Emily is having a really hard time right now. I think all of the talk of Swine Flu has really affected her, or maybe it is something else. I just don't know. She went through a week of illness staying home from school two weeks ago. Last week she was really worried about still being sick and it was so hard to get her to go to school. She was breaking down and upset, afraid of throwing up at school. Monday and Tuesday were really difficult. By Wednesday I was ready to call her psychiatrist to see if this was an OCD problem and what should we do? Emily came home excited and happy. She told me that there was a cow at school that day and shared all the information she learned. I thought we were past all the illness worries.
This week, we're back to the crying and being upset. I'm at the end of my rope. I wish I could say that I handle these moments with grace, but I don't. I try to be patient but I can say "you're not going to throw up" only so many times. By the time I have her ready for school and walking out the door I'm threatening to take away Halloween if she doesn't stop. I know that she is dealing with a lot, but I just wish we could turn it around. I need to find a trigger to end the worry. Last week I had tweeted some friends, asking for good vibes for Emily. They did and when Emily came home upset I had told her that all sorts of people were thinking good thoughts and praying for her. I showed her the tweets and it brought a smile to her face. She seemed very comforted by this and it was also the start of her turnaround.
I'm obviously desperate and trying to find anything that will work. I decided to start a Twitter account where friends, family, anyone who wants to help out, can send Emily an encouraging message. A thousand thanks from me if you do!
Emily's twitter name is @emmeepop