In Part One, I talked about how my daughter might have PTSD. Here in Canada things must be different than other places because it’s so hard to get help for this sort of thing. Here is a bit of background on why she is having so many problems.
When we left for the woman’s shelter that night my daughter couldn’t talk. She was 2 1/2 years old and couldn’t say but three words; mama, dada and diddy. She used diddy for everthing else she wanted to say. Within two weeks of leaving she had her whole vocabulary back. She was just holding back on us, I suppose. Or she didn’t feel it was safe.
Because of the abuse she suffered from my ex they say she is mentally two years younger. When you are abused you stop growing and kick into survival mode.
So now that she is the age she is (she’ll be 13 in January), I wonder if she is bi-polar. It also could be puberty kicking in too. This girls emotions flip on a dime. But to figure this all out you need to experiment. The first experiment is taking off her current ADHD medication. I have never agreed with her taking them to begin with. I have got into a lot of discussions with other parents about it to. They say she can focus better in school, so who am I to mess that up, so I keep her on the meds. The side affects are horrible though, she cries all the time, she never sleeps and she never eats. She is tiny like I used to be and needs all the extra weight she can get.
Dealing with her this week has been a huge battle but I have to keep my eye on the big picture., in order to find out the problem, we need to try different things. I guess until then I will have to bite my tongue and stay exhausted.
We do have a doctor’s appointment on Wednesday to discuss the results of the test. I will keep you updated.
(Again the picture was taken this summer when I went to the Calgary Zoo, the lemur was behind a waterfall and I couldn’t resist.)
What is something you wish you could do to improve your health?