Friday, July 13, 2007

Highs and lows

Yes, here we are, on the roller-coaster of parenting. Gotta love it.

We had a level 7 today. Something's up. I need to get my otoscope working.

On the other hand, he ate meatloaf for me yesterday, and ate a PB&J- without taking it apart- today. What's up with that?

The way Joey moves forward, sometimes the move ahead in one area leaves him overloaded somewhere else. We're hoping that the reason the meltdowns result is because I am doing something wrong in not picking up on the processing and overload. After all, I can fix a problem with me.

The meltdown today was over a doorknob. The knob to the basement, which is Joey's therapy room, sometimes comes off, because I'm an idiot and can't figure out how to keep the screws tight. No other doorknob does this, so I'm a bit at a loss over it. Anyway, it came off, and I couldn't take care of it right that instant. That would not do. The minute I was able to secure his safety, run down the stairs, get the knob, and put the contraption back together- like a light switch, it was over. The world righted itself. I have no idea why the doorknob was suddenly so important, but it was, so there we are. Next time, I need to move faster.


mcewen said...

Tsk, tsk, tsk, you mean you don't already move at the speed of light!

I move at the speed of light, of course, but unfortunately I lack a compass.


Joeymom said...

It's not fast enough. :P

abfh said...

Doorknobs falling off just feel creepy...

I'm not much good with mechanical stuff either, but there are little plastic things that you can put in too-wide screw holes to make the screws fit tighter. I'm not sure what they are called. You can find them at the hardware store, probably right next to screws.

Niksmom said...

abfh, ar eyou thinking of the things you put in the walls? (anchors) Won't work on a door. Try silicone caulk when you re-attach the knob. Put a ring around the base plate. This will keep it from falling off if the screws come loose again and should buy you a little more time...maybe only a level 4??

Don't beat yourself up too much. If he's anything like Nik, just when you de-bug the problem, something else will crop up. GOOD LUCK! :-)

Oh, just remembered your comment about the otoscope...Nik get s super sensitive about things when he is onthe verge of an infection of some sort...check that out soon.