A few weeks ago, I went home for dinner. I was so happy to get to see everyone, especially Sammy because I hadn’t seen him in a few weeks.
Of course, Sammy peed on the floor twice – and not just a little leakage, a whole puddle. It took us almost an hour to clean up each time. We had to wipe it up, spray it with disinfectant, wipe it up again, and then mop. Not to mention that my mom had to do the laundry that included the clothes that he had just soaked. As if that isn’t enough, we didn’t realize the first time he peed so he walked through it and walked upstairs to his room and sat down on his bed. Soaking the floor all the way up and his mattress, sheets, and blankets. Ayyyyy yi yi.
So finally, once this is all done – Sammy was downstairs doing his thing and when I went down to check on him, he had prepared himself a snack. Cool, right? No. We had left out a bowl of olives because “he wouldn’t dare touch it – he hates them.” We thought wrong. He filled a bowl with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and celery salt. Ew. And then, decided to dip each olive in this concoction and ate all of the olives. He smelled like a garlic patch – it was disgusting. Can’t hate a guy for trying though, right? Hahahaha…
Gotta love Autism.
Autism from a sibling's point of view...
My name is Paige and I am 24 years old. I graduated from Towson University with a Psychology Bachelors Degree. I am now working towards my Master's in Education of Autism and other Pervasive Disorders at Johns Hopkins. I am also a Behavior Data Specialist at the Kennedy Krieger Institute Neurobehavioral Inpatient Unit. My younger brother, Sammy, is 19 and has Autism. He is completely non-verbal, unaware of safety, is not toilet trained, cannot get himself dressed, and has difficulty with everyday activities that we all take advantage of. He works harder every single day of his life than anyone I know and he always does it with a smile on his face. He is my true hero and inspiration and because of him, I have dedicated my life to advocating and creating opportunities for individuals with Autism. I hope that I can make him proud and this blog is just a small part of the awareness I hope I can create about Autism and support other siblings impacted by Autism. I love you Sammy - thank you for everything.