A Raging Thanksgiving… :-(
November 23, 2012
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November 23, 2012
It’s been a rough Thanksgiving Day for the king….and therefore for me…
We’ve been slowly increasing his dose of depakote (anti seizure med) over the past few weeks and last night was his first night at a new higher dose and today we had a flashback to the “summer of rage” Kyle.
Multiple meltdowns/ tantrums. Maybe they were hunger related, or bowel movement related, or maybe tired related, or maybe he just felt like throwing things and hitting me all day.
But boy this kid knows how to push my buttons! When he is in a “rage” I can see him looking around for something to throw or hit and he always seems to go for the most expensive or the most fragile things.
DustBuster, books, toys, hitting the tv, trying to overturn the tv in his room, and then just attacking yours truly. I got the brunt of it today. And this was all before we left for my in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner.
And I didn’t react well at all.
My wife was able to control herself and have more sympathy & understanding of the situation. This is his first day on an increased dose. He’s eating more. So maybe he’s constipated. She took him in the backyard this morning and put him on the trampoline.
I thought all of those things too, but I couldn’t help myself. I was a raging lunatic for most of the morning & afternoon. And once I become a lunatic then very oftenl I make a bad situation worse.
Then we went to my in laws house for Thanksgiving dinner and it didn’t get much better. During the appetizers / antipasto he was starting to rage so the wife took him in the minivan to watch a DVD for 30-45 minutes.
He was a bit better when he came back in but he literally fell asleep at the table during the main course. I put him in their bedroom and napped for about 90 minutes. (he also napped yesterday)
So we got some respite there… but it was somewhat guilt ridden respite.
Then he got up and helped my father in law blow out his birthday candles (the king loves to blow out candles).
After that he wasn’t raging, but he wasn’t all there. He wasn’t easily engaged. He wasn’t really “present”.
He ate a little dinner. And then started raging again. So I took him and Paula home and left my wife there to hang out.
I’m writing this sitting in the dark outside his bedroom leaning against the door. He’s almost asleep. It’s 9:22pm. I can hear him holding his breath as he falls asleep. Oh yeah… The amount of breath holding was absolutely insane today. And again he does that in all awake situations (happy, sad, mad, etc)
Let’s just hope this is a one day anomaly and let’s hope this all has to do with him adjusting to the new dose and he will settle in quickly
They’ve been seeing a lot of these kinds of behaviors at school the past few weeks..but we hadn’t seen them much at all at home…until now…
And the thought of 3 more days off from school makes me shudder.
That’s all folks. The end.
Hope your Thanksgiving was better than ours.
Written byFrank Campagna
I’m a 48 year old neurotypical dad with a 14 year old son with severe, non-verbal autism & epilepsy. I created this blog to rant about autism & epilepsy while celebrating my son who I affectionately call “the king” :-).