Dear readers… Last month you may remember reading about David having a seizure. The psychiatrist put it down to his medication. As a result of my demands, they sent him to a neuro-psychiatrist. The neuropsych doctor ordered an EEG and a MRI. Staff was instructed to keep parents informed about the testing dates so that they could be there to offer support to David. Today, I received a call from a lady who identified herself as a nurse. Said that she had taken David to his MRI and now they were waiting on the EEG appointment. Claimed that she understood why I wasn’t there because of the icy roads and blowing snow that we experience here in the north country. I asked her what tests she was talking about. We were never notified of any tests. She asked me if I wanted to speak with David. David indicated that he
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 called. I could sense the worry in his voice. The first thing he asked about was what goals he needed to have so that he could stay at his current location rather than being moved to the new facility. Rather than going elsewhere, he would rather come home. David is still too volatile to bring home. We don’t know from minute to minute how he is going to be. He can be good for a week or two, and then turn violent or aggressive with little notice. He needs so much attention that they have one person staffing him. They change this person roughly every three hours. If that is the case, how could I possibly hope to handle him at home? So we talked about goals. I told him that he needs to develop his own goals. I could offer advice, but ultimately the goals are his. In