Challenged

First the good news

I ordered an Equalizer/Challenger. I am very excited. I really think it is going to push my workouts to the next level. It is supposed to arrive today but I have horrible luck with the mail so I am really anxious =(. I am also working a lot with my flexibility at the moment. My ankles have always been very stiff and I am not sure if that has to do with muscular tension in my calves but I am working on them from all angles. I am also working on strengthening my abductors. I have definitely increased my strength but they are still very weak in comparison to my adductors. My adductors could well be my strongest muscle and my abductors one of my weakest so I am seriously unbalanced. I am also trying to increase the mobility in my hips which is a bit weird. In some ways my hips are very flexible but in others my mobility is seriously limited think Frog Pose.

Random

The other day hubbie and I were talking. He doesn’t feel he can be himself around some people which isn’t all that unusual, I feel that way too sometimes. I have never really detected anything remotely fake about him but he says that he sometimes avoids or side steps traps in conversation that might lead to confrontations. I don’t fully understand this concept. I asked him if I also do this and he said no. Apparently I set off all the traps and then I have no idea I have done it and just carry on more or less normally. While this obliviousness can diffuse some people/situations, it can also infuriate and exacerbate others. I had this problem with my bullies in school they wanted so bad to upset me but sometimes I just didn’t understand the situation well enough to be upset. My husband has Asperger’s Syndrome and yet sometimes he has to explain emotions and social situations to me. Of course there are times I get it and he doesn’t. We help each other out but even so we are considered “eccentric”. So far Isadora does not seem to have this same eccentricity she seems more or less on top of her social game.

The reason I mentioned the above was because I am not good at dealing with emotions. I have trouble understanding how I feel and most of my emotions are just some variant of grumpy. So the situation with my stepdad is very difficult for me to comprehend. My mom called last night. The cancer is worse than we thought it has spread more or less through his entire body. He is Stage 4. He probably has 1-3 months left. Right now he is in intensive care having his lungs drained but he wants to go home as soon as possible. Death is very hard for me to process. That is why I am not filming workouts right now, I feeling too emotional and vulnerable. I am working out because I need the stress relief.

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October 4 2013

Aspie

I took this test today at my own speed.  My Aspie score was 168 out of 200. My aunt used to send my mom huge stacks of information on Asperger Syndrome when she was studying psychology.

 

 

My infantile words resolve unjustly to the gallows. I can’t bare to sire anymore aberrations. Next week I’ll meet with my therapist. I’ve given a lot of thought to what I’ll say but no matter how much I prepare myself I will be faced again with the insurmountable task of communicating my feelings. I want her to say you’re not a failure, you’re doing the best you can given your circumstances/limitations. That need for reassurance paralyzes me. That hopeful belief that others might have the capacity to persuade my mind that I. too have virtues. To my mind I am a foreign entity, a parasite, my body disobeys me. I am only at “home” when my eyes are closed. I exist in the color of pressed lids, in a tiny space imperceptible to others. When my therapist does interrupt me, with a helpful and sane explanations for my deleterious behaviors I find myself overwhelmed and confused. Am I exaggerating? Would she prefer if the conversation were more positive? Am I diminishing the significance of my own feelings in order to keep what little independence I do have? Mostly, I am afraid of being called a liar. Liars exaggerate, so I downplay.

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When I was in high school I was evaluated by a psychiatrist. At that time I was feeling very suicidal. I had tried talking to my mom about my Depression, about the severity of my loneliness and distress but I was unable to get through to her. I felt like my entire future depended on this evaluation, it was my opportunity to speak up for myself. I wanted to be heard. I wanted someone to consider my feelings. I took the test with the intention of full disclosure but I did not understand all of the questions. I have enormous difficulty with negation. I tend to add or subtract nots. I might say to a person in all earnestness “I don’t like you” when what I actually mean is the complete opposite. I have trouble filling in bubbles and so occasionally mark answers incorrectly or miss entire columns. The list of communication difficulties I have is rather extensive but as I speak and write relatively fluently people are often unaware of these challenges. If someone says to you quite plainly “I am bored” you assume that they are bored and if they are not bored then they are lying. Unfortunately I might say “I am bored” when I mean “I am amused”. Sometimes I don’t catch these mistakes and even if I have insulted someone inadvertently they are very unlikely to call attention to the issue. Sam (husband) used to nurse his wounds in silence but gradually he’s started seeking confirmation for mysterious statements. “Did you say I was fat?” I remember only what I meant to say so I am often completely perplexed by his questions. “Why would I call you fat when you’re not?” You can imagine how detrimental this is to social interactions. Conversely I can entertain entire conversations in my head, which are so real to me, that I believe erroneously that they have occurred.

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Sometimes when people speak to me I am unable to understand their words. I see that their lips are moving but the words are jumbled and incomprehensible. If you ask someone to repeat themselves enough times they become frustrated (angry). Sam has to repeat himself ad nauseam. Which means that he sometimes avoids lengthy conversations. He sometimes feels that I simply don’t care to hear his point of view. This is not the case. Sometimes he will start a story and I am desperately interested to hear it to completion but try as he (I, I made a pronoun typo here) might I can’t turn the “noise” of speech into functional sentences. I find that I come up with responses for conversations hours/days after they’ve occurred, I find myself laughing at jokes after they’ve stopped being funny to anyone else. Sometimes Sam doesn’t tell me jokes because I ruin them by having to have them explained. Sometimes I laugh at the wrong part of a joke or at my own misinterpretation. Keeping all that in mind you can imagine how difficult I find psychological tests to be!

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During my assessment I would ask for clarification on ambiguous questions and then get reprimanded as he thought mistakenly, that I was fishing for answers. The end result? I failed the test. How do you fail a psychological test? You fail it by “lying”. Even though I had not lied on purpose I had made so many mistakes that the test was unusable. The psychologist chewed me out over it and for years I was terrified to pursue therapy. I felt that I was different but I convinced myself that I was lying for attention, so I did my best to suck it up. I even made up some reasons to explain my behavior. I can’t learn the social norms because I simply don’t want to. I could be popular if I wanted, I am just not that social. That was how I explained away my difficulties. I just had a disagreeable personality.

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Unfortunately no matter how nice a therapist is I find that I am unable to express myself in a meaningful way. I feel intense pressure to respond rapidly, my long pauses are embarrassing so I tend to fill them up with chatter. I always walk away feeling that I focused on the wrong aspects, that I shied away from an explanation because I didn’t want to contradict the other person or to come across as belligerent. I leave out my more unusual symptoms in deference to their comfort and so as not to complicate an issue they might perceive as strait forward. I fear that my more unusual and worrying symptoms might be disregarded as trivial or worse as some pathetic ploy for attention. When my therapist threw me for a loop handing me the brochure on non-epileptic seizures I could not respond as I wanted. I feel silly going back two weeks later to respond but I am afraid of accumulating too much static, too many misunderstandings because eventually huge gaps and contradictions will appear.

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My conversations never gather momentum. Sam and I have been having the exact same conversations for years. To me these conversations are often new and exciting, sometimes they are excruciating the pain just as intense as the first 500 times. I can’t imagine how tedious and frustrating it is for him to have to repeat himself. I get stuck. I can’t multitask. I am unable to switch gears. I am obsessive in my interests. Right now my therapist thinks my schedules are healthy and a sign of productivity. She doesn’t understand that I have to follow these schedules. That if it’s meal time people will break their necks in order that I should get lunch at 11 am because they know how upsetting it is to me to get off schedule. I eat with people who aren’t even hungry. I eat when it is 11 am even if I am not hungry. I didn’t go to the Rammstein concert because Sam was worried that with my gluten free diet I wouldn’t be able to procure food or go to bed on time. I miss out on fun things because of these bizarre hang ups. On the rare occasion I do something fun I tend to get very overwhelmed and stressed out. Sometimes I deliberately take myself off the schedules but then in order to cope I will write and write and write. I won’t eat, I won’t sleep, I will go weeks without even having a bowel movement because I am writing. I have lost months to my obsessions. As dysfunctional and obnoxious as my schedule is I am fairly sure I wouldn’t survive long without it. If I miss yoga in the morning my whole day will inevitably decay as I can never make up for that mistake in my own mind. I am a weird kind perfectionist. As a kid I would make people play the same game over and over because I couldn’t stand that I made a mistake. I would write games out for other children because I struggled with spontaneous play and then read the instructions out loud. Sometimes the instructions would take me an hour to get through.

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I have studied psychology, philosophy, religion, nutrition, and anatomy/physiology all in a desperate attempt to understand what it means to be human. I only understand humans at a distance, up close they are incomprehensible. I can go days thinking Sam is angry at me because I spilled a drop of water and miss the bigger more obvious issues. I think my problems run deeper than social anxiety personally but I have great difficulty admitting how my social incompetence hurts other people. Every minute of every day I am judging myself. Every move. Every word. I hate myself.