We are struggling with an addiction in the house. It is very easy to make jokes about it and not take it too seriously.
But It is.
As you all should know by now (and if you don't, read more of the blog ) Thunderous has a form of Autism.
One thing I had found in my own research of his needs, that was consistently overlooked by his heath professionals, was an addiction to milk. I can't site you the location I first found this little bit of info but I can tell you it has held true.
Thunderous is addicted.
When he was small he would only eat macaroni and cheese... we jokingly gave him mini cheeses and a cheese sampler as presents to him on his birthday or Christmas. That is how much he loves all dairy products.
If a day was difficult he could be calmed by milk.
It seems that he and many other Autistics have an addiction to Milk products... Casein to be precise, I believe.
Since this is a funny not funny little 'quirk' that is so often over looked I have mentioned it to many friends that have children with Autism... not one had heard of it before, but all of them have benefited from the knowledge. I decided I should share it with all of you, perhaps you can benefit as well.
At one point we had to take him completely off of all dairy and checked foods for casein content. I recall the terrible breakdowns and how hard it was for him to go without his favorite food. I remembered reading it is processed in their brain like morphine is in others brains. It gives them a sense of well being... that doesn't sound too bad right? I mean what could be wrong with that?
Have you ever experience a withdraw?
THAT is what is wrong with it.
The withdraw is just as real and painful for them as it is for any addict.
We joke with him now about his addiction and he monitors his intact. He loves it but knows he shouldn't have too much. He still has a hard time not going crazy with milk... in fact the exchange that got me thinking on this topic went like this:
Monster, angry that the milk was all gone and her brother was at fault began an argument with him on if he was addicted...
"You are so addicted! If you had a gallon of milk and a platter of cheese you wouldn't stop eating till it was all gone!"
"No I wouldn't!" he stormed right back at her, "I'd only eat HALF the platter of cheese!"
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