Category Archives: bipolar

it’s 4pm, have you had your tantrum yet today?

David will be home from school in 15 minutes. Last night we discovered him upstairs.  In that section of the house that he is not allowed to be in.  Today, we discovered that big sister’s iPod is missing again. David will need to take off his clothes and put on pajamas right away when he… Continue Reading

Vocabulary Word of the Day – Dunderhead

So. David was in trouble tonight for going into a section of the house that is off limits to him. (it is the upstairs area) There followed a good hour long diatribe of colossal proportions that involved words that even I had to consult a dictionary to determine the meaning of.  Now, it would seem… Continue Reading

You are like night staff

David told me last night that I was like “night staff”. He told me this after I explained why I stay up all night with him. You see, David tried to convince me that he would sleep through the night and not cause trouble. Yeah, pardon me buddy, I don’t believe that for a second.… Continue Reading

One Hour

One Hour. Sixty Minutes. That is how long it took after David got home from safe bed before he stole something. “I found it…” “I don’t know how that got in my pocket” At safe bed, he was evidently upset with staff.  He had to eat in his bedroom, as he didn’t have privileges to… Continue Reading

20 Euros and a mp3 Player

20 Euros and an mp3 player David is in a safe bed.  Another child in residence had some foreign currency and an mp3 player.  David asked the child about it and was told that the mp3 player came from staff.  Since David is home bound, when everyone else went on an outing, he stayed behind… Continue Reading

transition to residential care

One week from tomorrow David will be in the residential facility. I am loathe to admit that part of me is excited about him going.  He can get more help there than what we can give him at home. On the other hand, I am sad.  This is just the next level of care.  But… Continue Reading

Master of Deception

David was in safe bed last week.  One of his assignments was to write a detailed listing all of his hiding places. I don’t believe by any means that it is a comprehensive list, but it gives us a good place to start. It will also give us ideas of where else to look. So… Continue Reading

What do you mean?

This has become David’s favorite saying when confronted with a behavior.  Confronted isn’t the best way to describe how we deal with his behaviors, but it works for the purposes of this post. “David, what are you doing upstairs?”  I ask. “What do you mean?” he responds. “David, why did you steal my keys?”  I… Continue Reading

Lies, Lies, Lies

Does he not think that we are going to catch him in these lies? David came home from the safe bed. One of the rules of the place is that he is not allowed off campus.  AT ALL.  For any reason. So he came home with a story about how he went to Menard’s with… Continue Reading

The truth is

It has been 24 hours since I left David in the safe bed. I am trying to adjust to sleeping, but don’t want to make too much change, as he will be back home on Saturday. The truth is, I miss him.  I don’t miss the tantrums.  I miss the good David that comes home… Continue Reading