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  •  He once (9+ / 0-)

    bit my breast while I was trying to get him into the car, to the point he drew blood. I actually went to his pediatrician for treatment because I was afraid of the reaction at the ER. I had him in a basket hold at the time, and he turned his head and bit the easiest place for him to reach. His pediatrician understood, bandaged me up and put me on antibiotics. I was afraid the ER would try and have me arrested for child abuse or molestation because of the location of the bite.

    And yes, it's not pleasant at all to live like that. And what do you do when it's your kid causing it? If it's a spouse or partner you can leave, it's hard but it can be done. When it's a kid, what do you do? You can't just leave. You can't find help, for them or for yourself. And when you do try to get help, it gets turned around to be all your fault and you end up dealing with DCFS and court, and police, and everything else they can think of to make your life and that of your family more difficult.

    "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

    by FloridaSNMOM on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 05:22:25 PM PST

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    •  Being accused of abuse was (8+ / 0-)

      one of my biggest fears.  A couple of times, he had histrionics in public and the police were called.  I gave them his doctor's number, and they did go interview him, but gads.  There were many visits to ERs between his injuries and mine.  I was trying to spread them out because I feared that so much.  And they always bite what's convenient, don't they?  My son got me in the neck once, while I was trying to restrain him.   The looks the medical staff give you are a cross between pity and suspicion.  

      Once Jon was admitted to the hospital and more came out, his doctor there had to report to CPS, who showed up at the hospital with the police.  They did interviews with my son, my daughter, all of us separately.  It was horrible.  At the end, they said since I had already removed him from the home, it would go no further.  I understand the need to protect children, but they knew before the interview that he was out of the home and my daughter was safe.  At that point, it felt a bit sadistic.

      You are my brother, my sister.

      by RoCali on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 05:37:51 PM PST

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