You wouldn’t think that a child who has been sick for four days – who has eaten nothing and barely moved from his bed – could cause such destruction:
Three hours ago, Peter was whimpering in his bed with a temperature of 101 degrees F. He was diagnosed with Strep Throat yesterday and has had two doses of antibiotics, but his fever still spiked and waned throughout the day.
At 3 pm I was finally able to dose him with Motrin by injecting it into a juice box with a plastic syringe. An hour and a half later he was bouncing off the walls!
I really shouldn’t be surprised. On the one hand, I will admit that I’ve never given Peter Motrin before, and it didn’t occur to me that it might make him extra-hyper. On the other hand, Peter is always extra-hyper. That’s just him. He makes messes. HUGE messes. All. The. Time.
Here is some photographic evidence:
It’s not that he is deliberately being naughty. These are simply things he feels compelled to do. His physical therapists call it “Heavy Work.” Since he is hypo-sensitive, meaning he craves sensory input, pushing his full-size mattress off his bed satisfies a sensory need. Pushing chairs over and shoving cushions off the couch makes him feel. It sounds odd, I know, and I plan to write a separate post on sensory issues in autism. But for now, just know that it takes a LOT for Peter’s senses to kick in. The majority of kids with autism are hyper-sensitive, but Peter is just the opposite. He craves sounds, lights, movement, and a variety of sensory input.
Hence, he is messy. And noisy. And busy. And energetic. This is why we were so concerned that for four days he has hardly moved.
He put our fears to rest this evening, though. He’s still tearing around the house; I just heard a crash downstairs. I know the medicine will wear off soon and then it will be bedtime.
I did learn an important lesson today. Motrin? Never again. Next time around, I’m going to stick to Tylenol and Advil.