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Separation Anxiety?????? Or Maybe Not........

Posted Aug 24 2008 6:41pm

The last week or so I have noticed a remarkable difference in Rhett. As in I can no longer leave his side.

I mean, he has always been a momma's boy. We are extremely close, the love and the bond is amazing, not to toot my own horn or anything, but he knows that I am the one that is always there for comfort no matter what.

But usually when we are home, I can walk out of the room, switch the laundry, do dishes, change bedding, whatever.

This is why this last week has become worrisome for me. All of the sudden I can't step out of his vision. If I do he screams, I am not exaggerating, he literally just screams, as if someone is beating him. Even if I am in the kitchen and there is the gate separating us, yet he can still see me, just knowing that he can't touch me he flips out.

He has been crying out in his sleep as well at night, which is unusual for him. I don't know what's going on.

I can't quite figure out how a two and a half year old suddenly develops separation anxiety. Not when he has been okay thus far. I mean, he even has Andy pick him up, just so that he cant get closer to me. I mean I am glad this little guy can talk, but he goes around calling "Mom" all day long, and if I walk away from him, even to go to the bathroom, he is screaming "NOOOO!!!" at me.

I just don't get it, it makes me wonder if something is going on. He has been running a very small fever last night and today, but as long as I am by him he seems to be okay. I have been running extra water through his feeding tube because his eyes are getting that dark look to them, and his poop has gotten really hard again, so I wonder if he is a little dehydrated. He keeps signing thirsty to me, but I can't give him a drink. When he signs thirsty, I usually hand him a wet wash cloth to chew on, making sure it' been rung out really well first. I can only imagine that his mouth gets dry now that he can't have anything orally.

Ugh, I hate the guessing game.

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