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Marc, a moment of calm in a chaotic mind.
Marc, a moment of calm in a chaotic mind.

Every night we have difficulty getting him to take his medications.

If he isn’t pouring water all over everything, he is dropping his medicine on the floor.

He gets distracted and has to cuddle the animals during medicine time.

So we have to hold onto him and drop the pills in his mouth.  Then rub the side of his throat to ensure that he is swallowing them. After that, we sometimes have to feel his mouth to see if he swallowed them.  Then check under his tongue.  There have been times when he has made himself throw up his medicines, though I don’t think that he has done it recently.

Honestly, I feel like I am torturing him some days because of the way we have to be with him.

Someone commented that this is just normal 14 year old boy stuff.  I’d be happy to let him come and spend a couple of days with you.  I wonder how long before you would be calling either me, or the police to come and get him.

There are those who say that we should just not give him his medicine.

This doesn’t work either.  How much energy do you have?

Think that you can stay awake for two or three days?  Because that is what he can do if we don’t medicate him.  Do you remember Tigger from Winnie the Pooh?  That is Marc without his medicine.  and often times with his medicine.

Keep in mind, I don’t share everything that we deal with.  Seriously, I don’t have time or sanity to do that, and you don’t want to read it.

Why do we struggle through?

Because he is our son.  Our family.

911. Out of control child

We were blessed with the appearance of one of the sisters for the night.  Marc has 2 brothers and 2 sisters.  The sisters generally don’t come around because of him, as is their right. So we were doing the family thing, supper.  Marc got upset with me because I wouldn’t let him have pie without… Continue Reading

trying to do something different

We are trying desperately to change the way we respond to Marc. Trying not to feed into his moods. Trying to ignore his “little” behaviors. Trying to ignore the digs and insults. Trying to ignore the “affection” he shows the pets. It is a struggle. Today, I was in the city for an appointment.  The… Continue Reading

Update — Differing Denial Letters From Ascend Management Innovations

I have been in contact with a director from Ascend Management Innovations regarding the different denial letters we received regarding Marc’s care. Actually, I should qualify that.  They read my blog, and then contacted me through voicemail and a comment on the blog post directly. According to the director I spoke with, a very pleasant… Continue Reading