October: A Difficult Month

While Autumn officially starts in September, here in Michigan, we don’t start to feel the weather change until October. During October, we find our high temperatures drastically drop from 70 to 50 and it rains about half the time. The high temperature can change dramatically each day to the next, leaving a lot of with that “ha blah blah…” feeling. We feel tired, sluggish, blaming it on the grey skies and the sun setting earlier. However, there is more to it than that.

Some people are more sensitive to changes in barometric pressure than others. People with Fibromyalgia and arthritis will usually feel “flare ups” during weather changes, especially with low barometric pressure. Those of us with migraines are also very sensitive to changes in weather and weather patterns.

I have also found out that Caleb’s behavior follows these patterns. I have two theories that are not mutually exclusive:

1) Caleb is experiencing a migraine but doesn’t feel the pain due to the migraine preventative medication he is on.

2) Autism and behavior control can also be affected by changes in the weather.

This month has been a real struggle for Caleb. Our biggest fight is every day, 3 times a day, when we ask him to take his medication. He refuses to swallow pills, so we dissolve his medicine in Gatorade, even actually adding extra sugar or Gatorade power. We have tried so many times to “Plan B” the situation, and not just emergency Plan B either, and it is going no where.

Caleb is also in a huge defiance mode. He constantly is telling my husband and I what to do while insisting that he is able to do whatever he wants. I cannot figure how to get over this hump. It is so hard to fight every day, especially when my migraines have been as bad as they have been.

I know that I need to have patience with Caleb considering that he is dealing with a lot physically and emotionally. I also know that I need a vacation that includes hours of silence.