We visited David tonight. He wants to come home. As much as we want him to come home, home isn’t the best place for him. It isn’t just the Reactive Attachment Disorder. It isn’t just the Autism. It isn’t just the Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It isn’t just the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It isn’t just the Oppositional Defiant Disorder, the Childhood Conduct Disorder, the bipolar disorder, or any of the other diagnoses that he has and has had. It is the combination of all of these things that is what is working against him. What does this mean for David? Home isn’t the best place for him. He never should have been discharged. The psychiatrist indicated that she sees no change in him now from before he began his first placement. So Monday. We are going to start the paperwork. The process. The doctor is documenting their end of the
We put David in the hospital for a psych eval today. The hardest things I have ever done involve placing him in the hospital. Today was no different. In my reality, I want my little boy to be home, surrounded by his family. safe. protected. In his reality, things are much different. We are the enemy. Today the last thing that he said to me as he walked through the doors, “good luck getting me to come home.” I will continue to fight for David, to ensure that he gets the best care possible. I would love nothing more than to bring him home and keep him here. I won’t go through the ins and outs of what happened today to push for this placement, but it was, in part, requested by David. I just delivered on my promise that certain behaviors would earn him a stay in the hospital.
David is his own worst enemy. With the increase in behaviors, our psych team has discussed changing one of his medicines. We aren’t doing a wholesale med wash like we used to do. Rather we are increasing one of the stabilizers. Hopefully we will see a change. When we met with the psych team, I commented – in front of David – that the last time he was discharged home from a residential placement, he lasted 8 months before we had to look for placement. We are in month 3, and a review of my posts from that time, shows that he is on track for another placement. I hate the idea of sending him to another facility, but if he can’t maintain behaviors that are acceptable to society, can’t stop lying, being vocally aggressive to staff and/or going into a rage because he has been caught doing something that