to pry him out of the car and physically drag him onto the table — but he actually held still for the injection. They both agreed that the shots were less painful than anticipated. I tried to explain that anxiety is cruel that way – it can make situations seem so much worse than they really are.

After dropping the sproglets off at school, I came home, did a bit of work, then packed up some food to take to my mom and Puff, who had been at the ER with my other brother, Cat, since 6:30am. Long story short: my mom injured her left foot, and Cat had a meltdown (which has been coming; the writing has been on the wall for months) and is now committed for inpatient mental health treatment. My mom is a diabetic, and she and my brother hadn’t eaten since before they arrived at the hospital, hence my mid-afternoon jaunt to take them some sandwiches, yogurt, granola, and muffins.

Now it’s going on dinnertime, and there is SO. MUCH. to do between now and Saturday that I have no idea how I’m going to get it all done. Somebody hold me.


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