Life with Jakes has improved recently. There have been so many changes to things in the house that I cannot and will not attempt to pinpoint what has caused the improvements. There are improvements and I am not going to question WHAT exactly is helping the improvements, I'm just going to take them as they come.
As I've said before, Jakes and I were in crisis mode for a long time. Fighting and arguing and no peace in the house. After trying everything I knew, we were referred to Family Stabilization. With the Family Stabilization program, we were afforded Case Management and In-home therapy.
After meeting with Albert and getting the therapy started, we were also given a Behavioral Analyst (BA) who is working closely with Jakes on certain issues. This is in-home as well. With Albert, Jakes has been doing the homework and Albert is very pleased with how Jakes is doing the homework. Whenever the weather is cooperative, they walk up the street and talk. Albert says that Jakes talks more when they are walking. Albert is teaching Jakes how to not argue with people, taking ownership of his behaviors and getting along with his peers.
John is the BA. He comes on Sunday evenings and helps with Jakes transition from his dad's into the coming week. John is also working with Jakes to get back into chores around the house, ownership of his behaviors, and getting along with his peers.
In addition to working with Jakes, they are giving me lots of parenting tips and I am still seeing Val for myself. My homework from her is to read the book "Scream Free Parenting." I'm working on it and have gotten tips from that as well. I have started depression medication and am feeling better with that.
I never told JF (Jakes Father) about all the stuff going on, the family stabilization etc. but Jakes did. So JF sent me threatening text messages and emails over that weekend. He didn't make any direct threats to harm me but it was clear that he was threatening me in order to control my responses. He even suggested that Jakes live with him after school was out. hahahahahahahahahahaha
So I did just what he does when I need something from him. I ignored his messages. Well, first I said "go f*ck yourself" to the phone. Not to HIM, just the phone. Then I went about trying to enjoy my weekend. On Monday, I called the case manager and asked her to call him.
It took him over a week to get back to her and get the information from her. She continued to get in contact with him but he never answered or returned her calls. Nice huh? Since he has talked with her, I haven't heard from him about this situation nor have I heard anything more from him about Jakes living with him.
Albert really wants to talk with him and make sure he is included in the family therapies. How can Albert say that he is doing family therapy if he hasn't talked with all the family? So we sent a text message to JF asking for a meeting. No response from JF, of course. And he seems to have stopped talking to Jakes about living with him. Good.
We have until the middle of July with the in-home therapy, then we will transition to office based to continue the improvements. In the meantime, we have an appointment with the pediatric neurologist in a couple of weeks and they might be recommending a change in Jakes meds. But that's one of the reasons why the therapists are sticking around into July; to make sure we can transition successfully through that.
Jakes has been very loving lately. Wanting hugs and kisses from me. And following directions, making dinner, doing his chores. There is still some lying going on and he is not doing very well in school. But school is out and we'll just start fresh in September there.
Along with all this and the therapies, life is getting better.