Mr. R. has been interesting to follow over the last few months.
He stopped talking some time ago.
The mental health folks have called it selective mutism.
He really hasn't been selective...he hasn't spoken with ANYONE!
Most recently, we decided to have him undergo a comprehensive medical evaluation in an evaluatory unit to make sure we weren't missing something.
During the first week he had a day where he voided (urinated) very little. A bedside bladder scan revealed an over distended bladder.
When he saw the catheter that was about to be inserted to drain the urine he yelled, "YOU ARE NOT GOING TO PUT THAT SH-T INTO ME!"
It was a miracle!
He also proceeded to urinate on his own.