Staff called tonight. David was in a good place to talk to me tonight. When he is manic, it just isn’t a good idea. David addressed his concerns. Doesn’t want to be there for another 6 months to a year. Thinks that he is being lied to. Doesn’t understand why we aren’t coming out for Christmas. Wants a Nintendo DS for Christmas. In truth. Before David can come home, not only does he need to work his treatment plan, but he also needs to avoid outbursts, and learn to identify when he is starting a manic episode if he can. In addition to that, before he can come home, there needs to exist, a residence that is similar to the facility he is in currently. One that will provide him a step-down or transition to home. A place from where we can stage home visits. Where
I don’t normally make resolutions, but thought I would document some of my thoughts on what the new year might bring. Explore all possibilities for returning our son to his home state. Explore ways to limit the pain my family is going through while dealing with mental illness of our son. Advocate for the other “Meth Babies” and kids like David who need services in our state, and to not be shipped off to other locations. I won’t hold grudges against those who won’t help kids like David. I will educate them on the error of their ways. I will be a stronger parent to my kids. They have a say in our family as well, what affects David, also affects them. I will work on completing my book about parenting a child with reactive attachment disorder so that others may benefit from reading about our experiences. I will remember
So it seems like the residence where David is has this belief that after 1 year his issues should go away. If only mental illness worked that way. You know how it is.. on day 364, mental illness is still raging. on day 365, it is magically gone. yeah, that’s the ticket. Got an email from our staff today. They don’t know from hour to hour what David’s mood and behavior are going to be. Where have they been for the last 14 months? Has David not been in their care? We told them this when we filled out the placement application. Every month at our staffing we told them. When he becomes Manic, we tell them you need to update his meds. You need to change his meds. If he is displaying manic behaviors, his meds aren’t working. Every MONTH. David was born addicted to a lot of drugs.