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Deep Pressure Needed!

So, it’s around midnight here, and for the last half hour I’ve had both my weighted lap pillow and my laptop on my lap. My legs feel like they’re going to jump out of my skin – not sure what the best comparison is, maybe like little jolts of electricity running down the nerves in my legs, only constant rather than intermittent? – because I desperately need deep pressure.

(I’m debating showing up at my parents’ house tomorrow with my lap pillow and grabbing Mew – who is the biggest and heaviest of the cats we have between us – and forcing him to stay on my lap for more than twenty minutes at a time.)

I can always tell when I start to need deep pressure (as opposed to just wanting it), because parts of my body (or sometimes all of my body) starts feeling like my legs do right now. And let me tell you – this is Not Fun. Not the feeling, nor the desperate need to have that weight on me. (Draping my weighted pillow over my legs when I go to bed helps a bit, but I regularly change what side I’m lying on, and when I do that, I have to replace the pillow.)

Unfortunately, I can’t get deep pressure hugs from my parents, for a variety of reasons on their parts, including physical. (Arthritis is nasty when it comes to letting people give deep pressure hugs. *scowls*)

I have a reasonably heavy polar fleece throw (it’s two thick pieces put together), and that helps sometimes… but it makes me hot at night to use it most of the time. See a whole bunch of previous posts for details about my sensitivity to heat.

The weighted lap pillow does help. Unfortunately, the help it can provide is limited. A heavily weighted blanket made of light material would work better, I think – especially since it would get pretty much my whole body, rather than just a small part of it – but weighted blankets are expensive. Hell, my weighted lap pillow was expensive, in part because I’m an adult and had to have it specially made, but also because they are expensive.

Wrapping myself up tightly in blankets also can help, but only somewhat, because the tightness is good but what I really need is the weight.

Part of the issue is that there are a number of things out there for kids, and even more are being regularly added – for example, the Nesel Pack. But for adults? There’s very little out there, and most of what is has to be custom-made. Or improvised. (My psychologist has suggested getting an outdoors/fishing vest and attaching weights to it as a possibility.)

Gah. Usually the need will die down somewhat after a while, at least enough to let me deal with it a bit better. But my legs are still jumping out of my skin. So I’m going to cut this post off before it becomes a whine-fest.

Before I do, however… do any of my readers have any ideas that might help that can be done with a very minimal budget and things that might already be on hand? (And won’t necessarily trigger my heat sensitivity?) I would really welcome any suggestions you might have!

‘Later, all!

😐 tagÂûght

Morning Update (Mar. 26/16 @ 11:56): So, after a night of having my weighted lap pillow flung over my legs all night, the feeling has reduced itself slightly. Fingernails over the chalkboard rather than claws over the chalkboard slightly. Oh, and my brother suggested using a scuba diver’s weighted belt – something to look into!

By tagÂûght

I’m in my mid-thirties. I’ve lived in Canada all my life (Toronto and St. John’s), but I’ve travelled to Florida, Massachusetts, England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland, and Costa Rica. I love airplane travel (as long as there are no noisy kids around me!). I’m proud to be Canadian (though Harper might end up changing that!).

I have ASD, aka Autism Spectrum Disorder. Strictly speaking, I’ve been diagnosed as having Aspergers, but (for Canada and the US, at least) that diagnosis is going to be melded with ASD as of May, with the publication of DSM V. Having ASD, and the job I do at the moment (see First Post), is why reading the blogs I mentioned above inspired me to start one of my own about my life in general.

Back in October, I got my driver’s license (as opposed to driving permit for learners) – after twenty years of effort and trying. A lot of thanks is due to my instructor, who has dealt with people with ASD before, and so knew how to teach me for the test (I was able to drive before, just not pass the test, due to anxiety and problems with multi-tasking).

I’m a fanatic writer of SF and Fantasy, both fanfiction and original, and I devour books as well.

I love animals, in particular cats, and I have a fascination with wolves, wild cats (including the big cats), orcas, and the physiology of cephalopods.

I love the wilderness – though I don’t really have the endurance (at the moment, at least) to go hiking or camping out.

And, rather importantly, I’m not someone who thinks about political correctness when it comes to vocabulary. I use what seems right when it seems right. That will include calling myself a person with ASD, or an Autistic, or an Aspie. I’m me; I can call myself what I want.

So, enough about me. Go read my posts – they’re more informative!

1 reply on “Deep Pressure Needed!”

Well, tensing up my leg muscles and keeping them tense for several minutes helped a bit. The “electricity”/jumping out of my skin isn’t as strong now as it was, but it’s still there.

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