Saturday, November 20, 2010

A Boogery Mess

Oh what to do...

Crash has a cold.  Unfortunately, it is just a cold, no fever.  I know that sounds cruel, but when Crash has a fever he is so calm...when he has a cold he is a beast.  Besides the behavior changes (excessive crashing and other sensory seeking behaviors that are driving his brother nuts)  he has a runny nose.  Doesn't sound too serious...right?

Well, in our house a runny nose is like the worst illness.  I would take bodily fluids coming out any other orifice to boogers.  Gross I know.  You see, Crash HATES Kleenex, especially when he has a cold.  On a typical day he will tolerate it, but in the sensory state that he is in,there is no room for tolerance and everything will send hie over the edge into a meltdown.  There is no room for rationale thought or discussion.

In addition to his detest of Kleenex, he also hates the sensation of a runny nose.  When his brain is focused on this, there is no room for anything else.  And, of course it isn't a pleasant fixation so it results in screaming fits on the floor.  Which of course only adds fuel to the boogery mess which then becomes worse.  However, once he calms down, he comes up with a solution...

I am glad he is independent and trying to solve his problem, but using your tongue as a Kleenex is unacceptable!  Not only is it gross, it eventually makes the entire problem worse and adds a third reason for a meltdown.  You see using a tongue as a Kleeex although moist and soft initially, creates chapped skin..which cracks.  Now we are melting down because Crash's "snout" hurts...there is mucus every where...he hates Kleenex...

Thank goodness colds run their course and for Burt's Bees wax that helps heal skin quickly.


  1. I feel for you! I did a post on my blog about my SPD son being sick, and his reactions to congestion, tissues, thermometers, liquid medicines, etc. It's completely exhausting trying to escort him through a cold. It makes the whole house miserable. Hope Crash is on the mend soon!!