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the storyteller

Vintage BooksMarc is gifted.

Gifted at telling stories, then when caught in a lie, he is gifted at changing the story to suit what ever is going on in his head.

When caught in a lie, he will turn and twist the story enough to make the listener doubt what they heard.

If this happens, you need to get him to stop talking, make sure that you write down the conversation as best you can remember, then ask him to confirm details.

Marc fails to realize that eventually the truth always comes out.

Why not just tell the truth to begin with?  I have no idea.

It gets more difficult to keep the story straight when details can be confirmed by calling the people he claims did things, or are doing things on his behalf.

So now we wait for confirmation.

Remember, you can only believe about 40% of what Marc says, and that is me being generous.

In the end, we talk about how it is easier to tell the truth from the beginning.  And he admits that he left his school binder in the van.

To me, it is not a big deal that he left the binder in the van.  The lesson that I wish that he would learn is that the truth is always best.  Always!



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So the ND House, has gutted the budget allowing for expanded care for our mentally ill, including kids with Autism. Yet.  It is okay to spend 5 million dollars on a new home for the Governor? something is wrong with this picture. Please, come the next election, let’s hold these people accountable.   Like…Continue Reading

Held Hostage by Mental Illness

Some days, I feel like a hostage in my own home. Held hostage by mental illness.  Seriously.  Marc had a couple of really good days.  Mom took him into the city, he spent time with his favorite Aunt.  Life was good for him. Then there are days like today.  If it isn’t his way, then…Continue Reading

the enemy within

Marc is his own worst enemy. With the increase in behaviors, our psych team has discussed changing one of his medicines.  We aren’t doing a wholesale med wash like we used to do.  Rather we are increasing one of the stabilizers.   Hopefully we will see a change. When we met with the psych team, I…Continue Reading

the degradation of a boy’s mental health

I post frequently about the things that Marc does, and the things that we deal with.  You really need to know, I don’t post everything. It is sad to watch the gradual decline of a person’s mental health.  His mental stability.  For so long, everything was fairly smooth.  It’s just in the last couple of…Continue Reading

a brand new day

Today is a brand new day for Marc. This morning, he was complaining of being stiff and sore.  So I talked about the work that his muscles did to support his body yesterday while he was manic.   He said he doesn’t like it. In talking with Marc today, I learned that he was upset that…Continue Reading

what do you do when…

your child is manic and goes running down the street into traffic yelling, just kill me? We had the start of an episode tonight.  I ignored it.  I walked away.  I turned the other cheek. Every time I refused to acknowledge the behavior, the behavior escalated. Marc started spraying something that we later learned was…Continue Reading