If you missed the start of this series, you can find it here. A lot of things will be the same or very similar.
The rest of the evening went fine. Ben ate his taters and hung out with Daughter. He had his bath at the regular time and went right to his room after. I was surprised that I got him out of the Batman costume without more trouble. I did the picture taking, data collecting, Sciencey Thing. I was home to see where the sun touched the horizon. Only a week until the Autumnal Equinox
Not a very dramatic sunset. I guess that’s good in a way, means the caca in the air is dissipating. I’d love to see blue skies again.
After sunset I did the Night Stuff, made myself eat a nuked burrito and went through email and WP, played a game… winding down, getting ready to sleep. Daughter went to sleep around 10pm, and I was planning on making it an early night myself, but Ben was still laughing and goofing at 10:15pm, so I waited to take my pill until 11:30. I hadn’t heard anything from him in a while, I figured I was safe. I saw midnight, then konked.
One brief wakeup around 3am, but I went right back out. It was the med alarm that woke me at 6:45am. I found my phone, turned it off and listened to the house. It was quiet. I decided to go watch sunrise.
The smoke is still yucky, but it was nice to see some hazy blue. I look forward to clear blue skies. No sign of the Parrots, I guess they’ve moved on. Whether it was the fire or just time to go to another food source, I don’t know. I’m always super excited when they arrive and super bummed when they leave.
In between taking sunrise pictures I uncovered Sven, turned on his lights, got him food and held him for a few minutes. His beard was dark this morning… such a grumpy dragon!
I guess he was unhappy with the second consecutive day of late uncovering. He’s a moody lizard, that’s for sure. A perfect member of the Casa Cuckoo Family.
I let Dogzilla out of Ben’s room at 7am, Ben was still sleeping and I let him sleep. No reason to wake him today, Daughter was home and still sleeping too. I got to drink coffee, use the baño, and enjoy the sunrise in peace. Nice!
Of course from alarm going off to Ben commanding me to join him in the living room was only thirty minutes, but it was more than I generally got so I was happy.
I took my stuff out, went to get Ben’s stuff and got his meds. A half hour late doesn’t matter in his schedule. We were Couch Sittin together when Daughter got up at 7:30. She saw us on the couch and had a guilty look. I told her to quit looking sad, Ben had only been up for fifteen minutes. I told her he’d been awake until 10:30pm at least (she went to bed at 10pm), and woke up at 7:15am.
I told her I went to sleep around midnight and the med alarm woke me, but I got to watch sunrise in peace. I told her I also saw a murder. She said “By the nonchalant way you said it, I’m assuming you mean crows and not a homeless person.” I told her there was a homeless person under a tarp on the sidewalk but they appeared to still be amongst the living.
I went back to my room to get Horizontal again until it was time to begin the errands.
Ben had Group Zooms scheduled for 9:30 and 11:30 with a Speech and Occupational Therapy Zoom in the middle at 10:30. Daughter skipped the first Group and logged into the 10:30 with Speech and OT. Both therapists were greeted with a view of an empty chair. Daughter had given countdown reminders but still had trouble getting him into the chair.
The session went okay. There were problems, but both of his therapists are great at going with the flow and working with whatever Ben is doing or feeling to get some learning done. It’s much easier in their controlled classrooms, but they do their best with Zoom. They ended the session by asking him to put on a mask. Daughter had to help him, but we still have to help dress him. He puts things on backward or inside out. He made it through with no “behaviors” after… barely.
She logged into the 11:30 session, a mistake in my mind, but I’m not in charge of his Zooming. Ben sat in the chair, eventually, but he ignored the screen the entire time. The aide tried to engage him with a dog and a cat, but Ben had decided not to participate. When Ben decides he’s not doing something, he doesnt do it, period.
I left around 12:15pm to do some errands. I had to put Daughter’s check in her bank, put gas in the car, go to grocery store and the pet store to get some worms for Sven. It was 97°F (36°C) under gross skies. I nearly passed out carrying the groceries into the house. I immediately went to lay down and cool off.
Around 4:00 I offered to take over Couch Sittin Duty for a little while, but Daughter said no. Ben told Zeus and me to go back to my room. He was constructing a long line of dominoes and didn’t want Dogzilla to knock them over. Sometimes I think Zeus knocks them over on purpose, like a petulant child. Ben was wearing his Batman costume. No surprise there. He’ll probably put it on every day. He waited longer than I thought he would.
Daughter is planning “white chicken” for his dinner, which is just cubed chicken breasts sauteed in butter with salt, pepper and plenty of garlic. It’s one of his favorites, and left unattended will turn Good Zeus into a Naughty Dog.
Things are calm at the Casa now, and have been since I got home. Dinner, bath and bedtime to follow. No Driving, no stress, no worries. Nice!
Time for some Mongolian Metal, dontcha think?
Thanks for Zooming and running errands and just hanging out with us. Another rollercoaster day, but no crashes so that’s good. We need to Drive Miss Daisy to Employee Health sometime tomorrow (Wednesday) to have someone look at the spot on her arm where she got the TB poke. I really, REALLY wish she drove at times like these. Oh well, we’ll let Ben navigate again, who knows where we might end up. There are Zooms scheduled too, so we’ll find out tomorrow whether those happen or not. Lots of possibilities for adventures. ¡Hasta mañana!