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an update. close watch again

David is on close watch again.  He is under the belief that no matter what he does there, he is going to be moved to another facility.

But that is not entirely why he is on close watch. Seesaw

He is on close watch because:

  1. he climbed to the top of his closet and hid there.
  2. he is threatening to self harm again.
  3. he is combative.
  4. he is tearing large pieces of wood from the bottom of his bed.
  5. he is at risk.

I don’t know if he is delusional or what, but I do know that in the past when he has been like this, it has had a direct affect on my health.  See, I have an auto-immune disorder.  Lupus.  Systemic.

Basically what that means is my body doesn’t like me, and when I feel stress my body goes into self attack mode and tries to hurt me by attacking my heart other internal organs.  This is why I had the heart issues and stuff the summer David was home between placements.

I give the staff credit for working with him.  I know just how difficult it can be.  Sure it what they are paid to do.

So kudos to staff for keeping him safe.  I appreciate it.  My family appreciates it.  Anytime that you need to call, please do so.

They said it is like he is bipolar.  (I reminded them that he IS bipolar)  but these people are not doctors that work with him everyday.  so once they reviewed the notes, they realized that they had missed that.  Hindsight.  I can’t fault them for that, they have a whole building full of kids with autism and other mental illnesses.

Life with David is like playing on a teeter totter.  You have to find a balance and maintain it as long as possible.  If one side changes the slightest bit, the other needs to do the same.

An update on the Crisis Mode.

It is midnight here at the home.  Just got a call from staff. David was taken off “close watch” at 2 pm this afternoon.  What this means is that they have loosened his keeper.  He doesn’t have someone practically attached to him.  And while he will be monitored frequently, he won’t have someone sitting in… Continue Reading

What if I said David might be coming home soon…

So, it has been a while since I last posted. Really not a lot to report about David.  He has changed little.  Except he isn’t yet showing the aggressive behaviors that he has in the past.  But it has only been 4 months, in his current placement, so I think that it is only a… Continue Reading

Mark 1:11

I would say this applies to each of my kids.  But David, has needs beyond what our other kids do. Reports for David have been great thus far at the new facility.  Does this mean that he is cured? No. Do I expect a cure? No. What I expect is for professionals to work with… Continue Reading

monthly staffing report – Good Stuff

Today we had our monthly update conference call for David. When he left his previous placement he was struggling with some subjects.  Not sure if the standards are different in the new facility, but they report that he has a C average in all of his classes. He is not doing remedial work.  He is… Continue Reading

Ah David. Good to see the little guy

Would I really travel for 12 hours just to see him for 2 hours?  Yes I would.  Whenever the opportunity arises, you will find me on the road to see David. Had a really good visit.  He was overly concerned about death though.  Wanted to know what would happen to him if his mom and… Continue Reading

what is David like?

In a lot of ways this could be David.  In some ways, I think David is worse.  In other ways, David could be better.  I haven’t been able to find a better example. I would welcome a conversation with the people who do these news stories. The problems we have in this country with Mental… Continue Reading

An update on David’s recent crisis

David is stable.  He is still under the suicide watch and will continue to be for the next couple of days.  Tomorrow he sees the psych team, and Tuesday we meet with the therapist. Because of the number of staff that need to work with David at any one point, they didn’t have enough in… Continue Reading

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 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