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04-03-2012, 05:25 PM #1
Dd is 17 and is autistic and bipolar. She has had a rough school year. In October she had the flu and a grand mal seizure. Then she was sick several times between then and Christmas break. In January she had another seizure, then has had so many sinus infections, colds, viruses, etc. that she's rarely gone to school an consecutive week. Several times I've had to come get her at school because she's started to feel ill and become aggressive.
Today I took her to the autism specialist. The appt went well, but when we got home dd threw a huge fit. I think she just isn't feeling well because she still has the sinus infection which interferes with her sleep. When I sent her to her room, she beat her head against the window until the glass broke, knocked over the furniture, and ripped up several books. Thankfully she wasn't seriously hurt, just has a lump on her head. I spent almost an hour cleaning up the glass. It's really hard to get it out of the frame. Dh is out of town, so our oldest son is making a trip to the home improvement store to buy plywood to cover both her windows. They are double-paned and she only broke the inside one, but I don't want her to do this again. She could really have hurt herself.
The doctor prescribed different medications to treat her sinus infection and has referred us to an ENT who is good with autistic kids. We think dd's mood will improve once she's not dealing with all the sinus and allergy problems she has. I sure hope so. This has been a long day.
- 04-03-2012, 05:45 PM #2
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Here's a ((hug)) for you and your daughter.
04-03-2012, 06:35 PM #3
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((HUGS)) I know it is hard dealing with these issues.
04-03-2012, 06:55 PM #4
Well plexiglass for the window?
And would a short term hosptialization be in order.?
Hugs in any case.
04-03-2012, 10:14 PM #5
Thanks. I told dh about the plexiglass. We like that idea better than plywood.
Dd's psychiatrist has never wanted to hospitalize her. Dd went through a really violent phase several years ago during which she'd push furniture over and attack me. I was very pregnant at the time and thought she should be admitted until her medications had her under control. Her doctor wouldn't agree to it. No idea why.
04-03-2012, 10:27 PM #6
Oh sweetie thats dangerous. Do you have other options available as far as Dr's.
04-03-2012, 10:58 PM #7
I suspect that her psychiatrist doesn't like the inpatient facility in town for some reason. She's been good with dd as far as adjusting meds, returning calls, consulting with dd's teachers, etc. Since both her psychiatrist and autism doctors are avoiding the inpatient facility, I'm thinking it has problems.
04-03-2012, 11:37 PM #8
Sorry just thought I'd throw it out there. Don't know much about Autism personally except that i know changes are hard.
I hope they can get everything balanced again.
04-04-2012, 12:58 PM #9
She's doing better today, just grouchy because her head hurts. I keep telling her I'm sorry it hurts, but that's what happens when you bang your head on the window hard enough to break it.
04-04-2012, 01:07 PM #10
UMM,how do you know she didn't get a skull fracture or concussion?
04-04-2012, 01:33 PM #11
She isn't showing any signs of a serious concussion or skull fracture- pupils dilate correctly, no nausea or vomiting, slurred speech, lack of coordination, signs of seizure activity, etc. If she did, I'd take her in. For a mild concussion, they'd just tell me to give her pain meds and let her sleep- which I'm already doing.
04-04-2012, 03:02 PM #12
K-just thought I'd mention it. sounds like u are on top of things.
When DD was small she tripped on those stupid baby shoes they used to wear and hit the edge of the chair (folding chair=kitchen table chair way back when). Man the goose egg! We ended up in the ER just to be sure. I'm a safe or sorry gal. My GF thought I was nutso.
04-04-2012, 06:05 PM #13
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Aww you poor thing *hugs*
I have been where you are so many, many times with my DS. Puberty time is definitely the worst because coupled with the autism symptoms, you have hormones to worry about. Sickness either makes it worse or better, depending on behavior while better.
What is she currently taking for her autism?
We find that along with medication, diet changes and a method where you redirect them after they've had the tantrum helps. But we have tried that and lately, we've been doing things with DS13 to help divert him from the tantrum. Sometimes, I just let him have one outside where he can get it out. He did it today after we walked out of the mall. I just told DH, "Just let him do it here because it's better than in the van."
04-04-2012, 06:12 PM #14
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Hope things get better soon...it must be very difficult to see your daughter go thru this and know there is nothing you can do to make it better....Hugs.....hang in there...
04-05-2012, 12:32 PM #15
We try to identify situations that are going to upset her ahead of time and talk them over with her verbally or with a social story to deflect a tantrum. It helps a lot. When she gets sick it messes with her moods (darn bipolar) and she can flip from agreeable to full meltdown with no warning. That's what happened this week. Her autism specialist and I agree that she's probably really worn out from being constantly sick and not sleeping well. Once she's feeling better her behaviors should improve. If not, then she'll come back to the clinic early to start making other adjustments in her treatment.
We've done the tantrum outside thing as well. Dd has been known to open the car door while we're driving when she throws a fit in the car. Either that or attack me or throw things while I'm driving. I've had to pull over and have dh pick us up a time or two because it wasn't safe to drive with her- another one of those times when she's fine, then suddenly not. It wish her moods didn't change so suddenly and without warning. Makes life really stressful.
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