Daniel has been doing great. He has been active and keeping busy. It has really helped him out. When we notice him different; we get him going again. He was pretty active in his brother's baseball team as an assistant coach. It gave him a sense of importance and purpose. We went to his doctor's appointment and since he has been doing well. He may be discontinuing some of his medications. He is also now going to be seeing his therapist once a month. Huge step from going twice a week, then once a week and now once monthly. I hope that it works out. Although, I'm a little apprehensive about it because school will start in August again. That is always a huge trigger for anxiety. Thankfully, both his doctors are great when we need something in case of an emergency. We've been able to manage anything that comes along and so far he has been hospital free for a while. I pray that we can keep it that way. We are definitely a work in progress.
The best advice I can give any parent when it comes to older teens with a MI, is keep them busy. Daniel has been mowing lawns and making some money. We gave him the opportunity to make money to purchase his own school clothes. This seemed to have really worked out. We're testing the waters by giving him some independence and teaching him how to manage his money. He has managed to raise $200 and has successfully acquired some steady work with lawn care. Since he is now sixteen and stable, we felt this was the best time to start teaching him. It will help once he becomes an adult. He has really impressed me with his dedication. As parents, we should never give up on hope. I know some parents are told different by the doctors and are easily discourage to believe that their child could one day be productive adults but, don't fret over that. Always remember that your children have you to help prove them wrong. When you think it's impossible..think again.
On another note, I went to Washington D.C. in May. I was invited by the Treatment Advocacy Center to be a part of the 4% and help support Rep. Tim Murphy, who recently re-introduced his Bill HR-2646 The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act to Congress. I had the pleasure of meeting him and several other families that have loved ones with mental illness. It was a great experience and I was so grateful to be included in this event. The one person I was very happy to meet was Joe Bruce. He and I have a friend in common; Mr. Wayne Drash of CNN. Wayne wrote both of our stories for CNN. His story is a tragic one but, also one that everyone should read to understand how bad the system is when it comes to mental health care. Please read his story on the CNN Website.
I hope that everyone has a great weekend and stays cool for the summer. It's getting super hot here in Texas.
As always, keep the faith and hope going..you can't go wrong.