Reality Bites – David is doing well. I get that.
I get that he can’t stay where he is forever. I understand.
In all likelihood, David will be home by Christmas.
Experience tells us that, we we can expect 6 weeks of honeymoon before things turn negative. That will bring us to the first of February.
When he is discharged he will be put on a waiting list for services that were available a year ago. Services will be cut from ten hours to three hours a week because of budget cuts in the state of North Dakota.
So he gets discharged at Christmas, with luck, and a lot of prayer we can get through most of February. Then we can look forward to 6 more weeks before support kicks in. At that point, we will be only receiving a bare minimum of supports for him, not including psychiatric and psychological care.
In 2015, he came home at the end of January. It took 9 months of behaviors, attacks, assaults, and criminal behavior to get him into care.
We argue for continued stability. I argued that because he is currently stable, he ought to stay where he is or in a place like it. Not an option.
I ask how we can ensure the safety of my family. Our reality includes one of fear. It’s a natural response to harmful situations.
How can we ensure David’s safety.
The saying goes that we are not supposed to look at his history, though his history shows that we can fully expect the coming period of upheaval. It’s not fair to David. It’s not fair to his family.