I am about to make a broad generalization that has proven true for me thus far: alternative health care (eastern, integrative, holistic, etc) works better than western medicine.
I have convinced my daughter to more regularly take the GABA supplement our integrative clinic recommended and I already see her returning to her functioning self. Her regular, regulated self. Yesterday was a regular day.
The storm (for right now) has passed.
Last night she even went to a birthday sleepover party. A regular girl thing that she was able to do. Beforehand, she was nervous and excited. Do you realize how fantastic this is?!
Yesterday, to prep for the party, I took her shopping for new pjs, a birthday gift, etc. We laughed together. She whined and begged for things I could not buy her, but the whole day was not ruined when I said "no." She did not obsess. There was occassional irritation, frustration on both ends -- in other words, it was a regular mother-daughter outing, and I am relieved.
Since she was up all night at the party, right now she is taking a nap. In the 6+ years she has lived with me, this is probably about the 3rd nap--including when she is sick, etc-- that I have seen her take. Her mind is relaxed enough that she can fall asleep when she is tired!!!
In my last post, I wondered about my parenting goals for Penny. Here is one that I need to remember: healing her brain. Penny's brain and neurochemical functioning took a beating in utero, as an infant and in early childhood. Much of what I do is an attempt to help her brain to heal.
When neurons are firing normally, Penny experiences a range of emotions. When they are not, she seems trapped within a cycle of anxious misery.
Someday in the very immediate future, I expect that Penny will decide that she doesn't want to take the GABA supplement anymore. Or maybe it will stop having the same effect. Then I will try other things. I am not going to leave Penny trapped in misery.