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At a loss, with tears rolling.

God-Grant-Me-the-Serenity-Black-Vinyl-Wall-Art-Quote-L12708112Marc is in crisis again.

While I know mentally that there is not a damn thing I can do about it, my heart is breaking because I can’t help him.

Tonight during staff transition, (between shifts), Marc started a rebellion.  Yes.  You read that correctly.

He got together with a couple peers and started a rebellion.

Eventually, over the course of the evening, Marc became violent.  So they put him in time out.

Then they had to restrain him to put him back on time out.

He was fighting that, and knocked a plate off a counter, which ended up in the time out room with him.  The plate was plastic.

He used the plate as a weapon and tried to attack staff.  He then started pounding on the window, which they said was some kind of plexi-glass.

So he broke the window.

Somehow he was cut.  Required 4 stitches in one knee and has numerous other cuts.   When you have zero body fat, even four stitches is significant.  He did work at making the wounds  he sustained or gave himself bigger.

And so the tears roll.  As much as I love the little guy, there is nothing I can do for him that they are not already doing.

My fear is that if he keeps doing the things that he is doing, he will end up moving some place further away.  Denver, Red Rock, Duluth, Iowa, Missouri, there are places, but they are much, much further away.

So tonight, because he self-harmed and was physically aggressive, he is on close watch.  He has had all personal items removed from his room.  He has to see staff to sign out clothing and what not.  He has to have someone watching him at all times, including while he is sleeping.

Tonight, they had the program director, the spiritual director, a couple of nurses, his primary, the lodge leader, and a couple of other people all trying to help our son through this crisis.

I am thankful for the staff that is with him.  I am thankful that he is as safe as we can make him without putting him in a straight-jacket.

My heart is breaking because I can’t help.  I can’t make things better.

I don’t know what to do.  Dad’s are supposed to be able to fix things.  I can’t fix this.  I can’t undo the damage caused by a selfish woman who did not think of her unborn child when she proceeded to get herself loaded up on drugs.

We are.


Forever, Family.  Always.

Marc, you won’t read this.  But I hope that you know how much we love you and miss you.  You are never far from my thoughts and prayers.

I love you, son.

Our Favorite Special Ed Teacher

Today’s post is about our favorite special education teacher.  Yes. I know what you are thinking.. “Again?  What did this person do now?” Actually, it isn’t what you think. This teacher has moved to a new district, and while I am happy that the teacher is no longer working with my children, and hasn’t been for…Continue Reading

About school – Remember Pakistan

I talked to my boys this morning about school. I said, “imagine wanting to go to school so bad that you will risk attending even when there is a chance that someone with religious ideals that are different from yours might decide to take over the school and blow it up, along with the students…Continue Reading

It’s not our fault.

Most of my readers know me from facebook.  I am in a number of groups there, and while I would love to list them all here, it would break some aspects of confidentiality for me to do so. What I see most often in the groups that I am a part of is:  “part of…Continue Reading

update – positive news

Staff called tonight. Marc was in a good place to talk to me tonight.  When he is manic, it just isn’t a good idea.   Marc addressed his concerns. Doesn’t want to be there for another 6 months to a year. Thinks that he is being lied to. Doesn’t understand why we aren’t coming out…Continue Reading

an update. close watch again

Marc 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.  He is on close watch because: he climbed to the top of his closet and hid there.…Continue Reading

An update on the Crisis Mode.

It is midnight here at the home.  Just got a call from staff. Marc 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

Crisis Mode – Setback in treatment

Just got one of those phone calls I dread. “We had… with Marc…” Tonight.  He was, in my view, manic. It started earlier when we had family therapy.  We clarified his discharge info.  He was under the impression that discharge was imminent.  When in reality, it isn’t.  And it is largely because there isn’t a…Continue Reading

Marc and his irrational beliefs

Marc. Fixates on things. So when he asked about discharge from the facility he is in, I explained that before he could be discharged, a facility needed to be identified and either restructured or added on to, in order to house a child with Autism. Evidently he is under the belief that he is being…Continue Reading

a gift of kindness and life

As a member of a number of groups on facebook, I read a lot of posts. This morning I read the post of a Grandmother.  Her granddaughter passed away. In their grief, the family, donated the child’s organs. That is kindness.  Through their loss, their tears, they saw fit to help other people. Because of…Continue Reading