for her various aches and pains and to talk to the doctor about difficult child's medication refusal. This was the pediatrician doctor not psychiatrist. The doctor explained that depression can cause aches and pains and/or make them worse and the medications will help with that. difficult child still insisted she won't take it. difficult child claims she's not depressed because she's not feeling sad. The doctor and I explained that the irritability, low frustration threshold, sleeping 12-16 hours a day and aches and pain are symptoms of depression, too. But, what do we know. Apparently nothing. Just ask difficult child. The doctor also wants her to see a rheumatologist. She's convinced that I have some rheumatic issues and since they can be hereditary she wants her checked, so we'll both be going to a rheumy. She did talk to difficult child again before doing a blood draw about taking medication. She explained if she found anything then difficult child may very well have to take medication and asked difficult child if she would be willing to do that; otherwise there was no point to the blood draw. difficult child said maybe. I swear, this kid is so headstrong in her own self-defeat. Anyway, difficult child has had 2 blood draws this year so she's ok now with that. She was refusing shots - and she's due for tetanus, plus the doctor wants to do meningitis and guardasil (sp?). We did one shot today, with difficult child in tears and refusal, but not meltdown so that's good. However, the blood draw ended up being worse. The nurse missed the vein and instead of resticking, she was moving the needle around inside difficult child's arm. When she did finally get the vein, the blood was just trickling out and she had to fill 3 vials. difficult child has a nice black and blue bruise on her arm. Guess what we're living and breathing tonight? So, the appointment was a wash. We got the blood draw, a vaccine, and a referral to a specialist. Still no lexapro, though. No meltdown or raging over the shot, so that's improvement. I'm just frustrated. I've been frustrated ever since we got home. I know first hand what it's like to live with untreated depression. But mine wasn't treated because noone took me to a therapist or anything until I was 16...and then I only got 15 visits. difficult child has all of these services available to her and refuses to do anything to try to help herself.