What happened when she didn’t sleep for five days?

She exploded and that is putting it mildly.

Middle child has had issues with sleeping for quite a long time now. Her sadness doesn’t help matters or the stress she puts upon herself or the constant stomach pains she has been suffering from for a year. An ultrasound showed she has kidney stones but apparently not enough to cause the pain she suffers so another test has been ordered, a Carbon 14 Breath test.

The medication she was prescribed by the doctor should have knocked her out but for some reason it didn’t even make her tired. Nights went by, but sleep eluded her. Each morning she would come downstairs with bags under her eyes, exhausted, cranky, and tearful. Anytime we said anything to her, she would snap, and snap at us. We tiptoed around her for days but still, we were an annoyance. She was exhausted and there was nothing we could do except hope she would sleep.

Finally earlier in the week, it all came to a head. She lost it on us. She screamed, and screamed, threw plastic cups at her brother (they just happened to be near her). Her brother screamed back, her father screamed back, I yelled for all to stop to no avail. I honestly cannot believe the neighbours did not call the police, the yelling was that mean and loud. I finally walked out, I couldn’t stand it any longer. Barefoot, purse in hand, kleenex box in another, crying I walked down our very busy street oblivious to the cars passing by me. I came to rest at the nearest corner, sat down on a ledge, crying and blowing my nose. The teenage boy came after me, and said the yelling had subsided, she had stopped.

I walked back home, it was quiet when I entered. Middle child had gone to her room and phoned my bff (an Aunt to her). She was calmer now. She told her adopted Aunt how she had lost it, she was terrified she was going nuts because she hadn’t slept in days. DH was in the basement, the teenage boy left for a jog (I think). After her phone call, middle child and I talked. I tried to explain to her, that lack of sleep, the constant pain, makes her full of rage. She took her medication and tried to sleep. I went to bed.

The next morning, she still had not slept but she was calm, crying and apologizing for her behaviour. Finally, two days after her explosion she slept for five hours. She was much happier. We saw our family doctor, who prescribed her medication for her stomach (a major cause of her not sleeping) and told her to increase the other meds.

She is sleeping a tad better now, though she is not 100%, this may take a while but at least she knows her stomach pain is not in her head.

Middle child gave me permission to write this.

20 thoughts on “What happened when she didn’t sleep for five days?

  1. Rivki Silver

    Oy, I’m sorry! It is so hard when kids don’t feel good, and when they are so overtired it’s just impossible. I hope she’s feeling better now, and that the adjustment to the meds is working out (I popped over from your comment on Alison’s blog, btw)

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    1. Catherine Burden Post author

      Thank you for popping over to my blog! She is still not sleeping, and has stopped the medication because it isn’t working. All the medication does is make her feel horrible. Our house is very stressful.

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        1. Catherine Burden Post author

          Thank you. Sadly we are all well aware here that there is no easy fix for her problems. We have to think positive, tomorrow is another day and maybe she will sleep tonight.

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        1. Catherine Burden Post author

          Finding something for middle child to do, is difficult. She did spend the weekend painting and wallpapering her bedroom, but all that work did not bring sleep to her.

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  2. Jenny @ The Brick Castle

    It’s so hard being a parent some times. We have had a few times where just as you describe, something comes to a head for one of ours (we’ve 5 teenagers) and because everyone’s been on edge for a few days it all just goes bananas. I think walking away when it gets as bad as that is the best move. It’s something you do so rarely and it lets the situation calm. They know how much it took to get you to that point, and realise how serious you’ve become. The situation always improves if only for a few weeks, but long enough to give you all a break at least.

    I hope that her sleeping settles very soon, and you can all be at greater peace 🙂

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  3. MuMuGB

    Well, when my daughters don’t sleep well, the day is a nightmare. 4 days and no sleep would be a living hell. I hope that things will improve!

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  4. Anna V.

    A friend of mine had issues sleeping as well, and also had painful stomach problems. Eventually they found that it was an issue with her serotonin. Apparently, it does more than we think it does-it can affect your stomach, which is why some people don’t eat when their stressed, or over eat.

    I hope she feels better soon.

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    1. Catherine Burden Post author

      Thank you for commenting Frank. It was very difficult. Hopefully though it will give people some understanding on how important sleep is to young adults, and others for that matter.

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