The Psychiatric Hospital, Day 2

Last nights visit was SO much better. Our boy was calm. He didn’t cry. He smiled and even laughed a few times. He still asked to come home, and was sad when we told him he couldn’t, but he didn’t obsess over it after that. He cuddled with us, loved on his service dog Rosco, introduced us to his new roommate. He told us he likes his new roommate so much that he even let him hold his prized stuffed animals at some point that day.

After we visited in his room for a while, he wanted to take us out to the common room to watch tv and cuddle on the couch. They were playing “The Lone Ranger” with Johnny Depp. We sat down to watch a firing squad prepare to shoot a prisoner and lots of men on horses get gunned down. Seem incongruous? I thought so too. Javan was the one to mention it though. He expressed discomfort with the violence. I told him that if any movies made him uncomfortable for any reason, he should tell the nurses. That thought had obviously never occurred to him. He immediately got up and politely informed them that this movie had too much violence for him. They immediately switched it off.

Due to some fluke in scheduling, daily phone time is offered just 45 minutes after visitation ends. Javan wanted to tell us that after we left the nurse put in a Tom and Jerry movie, but then replaced it with something else after noticing that it too contained an inordinate amount of violence. Maybe they’re learning.

I noticed during our time in the common room that there are at least four other kids on his floor. All sweethearts. None of them had visitors either night that we came. My heart breaks for their loneliness. I just wanted to embrace them all.

I haven’t heard anything yet about how Javan’s day is going so far. Thank you all for loving and supporting us through this. I will continue to keep you updated.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Danona White
    Aug 09, 2015 @ 16:40:06

    Praise God, you are receiving some help. I am familiar with many of the issues you face, the things you may have been accused of. Yes, God does give us more than we can handle. I believe it’s so we will be totally dependent upon Him, and not on an earthly being. Thank you for sharing your journey. I pray it is cathartic for you and informative for others. May it increase the prayer lives of all whom it touches. Amen

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