Tuesday, July 26, 2011


We had a staffing for Little Grape today. I guess overall it went really well. It looks like when we go to court in 2 weeks that they will be requesting that Dad start to work up to overnight visits IF he can pass a homestudy. Last week he moved into a two-bedroom apt with his adult daughter and her two children (ages 3, 1). There are issues with the daughter *potentially* being a problem which could stop overnight visits from happening there though, so we will need to wait on getting the backgrounds back on her.

There was a "stand-in" GAL supervisor who certainly did not make any friends in the room today! Including me!! When it came to issues of what medications Baby is on and what's been happening with his medical needs I gave a brief synopsis of what has been happening. All of the sudden this woman pipes up and says "what's his diagnosis?" I told her that he was diagnosed with acid reflux and she replied with "well no ma'am that's a symptom. What's his diagnosis?" She then went into a spiel about other medical issues that could be causing the acid reflux...blah...blah...blah... I guess she's never heard of GERD huh? Then she moved onto him sticking his tongue out a lot. Yes, he does this I told her, but it's not a concern at this time. She then goes into a second monolouge about how it could be one of a number chromosomal disorders that could cause mental impairment and developmental delays...yadda, yadda, yadda!! I was SO ANNOYED with this lady and her presumtious attitude. I told her in a firm way that he sees his pediatrician and specialists regularly and no one has concerns for him and he is developing on target. The GAL knew I was getting ticked so she quickly had us move on.

Then...at the end this woman brings up these issues again! I signed my paper with out making any eye contact with her. I wanted to SCREAM at this woman that I know what pyloric stenosis is and NO he doesn't have it......I have a Master's Degree in education and lots of experience with infants and toddlers...not only my own, but also from when I was a birth-3 early on educator. But no....I recalled a verse I read in my devotions this morning "A fool gives full vent to anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." Proverbs 29:11

Don't get me wrong....I don't think I know everything! However, I think if anyone had any concerns they would have already been taken care (and have!!) She made me feel as though I was being neglectful and attacked! Oh well....I think I still have to see her at court but after that I shouldn't have to spend any more time in a small room with that woman! lol!!

1 comment:

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

SOOO sorry!!!!!!!!!!! oye, wow what a blow!! Sounds like our old "advocate" although I use that term very lightly!!!

PRAYING it goes quickly!!!