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Seriously FFS(45 Posts)
This is a pure angry rant, so you know, don't feel obliged to read through the whole thing if you want to stick with the positive tonight
I just fielded a wonderful phone call from someone who wanted to offer me parenting advice on DD2 because DD2 is finding home really hard because of me! (read - DD2 is triangulating and manipulating because for reasons she can't explain, it makes her feel safer and more in control)
I tried being polite, whilst being advised that I'm too hard on DD2 because (paraphrased):
1. I should let her go out whenever she wants to, because kids her age need freedom
2. Removing her radio (not for the first time by a long shot) was "cruel" because "she needs it". Apparently I removed it because I didn't like her music, which she has a "right to listen to". (This is bollocks. I removed it at 1AM because DD2 refused to turn it down and DS woke up and couldn't get back to sleep)
and the absolute corker:
3. Kid her age shouldn't have medication, especially meds classed as antipsychotics, and I should stop her medication because it's bad and also "forcing children" (as if I force her, she's 17 not 4!!) to take "psychotic medication" is abusive
At this point I politely yet very firmly terminated the phone call, because I saw the metaphorical red sparkles of rage
Some things are not worth arguing over. I COULD have said to this certain someone
"Yes, DD2 is on strong medication. It's very sad when a child needs something like Risperidone to function well. We should ask ourselves what the root cause of this situation is, and so I have some advice/insight for you - a great method of preventing this kind of situation is not to harm your own child in such a profound way that she later needs medication to help her function. You don't like my parenting? Well then, don't fuck up your own parenting so badly that your child gets placed with me so I could do the job properly"
But I didn't. I said "goodbye X" and cut her off.
Good that your DD normally takes it ok and realises it helps her.
I'm so sorry this is causing you anxiety. I don't feel qualified to help with advice but am taking your mumsnet back and sending positive vibes your way!
You have shown true dignity and grace. Respect to you.
She texted me a couple of times this morning, saying she's sorry if she upset me, but she only wants to help DD and to please listen to her and talk with her. Totally ignored them, my parenting is not up for discussion
We're all going out tomorrow for a picnic and a long walk, so that will take my mind off things I'm off to make some sandwiches and line up wellies and raincoats! (100% if we're going out, we'll get poured on)
She only wants to help you. The woman's a saint.
You are well deserving of the wine, I don't know how you kept you cool
Do you think she is unthinking or deliberately trying to wind you up?
I suppose parenting looks easy when you are not in the thick of it. I have had written parenting advice from BM which was hard enough to take but nothing like getting it over the telephone
Hope you all the picnic and walk today Lilka and that you didn't get too wet!
Wowzers and other exclaiming stuff .
I have no experience of this but even i can see she is deluded and in denial is probably the polite version .
Here have gin and plenty of interesting snacks .
Thanks prumarth we did enjoy ourselves It was very windy and cold but we didn't get even a spot of rain on us! Gave me a chance to clear my head - walking is ever so calming Although battling the wind was exhausting, I am cream crackered now and off to bed
OMG!!! Only just caught up on recent threads due to youngest DS giving me the run around. I cannot believe that woman has the audacity to question you like that!! Fair play for not screaming and ranting like a loon at her, you're a better woman than me.
Thought I might as well update
Yes, she did tell DD2 in person and via the lovely facebook chat (DD hs let me have a look at their chat log) that she might get addicted to "them pills they got you on", "it's not good for you", they're for people with scizophrenia not for you, "I don't want you all drugged up", "she can't make you take them, just tell her to piss off" [that's me, obviously] et bloody cetera
So DD2 refused to take the pills, for 3 days, before starting again on the 4th day after she realised that she needs it and also she got withdrawal symptoms which were awful
Her behaviours and emotions in those days, were awful. All the anxiety behaviours back full force, the restless energy, she was being aggressive, she was really hypervigilant, and this was made 10 times worse by the withdrawal symptoms - she felt sick and couldn't sleep at all, and lack of sleep makes her really irritable and easily angered. It's been such a time since she's not been on medication, I felt overwhelmed by it.
It was hellish, it really was. I didn't sleep either because she was walking round the house all night, waking me up so I could be with her. I think it was about 4 hours sleep in dribs and drabs the first night, no sleep whatsoever the second night and maybe 3 hours the next night.
Anyway, she couldn't bear the insomnia any more so by the 4th day I was able to sit her down and give her a cuddle and talk her into starting again pretty easily. Starting didn't make it all go away straight away but she's feeling better now, sleeping and not feeling ill.
And she's agreed with me that she's not going to do that again, that she clearly does need the medication, and that when the time does come to come off it, it will be tapered off slowly
Anyway that's one the reasons I've just not been around here much this last month, plus a few other things, this has just been a horrid one
But on a happier note, on Friday and yesterday we celebrated 10 years since i met her!! Met her on Saturday 28th February 2004 and we had a Saturday tea celebration at home yesterday (that is - we had party food, coca cola and smiles all round). It was a lovely day
I told DD how I couldn't believe 10 years went so fast, and how blessed I am to have met her and how happy I am that she's my daughter, and she said to me "I'm really glad you're my mum"!!!!
Full steam ahead to her 18th birthday in a couple of weeks
I really don't know where the time has gone!
ps. it's also my birthday in a few days (on the 6th), and given DS birthday is in February, we have a slew of celebrations in a short space of time. However, I won't be making a fuss out of my birthday, because that would remind people how old I am I dread to think what delightfully comedic age related birthday card DD1 has found this year
for your birthday.
You are both amazing.
Aw thank you ghost I love cake. I've decided to make my own cake, a coffee and walnut one. It may be a total disaster (I don't bake much) but oh well
I've not been amazing at this lark this month. I feel like I'm hanging on by my very finger tips. I just hope things improve. This weekend was good though so I hope we're moving in the right direction, slowly
Lilka lots of hugs (v UN-MN I know) and for you.
Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary and upcoming birthday! Both sound like opportunities for some well deserved celebrations.
I'm so sorry that you have had a tough month. If only your daughters birth mum fully realised the impact that her advise has. However, it's great that your daughter knows you are there for her - sharing her chat pages, even waking you up at night for comfort and support - and ultimately she has realised the importance of the medication within a relatively short period (although probably feels a lot longer when you were both suffering through the after effects).
I hope your daughter is now allowed to recover without any further "advice" from outside influences!
Hope that March treats you better than Feb did!
Oh fucking hell Lilka, I'm so cross on your - and your DD's - behalf . You're a hero. And congratulations on your anniversary. Lots of all round.
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