Time for some more prayers please!!
We continue to struggle with Corey’s temper and appropriate expression of her emotions. Caitlin and I are waring thin! Corey’s anxiety peaks and then lingers for days. This week has been rough and it’s only Wednesday!
I am trying to reteach Corey autonomy. For those of you who are parents, remember when you hired your first babysitter or dropped your child off at pre-school and they cried when you were leaving? Multiply that by 1,000 and its a fraction of what we are coping with every hour on a daily basis.
I’m not sure why Corey’s anxiety is so severe. If I sit in the family room and she is at the kitchen table, she is panicked I’m too far away from her. (It’s a distance of 8 feet and she can see me). Her brain injury is blocking her ability to reason and understand. At the moment, no level of explanation can help her comprehend she is safe to sit “alone”.
Today I battled 30 temper tantrums before 1:00. Needless to say, it is exhausting and to make matters worse, she doesn’t remember one of the tantrums or the conversations to “reteach” her.
Please pray to help us over this cognitive hurdle. She is doing much better identifying her emotions and writing her journal entries but these outbursts and separation anxiety is more then we can handle some days.
Unfortunately, this is a side of TBI that is common yet there is very little that can be done except to wait it out and hope for continued healing to make this emotional connection. Video’s of me talking to her, cue cards of where, what, and how; and a multitude of other creative ideas have not worked to date.
Somedays our mantra, “Matter of Time”, is one of those lemons I’d like to throw back!
Thanks for being out there to listen, love and support us. I truly don’t know where we would be without each one of you! I can’t begin to tell you how valuable your notes are for our emotional healing, xoxo