Today was a very crazy day at our house....our 13 year old had her "teenage" birthday on the 29th of Aug and wanted a new hairstyle that involved black hairdye and blonde hairdye and since we were going to make some extreme changes to the color, she decided that she needed some styling tools to go along with it. Curling irons, straighteners, blowdryer, etc. A good idea?? Sounds like it may be, but trust me, it WASN'T. I have been off work this week and since I am used to having things to fill my day with work, I have been a bit stir crazy sitting at home, since 2 of our 3 children are in school all day everyday. So, I decided it was time to tackle a project and go upstairs to the girls' rooms and do some re-arranging... the girls all wanted to trade beds, so I was in the 13 year old's room taking her bed apart and my 3 year old was up there "helping me". Well, she bumped into the vanity and the straigtener started to tumble off the top. My dear sweet helpful baby trying to save it from hitting the floor caught it just in time, only to discover that the darn thing was ON... not only ON, but ON SETTING 25, the highest setting it has, which is 356 DEGREES!!! And of course she didn't grab it around the outside, she stuck her poor little fingers right on the metal plate and burned her hand!!!! I tried to call the doctor, and with NO LUCK he was completely booked all day and could not see her, but offered to call ahead for me to let the ER know I was coming if I wanted to drive her to the Hospital!!! This is, of course, after mentioning that he didn't really think she would need to be seen for such a minor burn (that was enough for me to decide I could handle this one at home on my own, yeah, brave I know.) UGH that was NO HELP to me whatsoever, so my darling child SCREAMED for 4 hours straight until I finally found a small little container in the very back of the medicine cabinet that had some burn cream in it. Of course if any of you have ever USED burn cream before, you know that it HURTS LIKE H*** when you first put it on, but after a few minutes, it will help with the pain. So of course, applying the medicine to the screaming child's finger with promises that it will make it feel better only made her scream louder, so I held her and we watched veggie tales for an hour until she FINALLY stopped crying and fell asleep. She woke up from her nap in a great mood and hasn't even so much as whined about her finger hurting since then, but it still worries me a little, I am going to keep a very close eye on it. So, difficult child comes home from school and I said something to her about her straightener and she COMPLETELY BLEW ME OFF!!!! It was SO AGGRAVATING to the point I wanted to smack her (I didn't, but I really wanted to!) So instead, since she didn't seem to want to discuss it, I made her bring me all of her new hair toys and I explained to her that until we were sure she could be responsible enough to NOT possibly burn the house down ( I should mention that the thing had to have been on for at least 2 days, becuase I know that in the last 2 days, she has not had time to straighten her hair). She is NOT allowed to keep those things in her room anymore, and they are only to be used for special occasions or other times that she specifically asks first and it will be done with supervision. This of course really ticked her off and she starts screaming and throwing a horrendous temper tantrum, takes a few minutes, then comes up and offers to help me finish up with the bedrooms. **I don't think that I have ever seen her recover from a meltdown so quickly before and I know that she has never come back and been so nice afterwards. It is usually at least the next day before she is ready to be NICE again, but to recover from the meltdown and be upstairs offering to help and doing it nicely all in a matter of 15 minutes was INCREDIBLE!!! Is this the result of the lamictal?????????? I have not really noticed any other differences since she started taking it, other than today when she had her meltdown. I was just curious if that may have been part of what made her bounce back so quickly, or what?????