Just received a call from the new facility. I could hear David in the background. Full breakdown screaming. Evidently he is in crisis right now. Have to find out how they define crisis, but it sounds like one of the other kids in the facility was having a rough time, and David was feeding off that boy’s behavior. So as a courtesy the staff called to let me know about it, and what their response was going to be. Before the staff could explain it to me, the call ended. When they called back, it was explained that David did something to the phone. At any rate, by the time the call ended, David was in time out, and well on his way to being restrained. I told the staff to call anytime they needed to do so. Imagine what he will be like when they start changing his meds.
We had our first conference call with the team from the new facility yesterday. A full team is involved. Care team, medical team, education, and equally important, the family. Once we got through the initial introductions, focus was directly on medication. Like mom and I, they believe that the least amount of medication necessary to do the job is the best way to go. However… While I know medication is not a cure, I also know what David is like when the meds aren’t enough to maintain even the slightest level of stability. At 12, he has been on adult doses for most of his life of all of these medications. It is something that we have struggled with since we started with medication when David was 4. Both David’s care coordinator and I warned them that, while we are in favor of fewer meds, they need to be aware
Today, while I was spending the day with my kids and their speech team, I overheard a couple of other kids talking. They were talking about how someone made finals in their event. It wasn’t negative. They weren’t putting that person down, rather, they were hoping that making finals would help boost that person’s self-esteem. When the person in question came around, and excitedly shared their news about making finals, that person was congratulated. Praised. The smile on that person’s face could have rivaled the sun in intensity. Nice to see kids working to boost the self-esteem of another, rather than spending their time knocking another down. Tweet #fighting4answrs