Wow, yesterday was one of the toughest days I've ever had as a parent, and that's saying a lot because I have had some REALLY tough days. (Most of them were caused by my daughter, in all honesty.)
Michael is having a really hard time sleeping because the stitches in the back of his head mean he needs to sleep on his stomach, which feels unnatural to him. Yesterday, after 2 days with bad sleep, he was in an extremely FOUL humor. I mean, barely speaking to me, growling is more like it.
I left him on the couch around noon and went to Kroger alone. Shopped alone. Loaded groceries into my car. Came home and unloaded the car alone. Put them away with no help.
I get that he doesn't feel good, but not even offering to help me? That's so unlike him.
Right now he is showing all the symptoms of Oppositional Defiant Disorder:
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) is characterized by the frequent occurrence of at least four of the following behaviors: losing temper, arguing with adults, actively defying or refusing to comply with the requests or rules of adults, deliberately doing things that will annoy other people, blaming others for his or her own mistakes or misbehavior, being touchy or easily annoyed by others, being angry and resentful, or being spiteful or vindictive.Having said that, I don't think it's fair to slap a label on Michael right now, because he is experiencing a lot of emotions that I hope are transient. He has stitches in the back of his head. His neck is very sore. His thumb is jammed.He has scrapes and bruises everywhere.
Mother thinks he is mad at himself, because I had warned him about wearing a helmet and he ignored me. She may be right.
TO BE CLEAR: Mike is a great guy almost ALL the time. Right now? Nope.
One of my cousins emailed me and said a few years ago when her kids were younger [they are now in their early 20's] that her daughter broke a collarbone and her son dislocated his shoulder. My reply to her was: Our family is CURSED by evil longboards!
A longboard is like an oversized skateboard. It looks more sturdy, but I doubt it. There are no brakes, either.
Mike bought the board with his own money. If I had forbidden it, he would've resented me a lot. There was no good response to his wanting it.
I got him up today and made him go on to school. The sophomores are taking the PSAT and I didn't want him to miss. He barely touched his breakfast. I put an apple and a honeybun in his backpack. Didn't know what else to do. He did take a vitamin.
Y'all say prayers he will heal up and be able to sleep soon. He's not a happy camper these days and it's wearing me OUT...