David, In less than 24 hours, you will be coming home. You will have completed yet another stay in a care facility. As much as the facility would have us believe differently, there is no cure for your condition. I explained it once to you, maybe you remember? I also told you there is no cure for the condition you were born with. You have something called Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. It is within a group of disorder known as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Like Autism, there are wide variations in the symptoms that people with this condition have. This is why we see so many specialists. Why do you have this? When your birth mom was pregnant with you, she did a lot of things that were not healthy for you, these included using drugs and alcohol. As much as I want to say that she is evil, I can’t.
I run across all kinds of advocates in my work in the Autism advocacy community. A VLOG is a Video Blog. So we all understand what the term is. There are a lot of phenomenal advocates, parent advocates and people who advocate for themselves. Then there is the Mayhew family who approach advocacy unlike anything I have seen before. Cindy and I have been friends for a while, we met in a Facebook Group for parents of kids with Autism. She and her husband always provide sage advice through their lived experience in the Autism world. Check out their YouTube Channel. Thank you Mayhew family for speaking out for DJ. Awesome family you have there. To my readers, I have ordered a copy of their book, and once I receive it, will do a review and giveaway of the book. Tweet #fighting4answrs
Well. We were all set to take David to a new facility on Monday. Today, that fell through. Evidently, we haven’t tried hard enough. We haven’t driven enough miles. We haven’t tried this program or that. The psychiatrist’s recommendation isn’t enough. We didn’t try to give up custody to the state. The language that the psychiatrist used in her last notes about our visit was that I was trying to provoke a response in my son. No prior outpatient treatment has been tried and/org symptoms do not support the need for the intensity of services. Inpatient treatment under the direction of a physician is not required. Documentation does not demonstrate that services can improve the recipients condition or prevent further regression. I didn’t comment and try to provoke a response. The psychiatrist told me in front of David that we would need to give up custody to the state to