Power Outage and No Sleep!!

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Monday night as we quietly slipped into bed and calmly started falling asleep the power went out. Instant panic from me because I knew if Chloe woke up it would be BAD!! Hubby was more positive, as usual, and said everything would be ok. He fell asleep just as I heard “MOMMY”!!!! Here we go. I got a battery operated lantern out of my husband’s office and went to her room. I assured her everything was ok and put the lantern on her desk. I started out of the room, but didn’t get far. “Music” she yelled out and I explained I couldn’t turn it on right now. She started panicking and asked me to stay in her room.

The only thing I saw to lay on was her bean bag. I went and got my pillow and a blanket and tried to get comfortable. Chloe couldn’t relax and said “Mommy” every few minutes for over an hour. She finally quieted down and just laid in her bed scripting. I was very uncomfortable and couldn’t sleep. Finally a few hours later the air came on and I jumped up and turned on her music. I told her Mommy was going to bed. She seemed fine with her music back on.

I walked into our bedroom where Brett was sleeping very well. I’m thankful for that, I fell asleep for what felt like minutes before our morning began. Brett said she fell back to sleep about 5 am. He said we should get some batteries for Chloe’s radio, Agreed! Chloe hopped out of bed like she had a full nights sleep. I on the other hand can barely keep my eyes open. I am praying for a full nights sleep tonight for all of us.

POWER OUTAGES AND AUTISM DON’T MIX

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5 thoughts on “Power Outage and No Sleep!!”

  1. I am always amazed how little sleep my little one can get, and still function fine – where I drag all day long. What a tough night – I hope you all get a good night sleep tonight.

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  2. I am also on the Autism Spectrum (milder end, used to be called Asperger Syndrome), and I used to be terrified of storms and power outages!

    I remember my hometown was struck by a devastating ice storm in early spring of 2003, which left many homes in the area without power for days. I remember my family was without power in our home for almost a week. I was about 9 at the time, because my birthday is in the summer. I was very scared of storms and power outages after that!

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      1. Well, I grew up in Upstate New York, so I am no stranger to winter weather in early spring. But this was unusual even for my area.

        Even though I may act mature, I still have the mentality of someone who is at least a year or two younger than I am. I know first hand, that having a power outage with someone on the Autism Spectrum in your home can be very similar to having a power outage with a baby or small child in your home. They may not be able to understand why it happens, or may think they can do something to bring it back on. I was lucky I could understand why things wouldn’t work, but some people on the Autism Spectrum may have difficulty with this.

        I still startle when the power first goes out, but I am very easy to startle.

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