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

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Bathroom Bunkers, Hiding Out in Restrooms

Hmm, I hope I'm not giving out too much information here...but this Aspie tends to take refuge in restrooms. Bathrooms are one of the few vestiges that one can linger in and find near perfect privacy. When in doubt...hideout.
If ever the stress of trying to deal in this upside down, Neuro-Typical world becomes too much to bear, seek refuge. In the privacy of the privy one can calm down, space out, spazz out and collect ones thoughts without interruption. People typically respect the sanctity of the almighty commode.
When I venture to new places, new buildings, the first order of business is checking out the restrooms. It's good to know exactly where they are located and whether they are a single, private room or communal with stalls, in case a quick sanctuary is needed. You do not want to start melting down only to casually run to a restroom that's a single with occupant without knowing where another room of respite is located.
I have sought refuge on dozens and dozens of occasions, even within my own house. When you are on the verge of meltdown, stress out, panic, or have completely lost your wits...take the time to calm yourself by counting the tiles of the bathroom floor, read the graffiti on the walls, count to 100 and back again, pop your doctor prescribed medication, or do a little destressing tricky dance and bounce off those walls.
There isn't a time limit on using the bathroom. Use that fact to your advantage.
Just another helpful time from AmyAspie :)

2 comments:

  1. Hi Amy,

    My name is Johnathan and I am an aspie as well. I wasn't diagnosed until 2008 36. I had all the classic symptoms, but for the most part I was always high functioning -- at least in public. I have an NT wife and son.

    Anyway, I just found your blog and I am happy to find somebody I have things in common with, so this will be the first of many future comments. I feel the exact same way about bathrooms and you are not sharing too much information.

    When I was young, I had control issues, so I would only use certain bathrooms, so I wouldn't pee or poo for a whole day, but I always saw them as a sanctuary, even if I was picky I also make my first order of business to check out the bathroom when ever I go anywhere new. As a teenager, bathroom were important to get away from a crowd in a store or at school, plus I now like going to the bathroom at different places. Not sure why. I also frequented the bathroom at just about any location to do what most teenagers and adults do because I had a sex drive, but did not know how to communicate with people in that way, so that was my only outlet. So bathrooms have proved to be a place of not only relief, but also solace. Do some of my best thinking in them.

    BTW, I found your blog because you and I are very similar about smell and I did a google word search on the subject and your blog from May of last year popped up. I will comment on that as well.

    -Johnathan

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  2. Hi Johnathan, so glad you found me and my blog. I appreciate your input and comments! I am hopefully that you will find lots of other common denominators in my blog that you can relate to. I very much look forward to hearing more from you. Thank You, Amy

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