DS1 has some ongoing health issues. He frequents dermatologists, pediatricians, doctors, child psych etc
He has a skin auto immune disorder and is covered in blisters on all his bending points ie: knees feet ankles elbows, back, face, he has ongoing behavioural issues and hypersensitivity/anxiety, he gets severe growth pains in his legs at night that doctors are putting down to the fact that his body has trouble growing. He also says his head hurts occasionally and as a toddler used to scream and hold his head randomly but we've so far found nothing. He has reccuring respiratory problems including asthma and reccuring lung infections. He finds it really hard to put on weight and is in the 2nd percentile, when he is sick he can sometimes fall off the chart and ends up so skinny he looks like he could break.
In saying this, despite his skin and growing problems he can at times appear to be quite normal between the bad times.
When he was younger and occasionally still he would get night terrors, often quite a few times throughout the night. We would wake to his bloodcurdling screams and run into his room, unable to console him or even speak to him for up to an hour at a time, later finding out from a pediatrician that it was because he was actually still asleep and would often have no recollection of these times.
As he's gotten older he has started to get nightmares. I believe this is a mix of anxiety and his health problems. Sometimes he seems good, others he will come in every night saying he's had a nightmare.
Today I am taking him back to the doctor as we had incidents unlike before last night. He awoke with that scream like he was being murdered again, I was feeding DS3 in bed so couldn't get up quick enough and DH went in to console him, but he just kept screaming.
I went in and he was completely flipping out, more horrified than he had been in the past, I picked him up and he was screaming out that "Its going to get me its going to get me"
I carried him to the lounge for a change of environment saying to him that everything was ok and he was safe but he kept screaming out and suddenly yelled out, "I DONT WANT EVERYONE TO DIE!!"
I looked at him and he was wide awake and screaming like he was still in the dream. He screamed things like his brother was there and going to kill him (his 3yo brother was asleep in his room) that his Dad was "blowing up" and "had water growing on him" as he was saying these things he was having panick attacks and hardly able to speak through the cries.
he would seem to momentarily settle and ask for water but then would suddenly go back to saying these things. We were all going to blow up, there were "things" in his room. He kept reiterating that we were all dieing, we were all going to die.
This was so intense to hear from my son and see the genuine terror in his eyes, the way he was acting was as if he really was there, he was panicking and shaking uncontrollably.
I ended up putting him back to bed as he seemed to settle back to sleep but then he awoke again not long after with the same thing. he was so terrified I ended up bringing him to bed with me.
This morning he is sick and throwing up. We're seeing the doctor soon as I suspect he may have a nother lung infection.
I just want answers its horrible seeing him go through this. Has anyone experienced anything like it?? I always ask him and talk to him openly if anything has happened but it always comes back that he is just anxious. His psych hasnt given us any answers, We are looking for another one.