LIFE WITH AN AUTISTIC 13 YEAR OLD SON

a dose of what I deal with on a daily basis ….

So I’m in the downstairs bathroom and I look over to absolutely no toilet paper. I struggle to lean over and open the cabinet under the sink while keeping my ass on the seat. No toilet paper there either. I sigh, then scream really loud at the top of my lungs; “ROB!!! ROB!!”

The big stomping of feet are heard running down the stairs. “What? Where are you?” he asks as I hear him walking around looking for me.

“In the bathroom.” I said behind the closed door. I hear him move closer to the door. “Go get my some toilet paper from upstairs please.” I say. He sighs as if it were a big task requiring hours of his time, but I hear him run back up stairs. I can hear him fumbling around a bit, as if he were fighting a gorilla somewhere upstairs. I wait. Nothing. Five minutes pass. I am still waiting. Still nothing. I sigh and look at my iPhone (yes I have my iPhone in the bathroom, deal with it). 8 minutes have passed. I have then come to the conclusion that he forgot about me. I text him. And wait. Nothing. Still waiting after another three minutes and I finally scream again.

I hear him stomping again and he comes to the bathroom door. “What the hell are you doing?” I scream out to him. He sighs again and says “Oh” and then I hear him run back upstairs. Again, another struggle. I facepalm myself and look at the hand towel hanging on the rack behind me. “I’m not that desperate YET” I say to myself. I start up another game of Words with Friends.

After a few more minutes I hear footsteps stomping down the stairs and a knock on the door. “FINALLY!” I said. He opens the door slightly and turns his head to hand me …. “TWO SQUARES OF TOILET PAPER???”

Moral of the story: Be VERY VERY SPECIFIC when talking to an Autistic child. They take things so literal that you’ll be wiping your ass with a hand towel just to get over the moment!

LIFE WITH AN AUTISTIC 13 YEAR OLD SON
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Kat Mahoney
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Kat Mahoney
LOL i know right Celeste? It's moments like these when I'm glad I do!
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    Kat Mahoney
    Thanks Sheila! LOL
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    Kat Mahoney
    Yea, I won the game of Words with Friends on that one =D
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      Did you always have a good sense of humor, or was that a gift of necessity, from your son?
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      Kat Mahoney
      I think I've always had a good sense of humor, it just became even more so with my son and daughter both having Autism. I think the only way to get through the day at times as a mother, with or without autistic children, is to laugh at things lol =)
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        Kat Mahoney
        I'll have to try Word Weasel now! lol!!
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          Kat Mahoney
          LOL Kim! I tell my husband to make sure he has his phone when im going up to watch tv int he bedroom, just in case I have to text him for something. One time I texted him to bring me a few cheetos and he came up with exactly 3 cheetos in a sandwich bag! I think I know where my son gets his Autism! hahaa
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          Kat Mahoney
          You're welcome Linda! We all need a laugh every now and then!
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            8Theresa Gould
            Oh my goodness Kat! :) I take my phone into the bathroom too.
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              Kat Mahoney
              Thats it! I'm starting a mom's mobile phone bathroom circle! We can all play games while we're on the pot! LOL!!
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                Wow that must be hard for you. I also take my iphone in the bathroom!
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                  12/10/13
                  Aww lol. I feel ya pain!! I go through similar things with my 16 yr old daughter! (She is more like 11) It's very difficult to get her to do ANYTHING sometimes. And when I do need help it's a big task like you said. Frustrating at times indeed! :)
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                  12/10/13
                  I also learned that she won't change the toilet paper or get a new roll when it runs out so I leave a new roll really close! lol
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                  Kat Mahoney
                  I know my daughter won't do that just to spite her brothers for not putting the seat down LOL!
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                    12/15/13
                    I have left an empty roll of toilet paper in our downstairs bathroom for almost two weeks, just to see if it would get replaced. It hasn't, lol!
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                    12/15/13
                    haha oh, wow!
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                    About Kat Mahoney
                    Birth: September 10
                    On Moms.com since: Oct 15, 2013
                    I’m an Editorial Photo Journalist, Content Writer, & Author for geek entertainment and parenting in the digital age. I am also a proud military spouse and geek mom of three nerds. Married for 21+ years, embracing life at 40! http://kat.mahoney2.us