Echonomics

We’re all languishing because Joey was drowsy today. He gets sleepy after he’s been under the weather, which he was most of last week.

In his half-asleep state, he starts into repetitive talking. It’s as if he spoke one phrase over the Grand Canyon and it just kept echoing off the majestic walls. Except in our case, it’s just Joey saying something over and over and over and over and over and over and the only things “grand” are Melissa’s headache and my despair.

Today’s phrases included:

“When will we get HyVee pizza?”

“On Saturday, Joey.”

“When Achieve [his day program] is done we will get HyVee pizza. That’s on Saturday. When will we get HyVee pizza?”

And I’m dumb enough to say, “That’s right, on Saturday” and create his echo chamber.

Later, he drifted in and out of napping with,

“Joey, you need to go by a van.”

We have no idea what that meant. Our working theory is that it has to do with fire drills or field trips at his day program, and the van parking area near the exit is some kind of rally point. We really don’t know and we didn’t feed him any response lines, but he just kept on saying,

“Joey, you need to go by a van” from mid-afternoon ’til evening.

He just had dinner and a warm bath, and he’s watching videos on his computer and seems to be calming down.

Now we need to find a way to calm down, too. He’s echoing off of our last nerve.

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