In the week before we arrived in Thailand. She had big tantrums at 5 different shopping malls in Hong Kong. Everytime, there was a crowd looking at us and we heard some pretty nasty comments. Thankfully, nothing much happened on the flight. However since our arrival here, she had nasty tantrums at two different restaurants. The last one took place yesterday afternoon and was particularly nasty. Without warning, she suddenly yanked the table down as the food arrived so that everything fell on the floor. We had to abandon lunch immediately and asked the restarant to pack our meals for us so we could eat it at our hotel. We decided to ground her for 24 hours and thankfully, nothing happened today. This was the first time in many days when there were no tantrums.
She is on medication for her tantrums and hyperactivity already. The dosage had been raised several times and I don't want to go any further. It seems that whenever the dose was raised, it would work for a while but things would come back with a vengence. When she was not having tantrums, she would either be very hyperactive or just plain mischievous to test our patience. If her tantrums persists and increase in severity, I just cannot imagine how things will turn out. It is now apparent that she cannot be accompanied by one adult alone as none of us have the strength to control her.
I think that the major reaon why things have deteriorated so fast was that her school was closed one and half months early for the summer because of the swine flu scare. As a result, she became rather disorientated. Our only hope for this holiday was so that she could be calmed down sufficiently before her next school year starts. We are resigned to the fact that she is not a mild case and will probably not turn out anywhere near what we hope.