Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. It’s a glorious day for reflection on our lives and our commitments. We’ve been looking for a new church home and have visited a couple of churches. DH was raised in the Methodist church and I was raised in the Baptist church. Many years ago Don was baptized and joined the Baptist church when we lived in Eufaula, AL.
We haven’t made a firm decision yet on where we want to land. I had planned for Chris to go with us for Easter service but it didn’t work out that way. I don’t talk a lot about Chris but I have shared that he has disabilities and works in a handicapped program (Options). He also lives in a house with Options staff.
This last year has been a really tough one for him and for us. He hasn’t been happy in the house. Chris is very social and likes to go places. Neither of his roomates communicate and even though staff is there, Chris is bored and lonely. That equals extreme misery for him.
A week and a half ago, Chris got frustrated and ran off into the woods by the house. Staff finally talked him out of the woods, but he continued to act out so police took him to the hospital for evaluation. He spent 9 days in a facility and was discharged yesterday. He seemed ok when we got to our house. He was going to spend the holiday weekend with us. He started talking about something he had become fixated on from his stay at the facility. He kept escalating and the next thing we knew, he had bolted. I called the police and thankfully the same officer who had taken him to the hospital the week before, was the one responding to the call. He found Chris and another visit to the ER was made.
Long story made a little shorter…Chris is furious with us and refused to come home with us. He is once again at the facility for treatment. People who need the care are never allowed to stay long enough to make any sort of difference. It’s called “Treat ’em and street ’em”. Sad, isn’t it? We can thank our Governor, Bobby Jindal for this.
This Easter, what I will be praying for is that Chris be able to find some peace and have a good life. He has a team of professionals working with him on an outpatient basis when he is at home. It is pretty much the opinion that Chris is expressing his unhappiness by acting out. Options is actively looking for a housing change for him. I hope it isn’t too late. Please keep him in your prayers also.