Thursday night I got a phone call from one of my son's counselors in rehab. He called to explain to me that my son ran across a safety pin that was at the bottom cuff of one of his jeans. (somehow the rehab facility missed it during the inspection of his things upon arrival) difficult child had carved crosses in various places in his body. I'm already detaching from difficult child's behaviors and wasn't all that surprised. Of course, I was upset, but I was more worried that family weekend started on Friday and they wouldn't let him participate after this incident. Thankfully they did. The counselor said they were concerned and this incident bought him some more time. (whatever that means) He said our insurance company isn't giving them a hard time yet, but this just adds fuel to the fire. So off we went on Friday for Family weekend. It was great to see him!! We could definitely see some change in him. He seemed happier, though he did not care one iota about the carvings or the repercussions of doing this to his body. While there, we were instructed to stop by the nurses station at some point to sign some medication forms. We did and I asked the nurse if they could please put some neosporin and a bandage on the carving in difficult child's shoulder because it was quite deep and looked pretty bad. She agreed and pointed to the a wall which had 8-10 of slips of paper hanging from hit. That's how many blood tests we have to run. OMG! difficult child apparently SHARED his safety pin. The nurse said she'd been there many years and had never seen a "mass cutting incident" such as this. Many of the boys now have carvings on themselves, all thanks to difficult child. I feel absolutely horrible about the whole thing!! I'm secretly thankful difficult child carved himself first. I'm pretty certain he doesn't have any disease or illness that could be passed on. I can't say that much for the other boys. Some of whom are IV drug users and could be carrying around Hep C, AIDS etc. Saturday difficult child seemed completely different than he did on Friday. He didn't seem happy and was extremely fidgety. During the AA meeting he picked up 2 sobriety tokens (not sure what they're called) and I watched as he anxiously took apart the chain holding them together and inspected every inch of it. You could just see him trying to figure out what he could do with it or make with it. He was like a 5 yr old, wrapping the chain around his wrist, then his ankle, then his notebook, one shoe then the other, then again. It finally ended up in his mouth. I was just waiting for him to choke on it. He did this for HOURS during family sessions. It was insane!! I don't know if the counselor running the meeting noticed it, but I will definitely bring it up with them tomorrow. I asked difficult child if they had made any medication changes that I didn't know about and he said no. I'm thinking he's manic? I don't know what else to think. I can't imagine he was high, although if he weren't in rehab I would have thought he was. Tomorrow we'll get the results of the Psychological testing the've done. I'm anxious to hear what the Psychologist thinks is going on with him. Especially after this latest incident!