LB punched one of his teaching assistants* in the face this morning.
I rang the emergency number on his Care Manager’s ‘out of office’ email and was told someone would ring back. The guy called back ten minutes later and suggested a referral to the learning disability team nurse who specialised in challenging behaviour.
“Ok, how long will that take?” “Well I’ll put the referral through next week and she’ll get in touch when she gets it. I’m not sure how soon she’ll be able to come and see him though.” “Eh?? Have you listened to what I’ve said?????” “Er, sorry?” “What are we supposed to do in the meantime, if he turns on someone else?????” “Well, I could make it an urgent referral I suppose… Ok. I’ll put it through as urgent then. And there is a psychiatrist too. I don’t know if….” “She.discharged.him.last.week.”
“Well I could try ringing her this afternoon.”
Thirty minutes later he rang back.
The psychiatrist had gone home, he’d spoken to the duty psychiatrist; we have to go to the GP and ask him to ‘escalate’ LB to the psychiatrist.
I’m putting it out there now, the support and services for young learning disabled people in Oxfordshire is worst than crap-shite. Unacceptable. Please feel free to pass this link on to anyone in health and social care. Or anyone really. Things HAVE to change. And not just for LB.
*Sue, who has gone about as far beyond the call of duty as you can with LB, including getting in contact with mermaids around the world and sitting around in a stinking, freezing cold workshop every Wednesday, while LB does mechanic training.
I met up with Doreen this morning on the bus to work this morning. Doreen worked for social services for 20 years as an escort and took LB to school for about 2 years five or six years ago. We loved Doreen. She was sitting with Sam who was on his way to work in the café at Oxford Brookes. It turns out Sam used to go to LB’s school so we did a lot of catching up with different kids from the past.
D: Oh yes, we used to pick up Ben T at Radley Way and then go on to Rose Hill for Sarah H, she was a funny one and then back to Barton for Tom L. Then there was James C…
S: James C? Awww… you’re kidding me! I know James C from Anjali Dance Group.
D: Yeah, James C and then Donna T, do you remember? She was at Saxon House for a while.
S: Donna T? Yes. Oh you’re kidding me! [hehehe]
D: And then there was Terry W…
S: Terry W? You’re kidding me! Oh you’re kidding me right! I know Terry W from Mencap.
D: Terry W yes. I saw him recently in town. He came over and gave me a great big bear hug, as he does. But the person he was with told him off for talking to strangers. He said to her ‘That ain’t no stranger. That’s Doreen’. I don’t know. I see ‘em now and they’re all so grown up, but I still got photos of a lot of a lot of ‘em. Anyway, I’m getting off here. Nice to see you both.
S: Do you know Joan M?
Me: Yep, I know Joan M. Do you know Danny F?
S: Danny F? You’re kidding me! I know Danny from Mencap. Mencap. Terry W. was in town. Why did the carer do that? They were wrong. Terry knew the lady sitting here. He knew her and they were wrong to say ‘don’t talk to strangers’. She wasn’t a stranger. Fucking outrageous. They were wrong. Do you know Daisy?
So the dreaded visit from LB’s Care Manager passed off painlessly today.
LB sat very patiently while she gave information, apologised for using jargon and went through his support plan. Then she got to the big question:
“What three things are most important to you in your life?” [these can relate to any aspect of your life – aspirations, outcomes you wish to achieve or things you are keen to maintain or be able to do again.] [silence]
“LB what things are important to you? …” [silence]
“What is important to you? It can be anything at all… Have a think…Is it your mum and dad? Or your family?” [silence]
“Can you think of one thing to start off with?”
“Ah. That’s good. Can you think of anything else that’s important to you?”
“Brilliant. One more thing…”
Part of LB’s new care package includes a 12 week course with a buddy. This buddy will take him out and about, to help him increase his independence, encouraging appropriate behaviour round the ladees and road safety. I told LB this morning that Terry, his new buddy, would be coming to meet him this evening, then promptly forgot about it.