I have posted many times on my son getting admitted. He once again is admitted for destruction. We went away for a week and when we got home the refrigerator / TV ( about 15th tv) were beat to death. The glass top on the stove was cracked. Plus more holes in wall. He stuck with the story that he had a party/ someone broke in and did it, so we call police. They ended up taking him to a 24hr hold, then he was admitted to the hospital he’s been in the last 3 times. His social worker from Medicaid came out to visit us before he was admitted. She contacted the Department of Aging (DOA) because she thought we were in danger. We are 65… considered seniors . DOA came out for assessment also. After seeing all his destruction , she agreed we are in danger, and he shouldn’t be living here with us. Again, the Dr at this particular facility refused to sign any papers for a court order for medications or for guardianship. Tomorrow he is being discharged to a “shelter home”. I am feeling so bad about him going to a shelter, especially since he is on meds and sounds halfway OK. But if we remain to do the same thing, discharge… refuses meds etc) then why will things change. Personally I think the will make his way back home, even though its an hour away. UUGGG I HATE this disease and what it does to the family, let alone my son… he didn’t ask for this. Thanks just had to vent to people who understand.
I don’t want to click “like”, but want to send support. You have been through so much. Hopefully there is some residential placement that would work for him. My sons with autism live in an ICF (group home) that fits their needs, but I don’t really know what is out there like that for our loved ones with severe mental illness.
sending hugs , hang in there .
If they are med compliant, some of our family members on Medicaid do live in nursing homes.
Thanks. I wish there was a group home around here… there just isn’t
I am also sending support and hoping that you find a solution for your son’s housing.
I’m so so sorry @Shallcro, this is such a mongrel disease.
Hopefully the shelter will help find an assisted living he is qualified for, since he is on meds, and hopefully he will agree to go there. Though it is heartbreaking, you must allow the scenario to play out to its end. I don’t understand the doctor refusing to sign papers for court ordered meds though? Did you press charges? Is there a legal suit against your son?
We did not press charges and no legal suit against. The Dr is a certified a*s. He a contracted Dr making big bucks, and doesn’t do anything to help the patients.
My son is currently on a very large dose of APs and willingly takes them because it stops the abusive voices and disturbing visual hallucinations. It’s night-and-day. No clearer evidence in my mind that SMI is a neurobiological disease that must be treated with drugs.
If he won’t take the meds because he doesn’t think he needs to, then there has to be some other motivation. One condition of him living with you is that he must take his meds and you must witness him taking them. He has to agree to this or otherwise must stay in the shelter.
After going thru hell with this behavior center he was in, he was discharged to home. Only to find out the only antipsychotic drug prescribed was an injection, which he refuses. They didn’t provide him with any medication, so for 3 days now he had had none, we have medical POA. But we were told nothing. The dr told my son he doesn’t talk to family members. I am so pissed off. Their are no words. I called the mental health “ help line” at a out pt center, only to find out he does have an appointment September 13 for an assessment, then will have to to wait another week or 2 for an appointment with a NP, by then he will be in psychosis again. I am so tired of fighting with this mental health system i could cry, actually have cried.
So very sorry for your pain and heartache. I and many other parents can relate.
This is so typical. 7-10 days then a discharge. Will your son take oral APs? If so, try to get him something ASAP that has worked in the past. I agree, I don’t think you can wait 2-3 weeks. I think NPs can prescribe meds. Maybe there is one locally or even by a telehealth visit who can write a prescription.
Olanzapine is doing my son a lot of good even though it is one of the worst for metabolic side effects.
Try and stay strong. This is such a devastating disease. We had to go to the justice of the peace and had the police pick up my son and take him to the hospital. We had to do this 5 times the last time he was there for three months.
Would you be able to do this. He’s been on medication now for 2 years and doing well.
I found out that he was given an injection of ARISTADA on August 30th, in the inpatient facility. It is supposed to be a every 2 month injection. I was surprised he took it, and why didn’t he tell us. Is anyone familiar with this, His behavior isn’t much different, but no destruction… yet.
Oh @Shallcro so much stress and worry for you. At least the injection is a 2 month shot, so hopefully the path forward will enable a 2nd shot or other meds for him before he slips into psychosis again. Glad you found out about the Sept 13 appt. I hope things go well.