Prepare to enter the wild and wooly world of an adult with Aspergers Syndrome, a form of autism characterized by intellignce, quirks, social difficulties and downright strange and oddish behaviours.

People with Aspergers generally are high functioning in everyday life but have great difficulty connecting with others due to the inability to read faces, body language and subtle verbal clues. They also tend to take words literally and have a hard time multi-tasking.

Oversensitivity to touch (clothing has to be soft and often the tags removed), light (do not leave home without the sunglasses), sound (loud noises and noisey places are avoided), taste (many Aspies have quite a limited diet and are frequently very picky eaters) and smells makes the everyday existence more of a challenge.

Fasten your seatbelts and come on in...
To find out more about what Aspergers is..please check out my earliest blog entries

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Good News...A Helper Has Arrived

Took my son to Vodoo Donuts for his 13th birthday. Had to get a photo of the infamous Bigfoot there.
The week got a whole lot better on Thursday. Come to find out since I'm on pre-section 8 housing, I get a peer support person to help me enhance my independence. You heard me, there is someone that helps me out each week free of charge via the compassionate and wise state of Oregon. I couldn't find any help in Michigan and here It Is Everywhere.
CeCe, my support person, says that it's impossible to go hungry in Corvallis because there are too many resources available. Alleluia. For our first venture next week, CeCe is taking me to the local food pantry where I can expect to come home with a large box of food, meat, chicken, eggs, staples and fresh produce. You heard me right. I'm looking forward to it! Other places we will go, a thrift store that gives stuff away, an agency that assists with household supplies, learning to ride the bus and getting heating assistance. It will be grand to have someone to talk to for an hour or two every week!
CeCe came over this week. Oh my, it was fun to see Rosebud react to a stranger in the house! Rb barked and barked. She was a ferocious protector of me. Once she realized CeCe was okay, Rb jumped in my lap and stayed there for her entire visit. I'd never seen pup act like that before. It was so comforting having her in my lap so I could calmly pet her.
Next week I'll also drive to see my girlfriend. She lives about half an hour away in a bigger, scary to me city and we will do some light shopping so I can get used to the place and she can get some shopping done. I've grown nervous leaving the apartment and my new city, another reason it's important to get comfy in other cities. No more agoraphobia will be allowed to close me in!
I ride my bike a little each day. I really need to build muscle slowly with daily rides. I missed my usual amounts of long walks as there were too many errands and appointments to fit the walks in. I want to get back to that, too.
So much to do. Keeping relaxed and calm. I continue to be happy every night in my own bed, in my own room. I am grateful each morning I wake up and remember I'm in Oregon!
My son has his ups and downs, more ups than downs lately.
Peace out

1 comment:

Lissa Napora said...

so much good news in one post!

glad to hear that you are finding so much support and taking such good care of yourself. :-)