MomWithOCDSon Posted January 10, 2010 Report Share Posted January 10, 2010 Every time I come here I learn something new and feel supported because I see that our family is NOT the only one going through all this stuff, even if we are the only one on our block, or maybe even in our neighborhood or community. And we necessarily spend a lot of time and words looking for help, suggestions, solutions, etc., But I thought maybe if we could post some of our small success stories . . . even if our kids don't yet qualify as "healed" . . . it might help us feel a little more empowered, a little more successful on a day-to-day basis. Obviously, we had a little success today which made me think of this topic, so I'll kick it off. Our DS12 is back on a fresh round of abx; this is Day 3. He had been on abx for 2 months, and then we took him off, both to try and assess what, if anything, the abx were doing for him, and also because his tummy was tired of dealing with it all. But along about Day 9 without the abx assistance, we saw him slide dramatically (2 major meltdowns in a single day when we hadn't seen any meltdowns at all for almost a week prior to that), we got another prescription. The day before he began this fresh course, he and his dad went over to our health club to take a swim; not being particularly athletic and loathe to "sweat" because it makes him feel "dirty and sticky," swimming is about the only physical activity he truly enjoys, and he's good at it, too! We really enjoy seeing him feeling so free and unencumbered by all the obsessions and compulsions his OCD behaviors tend to bring to most aspects of his daily life. Anyway, this particular day, they'd barely left before I got a phone call from my husband, telling me that they'd only made it as far as the lobby of the club when our son lost it, melting down about how filthy the floor was (major snow storm so slush, salt, mud, etc. were being tracked everywhere) and how he couldn't possibly stay there, go in the locker room or swim because it was too disgusting and dirty there. He was beyond reason and making a scene, so they cashed it in and came home. Then he was upset with himself for "giving in to the OCD" and spent the rest of the night beating himself up about not having been able to push past the contamination fear. Well today, Day 3, he packed his swim bag and headed off once again with his dad to the club to swim. Still snow and ice on the ground, and therefore slush and salt in the building lobby. He was nervous. But HE DID IT! He made it all the way into the club, through the locker room, into the pool, had a nice, long, energetic swim, and made it back home with a smile on his face! Now he's tucked into bed, pleased with and proud of himself, physically satisfied and no longer afraid to do one of the things he's always enjoyed the most until the OCD tried to take it away from him. I give credit to both the abx and my determined boy! What's YOUR Small Success Story? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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