Mom and I went to Parent Teacher Conferences at the PRTF where David lives last night. To say that we were surprised in what we heard would be an understatement. By all accounts, David is doing well. Compared to last year, when he couldn’t be kept in the classroom, now, he does the work. Not without redirects, but hey, this is a kid with severe mental illness, just keeping him in the classroom is a start. He has a difficult time staying on task, but with a teacher that was reminiscent of Bonnie Franklin from One Day at a Time, he is making headway this year. Even the keyboarding teacher had positive things to say about David, and he is doing very poorly in her class. This is in stark contrast from what we hear in the monthly staffing that we attend where we go over his treatment plan. All
People frustrate me. Not all people. Just some. Before David’s 12th birthday, we moved him, temporarily, to a different facility so that he could undergo a med wash. All the reports I have received have been about how good a child he is, and how he listens. That is great. I am happy that they see how good he can be. He is manipulating them. I keep telling them, he is in the honeymoon phase. When he gets everyone figured out, he will revert to the David we all know and love. Don’t get me wrong, I love our son. I miss him constantly. I don’t miss the behaviors. I don’t miss the fights, I don’t miss staying up for two days praying for him to fall asleep. I don’t miss him abusing our animals. I don’t miss having our other children lock themselves away in their bedrooms because they
always break down at the wrong time. Seems like it is a never ending cycle of appliance repair here at the WhyNotFathers household. First it was a vacuum cleaner, which we ended up burning the motor out of after I replaced the faulting hose in the base of the unit. We purchased a new machine to replace it. Then it was the dryer, a new heat element solved that issue. Until the washer went out. Yeah, not going to tear apart a washing machine… Replaced that. Then the dishwasher got a really funky smell. So I replaced all of the filters, and every conceivable piece of plastic in the tub. End of smell. After that the pump went out. Backordered the pump. Got the new pump today. Should be interesting to see how much it takes to fix the problem. Although from the parts diagram, it should be fairly easy.