2009/11/22

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09:33

Waiting anxiously for Josh's return... anytime in the next 20 minutes or so.

10:06

She's apparently running a bit late getting out the door to bring Josh back; I'm supposed to meet her at a service station off 15-501 at about 10:30. I know where the place is, but... stress. Sandy is off at her Sunday crochet thing, so it's just me.

10:57

Ok, got 'im. (Whew.)

11:27

...and now he's crying, because nothing else is happening. And he's also drooling from the same side of the mouth where he's making those clicking noises. Ok, so I need to add "dental appointment" to my list of things to nag people about. (They were supposed to call us: I don't have their phone number.)

11:29

Apparently nothing awful happened during the visit, but there were some concerns. I didn't want to put Frankie (the lady who runs the home) on the spot about her overall assessment, and we didn't have much time to talk because she was in a hurry. Apparently Josh finally got to sleep at 1:30 this morning, though -- the fact that she noted the exact time doesn't strike me as a good sign.

12:01

Mollie said: Actually that DOES sound like a good sign to me - means they're keeping a watchful eye over their wards instead of turning a blind one...

12:32

She does seem very diligent; I'm much more confident in her ability to really do something positive for Josh than the last place we sort-of-tried (long story). What I worry about is that Josh's erratic sleeping habits will conflict with the family's routines; there's another autistic boy there, and I think she has a kid as well, so the extra Chaos Factor imposed by Josh may be too much (just as it is for us).

12:36

Mollie said: Mmmm... give it more than a couple of days - maybe the strict schedule will be better and more beneficial for Josh in the long run and he can adjust to them instead of them to him.

12:48

Yes, a more regular schedule and closer supervision are definitely things that Josh needs. He does *extremely* well at Camp Royall, where they have the day scheduled out in half-hour chunks.

We'll be absolutely delighted if Frankie decides she can take Josh on, or even just go for a longer trial. We're just worried that she will say no.