Yesterday culminated, after I had to pick her up after only being at school for about 45 min, in her packing her bags and running away. She took pics of our family, her med box (she knows that they are very important), and took off on foot and walked down through a very bad part of town (murders and shootings daily) for several miles, traipsed around the coffee shop area on the other side, make her way over to another part of town after visiting the zoo. She was gone for about an hour and a half. We had called the police, but thankfully someone spotted her before they did and I was able to get her in the car and take her immediately to her psychologist. We tried to process what was going on in her head but it was hard--she seemed not to understand or care about the danger she was in. The psychologist said when Caroline left the room that she felt strongly it was time to consider a long-term residential treatment program. I actually agree this time. If she refuses to do school, there isn't much else we can do.
I was completely nauseated when we couldn't find her, just numb as I printed out photos for the police to help find her. I think I've had the last straw. She is just driving everyone crazy and we are losing time. Bill believes the school could still work for her, but I think she is convinced it won't.
In the mean time, my husband's dad has been deathly ill, in and out of the ICU and rehab facilities for 8 weeks now. The stress of Bill being gone a lot during these weeks of Caroline doing poorly has pushed me to the edge. I begged him not to go this weekend. He agreed, but of course if his dad takes a sudden turn for the worse again, he will go up there with my blessing.
We are going to CA next week to see both family, Sea World, and Disneyland. We so need a vacation. Just to play together and swim with the dolphins. Caroline may not be at her best, but I'll just give her Ativan if I have to. If she goes to an RTC, it would be right after that, after we line up funding because it is about 11,000 to 20,000 a month! Insurance would pay for maybe 90-120 days of it, but we would have to find the rest. An ideal stay is 6 to 12 months. There are some groups that you can finance through . We'll do anything to help her get back on the right track so we don't lose her to despair, drugs, whatever. She is at a critical juncture and we have to act.