Category Archives: Mental Health – Child

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Danger, Danger

I am utterly exhausted. I am tired of being hyper-vigilant. I am tired of the constant lies about keeping meds in the body and not on the floor, or in the garbage. I am scared. Someone threatened to stab his sister yesterday with a pair of scissors.  Our experience has been that we can put… Continue Reading

still awake after all

So, it is 5 am here in whynotfathers.com land.  I was ready to go to bed myself.  Suddenly started getting email notifications of items being installed on my kindle fire. Guess who is awake? Guess who admitted that he spit out his meds?  Even after I ran my finger around his gums and under his… Continue Reading

sneaky little bugger

Just caught David trying to sneak out of his bed.  he turns over on his belly, wiggles his body over the end of the bed, and then slides on his belly across the floor one painstaking inch at a time.  I have a feeling that it is going to be a long night. About an… Continue Reading

Remember Chunk from the Goonies?

Remember that scene in the Goonies where the Fratellis were questioning Chunk by threatening to put his hand in the blender?  And he starts talking… Everything. OK! I’ll talk! In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max’s toupee and I glued it on my face when… Continue Reading

Feel Guilty? No!

Attention grabber isn’t it? As a stay at home dad of five kids, or which three have a special need of some kind, I am at the forefront of all activities in our home.  As it should be.  With our youngest son David and his increasing need for near constant attention, the pace is increasing. … Continue Reading

Title V Block Grant Review

Well, I just spent the afternoon as a Family Reviewer for Block Grants with the Department of Health and Human Services. Here is a tip, if you ever want to know where your federal and state dollars go, volunteer to review a Block Grant for Children’s Special Health Services.  To see people do so much… Continue Reading

psych team visit today

We met with David’s psych team today. We are doing everything right.  They are surprised that it has taken us this long to seek placement for him. We talked at length about the issue with David spitting up his meds, and were told that it is all about David wanting control.  Has nothing to do… Continue Reading

forty hours and it’s affect on my health

Well, being awake for 40 of the last 48 hours is taking a definite toll on my body. See, I have systemic lupus, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism and they are testing to rule out MS and Parkinson’s Disease. Because David has taken it upon himself to throw up his meds more, everyday since Friday afternoon actually, it… Continue Reading

a new issue

Here is one we haven’t faced yet.  David has started stealing a cordless phone in the house and making long distance calls on it.  Lucky enough most of the calls have been to his Aunt.  How long before he starts calling random numbers? So now we need to look into locking up our phones at… Continue Reading

good conversations about Autism and Mental Health

I posted a write up recently about autism and sociopath.  There followed an excellent conversation on twitter about my post and the topic in general.  This is exactly the kind of thing that needs to happen in our communities.  Doesn’t matter what the special need is, be it a mental health issue, a physical issue,… Continue Reading