Category Archives: bipolar

A threat of suicide and a prayer

This morning, I received a phone call from staff.  David is in crisis. It is more than that.  Yesterday two young men got into a fight or something, and David decided to get involved.  As a result he lost all privileges.  Has to spend 20 minutes of every half hour with staff. They usually start… Continue Reading

David’s Honesty About Travel

Honesty is often times a misunderstood topic when it comes to David. Is he inherently honest?  Yes, I think so.  I think that most people are.  At least that is what I believe. On the other hand.  Do I believe everything David tells me? No.  I think not, and neither should you. Let me give… Continue Reading

David in Crisis Part 2

David was in crisis. His manic moods are nothing new to us.  They are new to the facility where he lives now. Today, among other things, they called and talked about an allegation that David made against a staff. David has learned that he can file grievances and complaints against the staff at the facility. … Continue Reading

David in crisis mode

Just received a call from the new facility. I could hear David in the background.  Full breakdown screaming. Evidently he is in crisis right now.  Have to find out how they define crisis, but it sounds like one of the other kids in the facility was having a rough time, and David was feeding off… Continue Reading

First contact and meeting at new facility

We had our first conference call with the team from the new facility yesterday.  A full team is involved.  Care team, medical team, education, and equally important, the family. Once we got through the initial introductions, focus was directly on medication.  Like mom and I, they believe that the least amount of medication necessary to… Continue Reading

David called twice…

David called.  Said he was getting ready to go swimming, and wanted to know if we had sent his life jacket yet.  I explained that we just got home, and hadn’t had a chance.  I asked him how he liked the place so far.  Seems to like it just fine.  He said that in some… Continue Reading

David is in the new facility.

We left home this morning in near blizzard conditions.  What should have been a 45 minute drive took more than an hour.  Loaded David’s things, consolidated the boxes from 7 to 4.  And then hit the road. David was very well behaved during the trip to the new facility.  468 miles. The new facility seems… Continue Reading

Emotionally drained

In less than twelve hours, mom and I will pick David up from his current residential facility. We will then drive 462 miles more or less, and admit him to his new facility. While I have to believe that this is in his best interest, I also feel that in some small way we are… Continue Reading

Scheduled IEP meeting

So it seems that David’s current teacher has some concerns about him transitioning to another school.  She wants to have an IEP before he moves and starts school out there. David adores his teacher.  If she asks him to do something, he does it.  Sure he occasionally acts up, but, nothing like last year where… Continue Reading

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