Asthma, Aspergers and Putting on an OXYGEN MASK… LITERALLY and FIGURATIVELY

Years and years ago, pre- 911 when flying was more lay-back and not so scary, I remember taking a Southwest Airlines trip and hearing the following announcement which I thought then was the funniest thing I ever heard. It went:

“In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child traveling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are traveling with two small children, decide now which one you love more.”

But lately I am not able to laugh at that because you see I feel like I am having to choose which kid to put the oxygen mask on. And to make matters worse, I am so stressed I can’t even put my own on first!  Grace’s asthma… well this picture says it all. SIGH… between the weather change, Hurricane Sandy stirring pollen and god knows what else around, and a respiratory infection to top it off… she has had a rough couple of weeks. And when one member of the family is sick it affects the whole family dynamic which means CHANGE and we all know that is a bad word to our aspies.  In fact I posted the following comment on Facebook which will give you an idea as to what I mean:

“Asthma and Aspergers suck!!! Grace stayed home from school today because she had a really bad asthma attack yesterday. Well that just totally threw Jay off whack. When things change he gets upset and well he was rather mean to Grace which made her cry. Crying triggered a coughing fit. The coughing fit was LOUD and upset Jay… See where this is going?

And it has been going around like this in a downward spiral for two weeks. And just when I thought things were getting better… when I was able to take off all our oxygen masks… My husband yesterday fractured his patella at work!

I need to call Southwest Airline and ask them what you do in case of cabin pressure changing when you have two kids and a husband with a bum knee! LOL

But to not leave this post on a bad note… I never posted any pictures from our Autism Walk. So here are a couple. It was COLD and our team shirts did not arrive in time do to hurricane Sandy, but we still had a great walk and WE RAISED $1,520. Jay requested a school community kit for his school the next day. You see the reason why he wanted to raise at least $1,000 was that he read with that much money Autism Speaks could provide 20 schools with these kits. He hopes that the kits will help spread awareness because as we always say in our house… Awareness leads to Compassion; Compassion leads to Acceptance!            (And we also made it into the VIP section and as you will see… he was able to sit in those seats! LOL) Enjoy the pictures!













2 thoughts on “Asthma, Aspergers and Putting on an OXYGEN MASK… LITERALLY and FIGURATIVELY

  1. These times are hard! I’m often sad my son doesn’t have a sibling — and then I’m glad I don’t have to feel torn in two! I guess every choice has its own repercussions, good and bad. Good luck in balancing the needs of the family.

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