A day in the life of a single mom raising a teenager and a child with autism. I believe that it's not what we receive, but what we give away that defines us. I want to give away all that I have learned and experienced in hopes that it will help families raising a child with autism or any disability. This is my candid journal where I open up my world and share my joys, knowledge, lessons, disappointments, challenges, frustrations, fears and successes - one day at a time.
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Unexpected Dangers for Nick on the Road to Independence
Don't eat raw meat!
Just uncovered another of the
seemingly never ending dangers facing Nick on the road toward independence (or
his definition of it). Nick doesn’t know
raw food is dangerous and you don’t eat it!
Nick stood in our kitchen, went
in the refrigerator, pulled out bacon and started eating it, RAW, and no one
even noticed. His behaviorist, was right there and didn't see or say a thing. His
sister walked by and screamed “Stop”, horrified at seeing the raw meat hanging
out of his mouth. Thank goodness she caught it.
I’m still a bit freaked out. I'm
not sure if the most upsetting to me was that I had never thought about
it, or the realization of all the things he has yet to learn.
know bacon is one of those meats you can't eat raw! Eating uncooked bacon exposes you to bacteria as
well as parasites and can cause either bacterial infections or trichinellosis,
also called trichinosis, a parasitic infection. Nick already has gastro
challenges, can't imagine adding this to his problems!
Moldy bread is a good place to start
teaching Nick about bad and raw food, which is not going to be easy. There are lot's of raw foods we can eat, and others we cannot and they lack any consistent reason why. I think I'll start with teaching about bad food, because it can be easily created and introduced one food at a time and my refrigerator seems to produce an endless supply!