Ah, the old cliche. When it rains, it pours. Did you know that this phrase hearkens back to an advertisement from the Morton Salt company? This evening, when Mom called to let us know that she was on her way home from work, David started acting up. I now know why. See, he stole an old cell phone from his mom’s dresser drawer. And he tried to hide it. In the process the dog went missing from his tie out. Which he tried to blame on the “bad people in town”. More on the dog story later. Back to the cell phone. David swears that if we would provide him with a cell phone of his own, he would stop stealing them. How do I reward a negative behavior with a positive item? When he was in safe bed he wrote a long detailed letter about why he should get
David has been home for most of 10 days. Has it been perfect? No. Do I expect perfection? No. I am proud of the changes that I am seeing in him. Does he still have mental health issues? Yes. He is not cured. Not by any means. For now, I will take it. We are still struggling with getting therapists and psych teams set up. Since he has been in facility for more than 2 years, he is considered a new patient by his last psychiatrist. As a result, it will be April before we can get in and see her. I am begging for a spot on the call list. You know, the list that they can call if an opening happens because of a cancellation. Playing phone tag with mentoring. 🙂 At least that is on the schedule. As far as medicaid is concerned, no news. Since the
David. Fixates on things. So when he asked about discharge from the facility he is in, I explained that before he could be discharged, a facility needed to be identified and either restructured or added on to, in order to house a child with Autism. Evidently he is under the belief that he is being discharged. And discharged to a specific place. Since I listed a number of facilities that could potentially be adapted for the needs of kids with Autism, he decided the one he is going to. Hate to burst his bubble, but unless things have drastically changed in the state of North Dakota’s mental health institutions, he isn’t coming home soon. Much as I want him home, it would likely be a huge step back for him to come straight home from his current facility. How do I know this? Simple history. It has happened before.