Adults On The Autism Spectrum

Posted by Mamacita, Volunteer Mentor @mamacita, Apr 29, 2018

Maybe you were really shy as a child. Perhaps you took home a huge stack of books from the school library, read them, and returned them the next day. Or did your best friend find you crying in your closet, unable to answer the question “Why?” At any rate, your life could be traced to the Self-Help section of the local bookstore. Unfortunately, most of the books were not much help. ADHD seemed to fit, at times. Your shrink said you might be Bi-Polar, although she wasn’t really certain. All you knew was that you rarely fit in, anywhere. One day at work, it hit you square in the face: I don’t speak these people’s language! Really, it was like you were all playing this game, and everyone knew the rules but you. You couldn’t tell a joke, and you never “got” any joke your co-worker tried to tell you. People started getting annoyed with you, because you had a memory like a steel trap. They didn’t appreciate it when you called them on the carpet. Who knew? This was my life, and worse. I finally aced several tests that pointed me to the answer to my questions. The Autism Spectrum. Guess what? Little kids with Autism grow up to be Adults with Autism. Diagnosed late in life? This is the place for you!

@hopeful33250

And much love and light right back to you, @mamacita! I'm so glad for your great quotes and stories. They are meaningful!

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Dearest, @teresa, Volunteer Mentor, thank you.
We are going to be ordering groceries online here in a minute. Unsafe to drive. Ouch. Everything hurts.

My stories go over the edge for some of our members. I remember that , after I have already submitted it all.

I try to be real. Inclusive. If I am judged by one single post here and there, how sad is that?

When I refer to "faith" or "God" or to things of a "spiritual" nature, it is because that is a very significant part of who we are as human beings. I believe everyone will think of their own particular interest, and not think of merely my own persuasions.

I guess what I am trying to say is this: We all come from many backgrounds, races, groups, and persuasions. I respect you all. At any given moment I might relate a Native American folk tale. Surely no one would take exception to that, as long as I was making a point.

Those who have no faith whatsoever should feel just as welcome here. Many Auties are atheists, as a matter of fact. One of my dearest friends on here is a combination of many things. We agree on the essentials and love and respect one another.

Here is my point….I don't want to ever hurt anyone with my words. When I worked with the 12 Step Programs years ago, they had an expression that they used…." the higher power of my understanding."

Enough of me. Y'all go get ready for the weekend. Have a good one.
Love and cyberhugs…
Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita

Dearest, @teresa, Volunteer Mentor, thank you.
We are going to be ordering groceries online here in a minute. Unsafe to drive. Ouch. Everything hurts.

My stories go over the edge for some of our members. I remember that , after I have already submitted it all.

I try to be real. Inclusive. If I am judged by one single post here and there, how sad is that?

When I refer to "faith" or "God" or to things of a "spiritual" nature, it is because that is a very significant part of who we are as human beings. I believe everyone will think of their own particular interest, and not think of merely my own persuasions.

I guess what I am trying to say is this: We all come from many backgrounds, races, groups, and persuasions. I respect you all. At any given moment I might relate a Native American folk tale. Surely no one would take exception to that, as long as I was making a point.

Those who have no faith whatsoever should feel just as welcome here. Many Auties are atheists, as a matter of fact. One of my dearest friends on here is a combination of many things. We agree on the essentials and love and respect one another.

Here is my point….I don't want to ever hurt anyone with my words. When I worked with the 12 Step Programs years ago, they had an expression that they used…." the higher power of my understanding."

Enough of me. Y'all go get ready for the weekend. Have a good one.
Love and cyberhugs…
Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita We all tend to share in ways which have helped us. I never think of you as trying to change anyone. You are just sharing what has given you comfort and that is a good thing. I know you would be accepting of someone's else's comforts.

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@teresa, Volunteer Mentor, thanks. You are an earth angel.
Mamacita Jane

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@hopeful33250

@mamacita We all tend to share in ways which have helped us. I never think of you as trying to change anyone. You are just sharing what has given you comfort and that is a good thing. I know you would be accepting of someone's else's comforts.

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Hi! I’m sorry to say that I’m not feeling well!!!! I’m extremely depressed, angry, frustrated, frightened, anxious, confused, hopeless, emotionally drained and spiritually drained!!!! I’m still in bed. I’m going to try and sleep a little bit more. The best medicine and who cares about time.

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@mamacita

@teresa, Volunteer Mentor, thanks. You are an earth angel.
Mamacita Jane

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Those words coming from you are a distinct compliment! Thank you, @mamacita.

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@smilie

Hi! I’m sorry to say that I’m not feeling well!!!! I’m extremely depressed, angry, frustrated, frightened, anxious, confused, hopeless, emotionally drained and spiritually drained!!!! I’m still in bed. I’m going to try and sleep a little bit more. The best medicine and who cares about time.

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@smilie
Try to contact someone nearby. It sounds like you need some extra help. It might be good to visit your nearest ER.

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@smilie

Hi! I’m sorry to say that I’m not feeling well!!!! I’m extremely depressed, angry, frustrated, frightened, anxious, confused, hopeless, emotionally drained and spiritually drained!!!! I’m still in bed. I’m going to try and sleep a little bit more. The best medicine and who cares about time.

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@smille, Good afternoon. I am so hoping that when you wake up, some clouds will be lifted. I am concerned that you need immediate support to tackle your depression, Would you please post me after you wake up. I will be waiting and watching for your reply. We at Connect are right here for you. May you be free of suffering today and know that you are important and cherished just the way you are. Like the closing song in Toy Story….”You have a friend in me”. Chris

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@smilie

Hi! I’m sorry to say that I’m not feeling well!!!! I’m extremely depressed, angry, frustrated, frightened, anxious, confused, hopeless, emotionally drained and spiritually drained!!!! I’m still in bed. I’m going to try and sleep a little bit more. The best medicine and who cares about time.

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Hello @smilie — I am sorry that you are not feeling well. I hope you know that you are not alone and that we've all been there at one time or another. You mentioned in an earlier post that you have been battling depression and anxiety since you were 12. Are you able to ask your doctor about the medications you are taking to see if they might not be helping with your symptoms? When I get a little down I try to focust my brain on happy thoughts or memories I have had. If you have time, it might help to watch a few of the 2 minute videos on Dr. Amit Sood's website here: https://www.resilientoption.com/.

Hoping you feel better soon.

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@smile Yes please call someone a minister ,your Dr, ,suicide line I think you are In need of talking to someone. Like so many have said we are here to listen so cry out to us is you feel comfortable in doing . Watch the video John recommended We care about you

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Please go to the ER anytime you might be afraid for your life. We are here for you. But sometimes emergency medical help is necessary. In this heat, many become dehydrated without even knowing it. Dearest @smilie, please let me know how you are feeling today. I had a long post to you that just disappeared. So, just getting this out there, plain and simple. We are here for you. And we are better together.

Can we talk?
Mamacita Jane

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@smilie

Hi! I’m sorry to say that I’m not feeling well!!!! I’m extremely depressed, angry, frustrated, frightened, anxious, confused, hopeless, emotionally drained and spiritually drained!!!! I’m still in bed. I’m going to try and sleep a little bit more. The best medicine and who cares about time.

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please seek help or goto emergency for some TLC

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@sirgalahad

please seek help or goto emergency for some TLC

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Hi Sirgalahad, nice name. Thank you for your concern. I do reach out for help by calling the crisis line. I haven’t been in the hospital for a long time. I hope that I don’t have to go back. I have taken so many classes on ways to stay safe and how to relax my mind.

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ok paw and bear hugs

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Hi all! How is everyone? Today has been a very, very long day. But a good day. Tomorrow is the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. Three Grands: First grade, Ninth Grade, and Infant Class! (Day Care !)

I am so excited for this new school year. I get a nervous giggle just thinking about new books, notebooks, maps, brand new crayons, and new clothes.

With so much sadness in the news these days, I thought we might think about the little things we might be grateful for. Like new school shoes. Homework. Children and school buses.

Life is a gift. The little boy in El Paso who was on the news recently, gets this. He wanted to help himself feel better, and to do something for the other people to give back, as well. He has issued a challenge. Each one of us has been asked to do a random act of kindness. For every person who was killed in El Paso on that fateful day.

Autistics care. We have feelings,often quite deep, just like Neurotypicals. We don't always "get" all of the finer details when it concerns social skills. Or what is considered the "norm." But this is something we can all do to fight the hatred in this country.

If you care to do so, let us know one thing you have done, after making this commitment. As a random act of kindness. Then love will win, instead of hatred.

Peace, out.

Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita

Hi all! How is everyone? Today has been a very, very long day. But a good day. Tomorrow is the first day of the 2019-2020 school year. Three Grands: First grade, Ninth Grade, and Infant Class! (Day Care !)

I am so excited for this new school year. I get a nervous giggle just thinking about new books, notebooks, maps, brand new crayons, and new clothes.

With so much sadness in the news these days, I thought we might think about the little things we might be grateful for. Like new school shoes. Homework. Children and school buses.

Life is a gift. The little boy in El Paso who was on the news recently, gets this. He wanted to help himself feel better, and to do something for the other people to give back, as well. He has issued a challenge. Each one of us has been asked to do a random act of kindness. For every person who was killed in El Paso on that fateful day.

Autistics care. We have feelings,often quite deep, just like Neurotypicals. We don't always "get" all of the finer details when it concerns social skills. Or what is considered the "norm." But this is something we can all do to fight the hatred in this country.

If you care to do so, let us know one thing you have done, after making this commitment. As a random act of kindness. Then love will win, instead of hatred.

Peace, out.

Mamacita Jane

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@mamacita We moved me up to this quaint little rural town last week, and now I have internet! We have been met with well-intentioned people, who give me a measure of comfort.
The idea this young boy has, to show acts of kindness, is sadly lacking as a matter of course everyday. Yesterday I went out to our ambulance station, and signed up for both ambulance service and Mercy flight. Being rural, they will take you to closest hospital, which costs almost $3K by ambulance, up to $20K by flight. Unless you have their subscription, which is $84/year including the Mercy flight. As I spoke to the head paramedic, I asked him about donations. He said they are happy to receive them as an offset to the costs. So, that will be a pet project of mine. Wondering if raffling off a quilt will raise some monies for them…..
Ginger

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