She also asked us if there was anything else that we thought Caroline should work on before coming home. We both replied perfectionism. We see this as the biggest danger for her right now. And having a realistic understanding of how her sisters are going to need time to see that she has changed. They don't know how she has grown. A lot of adjustments are in store for us.
I just added up the cost of the trips we've made out to Meridell since May. They pay for one adult airline ticket once a month, and give us a discount at the Holiday Inn in Cedar Park, but even so we have spent over $800 on the hotels and car rentals alone. The meals and activities and shopping for her probably added several hundred more. Expensive trips but worth it. I am so grateful that our health insurance covers all of her RTC stay. We won't end up paying a dime, which is fantastic considering I am sure the bill is in the tens of thousands. I feel for the parents of bipolar kids whose health insurance doesn't cover RTC stays because they then have to find funding through their states and it is often a nightmare of bureaucracy and delays.