Attention grabber isn’t it? As a stay at home dad of five kids, or which three have a special need of some kind, I am at the forefront of all activities in our home. As it should be. With our youngest son David and his increasing need for near constant attention, the pace is increasing. He requires more and more energy to keep up with him. As an individual with more than one chronic illness, my health is finite. The last two months have definitely put a stress on my health. This week, I left home on Wednesday for two days in Denver doing a Title V Block Grant Review. More about that can be found here. Even though it has only been two days, I can say unequivocally that my body hurts less today than it did two days ago. I like to blame the altitude. I remember in
Well, I just spent the afternoon as a Family Reviewer for Block Grants with the Department of Health and Human Services. Here is a tip, if you ever want to know where your federal and state dollars go, volunteer to review a Block Grant for Children’s Special Health Services. To see people do so much with so little is a humbling experience. I met some fabulous people who are passionate about their jobs. My most quoted line “How can you get father’s more involved in the lives of their children?” My second line “How can you educate moms on the dangers of prenatal drug use?” All in all, it was a fantastic way to spend a couple of days in Denver. More at another time. Tweet #fighting4answrs
We met with David’s psych team today. We are doing everything right. They are surprised that it has taken us this long to seek placement for him. We talked at length about the issue with David spitting up his meds, and were told that it is all about David wanting control. Has nothing to do with him not liking the taste of his meds. As much as I like this psychiatrist, this isn’t anything that we didn’t already know. So we are going to keep on doing what we have been doing until a bed opens up at the residential facility. He can be there for as many as 7 years. Another topic was our discussion of David’s behavior and its affect on my health. Yeah, not a good conversation to have. Related articles Melatonin and anti-psychotics (whynotfathers.com) forty hours and it’s affect on my health (whynotfathers.com) another night done.