The wait continues! My son returned home 10 days ago from his first 30 days of treatment. Although we knew which Clinic he would enter to finish his extended 60 day program upon his return home, we have had to work within the Mental Health Care System to get him to his first day of aftercare. He phoned the Clinic while still in California and was given a date for a "meet and greet" (last Thursday). Then, he was given an intake appointment (this Tuesday) and we are now waiting for the Director to review his case with the Clinicians this morning at their Staff meeting. They meet at 8:00 a.m. and he should receive a phone call around 9:00 a.m. to let him know if he meets the criteria necessary to be part of their DBT program (that's Dialetical Behavior Therapy program).
It is quite stunning to me the way you have to fight your way through this system. I have come to understand why there are so many homeless people who suffer with Mental Health issues. It is not an easy program to navigate through. When your loved one is of legal age, your impact and influence in their treatment is not welcome. I avoid political issues on a regular basis, but I am tempted to start a groundswell political movement against HIPPA! In an effort to protect the rights of adult patients, this legislation has paralyzed the ability of families to intervene and actively represent the very real needs of said adult patients!
There is a sad irony in this fact; my adult son, who has been resistant to treatment for more than a decade, is now willing and ready to continue his program, and there has been a 10 day delay in his after care. It seems to me that the system would prioritize a speedy continuation of care.
So we wait.
Not knowing what to do with my frustration.
So I blog!
So I begin to think about the urgency with which we are waiting. I am reminded of the many Scriptures about waiting on the Lord; do I wait on the Lord with the same urgency as I await this phone call? I must confess, my answer, at first glance, is lacking!
"I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry." Psalm 40: 1
"wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope." Psalm 130: 5
"My soul waits for the Lord, more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning." Psalm 130: 6
"I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him." Lamentations 3: 24
"But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me." Michah 7:7
"Keep yourselves in God's love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life." Jude 1:21
THEN, I say to myself, "But as for me......The Lord is my portion. I will watch in hope for Him!" Instead of using this time to complain, I will pray! "My God will hear me!"
My urgency is in His hands! Somehow, the wait has become bearable!