But we’re back, for reals this time.
First things first, Monkey’s hand is almost entirely healed. There were a few really gross days of lots of peeling skin but he’s much better now. It never really seemed to bother him after that first day, I guess that high pain tolerance comes in handy for some things.
For those of you who are friends with me on Facebook you know we spent last week in Madison, WI taking part in a research study at the Waisman Center. I am not sure what to say about it really. It was the first time we’ve ever taken part in one and it was really hard on Monkey. Really, really hard.
He enjoyed the plane trip, he enjoyed the hotel pool, he enjoyed the sightseeing but he did not especially enjoy the various evaluations. I did not especially enjoy my part in the evaluations (4.5 hour autism interview…videotaped! Argh!) The researchers were very nice and they tried very hard to make it as fun as possible for him but it was all too much. Being away from home, having to sit in a room with strangers for hours and take tests…blah.
To end the trip they wanted a blood sample. I had a nightmare, the night before, about what would happen and woke up in a cold sweat. For the first time in my life the actual experience was as bad as the nightmare. They only got 1/2 of what they wanted before I burst through the doors like a … I would say mama bear but that understates my reaction and demeanor by a long shot. People were scared and they were right to be. Generally, when I lose my temper I feel apologetic and slightly embarassed by it once I calm down but I will not ever apologize and I don’t feel the least bit bad about it. I only regret that I didn’t get there faster.
**OK** putting that behind me now, I hope. Tonight I’ll get the pictures off the camera and share the better parts of the trip! I also need to put together a language update b/c this kid is really talking now! He said his first complete sentance while we were in Madison! “Iwangohome!” All I could say was, “Me too, buddy. Me too!”