Since my last post:
- Danielle had what could be described as some sort of emotional breakdown. She has been having nightmares about bad things happening to her biological half-siblings and, after a particularly bad dream, she spent about a half an hour curled up on the floor in the fetal position screaming, "Make them stop! Why won't they stop? Am I going crazy?" FosterEema nearly called the mental health crisis line, but since Danielle wasn't actively dangerous to anyone and wasn't threatening self-harm, we waited it out. Eventually, Danielle calmed down and went back to bed.
- Concerned about her outburst, we called the mental health professionals at her school, and they too are "very concerned" about this development. They are trying to accelerate the process of getting her a referral for additional mental health services, but they can't give us a timeline as to when that will happen.
- We weren't able to reach our family therapist, as she has been out of town on an extended holiday.
- We got word that another one of Danielle's half-siblings has been incarcerated. Like the first, we have few details, and don't know how long this individual will be locked up.
- We managed to get through my birthday and the Thanksgiving holiday without major incidents, though Danielle did choose to use Thanksgiving weekend to start harping about how living with her birth family was much better than living with us, and how she can't wait until she turns 18 and moves out.
- She didn't much like it when I reminded her that if she wants to move out when she's 18, she really ought to start looking for a job now, so she'll have money saved up for things like deposits, move-in costs, and furniture.
- Danielle played motion-based video games to excess and gave herself a bad case of sore muscles. I resisted the temptation to say, "I told you so," when she complained about how much her arm hurt.
- I actually lost weight over Thanksgiving weekend, which is just unheard of in my world. I completed Couch to 5K earlier this year, and I have been working on Bridge to 10K. By the end of this week, I'll be up to jogging for an hour. I guess all the extra exercise managed to burn off the damage the turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and apple pie created.
How did your Thanksgiving holiday go?