A busy week

Bethie hasn’t been wanting to go to school this week. I’m not sure what’s going on. She’s a bit sniffly but seems fairly well to me though she’s tired. She keeps saying that she’s got a headache, her eye hurts (because she patted the cat and rubbed her eye purposely), that her tummy hurts. Yesterday she was saying everything she could to get out of going. Miss L wont be there, they’ve told me not to come in, I’m not well, it’s a curriculum day etc etc. I had to threaten banning the ipad for an hour for her to stop. I think I’ll have to let her teacher know if it keeps going. I’m tempted to give her a mental health day off but at the same time I don’t want to play to her games. I don’t have an issue with her being home but if she’s not sick I want it to be on my terms, not because she thinks she’s conned me into thinking that she’s sick. Once again I have daydreams of her being at home with me which she’d love but that’s not healthy for her or for me and unfortunately sometimes we do things in life that we don’t enjoy.

I took the kids to see my Dad in the hospital on Sunday. It was the first time they’d seen him as he’d been in intensive care for 10 days. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with Beth’s mood. She loves hospital (as do I), lying in bed being waited on, watching tely and reading books, what’s not to love! She made herself at home in her Grandsha’s bed while he sat in the chair. She played on her ipad and was oblivious to all around her. We had to pop out for a moment, when I told Beth it was time to go back in she asked matter of factly “Is he dead?” Not sure if she was thinking of in the movies when the doctors rush everybody out only to call them back in again with the bad news. Also, I lent Dad Beth’s portable dvd player, maybe she’s thinking “well he’s sick and he gets to watch dvds all day in bed.” Who knows what goes through her mind.

Beth’s got school camp in three weeks, Monday to Wednesday. I think I’ll give her the Thursday off after that. I’m not sure if she really wants to go but I think it’ll be good for her. I will miss her dreadfully though but I certainly wont miss the driving!

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Mother of an autistic child wanting to write about my personal experiences
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