So in addition to SOD, and everything else that goes with it, my daughter also has SPD, or Sensory Processing Disorder (for more info check out https://www.facebook.com/sensoryprocessingdisorderparentsupport). She is both a seeker and an avoider, and one thing she avoids is loud noises, negative tones, crying, etc. So joy of joy with also having a 3 yo, when he tantrums, she melts down, and then the screaming wars began, its a never ending vicious cycle. One always ending with my losing it and sending them both to their rooms, because I need peace fro mthe migraine threatening behind my eye.
So over the years various things have been triggers for my daughter when it comes to noise. In the past it has been the delicate cycle on the washer (was worse in our old house when the washer was in the kitchen) but I swear this kid has super sonic hearing bc she can hear the washer thru the floor, thru her door, with music playing, and total instant meltdown, even if I prepare her for it. So ok, we work around it, we do laundry when shes completely engaged in something, or toss some head phones on her. A movie on pause, yup another meltdown, I don’t think there are many movies I have seen from start to finish bc we cannot pause movies in my house. Oh well, the next time i see it, I make sure I do whatever it is I always end up having to do during a part i have already seen so i can see the parts I havent. We learn to deal and work around these things. You would think by now I am a pro.
But alas, that is not the case. I have no clue how to deal with her latest that sends her into screaming fits loud enough to wake the dead. I hear her thru the floor, thru 2 closed doors, on the opposite side of the house with the furnace running, and we have forced air. So what is this new problem, why its the furnace of course. All of a sudden, over the last month, she has decided she cannot stand the sound of the furnace turning on and warming before the blower actually kicks in. So what, turn he furnace off kiddo? Really when its 5 degrees outside, -5 overnight with -20 wind chills. And of course, during the day its not bad because I can usually engage her in something else to distract her long enough for the blower to kick in, but at bedtime, once shes all snuggled and just about ready to fall asleep, the furnace will kick on, and there goes sleep for the rest of us. Sigh, if there was ever anyone looking forward to spring so the furnace wasn’t running anymore its this one right here. Sigh and its not bc of the money I will save on the gas bill