May 9th, 2008

"J" for Jo!

My Brother has AS

My brother is 19 and was diagnosed with AS I think maybe 9 years ago. He refuses to be medicated, and doesn't speak about it at all. I am 30 and moved out of my parents house when I was 18. John was my little baby and I always took care of him when were were younger. Now, for the first time in 12 years, he's been living with me since March. I am reading some of the entries in here describing their family member or friend with AS and I have to laugh...it's cute to see the similarities in their character traits.

I helped him get his first job and he's doing really good at it. I'm really proud of him, but I'm incredibly worried as well. Somehow, he was accepted to go into the US Air Force. I worry that he will not make it. He lacks common sense. He's very 'by the book' and if you want him to do something, he doesn't think outside the box, he does exactly what you tell him. In a way, I think he's perfect for the military. In another way, I'm afraid that will hurt him. I dunno.

He talks to himself all the time. He has full on conversations alone in the shower. He doesn't realize we can hear him. He constantly takes photos of himself with the cell phone camera. He loves to work out. He likes looking at himself in the mirror. He gets his eyebrows waxed (that's my fault, I introduced him to waxing to get rid of his 'unibrow') and in the car I joke and call him "DJ JOHN" because he likes to pick the music and usually he will play the songs he likes over and over again.

I try not to get annoyed with him. I try to understand it's the autistic side of him, but, some days, I want to yell at him. lol

I love my little bro.