A few weeks ago my 10 year was getting ready for school and as I was helping her with her jacket and backpack I noticed her eyebrows seemed all askew. I made a mental note of it and then was distracted by the dog throwing up on the kitchen floor.
Next morning, I pulled a classic "mom" move and licked my fingers and tried to smooth out her eyebrows. To my horror, I noticed that her eyebrows weren't mussed up at all, they had two huge bald spots on both eyebrows.
My 10 year is pulling out her eyebrows.
It took awhile for me to understand the situation. She's always been a high stress girl. Easily upset, quick to cry, feelings hanging from her sleeve. My biggest worry had always been that she'd be a nail biter like I was. Eyebrow pulling wasn't even on my radar.
Last month she had her first real full blown panic attack. She honestly thought she was dying and begged me to call 911. It took 30 minutes and more than a few squirts of 'rescue remedy' to get her to calm down.
My poor poor girl. There is nothing a ten year old girl should be so worried about that she's hurting herself.
I immediately called the school counselor who's been very helpful this year and made an appointment to see her and the district psychologist.
Hubby and I bought some squeezy things and a rubbing stone for her to keep in her pocket for when she feels stressed...hopefully they will help. A few wisps of hair are growing back...ever so slowly.
On a scarier note: My oldest is learning how to drive. When did I get sooooo old?
On a happier note:
Happy Mother's Day to all you Mother's out there!!
It's the hardest job in the world and we all deserve hazard pay.