Two days in a row I had to clean the back seat in the car. Two days in a row Tristan had an accident in the car after swimming at the lake. The first day I changed him out of his clothes and he would not use the restroom. Let me just say, you can NOT make a child go to the bathroom. You can encourage and prompt, but that is it. This was one of those times. On the second day, I changed Tristan and forgot to take him to the restroom. By the third day I announced to my friend, “I am ready for today. I am going to put him in a diaper after we swim, because I don’t want to clean the car AGAIN!” On the third day, I changed him out of his swimming trunks and into a diaper.
Now before I go further into this story, let me give some information on autism and sensory issues. Children/adults with autism have sensory issues. They process sights, sounds, touch, taste, and smells differently than other people. Children/adults fall into two categories, They either avoid sensory or seek sensory. Tristan seeks out sensory input. He will rip a book to hear the sound. He will play with confetti tissue paper to feel the texture. He will dump soap to watch it drip or spill. I know this sounds strange, but Tristan likes the feel of a wet diaper. I don’t know why. Therefore he is often dumping soap into his diaper or dumping a cup of water in it. I hope I have given you a quick understanding of sensory issues.
Now I will continue this story
After swimming, Tristan was fine with the plan of wearing a diaper. On our way home, I stopped at the gas station. Getting into the hot car suddenly made me thirsty, So I bought a soda. I shared a soda with Tristan by pouring some into an empty water bottle. I finished pumping gas and then drove away. A few minutes later my friend said, “I should have known this was going to happen. Tristan poured the pop down his diaper!” All I can say is I really felt duped! I thought I had this day all figured out.
Someday when I to get to heaven, I have many questions to ask Tristan!
Enjoy another healthy dose of laughter from our home!