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.

16 thoughts on “Heat, High Pressure and The Crackerjack

  1. I hate summer, I melt like an ice-cream and I sweat profusely. The other day I went for a hair cut after work, the guy who washed my hair asked if I just came from a swim because my hair was dripping with sweat. πŸ˜‚ The office smells really bad too during the summer because of the body odor. That’s why I love the winter season and when I say winter, the winter temperatures here rarely get below 10C, so compared to winters in your country, it’s really mild. I always feel the winter season is too short. ⛄️

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  2. Ok I’m hugging you and really feeling for you and yet I’m giggling at the video because it’s a perfect and communicative visual 😘😘. I agree, summer is hot and unbearable; I don’t know how y’all do it with no A/C 😳πŸ’ͺπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ’πŸ’“. At least Ben has a great school and it doesn’t sound like he has those insanely long stretches of summer vacation πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ». Hugs to you, Bugs Bunny πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ˜˜πŸ’—πŸ’œπŸ’—πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

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    1. Oh, I’m giggling too. You know I am!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’ve always seen Ben as Taz when he’s in “destucto” mode. Yesterday was a Crackerjack day for sure.
      Life at Casa Cuckoo continues on…never a dull moment.
      Big hugs back Dearest Dude πŸ˜˜πŸ’–

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  3. Gosh, his school is awesome! The heat, ugh! I swear that was one of our biggest problems on our trip. The humidity stayed at 98%, the temps were in the 90’s and Declan and I lost our marbles. I can’t imagine not being able to escape into AC somewhere. Here’s hoping for something cool to come your way to help with the summertime! Thinking of you!

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    1. I can’t breathe when it gets humid. It gets hot here but it’s “semi-arid” so there’s usually no humidity. When we get wind from the northeast, off the desert, called “Santa Ana” winds, there’s almost no humidity. It’s TOO dry. That’s when we get fires.
      When it gets too hot, I just grab the bag of frozen peas and put it on my head. Frozen peas are an excellent ice pack.
      Okay, enough weather, lol. πŸ’ŒπŸ’Œ

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      1. I can only imagine. One of my friends has an autistic boy of 9 years old. He is such a love, but he has his moments where even his own mother wants to choke him. I’m sure you have to have patience of steel and a very loving heart to handle all the moods. πŸ™‚

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        1. Yeah, we tell Ben that he’s lucky he’s cute… All in a loving, playful way.
          Ben will be 10 in September. Let your friend know that if they need to vent to someone who understands and won’t judge, I’m here.

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  4. I giggled too when I watched the Looney Tunes video. Those were fun Saturday mornings watching cartoons as a child with no cares in the world.

    I can relate. Especially with my older ADHD son. Luckily he found basketball πŸ€ as an outlet and has continued to play ever since. And swimming is great. Really tires them out.

    Great read.

    Keep on being the awesome grandma that you are. Your daughter is lucky to have you in their life.

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