Our Journey Raising Two Children with Special Needs

This blog chronicles our life raising two children, Nicholas 14, diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome and Weston 17, diagnosed with Autism/Asperger's/ADHD. It's the ups, the downs, the joys, the sorrows and most importantly, the beauty of living a life less perfect, a life more meaningful.




Thursday, January 17, 2013

Nuisance Snow, Nuisance Flu and Whining

For those of you unaccustomed to living in the snow belt, we have an unusual weather event here called, Nuisance Snow.

This is a winter storm that does not deposit enough snow for it to be plowable but just enough snow to form icy roads and treacherous driving conditions. A lot of traffic accidents occur during these events since drivers are lulled into a false sense of security by the lack of heavy snow and hidden patches of black ice.

Black ice is an invisible sheet of frozen water that forms on pavement. The road looks dry since it is black like the pavement but it is covered with a thin layer of ice. Unsuspecting vehicles moving too fast can spin easily out of control.

Nuisance snow means you must brush off your car, sweep/shovel your walkway and ransack the hallway closet in an effort to find your missing hat, gloves and winter boots from last year.

You will also need to pick up an extra gallon of wiper fluid because you will drain the entire tank just on your way to work. Salty spray splashed from the guy driving in front of you forms a hazy white film that coats your windshield like spray paint making it difficult to see. (salt and sand are spread by the plow trucks to melt the ice and create traction on slippery roads.)

Here in the Boston area, nuisance snow means nuisance traffic.

Our 5 minute drive to get Weston to school took over an hour.

Wah.

It has been a very mild winter in this part of the country, with not a
single major blockbuster nor'easter. The warmer temps and lack of snow has caused a much nastier flu season too. In our family, Weston, Pete and Nicholas have all succumbed to the coughing, sniffling and sore throat symptoms associated with the nasty bug.

Knock on wood, I am still healthy and caring for everyone. But I have been hesitant to post since the nuisance snow and nuisance flu has put me in a nuisance mood, making me extremely susceptible to whining.

Wah.