Dyspraxia Q&A: Part 4

So I’ve now responded to 15 questions in total about my story with having dyspraxia. I’m now at part 4 of this series where I’ll be answering more questions to tell more about my journey.

Do my muscles get tired easily?

Ah yes. The dreaded fatigue. Well, for me the word dreaded doesn’t really come into the equation. I don’t really think of it in that way. I mean that’s not to say that I don’t have days where fatigue hits me when I’m least expecting it.

For example, sometimes I could be doing the simplest task and my arm would ache a bit. When it comes to more complex tasks like lifting weights at the gym, that’s when my muscles seem to take longer to get used to different exercises.

I have been to the gym with people I know and they are able to lift heavier weights and not really seem like it gives them that red-faced feeling. For me it’s more challenging but that doesn’t defeat the object for me. I don’t really care if I lift as much as someone who’s been lifting weights for longer… I just do my own thing! And if that gets me the result I want… Great!

Do I have sensory issues?

Sometimes I do yes. It really all depends on my environment and if it is stimulating or if there are certain things I don’t like.

There’s many different things in terms of sensory overload patterns such as food textures, general noise and (yes) even people in the same environment as us to name just a few.

When I have been to the supermarket on my own, even if I have a list of things I need I will kind of feel like I have to rush. And then I also end up buying some things that I don’t need for no real reason. So this kind of brings about a sensory overload feeling where I’ll have to just stop for a few seconds and have a breather.

In addition, I also find it difficult with some food textures. I don’t like overly liquid foods so I wouldn’t eat something like a stew because it has too much liquid for my liking.

Another thing I may have briefly talked about before is eye contact. The fact about eye contact and why I and many others will find this difficult is that it takes people with a neurological condition longer to process things whether it’s auditory or visually. For me, it is very difficult for me in a sensory format to visually process the face of a person. I have a lot of fear that this comes across as me being rude and I wish I didn’t have to feel like this.

At what age was I diagnosed with dyspraxia?

I was diagnosed with dyspraxia at the age of 16, just a couple of months before I turned 17.

Compared to some others with the condition, this is quite a late diagnosis. I’m actually glad I went about researching why I felt so different and was able to get a diagnosis. It has definitely had a positive effect on my life to know that there’s a reason why I’m different.

Do I have any other conditions besides dyspraxia?

At the time when I was told I have dyspraxia, I also was told that I am considered to have borderline ASD so I’m on the autism spectrum but I identify with a number of traits of autism.

One of these I mentioned earlier. Eye contact. Autism is on that kind of umbrella of difficulties alongside Dyspraxia, OCD, ADD, ADHD, again to name just a few. So whereas the sensory side of things affect me that’s kind of where my ASD and dyspraxia meet in the middle. Because with dyspraxia there can be sensory issues but that’s also a challenge for ASD as well.

I often find with my ASD I’m very particular with the way I want things to be and the sort of people I can be friends with and things like this. Perhaps this would come across as being stubborn but really I just find it a challenge to connect with people even at the best of times.

Do I have trouble with handwriting?

This is a weird one. When I was younger, I got my pen license at school at the age of 8. And I got it based off the fact I just picked up a pen without permission and started writing. I was told at that point that my writing was neat, rather than getting told off for using a pen in the first place.

My writing remained neat, until I got to the age of the dreaded GCSE exams and theoretically selling me handwriting soul to the devil to a sense. My handwriting became a bit more scrawled and not as neat as it was when I was younger and didn’t need to rush as much. I’m not sure if my pen grip had anything to do with it as I never really thought I identified with that particular difficulty of dyspraxia.

So I guess the point I’m making is when I’m not in a mad rush to write, my handwriting is neat. However, if I’m in a situation where I’m made to rush, don’t expect anything that’s 100% readable.

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