Category Archives: Autism

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Frustrating visit. Attitude.

Prior to today’s visit, we had two weekend family visits left at David’s current facility. So we extended the visit by an hour.   Soon, he will be 500 miles away, making it impossible to visit him weekly. The visit started out rocky with David not listening.  But he settled down. Then an hour before the… Continue Reading

report on behaviors — seems to feed off others

Received a phone call last night.  David had to be transported from chapel to cottage because he was misbehaving. The report that I received was: Evidently another resident was having difficulty, and left chapel early. David followed with a grin on his face. When staff was working with the other resident, evidently that resident lashed… Continue Reading

Don’t second guess our decision about our son

We don’t need you to second guess our decisions about our sons care. We know his conditions better than just about anyone, including his medical team. Until you have lived in our home with him, experienced his violent temper, and manic behaviors, you can’t tell us that we are wrong to embark on the path… Continue Reading

Move date confirmed

On January 16th, mom and I will be moving our son to a facility 500 miles from home. During this process we have more questions than we have answers. What happens next year if this new facility decides they are no longer appropriate for David? It took a long time to get David comfortable with… Continue Reading

tentative move date scheduled for David

We received notice today that we can move David on the 9th.  That doesn’t work for our family, as we have other obligations for our children.  So we asked for the 16th of January.  We will know New Year’s Eve if that will work or not. Sad to think about moving him 500 miles. Pray… Continue Reading

Another pleasant visit

We had a pleasant visit with David today.  No issues, no tantrums. Last week after we left he had a period of high activity and needed to be restrained. They were afraid he would hurt himself or someone else.  Since then, no problems. Nearly every week I hear how good he is doing. If he… Continue Reading

A watershed moment

yesterday, Friday, was something of a watershed moment for us.  We realize that we are one day closer to moving David to another state for the ongoing care and treatment of his multifaceted mental illness.  On Monday, December 23, we will have our last monthly staffing meeting for David. On Monday, December 23, we will… Continue Reading

A pleasant visit

Yesterday we had the opportunity to see David, like we do every weekend.  The visit started out rather rocky, with him copping an attitude about food. Seems that the cottage residents made brownies and he was afraid he wouldn’t get any. Watched a movie, mom and dad worked on some craft things.  The best part… Continue Reading

MRI, EEG, no communication

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… Continue Reading

Mental Illness and magic

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… Continue Reading