It seems like I have endless patience because I shunt all I have, and reserve for those most important to me. I should print out a shirt that says, I only have patience for three people today, and you’re number four. lol
Anyway, back to Emmett and his meltdowns.
Emmett’s a loud kid in general. We’re told it’s a sensory thing for him. He has an indoor voice, but he rarely if ever uses it. It’s like a baby pigeon. Everyone knows baby pigeons exist because adult pigeons have to come from somewhere, but no one ever sees them.
When he melts down, he screams at us. I mean, he literally screams every single word he says. In my opinion, and based on the very nature of meltdowns, this is outside of his control.
I don’t think he’s intending to scream, but in that moment, he’s so completely overwhelmed by everything, he just purges. A meltdown is basically an involuntary action, by which the body purges because it can look longer process anything.
Think of it as a system overload.
Emmett had roughly half a dozen system overloads today, and while I did maintain my composure, I’m completely exhausted as a result. It’s really easy to overlook how exhausting it is for a parent to deal with a single meltdown, let alone multiple meltdowns a day.
When Emmett is in a flare, the threshold at which a meltdown is triggered, is significantly lowered. It honestly doesn’t take anything to set him off.
It felt like one meltdown after another, the last one being around 9 PM, when he should have been sleeping.
There is no way to reason with Emmett, or any other child for that matter, when they’re in a meltdown. In most cases, we have to hunker down, and wait it out.
I’m far from perfect, and on nights like tonight, I come damn close to running out of patience. I sometimes have to put myself in time out, so I can keep myself centered, so to speak.
At the end of the day, it’s all about maintenance. When I feel myself on the brink of losing my cool, I remove myself from the situation for a few minutes, even if I need to hide in the bathroom. It’s a way for me to collect myself, and remember that the meltdown I’m struggling to deal with, is so much worse for Emmett. He’s a child who’s so completely overwhelmed, the only thing he can physically do, is Purge.
Days like yesterday, are exhausting on so many levels. I’m in a state of hypervigilance, because I possess enough insight to know that meltdowns are coming, but not enough to know when and where they’re going to happen. It could be hours or seconds away, and I try not to be caught off guard.
Like I said at the beginning of this entry, meltdowns have pretty much kicked my ass this week.
Hopefully, I’ll get a good night’s sleep because it’ll be more of the same in the morning.. ☺