over-responsivity

Hungry Lizzy

Lane’s Food Sanity Rules

Rule #4: When homicidal rage blurs your vision, ask, “Could you be hungry?”

Watson and I rarely argue. Thirty years of wedded bliss has given us plenty of time to compromise on and respect our differences of preference and opinion.

But neither of us is perfect. Sometimes while feeling around in the gray area for compromise, one of us may stumble upon something unbearable.

Modulation Madness

ShareSmall-scale Modulation Madness Think of what it would be like if every time you wanted to exit the freeway you had to overcome the concrete barrier, crash down the grassy hill, jump the curb and merge with street traffic driving at one third your speed. My guess is you would just keep driving on the …

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Meltdown

ShareIt was a perfect storm first thing in the morning. Gentle rain soothed like a lullaby, gently lapping unconsciousness over my attempt to surface into the day. Just move, I told myself when I next poked my head above dreamy morning sleep. The best I could do was fumble for the stereo remote. Morning Edition …

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Buying the New Prius

ShareBuying Prius 2 is a four part story. It illustrates the light and dark side, maybe even a green, blue and red side, of living inside a “sensational” body. Lightly, I hope, it touches upon sensory over-responsivity, and sensory-based motor disorder. The moral of the story – if you inhabit a sensational body, venturing outside of routine is a time to …

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Prius part1 – Dealership

Share Thursday, my husband Watson and I spent two hours inside a noisy, bustling car dealership. It was the preliminary attempt to replace his 2001 F150 pickup with a Prius. Prius 2 we will call it, since we already own Prius 1. I couldn’t block out the noise: conversation, traffic and piped-in music which bounced off …

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Prius part2 – Leaving Home

ShareI couldn’t navigate successfully into Friday. I forgot key components of my morning ritual. Every time I sat down at my computer I remembered something important and had to get out of my chair. I was in a state of irritable hypo-mania. We still had the car negotiation hanging over us. Watson was desperate to complete …

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Prius part3 – Navigation

ShareDriving can replenish my energy or deplete it, depending on the circumstances of the trip and the road. On this day, the goddess of the adventure smiled upon me. Navigating Prius 1 through the streets of Houston had the feel of roller-blading or mountain biking; proprioceptive delight flooded my nervous system. I felt up to …

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Prius part4 – Pain and Despair

Share“That’s it. We got $3K for the pickup. He’s going to put the paperwork together and it’ll be over except for the signing.” “You’re going to stay there?” I asked in horror. The plan we discussed this morning was he’d leave as soon as the appraiser had seen the truck. We’d complete negotiations over the …

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