We will be leaving momentarily. We are once again on our way to Akron Children’s Hospital with Gavin, who is in crisis. This time however, we expect to be transferred somewhere else. I wanted to ask for everyone’s prayers, as I’m not sure how this is going to go. Gavin, as I explained yesterday, is pulling his teeth out. Partly to get money from the grandparents and the tooth fairy and partly because “it feels good when I pull them out”. He informed me last night that he also does it because it feels good and not just for the money. Maybe it’s a stemming thing or maybe some weird sensory thing but either way it has to stop.
This morning he had a meltdown and self-injured. He got himself really good this time. We called the doctors and they want him hospitalized to figure out what’s going on. We will have to employ a different approach this time so that Gavin does NOT view this as “fun” experience. Meaning, we most likely will have to go without visiting him during his stay. This HAS to be a negative experience that has a positive outcome. I can’t tell you how horrible the thought of doing that is, especially on Father’s Day. I just don’t see any other way to make this work. This is going to be a difficult time for ALL involved.
Akron Children’s Hospital will likely be a step along the way on this journey for help. We may end up in Cleveland or Pittsburgh. Dr. R’s team called ahead to let them know we are going to be leaving very soon. I want to THANK Lizze’s parents for coming to get the boys. I know they are both very tired from the family gathering yesterday AND having kept Emmett over night so Lizze and I could get some sleep. We are VERY grateful for the support. Thank you for helping with gas as well. I wasn’t sure how we were going to pull this off. So THANK YOU very much. We will try to find someone to help you with this.
Please keep my family in your prayers as we once again, try to find Gavin some much needed help. Please pray that we find it.
Please keep in mind that this video serves as documentation as to what “actually” happened. Perhaps this will also help people to have a better understanding of what families, like mine, go through. Please save any “hate mail” for someone else. I stand behind my decision to document these events.