Last Christmas she had a melt down and started hitting her head. She continued this behavior for several days until we discovered that she stopped when we put a bike helmet on her. From there we went to a ball cap, more presentable in public and cooler as well. Well, that worked for awhile, but eventually she was back to taking it off and hitting again. Along with the hitting came a compulsion to cover her hands. We sort of solved that problem (with schools help) by cutting off the fingers of gloves and letting her wear the remaining part to cover her hands. Again, worked for awhile....until she started needing a blanket to hang over her shoulders. At first I thought she needed the weight on her shoulders and I made her some fat snakes filled with dried beans. That also worked for a short time! Pretty soon she was wearing the hat, helmet over the hat, snake on her shoulders and blanket over that. Let's not forget the gloves to cover her hands! You can imagine what bath time was like......not fun:(
With all of these phobias everything has it own sets of problems. For instance....meal time. With the gloves getting into the food and the strap from her helmet getting constantly wet, she has developed a rash on her face and neck. We can't get her to leave the helmet off long enough to put cream on it much less let it dry out and get better:(
Margo is SOOOOO frustrated so much of the time, she yells. These yells are her way of saying....I am mad! I want something &^%^%#$@#! We all have learned to ignor it when it happens at her house or ours......but taking her in public does present a problem. She is quite aware of everyting you ask her or tell her. She has let us know that by her actions. If she wants something badly enough she will follow through with instructions given her... right away! A good example came this morning when I had asked her repeatedly to get her shoes on so that I could take her to school. Once I told her we would stop and get a dounut on the way, she headed right for the shoes and attempted to get them on.
Along with all these other problems, she still wets the bed and poops in her pants. Because of her age and size this has really presented a major problem! I guess that is obvious....and I don't need to say any more!
I do want to add that none of that ever....I repeat ever....happens at school! We are beginning to think that it is on purpose for some reason......still haven't figured that on out yet!
I worry about her constantly!!!!!!! I worry about her mom and how she has to deal with this on a daily basis!
I am writing all this because it has been penned up inside for a long time, and I never like to write about unhappy things on my blog. Since it doesn't appear that very many read this blog, I have found this cathartic to get it out and on paper (so to speak). If you are one that reads this ramble I simply as you to pray for Margo and her immediate family. So much stress for them all the time!