As we start week 3 after placement back at home for our youngest, I am struck with awe about how he can be two completely different kids. There is the David we see when all of the kids are home, and there is the David we see when he is one – on – one with us. We had to complete our weekly blood draw to monitor the ANC levels of his blood. One of the meds he was on while he was in the residential placement caused issues with is blood. It is a known side affect. Now that the levels are returning to normal, he is struggling to get over a chest cold and sinus infection, so hopefully he will be able to go back on the med. He was so much more stable mentally when he was on it. We didn’t see the large peaks and valleys
David, our youngest was up and down most of the night with his cough. Poor guy sounds like he is going to cough up a lung or something. So I spent the night monitoring him to make sure he was ok. Long night. His breathing finally calmed around 5 am so I got to sleep a bit. You forget how quickly 6:30 comes until the wife turns on the light so she can get dressed for work. So I was up and about, got all of the kids off to school this morning, and then laid on the couch. David woke up briefly, long enough to eat something so that he could take his morning pills, and some cough medicine. Then he sacked out again. So I snoozed as long as he was snoozing. Had to lay some noise traps around his bed so that I would wake if he
Since coming online with the new blog and website on January 3rd, I have made an incredible number of new friends. Some really fantastic people are connecting with me. How lucky am I? ==== Back to the topic for the night. Have you ever experienced a Facilitated IEP? According to the website http://www.directionservice.org, a facilitated IEP is: “A facilitated IEP meeting is an IEP meeting that includes an impartial facilitator who promotes effective communication and who assists the IEP team in developing an acceptable IEP. The facilitator keeps the team focused on the proper development of the IEP while addressing conflicts that arise. IEP Facilitation is not used to resolve disputes unrelated to the IEP.” In the state of North Dakota, the facilitator is paid by the state, which in turn enforces the impartiality of the facilitator because they can’t be influenced by either the school district or the parent.