I was telling Grandma Lynda about Alex's dentist appointment and she commented about how I probably wished I could get someone else to do that job for me. I jokingly replied "oh, everyone should get a chance to take him to the dentist at least once!" Then I thought about that for awhile last night in a different perspective. In a way that is true, I wish everyone could have opportunities like I do.
It is a real privilege to be able to be with Alex during the times he needs me most. I feel honored that I can help him by simply holding his hands and telling him how brave he is and what a wonderful job he is doing. I am happy to hold his arms down when he needs that extra support because he has so much to deal with in a situation like that, it is hard for him to remember to keep them down himself. I am glad that I can offer comfort and support to him. I wouldn't want him to have to go to the dentist with someone else because we have been doing it for years and we know how to get through it. We have trained many dental assistants and I know that Alex has been an ambassador for the cause of autism in the process.
Someday, when Alex is an adult, he might go to the dentist on his own and I know he will be ready because of the help I have given him. He really is an incredible person and I wouldn't trade any of the experiences I have with him for anything. He has helped me to understand how strong I really am. He has taught me that it doesn't matter what other people are thinking, the important thing is to get through life the best you can.
I love him for that.