Thursday, August 21, 2008
School's In Session...and Miracles Happen!
We have nearly made it through the first week of school although I don't have any cute "First Day" photos. I have a senior who would think that was "SO cheesy Mom" and an 8th grader who was too nervous for me to even think about taking his picture. As most of you know, Richard suffers from OCD and anxiety disorder. Last school year was a nightmare for him (and so it was for me too!). As his anxiety increased, his OCD got worse. He literally couldn't walk from class to class. He couldn't read because he felt the need to re-read every sentence and it drove him crazy. Homework was torture and without his very understanding teachers he would be doing 7th grade over. They helped us so much as did his counselor and Vice Principal.
He was bullied and tormented so much that he didn't want to go anymore.
Through treatment he has learned the coping skills he needs to keep himself from doing his repetitive behaviors. His therapist told us a week ago that he didn't need to be seen on a regular basis anymore, only as needed! I was worried that throwing him back into the lion's den of Jr. High would make him worse again. One week ago tonight he broke down and cried worried about the bullying. He was so upset and didn't know if he could go back to school. It made me physically ill for a day or so to think that we had to put him back into the thick of things again...summer has been so nice and worry free! His father gave him a beautiful blessing and I have found myself praying for him fervently as well as for those who might tend to pick on him.
Four days into the new year and he has had good experiences. He doesn't appear nervous to go and has had no trouble with his OCD yet. He told me that he has made an effort to talk to people he knows (he was very withdrawn last year) and that kids have been talking to him too! Today was so great! When I picked him up he said, "Mom, something amazing just happened! A kid who was mean to me last year just walked by me and said "Hi Richard. Sorry I was such a big jerk last year"! Wow. Prayers are answered, kids do grow up and I feel pretty good right now. I know we will have bumps in the road ahead but we'll meet them head-on and get through!
Thanks for all of your prayers for my son and if you think about him now and then, say a little prayer for him still. We couldn't have made it through without prayer!