Yeah, it’s not going well.
We’ve had a total of three successes. That’s it.
ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis, a type of autism therapy) specialists recommend taking an autistic child to the bathroom every 15 minutes. Who has time for that when there are two other kids to take care of in the house? My mom tells me of a success story that includes pushing water and other drinks and spending the day in the bathroom. I just don’t see it happening.
But, we’ve had a minor success. Roman will take his toilet icon off the bathroom door, where it is firmly attached with velcro, and bring it to me, meaning he wants to at least try. He’ll stand at the toilet for a few seconds and then beg me to flush by pointing at the lever and then pointing at me saying, in his own way, that all he really wanted to do was watch swirling water work it’s way down the drain.
My mom asked me the other day if I was starting to think that Roman was on the placebo. It’s been nearly four months and we’ll get a few words and then they’ll disappear into the depths of his brain, to maybe resurface weeks or months later, if at all. The first few months were exciting, with new words and mild side effects. Remember the drooling and chewing? He’s since stopped both, thankfully. The sleepless nights are still the bane of my existence. So my answer to my mom, truthfully, was maybe. He could be on a placebo. His gains could completely be related to school, as they do an excellent job with him.
On a completely unrelated note, I’m completely giddy over something and I want to share it with the world, or at least the dozen or so readers of this blog. In less than a week, I will be celebrating “Bye Bye Beardy”. Eric has been growing a god-awful beard since November (or was it October? All I know is that it’s been way too long). Roman likes the tickles that Eric gives him with it. He may be the only one in the house to miss it.
The beard is not just for aesthetics, or lack of. Eric has been growing it as a fundraiser for cancer research. He’s been taking donations for the sacrifice of his face. On Tuesday, he’ll be shaving it off along with T.J. Duckett (a former Michigan State and NFL football player) and a handful of other guys. I guess I’m proud of him, but nobody realizes my personal sacrifice of living with this beard for the past four or five months. I need some recognition.
Roman may miss “Beardy” but I think he’ll adjust.