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19 days ago

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Autism and covid

ADVICE NEEDED PLEASE!I have covid and it’s gone to my chest (thank the powers that be that my Dad is a GP and could give me steroids at home so I didn’t need admitting to hospital- so we have a decent viral load fluttering in our homes atmosphere). Joe (husband) and Lachlan have it too (8), Allie had it a few months back so is doing everything for us. Miss 16 came in at 12 last night saying she’s unwell (Autistic ) and now she’s coughing. Would you assume it’s covid and not test? We will have to get my husband to lay over her arms and chest while I hold her head to do it. I think it’s akin to abusive at least it would break trust, cause trauma and we would be betraying her autonomy. (I’ve done it so many times when holding them is truly needed for my medical needs daughter, I’m just not sure this is an absolute case of need (no judgement when it needs to be done- it gets done then) pretty sure it’s what we’ve got since symptoms are the same and she lives in the same house. What would you do?
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19 days ago

I think it's completely fine to assume she has it and not worry about test. It doesn't really matter anyway with how she is treated. Sending you all well wishes and hope everyone is on the mend soon xxxx

19 days ago

thank you. 🙏. I want to do the right thing by the larger and vulnerable community but we are all isolating.

19 days ago

You have to do what you think it right. If you think it would be too traumatic for her I guess you could assume she has it - you wouldn’t be the first to. I don’t do RAT on my autistic son - i take him to a drive through PCR place near by that we normally have results within 8hrs. That way I only need to hold his hands and his head back (he’s in a car seat so quite restrained anyway). He’s had it done so many times now he understands why we are there and knows what will happen, he hates the process but is ok after it’s done (now). I find the PCR is not only easier in that aspect but also it’s not me doing the test so any negative impressions he gets of it isn’t towards me which would in turn make other tasks harder. But obviously there is a big age gap between my son and your daughter so you have to just go with your gut.

17 days ago

There are two types of RAT tests, the common swab up the nose etc and a saliva one that the user ‘spits’ into a tube or sucks on a swab. If you want to confirm, the 2nd one might be easier. You have to ask specifically for it.

19 days ago

My kids won't do the nose one, but will do the saliva ones happily. Is that an option for you? I refuse to hold any of my kids down if it isn't necessary as the stress isn't worth it and we all end up flustered and upset after it.

19 days ago

Sounds like she is positive. Is there any evidence on doing a rat in alternative ways such as with blowing nose into a tissue and swabbing that or swabbing inside cheeks? She could maybe do that herself with help? Might be worth a try to verify and register. I'd want to know for sure so you could be sure of her future immunity in the coming months

19 days ago

Autism and covid
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