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Putting my oxygen mask on first

January 18, 2019

So now Mum and daughter are twinning it with noise cancelling headphones.
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It’s been recommended to me a number of times but I thought my needs weren’t important and my children needed all my focus to be on theirs.
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If we don’t care for us, our children really miss out.
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They miss out on the best versions of us.
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Sensory processing is by far my biggest hurdle on a daily basis.
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It is the single most painful challenge to deal with..
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Pitches, tones, combinations of sounds, acoustics, devices, conversations, mowers, pots and pans, plates going into the sink, dogs barking..
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All of it. And it isn’t just about volume.
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And being behind always while my brain tries hurriedly to make sense of the scrambled mess of information.
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Add on top of that touch, smell, sight and taste.
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My brain is also processing all of that at the same time.
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At the end of a very long day of a constant bombardment of sound, pain moves through my body and I am extremely agitated and tactile defensive (can’t be touched) and I have to shut myself away because I have nothing left in me to cope with normal stuff..like people just talking to me.
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I can not believe the relief these things bring, but I have felt silly and ‘over the top’ and unworthy of having a pair just for me.
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Each night I wait until Miss 7 is sleeping and I put her pair straight on my head and breathe out a sigh of relief.
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We have to stand up and show our vulnerabilities and our needs as people on the spectrum, or not on the spectrum, it doesn’t matter.
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By hiding and pretending and masking, we feed misunderstanding and stereotypes.
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So here’s to looking after our needs and not feeling like an inconvenience.
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