I know this post will bring me comments like, "My child isn't autistic, but still behaves that way!" And that may very well be. However, I have to say that my child can be a bit of a drama queen when she's sick, and I think her being on the spectrum doesn't help!
For example, when she has to take her grape-flavored Tylenol, she dramatically clutches her throat. She acts like drinking the small amount of liquid will make her throat explode from pain. When I point out that drinking the medicine is no different than drinking water, and probably much better than eating toast, she agrees, but will still clutch her throat!
Yesterday, we went through a horrendous experience where a nurse had to take blood from her to run some blood tests. Let's call her Nurse Ratched (I stole that one from my husband--thanks sweetie). Anyway, Nurse Ratched managed to miss the vein in my daughter's arm and tried again, then had to try on the other arm. The whole experience was pretty awful, no doubt. We gave my daughter two lollipops and 8 times allowance for going through it. However, after we got home, I noticed my daughter was walking around with her arms folded at the elbows and wouldn't put her arms down. She either looked like a doctor about to perform surgery or a dog begging, depending on whether her hands were turned away from her or toward her. She complained that her arms hurt, but wouldn't let me take off the bandaids. After hours of whimpering like a hurt dog, she finally let me take one off. A couple of hours after that, I finally was allowed to take the other one off. Luckily, she admitted that they didn't hurt after the bandaids were removed!
It can also be hard for her to communicate what is bothering her. She's up for hours at night, moaning in pain. When I ask her what hurts, she'll say, "Nothing" then go back to moaning. It's been so frustrating!
Here's hoping she gets better soon! I don't think she can take this much longer and neither can I.
Tomorrow's post will be on the insurance industry. Enjoy!