Thursday, May 21, 2009

Crazy week at Capitol, nudity and pain  

Sitting in the parking lot at the State Capitol. Didn't get the call
re: what time the session would begin today so came at 8. Either all
the representatives resigned last night when they finished around
midnight or they set the time as 9 am. Hmmmm. So I'll open the
session with prayer then gotta fly to the first state Capitol
( Guthrie). Meeting the senior adults there for tours and lunch.
Will be fun but a bad week timewise for it.

Will tell mire about it in a long post with new pics on saturday.

So let's talk about nudity. No really. Tuesday, Mary went to get
Micah after his nap. She walked in and noticed he didn't have his
shirt on. She pulled his blanket off and yep, birthday suit. That
woke him up and he started pointing and grunting (basically telling
her he needed clothes). Okay. Kinda cute. But only kinda
considering the code browns we've had in past. Yesterday he did the
same thing only he apparently had to pee so he did. A lot. Not
cute. Mary made him put his pullup and shirt back on. That took a
long time but the boys gotta learn. Oh my.

Pain is a funny thing. Since matthew joined our family he has not
responded to pain at all. It's like he had shut off that part of his
nerve system. This week he has started responding greatly to pain. I
guess those nerves woke up. Strange and I wonder if that's typical
with orphans in institutions. Certainly not the case with Micah. He
cries when you touch him. Okay, it's when he's trying to get a sib in
trouble. Yes, he's an actor!

What next?

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2 comments: to “ Crazy week at Capitol, nudity and pain

  • Jamie
    May 21, 2009 at 3:48 PM  

    Never a dull moment! Is the score even now? Chris_1 morning and Mary_1 after nap

  • Leah
    May 21, 2009 at 4:52 PM  

    Ok, well here's kind of a strange thing. Many kids with DS have an incredibly high pain threshhold. I don't know how much of it is related to low muscle tone, and how much is "conditioned" because they're often getting poked and prodded for medical reasons. For my daughter, at 4 we had to teach her about pain. "Look, you fell down and your knee is bleeding. That hurts! You need a bandaid! Also, when she was 4 she walked around with a broken foot for almost a week. Once in awhile she'd reach down and touch it, then kind of wince, then keep right on going. I really didn't think much about it. We had a doctor appointment for something else and I mentioned her foot. We were sent next door to the orthopedist who xrayed it, and sure enough, she had a break in one of the bones on the top of her foot. She's going to be 13 in a couple of weeks, and has gotten 2nd degree burns in her mouth from eating food that is too hot (yet never responded to the pain!) or taken a bad fall and was all scraped up, but refused to stop for ice, or a bandaid, etc. If you read any of the online DS forums you'll find a lot of parents saying their kids have incredibly high pain thresholds!