Heat, High Pressure and The Crackerjack

Summer is here. Summer makes me nostalgic… memories of when my daughters were young and before the ex completely lost his battle with the bottle. Family vacations, Pow Wow, camping and bonfires at the beach. Good memories.

Summer nowadays just makes me hot and grumpy. It make my Fibromyalgia pain flare up and it makes me wilt like lettuce. When temperature hits 85F (29C) and rises, it’s best to avoid me. We don’t have AC and probably couldn’t afford to run it if we had it. Pretty soon that thermometer is going to climb well into the 90s and even triple digets. (35-40C)

If all that wasn’t bad enough (yes, I’m whining…) the high pressure that accompanies the heat affects Ben to the nth degree. I don’t know if it’s the autism, the ADHD, or a combination of both, but it makes him super hyper. (Extremely hyper translates to on crack in the language of our house) So, I’m grumpy and Ben is on crack. Not a good combination. And the heat stays until October.

Hopefully this summer will be better than all the previous ones. Ben’s new school goes through the first week of August, then they take only three weeks off before starting again. Plus, starting on Monday, he will be learning water safety/swimming at school two days a week. I really love this school. He still elopes daily, so it’s still a major safety concern to take him anywhere away from home. But we have friends that have swimming pools. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll be able to take the Crackerjack somewhere to burn off some of the high pressure induced spasticity, and I can cool off at the same time.

I include this video from YouTube as an illustration of what Ben can be like in Crackerjack mode…the look on Bugs Bunny’s face at the end…yeah, that’s me.