Saturday, April 12, 2014

Week 31 ~ What a week!

We are hanging in there and riding the wave of life as best we can right now. If you read my last post, Homeschooling Through a Crisis, you know that Goldilocks was admitted to a psychiatric hospital this week. I have spent 5 to 7 hours on the phone every day trying to get Goldilocks help, find out about placements and funding. I am really emotionally exhausted, so this will be a short post.

Monday ~ Our son Timothy turned 24 on Monday. How is that even possible? He never wants very much and isn't demanding in the "stuff" department. He wanted a calm,  at-home family party. He took a German chocolate cake to his day program (for brain injured adults) and then we had Pizza Hut pizza and deviled food cake for dinner at home. We hadn't had Pizza Hut in years. We gave Tom Sawyer all kinds of supplements to counteract the wheat and corn, but it still wrecked him for a few days. Timothy's favorite presents were a subscription to Netflix and a box filled with 24 snacks! He also loved getting the complete set of Indiana Jones movies.

Tuesday ~ Tuesday started off normal. I went off to meet with Goldilocks' therapist. However, her mental health team ended up deciding that Goldilocks was so unstable that she needed to be moved to a psychiatric hospital. The process to get into the hospital is by way of the ER. It was a long and sometimes frightening 7 hour process. I am so thankful that Goldilocks' respite care provider stayed with us and helped smooth the way. She is great at the mental health side of things and I am great at the medical side of things, so we made a good supportive team for Goldilocks. Giving your child to a facility like that and watching the big locked metal doors clang shut behind her knocks the wind right out of you!!

Wednesday to Friday ~ The rest of the week was a blur of hours and hours and hours of phone calls. I have visited Goldilocks once and will be allowed another visit later today. She is allowed a 5 to 10 minute phone call each day, depending on what level of privileges she has earned. I can call the nurse to check on her whenever I want, but communication with her hospital social worker, doctor and therapist has been slow and scattered.

Homeschooling...What's That?! ~ We have limped along and done about a half of a week's worth of school this week. We finished Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and started Dead End, which our librarian assures us will keep us in stitches of laughter. We managed math every day and read a wonderful book called The Journey that Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey. Little Red Riding Hood wrote several papers about her favorite holiday (Easter) and finished a workbook. Tom Sawyer read three short chapter books this week. Grandma came over and helped the kids get through about a dozen Language Arts workbook pages and we managed two spelling lessons. We also watched South Pacific. Lastly, Little Red Riding Hood made several Disney princess rubber band figurines (art).

Accepting Help And Counting Blessings ~ I am thankful for the homeschooling and babysitting help my Mother gave me this week. I also reached out and asked my adoption support group for a few freezer meals. We received the first one last night and we are grateful for the kindness. According to some of our team, this will be my life for the next 3 to 5 weeks -- hours of phone calls and transitions
 -- so the meals will be a great help. I am grateful that we are being heard by the professionals and that the doors are opening. I also appreciate all of my blogging friends for their kind words and prayers. I am grateful for my side kick, Boomer. He recognizes that my stress level is very high and has sat at attention next to me for days to protect me. He even fell asleep sitting at attention next to me a few times! What a loyal dog. We are so blessed!

Blessings, Dawn


  1. Happy belated birthday to Timothy. It looks like he had a good day, despite the currently situation.

    I'm glad you had someone with you during that 7 hour process on Tuesday. We continue to pray for your whole family and those that are able to assist you directly.

    Pets are such wonderful companions during all times, but especially stressful ones.

  2. Pets are so wonderful during a crisis. They really sense your needs and fulfill them.
    Happy birthday to Timothy!! It sounds like he had wonderful day.
    I will continue to pray for you and your family. I can't imagine having those doors close between you. I wish we were closer so I could help out more, even if it were only for meals.

  3. I cannot imagine how hard this time must be for you. (hugs) We have been thinking about you all and praying for you.
    Happy Birthday, Timothy! It is so wonderful that you were able to make his birthday the way he wanted it.
    I find it amazing that you were able to maintain homeschooling through all of this.

  4. Oh my, you must be heartbroken. I'm so sorry Goldilocks is going through such a tough time right now. I am happy to see that Timothy was able to have a happy birthday. I must say that I am also amazed that you were able to get so much homeschooling accomplished. It must be such a blessing to have so much support through all of this! My daughter, Rebekah would love those Disney Princesses! I'll be praying for you all!

  5. Oh Dawn I am so sorry. I didn't even read anyone's blogs last week so I was unaware this was going on. I wish that we lived closer so we could actually help but you have our prayers daily. I am so glad Timothy had a lovely birthday and the Disney Princesses are amazing. Prayers for Goldilocks and you all. Hugs and love.

  6. Happy birthday Timothy!!
    I think my favourite birthday present would be 24 snacks. In fact I'm 40 next birthday so maybe I could ask for 40 snacks?!
    Still praying that Goldilocks will get the help she needs. Much lovexx

  7. Oh, Dawn :-( (hugs) and prayers....It looks like some of your week was pretty good. The joy always creeps in, even during the hard times. I love the princess rubber band bracelets. I'm going to have to show them to Firecracker. He's my kid that likes the loom....I also love the idea of the 24 snacks. That is a present that I would like to get...