Today was a rough day. After a violent episode, I called 911 and had my 13-year-old son taken by ambulance to the hospital. I knew, without a doubt, that I was doing the right thing for my son so I stayed relatively calm during the day. The psychiatrist says we're looking at a 7-10 day stay as they stabilize medications. What I didn't anticipate was actually having to leave. I don't know why I didn't; I guess I was just so focused on getting him help. When it was time for him to go to sleep, his dad said it was time for us to go. Every maternal fiber in me said " no, I'm not leaving my son." I started to cry, then cried some more. When we were walking down the hallway, I could hear my son screaming, and it was the most painful moment of my life. Admitting him to the hospital was one thing, but leaving him there alone was another. I'd love to hear about what others have gone through with hospitalizing their children. What were your experiences? What can I expect? And how did you manage the awful pain of having to leave your child?