Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nose-Wiping and Head-Bumping

Driving in our van back on September 16th, I looked in the rearview mirror and saw Orion wipe his dribbly nose with the back of his hands. Ewww!! Just then I caught myself, "But he can!  Yayyyy!"

I never thought I'd be so thrilled my kid can wipe his nose with his hand.  Nevermind about using tissues!!  That is the next skill to be excited about: nose-wiping technique 2. (1b would be him using a sleeve.)

Fast-forward to me bumping Orion's head against something.  He rubbed his head where I bumped him. I rubbed it, too. We took turns rubbing the area. He didn't cry.  He thought about it. Still, he didn't cry.  

The next day, Orion rubbed his forehead the same way he rubbed yesterday's owie. Headache? That, along with other cold related symptoms, brought us to our clinic's after care. We got him antibiotics for a sinus infection.  Fluid (not infection) was also seen in his left ear. 

I'm wondering if we are getting somewhere regarding communicating where Orion is hurting. It's frustrating for me to try to solve the mystery of whether something is a behavior thing or if he's not feeling well and if that, where is he not feeling well or hurt. I have been signing "HURT" where/when I know he has an owie but was unsure if it made sense yet to him or not. Deafblind kids learn through routines and we don't want to be hurting them every day, right?! :)

Orion enjoys toddler Lego bricks in his own way at this month's free mini-model build night.


  1. I continue to be constantly impressed with how often our boys have parallels in their development. Logan recently starting wiping away any milk that sometimes dribbles when he drinks his bottles and he also was deliberately scratching an itch this past week. I was so excited on both accounts as silly as it might seem to some. I am glad you are seeing progress toward pain identification as well. I am looking forward to that day for Logan.

    1. I know exactly what you mean about scratching that itch for the first time! Whoo hoo!


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