Update: I Am Still Alive

So, I haven’t been blogging for a while, due to several reasons. First of all, the heat has been bothering me quite a bit. It worsens my sensory overload and really gets to me, especially when it is humid (which it is a lot in my country).

Secondly, I have been thinking a lot about ‘coming out’ as being on the spectrum, since I am a doctor. There are quite some doctors on the spectrum. But nobody is open about it, which I can understand. I like to be open about it, but I don’t want it to have negative repercussions. One colleague, who is open about her autism, is advising doctors not to be open about it. I guess she experienced first-hand the (negative?) effect of being open about it.

So, what have I been up to?

* Well, I have found one more ‘tool’ to fight the heat, thanks to instagram. After posting a blog about a cap which can cool you down, I was followed by a company selling products that cool you down. I checked them out, and was happy to see they sell a lot of different cooling vests! I bought one, tested it, and will review the vest as soon as I can. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cooling Vest

 

* I contacted a company which sells special toothbrushes which can be used in autism. I would like to test them. Haven’t heard anything from them yet… ๐Ÿ™

 

* I decided to buy a weighted blanket.

I have known of their existence for quite a while. Well, I knew of the handmade blankets you can buy online, to be honest. Since I have experienced the great advantages of deep pressure, I have been very interested in this product. But they are pretty expensive. Through instagram (yes, again :)!) I got to know the products of Somnos (they followed me). I checked out their site and videos, and I must say, their blankets look amazing. Since their product did not magically appear for free to review on my doorstep (bummer!), I decided to buy one. I really hope it will help with my sensory overload! I ordered it when I was heavily overloaded, and dying to find some relief. Amazon says I will receive my blanket tomorrow (and not today, as they promised grrrr). I. Can. Not. Wait.!!!!!

 

* I bought a – pretty – professional Canon camera for my blog. It has a trillion amazing functions, so it will take me forever to use it properly… ๐Ÿ™‚ It also is suited for vlogging, which I am considering to do in the future. Perhaps. Maybe. Not sure yet. Really not sure. Since you are putting your face out there. Mmmmm.

Lifehack: Somnos Weighted Blanket

Applying deep pressure to the body can induce a great sense of tranquillity.

Farmers discovered this a long time ago (using squeeze chutes), which inspiredย Temple Grandinย to invent a ‘hug machine’ย for herself, so she could apply deep pressure to her body to calm her down.

Squeeze Chute – used to calm the cattle with deep pressure

Deep pressure is absolutely amazing, and for people with autism, it feels like being hugged for the first time – in a lifetime. The calming effect of a hug, which you can not achieve by hugging, can be achieved by deep pressure. Once you feel this, you finally understand why people like hugs. ๐Ÿ™‚

After Mrs. Grandins invention of the hug machine, several commercial products have come available to apply deep pressure. The most well known are the Squease Vest and weighted blankets.

I have tried the Squease Vest and was amazed by the calming effect it had on me (will blog about this soon). And although I haven’t tried weighted blankets, I am quite curious about them. Especially now since there are these beautiful blankets of Somnos!

Unfortunately weighted blankets are quite expensive. The blankets of Somnos start at 199 dollar and go up to 439 (!) dollar. They do look better, and more sustainable, than the hand-made ones… ๐Ÿ™‚

Would love to hear if anyone of you has experience with a Somnos blanket! Am also willing to try one, if Somnos could spare one for review…. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜‰

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