Sometimes it is impossible to protect Billy Ray from himself. For example, yesterday he had three teeth pulled and some fillings as well. The dentist said he shouldn’t drink with a straw for two days. The sucking action could dislodge the clot and cause additional bleeding.
He does not need a straw to drink with. We use a glass with a lid because he tends to walk all over the house tipping the glass and leaving trails of juice. Thus, he routinely gets a straw in his glass. You don’t change routines with Billy Ray.
Billy Ray was probably communicating pain by his behavior as well; however, he became quite aggressive with support staff and with me when we tried to get him to drink his juice without a straw. No amount of explanation was going to work for him. We finally had to call the dentist to ascertain how serious the risk was if we let him use a straw. He said to go ahead.
We cannot change some things.
Peggy Lou Morgan