Author Archives: David's Father

my Kingdom for…

David has been in placement at the psychiatric residential treatment facility (PRTF) for 6 weeks.

I still find myself keeping odd hours like I am keeping track of what he is doing in the middle of the night. In the evening I doze a bit, and then am up half the night as per the routine when he was home.

Prior to his return home last January, he was gone for more than two years and I still had this pattern of sleep.  Up in the middle of the night, sleep during the day.  I find that I have a difficult time sleeping in a regular bed.  Even when I stay in hotels I tend to sleep on the couch rather than the bed.  Too bad hotels don’t have rooms with just a couch, a tv, and a bathroom.  I don’t need the bed.

I am not sure what the future holds for David.  The odd thing is that even though I know he is safe in the facility, I find myself searching the house at random times looking for him, to get him out of whatever trouble he is getting himself into.

I wonder if I could ever sleep like everyone else.  At night in a bed.  My kingdom for a regular sleep pattern.  On the other hand, maybe this is my regular.  Should just accept it and move on?

No Services Required – CPS Investigation Results

This week, I learned the results of the latest Child and Protective Services (CPS) investigation. Because of allegations made by David, we believe he was attempting to manipulate the system to get to live where he wants rather than at home, there was a complaint made against me.  The complaint said that I “was exploiting… Continue Reading

Meeting with CPS investigator

I am under investigation again. For using pressure point holds on my son when I feel that he is a danger to himself or others. Oh, and for my blog.  Because it might be detrimental to his mental health. The blog, which our son doesn’t have access to unless he is on technology that he… Continue Reading

about the blog and other allegations

Just got a phone call from Social Services/Child Protective Services again.  We would like to talk about your blog and other allegations. I feel like I am being harassed. These people don’t understand that, without the blog, he wouldn’t be getting the care he needs in any facility.  How hard is it to understand that?… Continue Reading

Exploitation of my son?

Today I had a visit from a detective in our county. Seems that some one at the hospital has taken issue with my blog. I am being accused of exploitation because I write about my son’s mental illnesses, the people who provide care, and both the successes and failures of the mental health care system… Continue Reading

Placement begins

Today, David was placed in a psychiatric residential treatment facility.  He was a bit nervous, but hid it well. Seems like a rather nice facility. Hopefully, he won’t be discharged against doctor’s orders again. For treatment to be successful, the decision to keep a patient in care shouldn’t be up to an insurance company. It… Continue Reading

Well Meaning Social Workers and Good News

It has been a long day.  Because of a well meaning social worker who chose not to understand our situation, we had a Sheriff Deputy transport our son 100 miles to safe bed.  Safe bed is just that, a safe place for him to be, to rest, to get himself under control. There is no… Continue Reading