Join Date: Mar 2007
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I have SID. I am affected negatively by all kinds of things (especially eating sounds of any kind, but there are lots of other stimuli that send me over the edge, like light touching, soft noises, tags, certain foods, smells, whistling, etc). I've learned to cope with most of them, but often, when I'm really tired or already stressed out, the stimuli get past my coping ability and I'll get all hostile, defensive and fight-or-flight.
I also have a 4 year old, who is most likely ADD or ADHD with food dye/HCFS sensitivities - on his good days, he runs nonstop and makes noises/does things that set me off and won't listen to requests to stop or be distracted from his noisemaking until I'm on the verge of losing it. On his bad days he won't listen at all and adds screaming to the constant movement and noisemaking.
It's so bad some days that I just want to go in a closet and hide, and I can't. Sometimes it makes me nonverbal and I just sit and let him whirl around me. I know it's not so bad for others because I've seen him act that way around others without them reacting the way I do. It's just a bad combination of his issues and mine.
I also have a 16 month old who is easy to be around. Except that he's been nocturnal for six months, with brief breaks to a schedule like the rest of the family. So I haven't gotten much sleep between the two of them.
I really dont' knwo what to do beyond what I'm already trying - trying to keep the younger one to a schedule more like the older one, and trying to keep a better rein on my own reactions.