The recent suicide of Robin Williams is a tragedy for his family. For the rest of the world it is a great loss. I’ll admit to being a huge fan of the man. I understand addiction. I also understand some things about depression. Did Mr. Williams have Bipolar Disorder? I don’t know, that is between him, his family and his doctor. The discussion that we should be having on an International scale is how we as humans view and treat people with Mental Illness. Depression is a mental illness. There is no shame in being depressed, or seeking treatment for it. Yet. The headlines in one major paper referenced the fact that he was found in his bedroom, which was not the same bedroom his wife slept in. Reports are that his children are being badgered by the media, specifically people on social media who are being less than polite.
Today, we received a notice from Medicaid for David. It was a notice informing him that he is permanently institutionalized. The notice went on to state that if he dies, Medicaid MAY decide to recover any payments from his estate, or the estate of his spouse if he is married. He is deemed permanently institutionalized if he has been in the facility for more than 6 months. ===== It is your standard form letter. printed and mailed. this begs for two questions. Unless this is a new rule… 1. David has been in other institutions for more than 6 months each. Why didn’t they send a letter out then? 2. Do they understand that he is only 13? I realized that he could have an estate if we bequeath him our things upon the passing of the whole family. I guess since Medicaid thinks that he is living independently, anything
David turned thirteen years old last Tuesday. On July 28th, will be 11 years since his adoption was finalized. How quickly the time goes. For David’s birthday, we went out to the facility he lives in to visit him. Most of the family went. We arrived late Monday, spent Tuesday, Wednesday and part of Thursday visiting David. He wasn’t with us all of the time, just in 2 or 3 hour spurts. It was good to see him. He has grown so tall. The hard part wasn’t just in seeing him, it was the fear. I could sense it in his siblings, though they all did their best to hide it. I know Mom, I and Aunt all felt that fear. Before we even arrived at the facility we had a plan in place to lock up all of our technology while David was with us. Nothing like giving him