Sinead - posted on 11/25/2012 ( no moms have responded yet )
Hi, I've a 12 year old son who is Type 1 Diabetic since he was 3. However over the last 2 years his mood swings are very bad. To the point self-harm, destroying his own property, hitting me, screaming, going against everything i say. Other times he is the most pleasant child I've ever known. 2 years ago we attended a child psychiatrist and child physiologist. The hospital was over 130 miles away, so after about 6 months they referred us back to a local hospital. The child physicist saw my son and I for 15 minutes and discharged us for good. I advised i was unhappy about this. Then in February of this year I attended my own family doctor advising her of the situation and how bad it was getting. She sent a letter of referral back to my local hospital. A week and a half ago I rang my doctor to say how bad things were. She advised me to attend the local hospital and she would fax a letter in saying we needed to be seen to as a matter of urgency. She also advised them again my son's father is bipolar. After hours in the hospital I felt we were getting places, however she spoke to the psychiatrist who without seeing us said my son had 'behavioral issues'. They would decide if a follow up appointment was needed, as they had lost the original letter of referral sent in February. Out of frustration and anger I said 'if my son does anything to myself or himself you will have blood on your hands, the system has failed him again'. After 2 days I had a social worker on my hands advising of the 'huge concerns' they had for my son. My concerns are greater than anyone else's. She kept saying 'if we let you stay together, fostering may be the only option'. This was said to my son too who has long since been diagnosed with separation anxiety from me. On Thursday last my son had dangerously high blood sugars with very high ketones. He refused to go to the hospital with me, so i called an ambulance. When in the hospital i advised them he was about to 'kick off'. My son ended up being sedated as he was pulling at drips etc. He then needed further sedation in ICU and was there for 2 days. His pediatrician called the psychiatrist who initially put him on .025mg of Risperdal twice a day, however when the ICU nurse called her again to see how even with sedation he was still trashing about she upped this to .0.25 2 times a day. No child in my opinion should have to have been restrained (they had to bandage his legs together) nor go through what he went through, especially when I've looked for help, there was no need for things to get so bad. I've also been advised by the social worker there is a 'professional' meeting with regard to my son,I've not been invited to attend. In light of what has happened since the meeting was arranged i don't feel it should go ahead, or at least the agenda changed. They seem to think it was 'bad parenting' etc. Can anyone help a heart broken Mum who saw her son go through hell for 2 days, 2 years in fact? The mood since he came out of hospital for the most part is relaxed.