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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.

He is not a yo-yo

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Less than 24 hours and a wake up

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SMI and the Tragedy of Adulthood

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Playing with fire

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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

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Eval

David and I are traveling six hours tomorrow to get him evaluated for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.  This is a second opinion.  At 15, he likely will not be able to get any services for the diagnosis. But like I have said in the past, I don’t want anyone to say we haven’t tried to… Continue Reading

Pending Change of Placement

Pending Change of Placement

Change of Placement.What happens if… David has been in a facility placement since October of 2015.  Now he is nearing the end of his time at the current facility.  Plans are to transition to another facility when a bed is available. We wanted him to finish out the current school year in his current placement. … Continue Reading

Taking a Chance on Faith

Taking a Chance on Faith

With a lot of prayer, we are going to try a visit away from the safety and comfort that being in close proximity to the facility provides us.  This is about taking a chance. We are going to take a chance on faith that he is stable.  This weekend, we are going to travel to… Continue Reading