New Digs

Heya, folks! Welcome to my new home! There’s lots more work to be done, but the basics are in place. It’s sort of like after you move and the furniture is in place, the beds have been made, and the kitchen is put together, but the garage is still full of boxes and there are no pictures on the walls. It’s not perfect (not like it every will be, but you get my meaning), but it’s functional. Hooray, and thank you Japster, Inc. for a job well done!

This will be a short post since I have several projects due in other places coming up, but I wanted to share a Carter update with you.

I’m afraid to even say it because it can all change so fast, but for today it’s 100% true: Carter is the most stable he’s been in many, many months. He’s in the habit lately of stomping off to his room when he’s angry, and when he gets there he doesn’t destroy anything. He hasn’t called me a nasty name, tried to hurt one of the dogs, or broken anything on purpose in weeks. He’s sleeping and eating well and is sometimes able to play a little. Amazing!

As far as we can tell, he’s had no hallucinations in about ten days and no more than a few mild delusions. His anxiety is the only significant issue right now, and even that is nowhere near as acute as it’s been in the past.  Obviously we still have work to do, but for the first time in a long, long time we feel like we’re moving in the right direction.

Finally, a damn near perfect Carterism: my folks were here last week to help Erin and I find a new place for Grammy to live and they took Carter swimming at their hotel. In the elevator on the way to the pool, he said, “I’m shooting out flames of happiness!”

Happy happy joy joy again! I could get used to this.