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The Backstory Part Six

Chrisa Hickey2 comments1156 views

So – Streamwood. This is where Tim currently attends day school. Since he’s been at Streamwood his IQ has actually DECREASED, courtesy of the damage psychosis does to the brain, he’s had 4 more inpatient stays, bringing us to a grand total of 11, and nothing much else has changed. That’s not entirely true. He is more aware of when his psychosis begins. That’s about it.

In 2007, we heard about and applied for an Individual Care Grant from the State of Illinois. It’s a grant for children with severe mental illness to pay for residential treatment for these kids, under the age of 18. It’s also harder to get than top secret government clearance. If you are interested in learning more about an ICG grant, email me, and I’ll give you the advice we got, that finally got us the grant, after three applications and two appeals.

Enough back story. My plan with this blog is to use it as my own therapy – a way for me to relay my thoughts and feelings about raising a child with a severe mental illness to the ether. If I never have a single reader, that’s ok. That’s not the point. But if you read and have comments, questions, or dittys to share, feel free. I’ll read them all. I know I’m not alone in this.

2 Comments

  1. i am reading and very interested. hope you keep posting. very interested in hearing more on your hospitilization experience.

    debbiem

  2. Hi Debbie. Which one? As you can see today, we have a brand new one, Tim's 12th since he was 11. We've had good stays and bad ones. I'll do a post on what should raise a red flag at the psych hospital someday.

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