Things not to do in a pandemic

It’s been an interesting day. If I was going to advise you of things not to do in a pandemic. Snapping your tooth clean off at the root, would be right at the top of the list. That’s exactly what Lily did today, whilst simply eating a cookie. Normally it wouldn’t be a massive issue. You’d ring up for an emergency dental appointment, and get it looked at.

Of course, these are not ordinary times. Dentists aren’t seeing patients, and it has taken all day. Just to try and sort out getting a prescription for some antibiotics. The dentist have told us they will ring us, as soon as they are seeing patients again. Until then we just have to hope Lily is alright.

Jack struggles to cope

Lily spent most of the morning crying, Jack stayed out of the way and seemed okay. I took him out for our usual walk, and things didn’t go to plan. Jack gets very anxious about flies, bees, wasps etc.. There was a lot about today, and in Lily being upset all morning. Plus the unusual and distressing situation we are all in anyway. It all got to much for him.

He had a full blown meltdown at the side of a busy road, and then got angrier because it was so busy. I don’t know how long it took to calm him down, but it felt like an age. We had a couple of people ask if I needed help, which is a nice thought. In reality it just makes things worse, as it sets Jack off. Eventually he calmed and we walked back calmly.

At home he said he was scared by the traffic. The traffic seemed much busier, than it has been in some time. Perhaps Jack had got used to the roads being so quiet, and couldn’t cope with the change back. Plus the the other stuff happening, it was just too much for him.

A nice evening

This evening I sat with Jack and we matched the movie, Shazam. Which we both loved, so the day finished well. I’m just going to have to think about what we are going to do for a walk, as I don’t fancy risking the same thing happening tomorrow. That won’t be good for either of us.

Things are calm as the day comes to a close, Lily seems okay and so does Jack. Breaking your tooth is definitely up there on the things not to do in a pandemic though.

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My name is Adam. I live with my partner Natalie, and our 2 children Jack and Lily. Both children are autistic, it is now my mission to show what life around autism is like. Spread the awareness and gain the acceptance that autistic people deserve.

11 thoughts on “Things not to do in a pandemic

  • May 27, 2020 at 10:22 am
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    Oh bless him, sorry to hear Jack had a difficult time on your walk. It is definitely busier on the roads and outside, since part of the lockdown was lifted. That was really kind for people to offer help, as usually people just walk on past. Glad you were able to walk back calmly. This time is so distressing for everyone, so much be extra difficult for Jack.

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    • May 27, 2020 at 12:28 pm
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      It really has got a lot busier around here, groups of kids who obviously aren’t from the same household all hanging around together, you wouldn’t think there was any sort of lockdown to be honest.

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  • May 27, 2020 at 2:04 pm
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    Oh no. So sorry to hear about Lily’s tooth! I work as a dental hygienist and we are seeing patients again. Just started back last week. I hope they are able to see her soon!

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    • May 28, 2020 at 7:13 pm
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      Thanks, things are starting to open up now, so hopefully not to long.

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  • May 27, 2020 at 8:46 pm
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    Sounds like a tough day mate, stay strong buddy.
    Much love.

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  • May 27, 2020 at 9:34 pm
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    I feel your pain (or rather Lily’s) on having broken her tooth! We recently went through quite a nightmare to get an appointment for my dad to have a bad tooth pulled, so I hope you get an appointment soon and that Lily is okay in the meantime.

    I loved Shazam when I watched it, more so because it focused on a young person who felt unwanted in life and came through in the end. 🙂 I am glad you enjoyed it as well!

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    • May 28, 2020 at 7:14 pm
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      Thank you, yeah I really enjoyed the story behind Shazam, it’s a great movie.

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  • May 28, 2020 at 2:24 pm
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    Breaking your tooth isn’t something you should do ANY time, let alone in a pandemic! Sorry to hear Jack struggled on your walk but glad the day ended well with a nice movie night!

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    • May 28, 2020 at 7:15 pm
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      From experience it’s certainly not. I think it was a build up of things, he was really calm and happy afterwards, so I guess he just needed an outburst.

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  • May 31, 2020 at 1:48 am
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    Oh wow this sounds like such a stressful day! And breaking your tooth just eating a cookie isn’t something that should be happening at all never mind during a pandemic. I hope she’s okay? I’m pretty sure I’d have a complete meltdown if that happened to me too. Sorry the walk didn’t go well but it sounds like the day ended fairly nicely x

    Sophie

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    • May 31, 2020 at 12:27 pm
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      She’s been okay, we are just waiting to be able to go to the dentist so she can have it looked at properly.

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