Today I had a visit from a detective in our county. Seems that some one at the hospital has taken issue with my blog. I am being accused of exploitation because I write about my son’s mental illnesses, the people who provide care, and both the successes and failures of the mental health care system in our country. I don’t make money on the blog. I used to trade product reviews for free product, but that hasn’t been done for a very long time. I resent the thought that I would exploit my son, let’s call him David. I write about our lives with him and all of the “caregivers” because it does a number of things. Helps me deal with the events in our lives as they relate to David. Helps me educate others in relation to mental health and the crisis that our citizenry are in. Helps me
Today was by all accounts, a good day. David had a reasonably good day at school. No refocuses. No notes about talking back or being disruptive (more than usual) in class. So I count today as a success. I told him so. He says all he ever hears is what he isn’t supposed to do. So I kept track. And he is right. So I am trying to change my thinking to what he can do. It won’t be an easy transition, but will try. It is refreshing to say yes, within these limits, rather than saying no. no. no. He still has limits, and he knows that we will enforce the limits, but I think it allows him to experience a small measure of freedom. Or at least the illusion of it. ====Update==== I gave him prescribed boundaries where he could ride his bike. Hour later, and no David.
[kc_background_pac_3_underline_3 size=”35″ color=”#000000″ ]Reprehensible[/kc_background_pac_3_underline_3]. I can define reprehensible, or you can look it up over at Dictionary.com. Talk of gun control legislation without talk of Mental Health service expenditures is reprehensible. We can not have one conversation without the other. It would be irresponsible of our society to assume that guns are solely to blame, just like it is irresponsible to automatically assume that Autism is what caused the horrible tragedy in Newtown. I think that in time, the killer will show through records that he had severe mental health issues above and beyond an autism diagnosis. Autism is not the cause here. I am certain that I will receive hate mail for this. I seriously doubt that there will be significant legislation that with-stands constitutionality tests by the Supreme Court. Whatever law our congress comes up with will be debated for years. Now, I am not saying that gun