Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Like clockwork...

It's October 30.

Every year, Tortuga starts acting up right around Halloween and it doesn't let up until mid-February. Lots of trauma anniversaries in these months. This Fall he has been improving steadily. No major issues in at least a month. Small bumps but easily redirected.  This morning he woke up dysregulated.  I avoided confrontations with humor, grace, (gritted teeth) and nonchalance. Didn't matter. By lunchtime he was off the charts. He started out belligerent, rude, mean, obnoxious, volatile and it went downhill fast. I finally sent him up to his room to lie under his weighted blanket and asked him not to come out until he felt better. After 3 minutes he started throwing things around the room and gesturing (we have a video monitor in his room) that he was going to hit me. I ignored it all and busied the other children with Halloween crafts and making pumpkin spice donuts. We could hear him ranting and raving BUT he stayed under the blanket. An hour later he emerged from his room, apologized, and asked to go back to his schoolwork.

So far so good. (Knock on wood.)

I think it is going to be a long four months...


Christine Moers said...

It's so weird to have to view progress in the way we do.

And yay for the progress. But also, I'm so sorry you're entering his really difficult season. Even in the improvements ... it's so dang hard.

Love you guys.

matryoshka said...

Anytime between mid-October (birthday) here til back to school in Janaury tends to be fun. On her birthday she poured 1/2 a bottle of water on my head while we were sitting in the parking lot at the Y for 25 minutes waiting for her to be reasonable eat something so we could drive home safely. Hang in there...and pumpkin spice donuts sound delicious, btw

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