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.
David, As I write this I am faced with the reality that you are being moved further from our home. From your family. I wish that things could be different. David, you have a multifaceted mental illness. As a result of this, we do not feel that it is safe for you to live at home. It isn’t that we don’t love you or want you. We need for you to be safe from harm. We need for others to be safe from harm. It has been difficult to make the decisions to place you in residential psychiatric care. We took you in. We adopted you into our home and our hearts. I could never be prouder than I am of you, and all that you have accomplished in your short life. I wish that I could undo the life you had before you were born. Undo the hardships that