Let’s face it, no one likes it when their kid gets sick, and I’m no exception. Actually the idea of T getting sick scares me, but not for the reason you might think. I actually dread the week after he gets better; when the fever breaks I know we are in trouble.
When T gets sick, he gets really sick. We’re talking fevers of 104+ and he barely moves from the couch without being carried. He’s my only child, so I’m not sure if what comes next is typical, but I think it has a lot to do with his SPD. After being basically bedridden for a week his senses explode! He has an intense need to move, see, and feel that he becomes unstoppable. He is also probably still a bit sick and he’s definitely tired, so you add all of this together and you get a week of sensory meltdowns. Some that are so bad that they scare him and they scare me too.
These meltdowns are not like typical tantrums, they are more. They are more intense, and a lot more violent. T will scream, hit, kick, head butt, bite and basically lose control of himself completely. He falls so deep into the meltdown that if you look into his eyes you don’t see anger, you see terror.
This week is one of those weeks. T just got over an almost week long fever, where he was too sick to do any of his OT exercises, or even get off the couch without being carried from one place to the other. This lack of meeting his sensory needs seems to build up until the fever breaks, then it all breaks loose.
Last night was a perfect example of how all the pent up energy manifests; he had his first sensory meltdown in several months. It was so bad that my husband and I had to hold his arms and bear hug him to keep from being hit, kicked, bit, or otherwise getting hurt. As he was calming down he told me that he scared himself. The thing that scared him was that he couldn’t stop and didn’t understand why. He’s had another such meltdown this morning and I expect about a week of at least once a day sensory meltdowns.
So while I hate it when T gets sick, I dread the week after he gets better even more.