Yeah, Not So Much

Suicide Bridge.
Suicide Bridge by K(ittenhotep)

So, the transition to the new school is not going as smoothly as I’d hoped.

He had about two good weeks, then the agitation began, fueled by teenage housemates who have figured out that pushing his buttons is excessively easy.

He had a particularly bad day last week – we know it was bad because he called, his teacher called, and his case worker called – but we didn’t realize how bad until we got the incident report in the mail last night.

“Client had an altercation with his roommate.  The roommate was asked to leave the room, and staff asked Tim to take calming breaths. Tim yelled that he wanted to kill himself and put a plastic bag over his head.  Tim struggled when staff removed the bag from  his head. Tim again expressed the desire to die.”


He’s been home for four days this week, and in a very good mood, doing really well.  But he goes back to RTC today, and we leave for vacation – the first without him since his birth – tomorrow.  I’m a little paranoid.  Today I bought the International calling package for my cell phone so we can call him a few times while we’re gone.  Remind me to remind Wonderboy to call his brother too, every few days.  I was feeling carefree about this vacation. Now? Not so much.

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  • GB's Mom July 6, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I am so sorry. I know how hard it is to leave with one of them in crisis. But you can't control a crisis. Go and have fun. Easier said then done.

  • Anonymous July 26, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    i am about to admit my bi polar son to RTC for the first time. It has been a long 4 years of getting hiim help and they FINALLY see that he needs help…. so i'm praying for you and me and our children… i never thought i would be here, i 'm sure you didn't either…

  • Chrisa July 26, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    I didn't. And my thoughts are with you as well. Hang on.

  • Kathy Craig September 4, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    I am so sorry – words I write almost every day. I realize they are not much comfort. I had high hopes this school would work out well for Tim. I hope the school will communicate better in the future so you don't have to wait for a note in the mail.

    Yes, I did miss this post and feel terrible. I want you to know I am always pulling for you and Tim, of course. Thankfully, you have a lot of those and I am so glad.

    I truly hope you were able to enjoy your vacation. If anyone I know of deserving a vacation, it was you and Tom. I loved living vicariously through your pictures and posts! Thank you for sharing.