Hi ladies, I know I haven't been around much.
Holy moly Evelyn, my mouth is doing weird things just thinking about a dry cloth in my mouth.
Wow, what a great thread!
I've got a few things that I think fall into the sensory overload category. Paula, I'm right with you on the driving in the rain at night thing. In fact, all driving is like that for me, so I limit myself to a few known routes. I can't drive in freeway traffic at all (around here, it's like being in a colossal parking lot full of moving cars, with everyone changing lanes all the time, passing on the right, and all kinds of things.) I haven't driven on a freeway since before the kids were born, because I just can't handle it. Of course it pretty much guarantees that I'll never be offered a paying job again. If my husband is driving, I'm fine, because he's a very good driver. But sometimes we'll go to San Francisco, and when we are downtown, I have to close my eyes sometimes because there are so many billboards, especially those HORRIBLE moving billboards, lights, colors, reflections off of buildings, and traffic signals in weird places. It's so busy and chaotic that it makes me feel kind of panicky. I feel like a small child putting my trust in DH, who just seems to know where to go. If it were me driving, I'd end up going the wrong way down a one way street or something, because I can't make sense of all that chaos.
There's one sound that I find physically painful. That's the sound of pans clanging together, like if someone is rummaging around in the cupboard to get a roasting pan or something. In fact, I can actually feel the sensation just typing about it.
Another big one is...ugh...I can't type it...Dry...cloth...in...the...mouth. ACK!!! One time I went to a new dentist, and everything was fine until all of a sudden he wiped the inside of my mouth with a dry cloth. No warning. You know that famous "Scream" painting? That's how it makes me feel. That just sets me into flight or fight mode, and I honestly had to resist an urge to physically lash out at him. I can't possibly be the only person who reacts that way to something that is so horrible, but apparently he'd never encountered anyone who had a problem with someone wiping their mouth out with a dry cloth. It's a really unpleasant sensation that radiates throughout my body and leaves me feeling all shaken up and tense. I'm wondering if it's the same feeling that you had with those crickets, Ginny. I think the official term for that feeling is "The Screaming Heebie Jeebies."
It's so nice to read about other people's experiences, just to feel like I'm not alone. People who have never felt these things just don't get it.
I have a cold right now so I can't smell things because my nose is stuffed up.
I'm going through this right now: this week I had grommets (tubes) put in my ears to improve my hearing, AND I got new glasses. Suddenly the world is this big, scary, in-focus and VERY LOUD place. I can hear my PC humming, I can hear the bathroom fan at night, I can't concentrate in meetings because all I can hear is people breathing, the edges of kerbs and pavements look huge....
As I was coming out of anaesthetic they insisted I eat something (before I even was allowed out of bed to the bathroom!) and gave me a plate of salad with potato chips. Do you have any idea how *loud* these foods are??
I came home and gave my Aspie the biggest hug I'd given him all week. Of course, now he is 'helping' by insisting that everyone whisper to me, so it has backfired slightly, but it gave me a lot of insight!
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I have a really hard time driving at night in the rain. The contrast of light and dark, combined with all the reflections on the wet road just completely messes with my head. The road and traffic light take ALL of my concentration and my sense of direction -never good to begin with- is fried.
I also remember driving to the airport under a lot of stress with DH riding shotgun and both kids (much younger) in the back. Peter was feeling unwell, crying and whining. He insisted on having my window wide open (only mine)and the helicopter thukka thukka noise of the open window while driving was REALLY loud and filling my head, rendering me incapable of thinking or hearing/answering DH when he gave directions. We took so many wrong turns just around LaGuardia! it was an absolute nightmare!
On adderal my touch hypersensitivity went off the charts. light touch -especially on my face woudl cause me to flinch. I kept my hair tied back so tight! And once during that time Siobhan (then 5yo) gently touch my face, and I almost pushed her right off my lap! I stopped myself in time.
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Oh, I have had many in my life....the biggest one being bass sound.
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