My mother is 87 years old and I am 55 and we are Autism but new to this #1.
Aloha My name is Kailua Oten. I like to share with you my experience with Autism life. I was diagnosed with Asperger’s or Autism at the age of 50 years old. I consider my new Asperger Me as 5 years old.
I grew up in a suburb in Osaka in Showa -in the 60s as an only child. My parents both went through World War II. My father was a Kamikaze survivor and my mom was only a 10years when the war finished. There was no concept of PTSD or Trauma in Japan then. There was no understanding or study for Asperger’s or high functioning Autism.
It was only 5 years ago I was told that I got PTSD and Autism but had no idea what it meant to me.
The life without understanding about my high function or Spectrum, my mom had a very hard time raising me, I believe. She used to take me to any doctor she could think of for my headache, slight fever, and physical injuries.
I had trouble with walking all my life even now and she could not find a solution for me. Only one time, one of the doctors took my brain wave and told my mom ” Your daughter has a High IQ that is the cause of her headache”.
My mom and any ladies in my neighborhood didn’t understand the meaning of High IQ, so my Hight IQ was just one of the reasons to have headaches. It was not her fault nor mind we just had a hard time.
I am back in Osaka now to see my mom and enjoy watching my mom. She is absolutely Autistic. She uses Ipad to watch Youtube and uses her iPhone to text me on LINE now. She learned this when she was 84 years old just after we went through a pandemic. She learned by her creativity and our tenant who lives on the second floor.
My mother is 87 years old, Sonoko is still Genki (fine) physically and mentally but has a very unique lifestyle for most other people. But she has no idea how odd we are. She is trying her best all the time. It looks adorable to most of people but it has been challenging for me as Autism child to communicate with Autism mom.