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Compliance – Continued Medication Issues

Compliance – Continued Medication Issues

We are in week two of David’s not getting his medication as prescribed.  Thus, he is out of compliance, though it appears to be a systems issue. 

Either give him the medication he was prescribed or tell me how to fix it.  It’s not difficult.

Today, I contacted the detention unit, asked to speak to the medical person, and was transferred to him.

When I asked what the issue was, the nurse said “he is not in compliance.”

I asked, if he was refusing to take the medication, and rather than providing me an answer, he said “who is the probation worker?” (I use probation worker as a loose descriptor for the person involved in David’s case.)

I explained who we are working with, and gave the nurse that information, as well as contact information for the worker.

The nurse then said “thank you” and ended the call.

So I called and left a message for the probation worker.  I also called our watcher with Social Services.  (the person from Social Services who is keeping an eye on the case)  Since her voicemail isn’t setup, I had to draft an email. In reality, I don’t mind sending email.  I prefer that in a lot of ways because it leaves a trail and lets us hold people to their word. It also allows people to hold me to my word.

Reaching out to the chain of command

We then reached out to the top person at the correction center for youth.  The superintendent guy.

He took my call, I explained the issues, explained the steps that I was trying to take to resolve it, and that we had given all new prescriptions that were filled at the pharmacy since they don’t do that for kids in David’s situation.  In addition, I explained that David continues to be out of compliance and I couldn’t get anyone to help correct it. As well as, I told him about how it’s been two weeks since David had all of his medication. That you can see the agitation in his body.  David isn’t sleeping very well.  He for sure isn’t getting the REM sleep that his body needs.

Possible issues related to medication denial

All of this bodes for problems.  Tentatively, he is due back in court on Tuesday next.  If foster care is the plan, he will have to spend his first month there getting his body attuned to the medication.  Same will happen if he goes to residential care, or another facility placement.  We will see an increase in behaviors related to his mental illness.  He will be easily agitated and angered for no apparent reason.  There will need to be an increased vigilance in those who provide his care.

It’s simple really.  Either give him the medication he was prescribed or tell me how to fix it.  It’s not difficult.

Because medication compliance works two ways.  Please get in compliance with the medication that David needs.

SMI and the Tragedy of Adulthood

SMI – Serious Mental Illness The National Survey on Drug Use and Health  (NSDUH), which defines SMI (Serious Mental Illness) as: A mental, behavioral, or emotional disorder (excluding developmental and substance use disorders); Diagnosable currently or within the past year; Of sufficient duration to meet diagnostic criteria specified within the 4th edition of the Diagnostic… Continue Reading

Admitting the horror

It has come to our attention that David has admitted to trying to kill animals with his hands, and with chemicals. I don’t fault David for admitting the horror that he has tried.  I don’t fault him for it, it is a symptom of his mental illnesses. Last year he attacked me more than once… Continue Reading

Escalating behaviors

Yesterday afternoon about 1:00 pm, I was at David’s school to drop off his medications for next week.  School is 60 miles from home.  While there, the assistant principal pulled me aside to talk to me about David’s escalating behaviors at school.  At the time he was serving in school suspension for behaviors relating to… Continue Reading

Update: Some interesting things to note

To the people he rides to and from school with every day. David is not allowed technology.  He is not allowed technology because he has threatened to kill people via said technology.  When you hand him your phone, ipod, technology, you are opening yourself up to problems with law enforcement because of the risk that… Continue Reading

I’ll beat you with this shovel

Heck of a title for this post. Last evening, my son stormed out of the house in anger. I waited about 20 minutes before going after him.  I thought it would give him time to cool down. Not to be. He started throwing things out of the cars, so I worked my way through them… Continue Reading

when it rains, it pours

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… Continue Reading

Round Two of the Battle for Services

We are repeatedly told that we need to do more. So we are doing more.  We have added intensive in home therapy, individual therapy, and have ongoing mentor support (staff).  We also are visiting doctors and psychiatrists. I spend my days either on the road to the cities, or at home chasing down this report… Continue Reading

911. Out of control child

We were blessed with the appearance of one of the sisters for the night.  David has 2 brothers and 2 sisters.  The sisters generally don’t come around because of him, as is their right. So we were doing the family thing, supper.  David got upset with me because I wouldn’t let him have pie without… Continue Reading

Mental Health Awareness

We need to continue to raise awareness regarding mental health.  Focus on mental health shouldn’t revolve around those with real or perceived mental illness committing violent crimes.  Instead, it should be brought to the American conscious much like AIDS or Cancer. Mental Health encompasses so much more than one illness.  It includes ADHD, schizophrenia, Autism,… Continue Reading