This was, of course, after a mild temper tantrum last night where Danielle expressed considerable anger over the scheduling of the appointment. In her mind, we had deliberately picked a time that was inconvenient for her, and we didn't care how these appointments impacted her schedule.
The truth was, the clinic offered an appointment, and we took it. We were trying to get the kid in as soon as possible.
So we went to the clinic and waited for nearly an hour to be seen. When we finally got in, though, the doctor seemed very nice. Truly, she is a breath of fresh air.
So we sat in the exam room and discussed what has been going on. The doctor seemed really shocked when we told her that Danielle has been physically abusing us for the past three years. When we finished, the doctor turned to the kid.
"Is this true?" she asked.
Danielle shrugged sheepishly. "I guess," she mumbled.
We spoke for a few minutes, and then the doctor met with Danielle privately. When she was finished, she called us back in to the exam room.
She agreed it was important Danielle be seen by a psychiatrist as soon as possible.
She instructed us to get back in touch with the county mental health people, and wrote the following on a prescription:
[Danielle] would significantly benefit from obtaining psychiatric care and evaluation as soon as possible. If I can assist, please notify me. [phone number]
We will be taking a copy of this note to her therapist tonight, and we'll also contact the county mental health office as well.
Here's to hoping this moves us in the right direction.