>What value do you place on the family unit? When it comes to a child with mental disability, after you have done everything humanly possible to work with the child, is it giving up to let someone else take on the challenges of raising him or her to adulthood? We are faced with the dilemma of placing our son in a residential setting for part of his life. If it isn’t our failure as parents that caused this outcome, then why do I feel like a failure? Ultimately, I guess it is about what is right for the rest of the family. It doesn’t make the decision any easier. But in the end, we do have other children that we love and value just as much as him. In my mind, the decision has already been made, it is just a matter of when the placement begins. I have to
>Can’t force someone to ask for help. Can’t force them to accept help. Today one of our other kids asked for help. I actually said thank you. So we can start getting the other kids to therapy for help with dealing with the things that surround David. Tweet #fighting4answrs
>A lot has happened since my last post. We received a tentative diagnosis of “brain injury” for our son. He started a partial hospitalization program last week, and today has been a long day. today is the first time I have heard someone use the term “brain damage” and his name in the same sentence. M was put in the hospital from the program he was in. When I asked what he did to necessitate him being put into the hospital.. the only thing i was told is that he was out of control. Want a kick in the guts? have someone tell you “we know he has brain damage”. I will wait to confirm “Brain Damage” with the psychiatrist. I know that the psychiatrist was talking about a brain injury diagnosis, but did not know that our son had been firmly diagnosed. So our son is in the hospital again.