Ghostdogs

Ghostdogs

A journey through grief with autism.

Alan Greenwell

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Sunrise

For the longest of times both me and Bev would ask the support staff at school and in the medical profession - “when will Tam speak?”. None of them would give an answer. Now I get why. Every child is different and every autistic child is even more different.

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Tam & Mammy

Shitty long month - Tam been ill. Lots of bites. Difficult to move forward. Feel like I am in quicksand.

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Mantra

Thought I would upload this little file of me and Tam doing an abridged versions of Tams calming mantra. Enjoy

Alan Greenwell

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misty morning

Nocturnal life is common amongst geeks. I have stayed up until the early hours and then got up at 6am and headed off to work, with a couple of hours of sleep. As I have got older, I have become less and less able to do it. Now, as a single parent of Tam, I have had to learn how to do it again. 

Alan Greenwell

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Tam

Its Sunday at 11pm and Tam has been asleep on and off all day. 30 minutes here and hour there. A couple of hours ago he threw up. Still not sure if it was stress or ill. I can normally tell by the smell but this time I think it was half and half. Let’s put it this way, I cannot send him to school.

Alan Greenwell

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Tam

I am going to start off by saying I am nothing special. I am a dad nothing more nothing less. My brain is analytical, it’s good at pattern matching and fire fighting. Give me a bad IT situation and I will find a way to get it back to a good situation. I know I have faults, some major faults and I work on them every day.

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Tam & Mammy

Half term is over, respite was a success and the first 2 days at school took place. First day went fine, first night was great. My little lad was full of fun and knackered. He slept well. Second morning went ok but had a lot of tears as I sent him off to school. All however changed tonight.

Alan Greenwell

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Tam

One of the things I was told early on in this journey was to “be good to yourself”. I was told this by medical professional, social services, friends, Tams teachers. At the time I could not see how to do this and also what difference it would make. I really could not see how to be good to myself. I had no idea.

Alan Greenwell

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Tam

I don’t know if this is a thing, but whenever I have got myself to a break of more than a few days I always end up sick for the first few days. The last few days at work have been so hectic and then time off and illness. Always seemed to happen, the same thing used to happen to Bev. Not sure other people have the same thing. One thing I do know is Tam has the same reaction.

Alan Greenwell

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Tam

15th February is the anniversary of my Dad’s death. He is in my heart and mind constantly. Always looking for what he would say or do.

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