This has been a most horrible day! Do you all mind if I just cry on your shoulders? I didn't sleep well last night, so was going to work on taxes really slowly, maybe catch a nap, take a walk in our mid 70s weather..... Nope. None of that happened.
What happened instead was a frantic morning phone call from our son. He goes to work at 4:30 am, and his wife leaves about 8:30. His step daughter has moved back in with them; she has been dealing with depression, drugs, bad relationships, etc. Well, DIL goes in to check on her daughter before leaving for work, and finds her unresponsive in bed. Her body has turned purple. She called 911 and called our son at work. He said he flew home, breaking every traffic law known. He's a trained first responder, and he began working on her while they waited for the paramedics. The paramedics were there quickly, but of course, it felt like a lifetime. The PM took over and they got her to ER. The PM said that if 10 more minutes had gone by, the girl would have died. As it was, it was touch and go if she lived, and IF she lived, it was touch and go that she would have brain damage or physical damage. She had overdosed on who knows what all.
By noon she began to respond, and she opened her eyes mid-afternoon. The ER let us all be in the room, and there sure were tears flowing. Arrangements were made to transfer her to a rehab treatment center, and she left for that tonight. We all formed a big prayer circle on the parking lot as they drove away.
But that's not all.
My grandson who is 13 is ADHD, severely so. He is bright, funny, quite talented musically, and totally scattered and unfocused. In addition, he has severe impulsiveness, making quick actions, quick decisions, quick moves with absolutely no thought at all. He's always been the little one, the skinny one, the shorty. Even tho he was 13 he still wore boys size 10 clothes. Suddenly puberty set in. He started growing super quickly...... and the puberty chemical changes in his body threw off all the medications he was on for the impulsiveness and ADHD. It has been a nightmare. He was placed in a psych ward for a while, then placed under observation, and then moved to a treatment center. They have been carefully monitoring his meds, but it's not working very well. Basically he has had a complete nervous breakdown. This morning at the hospital, my son got a call that grandson had disappeared. Apparently he just walked away from the center, even now they have no idea where he is. My son and his wife had both taken on second jobs in order to pay for the center. And now they have to pay for the step-daughter's rehab center.
And in addition to all that..... my DIL's mother is dying of cancer, and her step-mother has cancer and is taking chemo. The stress level on those kids is out of sight. We spent the day with them, offered to take them out for supper, but they just wanted to go home, and I don't blame them. We are exhausted also, and it's hard looking outside into the dark, not knowing where our grandson is, and not knowing how our son's step-daughter is. O..... please pray for them!