15/10/2019 – Sleep shift – carla cornelius

Shift Report:

Sorry this is late… I had a  meeting immediately after Fela left at 9:30.

Fela got out the bath the previous night at 10:15 as he requested more time. He then went to the loo and had a bowel movement so he did not complete his evening routine until close to 22:45 when he was tucked into bed after being massaged with tiger balm on his back, chest, neck, forehead and behind his ears – he pointed to where he wanted it. Michael said a special prayer with him as I was exhausted.


I left the ‘all Time Hymns Instrumental’ on with the deer in woods image [it occurred to me that one of the team needs to sing ‘Doe a deer – a female deer ‘ from the sound of music to Fela, and forgot to close the screen so when I checked on him at 23:00, he was still watching it half-laid back on the pillow. He quickly requested cake and ice cream. [This is all Michael’s fault as he bought him two gluten-free vanilla cupcakes as a treat, and I’m sure Fela is obsessing about the second as he was only allowed one with homemade custard to fill him up.] I closed the screen on my laptop and the room went dark although the music was still playing softly.

When I checked Fela at 2:10, he was making a tutting noise which I hadn’t heard from downstairs. So I prompted him to the loo. I unpaused the youtube video so the music came back on and he insisted he wanted the laptop screen left open and he told me to go with a sign and asked for 5. I checked him again at 2:30 and closed the screen. The room was quiet.

I checked himat 4:15 and 6:15 and the room was quiet so it appeared Fela was asleep. Michael woke him at 7:15 and prompted him to the loo. the bed was  dry. He brought him some tea with a green apple.

Fela was vocal from the time he awoke and only seemed to calm after I did the board with him when I informed him he was due at the cinema later if he wanted to go. I showed him a print off of ‘Toy Story 4’ and described the reclining seats at Vue cinema and promised him popcorn.

He completed his morning routine with several touch prompts (Fela seems to need these a lot lately). Before brushing his teeth, he went to the homely remedies bag, and took out the tiger balm – his way of saying he wanted a rub down as he had last night before sleeping. This really seems to relax Fela before sleep.

Zoe and Chloe arrived slightly early just as Fela came down for his breakfast around 9:00. They were early  because we had a meeting at 10:00. Fela seemed to enjoy his cooked breakfast of two veg sausages, two scrambled eggs, mushrooms sweet potato sliced, boiled for 5 minutes and lightly fried. He left Green Pastures looking calm and content and with two kisses from Mama.

Arousal States – Start: 1 Baseline End: 1 Baseline Did his state change? No to Did he have a bowel movement? Yes Bristol score: Was Fela incontinent?: No Did he have vigorous exercise?: No – Why no exercise? Sleep shift