R*** has been on respite for the past two nights. It’s usually a bit tense when he returns, but for the past six or seven occasions, everything has been fine, with no issues to speak of.
However, tonight has been different. Tonight was the night when he decided that he wanted to watch a VHS video (anyone remember VHS?). He has many many VHS tapes, both pre-recorded and self-recorded ones. You may remember me blogging about having to buy a refurbished VHS player on-line last year. Well tonight, for the first time in over six months, he decided he wanted to watch a video. Now I do not know what has happened, but it seems that the tape is now stuck in the machine and will neither play nor eject. This has of course caused him, because of his Autism to become very distressed. There is no way he can understand that the video has a problem. He just wants it fixed. Fixed now! I will of course give it a try to fix it, but I don’t hold out much hope.
* * * Update * * *
Immediate danger has passed. At some point, between writing this post and 09:30 today, the little devil has somehow managed to release the jammed tape and the VHS player is now working again. All is good, but I have no idea what he’s done with the tape!!
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I hope you managed to sort out the tape. I remember how frustrating it was when my children were younger and we would settle down to watch a previously recorded movie that had been saved for the weekend. Stuffing our faces with popcorn and enjoying the movie one minute, then wailing the next because the blasted thing was jammed in the player. That’s what I got for recording over the same tape too many times, lol.
Thanks. We will see what today brings. He was quite stressed during the night. It’s difficult when he can’t accep things.
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