As I wrote in my last blog, Aaron had a rough seizure day on Tuesday of this week. When he made it downstairs that morning, he said, “Mom, I don’t feel good. The reason was……I’m guessing was……I couldn’t sleep well last night.” Thankfully, he doesn’t remember his seizures and so he was trying to understand why his head hurt and why he felt terrible. He had another seizure later that morning. His whole day was spent on the couch.
That night I played a game of Skip-Bo with him. It was sad to just sit there and watch him…..so slow and clumsy. He had a hard time holding the cards, and it took him a long time to think of the moves to make…..decisions which usually come quickly to him. In fact, when we play Skip-Bo he is often urging me to hurry up. But on this night he was really out of it. I prefer the quick, sharp Aaron for sure……even when he’s trying to cheat!
But on Wednesday he was well enough to go to his day group, and by Thursday he was fully back to normal. On Thursday morning I took him with me to Chick-fil-A, where we got a free breakfast biscuit. We brought it back to the house and sat at our table, enjoying every bite. I was enjoying Aaron’s laughter, though, and his being back to his usual funny self.
That afternoon, when he returned from his day group, he bounded in the house in his usual loud fashion. He found me downstairs and as always, with no hello or any other greeting, he immediately said, “Mom! I worked on a house today!!” He then excitedly explained that he had gone with Brian, one of the staff, to work on one of Paradigm’s residential houses. Brian is getting this new house ready for clients to move into, so Aaron was one that went with Brian to help.
Now helping in this fashion is totally out of character for Aaron, so I was surprised. Surprised that Aaron went……surprised as he told me that he helped……and very surprised that Aaron was excited about it. He told me that he helped Brian put up “fire detectors.” And that he helped Brian by handing him tools. And that he helped “tear carpet.”
“Mom! We cut carpet with a slicer!!”
Well, I know Aaron loved that because he always wants to help me cut vegetables in the kitchen. You know…..a guy and a knife. But this isn’t always a good mix with Aaron involved. I asked Aaron if he liked all this house work that he did.
“Well, it wasn’t my favorite,” he replied. “I’m not a house person.”
And I smiled……and smiled again when he saw me talking that night on the phone with Gary. Aaron leaned close to my face several times while I talked to Gary. “Mom!!” he tried to whisper……but not quite achieving that, as usual. “Mom!! Can I tell dad that I worked on a house?”
So I let him tell Dad that he worked on a house, while I watched Aaron grin from ear to ear as he talked. He paced the family room over and over as he talked about the “fire detectors” and the carpet and the tools. It was fun to see……and I knew that Gary shared my surprise at this working on a house business that Aaron has rarely enjoyed before.
Aaron had also told me that one of the other clients went along to help as well. I was a little concerned when he told me that it was J who went, because Aaron and J often seem to have issues. But Aaron said things went well between them, except that he added: “Well, some of the time J and I were rowdying around.”
Now I wonder what Brian would add to that…..but I’m not sure I’ll ask. I want to relish the thought of my new handyman Aaron, at least for a while.
And there was one more element to this working day that Aaron had. Lunch. Aaron’s favorite activity, by far.
“Mom!! Brian took us to a Chinese restaurant! We had soup that looked like it had worms in it……and parsley weeds!!”
Well, isn’t that the most appetizing meal I could imagine? I know that Aaron will never be a promoter for a restaurant. I’ll mark that off his possible job list.
He seemed to fully enjoy the wormy soup, though, and the egg rolls he told me he ate, because when I asked him later if he wanted some supper, he said, “No, I’m full. That Chinese restaurant…..their food is BIG!”
Aaron, it’s not the food that’s BIG.
Later, Aaron and I took Jackson on a walk around our back yard. After all that BIG food, I especially wanted to take Aaron on a walk!
We were near the end of our walk when Aaron sighed and said, “I’m tired after doing all that fixing!”
It’s hard being a house person, isn’t it, Aaron? Hard for you…..but so much fun for me!