Friday, July 11, 2008

OCD, The Deacon and Root Beer

My daughter Mercede will be 18 in September. The older she gets, the more obnoxious her OCD gets. In fact, I didn't even realize that was the problem for years, but now it is easy to see. I have worked with alot of folks with down syndrome whom also have OCD. This one lady would know if you moved an object in her room more than 1/4 of an inch. she folded her dirty clothes in nice little piles and cleaned and cleaned. Another woman would swept the floor if you walked on it, so she spent alot of time sweeping. But NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO my daughter can't have the cleaning OCD issue. Although she does say she is cleaning. No she has the "lets make HUGE messes and hide everything from everyone" kind of OCD. She can't stand for things to be on the bathroom sink, so my drawers will be overfilled with handsoap and anything else I left on the sink. She reranges everything I do. But the worst is what she does to her room. She makes huge piles of things. You walk in to see a moutain or several hills of everything she owns, everything that her sisters own and everything we own. You have to buy at least 8 pairs of shoes to be able to find one pair, because Mercede will hide them. Not on purpose, she just likes things to be a certain place, but you don't know where those places are. Maybe under one of her hills. Her speech is also getting very obsessive. She talks about the same thing over and over. Years ago, for some stupid reason, we told her that beer was called "root beer", we did this because we know she fixates on things and I didn't want her going up to everyone and saying "so and so drinks beer" over and over. Well that is what happened but she says "root beer" instead. Even after I tried to change it to just beer. So moving on in my saga, a deacon from our church came over last week and Mercede answers the door and first words out of her mouth are "ROOT BEER"...um...yes, she did scream it (she has some hearing loss and talks loud). Anyway I am so hopeful that he won't have a clue what she was talking about. But she says it again when he looks confused "ROOT BEER". I try to interupt and chance the subject, but before I can, she shouts "WHEN I TURN 21..........ROOT BEER" Thanks Mercede, thanks! She is my bAD girl. She can't wait to turn 18 so she can buy lottory tickets. She is only 4'6 and weighs 76 pounds and still get's served childrens menu's out. Nobody is going to believe her age when she goes to buy one. I think even with her ID we are in for a battle. As for the OCD, I'm got to go ger her some meds for that!! lol

18 comments:

Lane Boyz Mom said...

I think she makes those piles just to keep a constant game of hide & seek...so are you having fun with that game? LOL

She's beautiful!! And tell her I said good luck with those lottery tickets, I hope she wins big, I neer have;) LOL

Mary said...

As someone who has struggled with OCD all of my life, I can definitely say that it's a hard thing to deal with. The obsessions and compulsions are not the least bit rational, and despite my knowledge that I'm behaving stupidly, I can't stop. OCD is usually a result of brain chemistry/genetics and it is often hereditary, so you should be on the look out for OCD in your other daughters as well. On the bright side, there are some pretty good meds available for this type of thing, and in particular Prozac has helped a lot. Also, be sure to watch out for Trichotillomania or the pulling out of one's hair which is a form of OCD and often goes hand in hand with regular OCD. If you have any more questions about OCD and what it's like to be a teen with OCD (I'm 21 now), let me know what your email address is and I'll email you. Hope this helps, and good luck!

WheresMyAngels said...

Thanks Mary. My email address is listed on my blog under the About Me information.

Prozac is the med I have been debating having her Dr try her on.

I have alot of friends that have OCD and it really pains them. Now I on the other hand have ADHD. Labels, don't you love them. lol

Missy said...

Found your blog through another SITS site, and I've had fun reading through about your girls! They may not be angels, but they're beautiful... and I about fell off my chair reading about the root beer saga!
And you're in Columbia? I was born and raised in Mexico, just 45 min away. Soybean capital of the world, or something auspicious like that! I'll be back!

Jennifer P. said...

So funny! I think I'm a little OCD myself--I sure like a place for everything and everything in its place--but that's a little hard with 4 boys. Also, I check my email like a clock every 2 hours!

It sounds like you're dealing with the situation with a lot of humor--and that will get you through! :)

Came here via SITS and love your blog and your stories! Best to you!

Jennifer P. said...

Just noticed you were in Columbia. I had a boyfriend going to the University there once. His name was Michael Moore though--so I'm glad that didn't work out :)!

WheresMyAngels said...

lol, the first time I visited Columbia, it was to visit my boyfriend whom as going to the U too. Glad that didn't work out either!! lol

MamaPoRuski said...

You know she will win big, and then hide the winning lottery ticket somewhere special...
I prefer root beer, the other stuff is nasty, BTW...LOL

Does Anybody Hear Me said...

Life in your house must be a riot! I love reading about your kids and the things they say.

WheresMyAngels said...

Debbie, one day I had a $5 winner and she tore it all up!! lol

And for beer, that stuff is the nastiest stuff made! I can't imagine drinking it, but my husband and his brother like it.

WheresMyAngels said...

Thanks sinner, and yes it is a riot! Just not the way you meant it!! lol

Adiel said...

Wow, this is great insight. I don't know too much about either down syndrome or OCD, I'm going to have to keep up with your blog.

Also, at your request, I edited my nicknames post to include the inside joke background on the nickname "Lucy". Just in case you're interested...

stefanie said...

I think Mercede is lovely. I sure could use her help in my bathroom today, because Mo cleared some of her empty bottles of product out of the shower stall and left them by the bathroom sink. I'm pretty sure they will be there until I move them...or Mercede does.

Mindy said...

I have some OCD tendencies such as I will check to make sure I have locked the front door at least 3 times before leaving (all within seconds of each other) among other things. It's nothing casebook though and for that I am grateful. I drive my boys nuts as it is!

Watch out world! Mercede has a few years to go and she will be cruising the town guzzling root beer and playin the lotto! Hope she shares when she wins :)

Half-Past Kissin' Time said...

Just checking in....I've been lurking tonight. I feel sorry for anyone with OCD; it's not easy, to say the least!

Lori said...

I'm way behind! But I am reading trying to catch up cause I love how you write! lol

Mercede sounds like a riot and at the same time a major pain in the behind! Oh wait...that's NORMAL for kids...they never outgrow it and they never go away. I know. I've tried to get them to. hehe

WheresMyAngels said...

Man Lori, today I found one of my youngest shoes. Hidden in our cooler. This is a shoe she outgrew a year ago!

Lauren said...

Thanks for stopping by the other day. The root beer story is funny. I wish I would have taught my 3 year old to call it root beer. My MIL was at a BBQ and went to have a beer. She told my 3 year old it was soda, to which my daughter replied, "No Nanny, that is beer. My Daddy drinks those."