She is settling in alright, although it’s been rocky at times.
Her grades took a nose dive but I told her that I rather expected them to. What I hadn’t expected was her issue - she was suffering from what seems to be a kind of PTSD. She had insomnia & nightmares, but also suffered from concentration & memory problems. The latter made her cry, it was so frustrating for her. For example, she would try to read her assignments, but could not rememember what she had just read.
Anyway, I have talked to her about decompressing and the odd things that people go through after coming out of a traumatic experence. Also she’s been seeing a therapist, and that is helping her tremendously.
So, academically, her grades took a nose dive but now she’s beginning to get her balance and she’s doing a lot better.
She finally made some friends at school and had some kids over the other afternoon to play guitars & sing. That was a lot of fun for her.
She’s also started eating “real” food (rather than all that canned junk). I just fixed things like I always do, and encouraged her to try them, but left her alone to sample things as she got ready. This weekend I took her to the store and she helped choose some more healthy things to eat.
She has been redecorating her room. I let her pick the paint and she has finished the painting part. She wants to make a fabric border around the top; we have figured out that we can get some foam board, wrap and staple the fabric on, then hang up with not much trouble. I’m waiting until the Christmas crush to be over before venturing out to choose fabric.
She does miss her boyfriend terribly, and she will get very sad and lonely-feeling at times. There isn’t much I can do for her at those times except hug her and kind of commiserate. She has been back to visit him twice. She is saving her money right now to go again during the Christmas break. She rode the train last time and that worked out really well.
She really loves her job and being in charge of her own pocket money has already taught her a thing or two.
Her momma comes over to visit about once a week, and sometimes the two of them will go do something together. They are getting to know each other again, and I’m happy about that. She also enjoys spending time with her half-brother.
So, that’s about it. Thank you for asking!