Saturday, March 26, 2016

We are a family...

So, my mom went into detox at the hospital.  She was there for a few days before they released her with a bus pass to get to where she needed to go.  Thankfully, she made it to a place where she could plug in her phone, called me, and asked that I meet her to pick her up.

So this is a little disturbing to me.  How are hospitals releasing patients into the community when they are still all hopped up on drugs.  When I talked with my mom after her release she was still slurring from the drugs, she was shaky, and slightly disoriented.  How do you expect someone in this state to make wise decisions?  How do you expect them not to be a target for exploitation?  I would just think good practice is to give them a day to come off the drugs and then let them go.  I'm no doctor, nor do I work in the medical field.  I'm sure the answer is that the beds are full and they need to treat other patients... but there has to be a better way.

Anyway, my mom was staying with a program who was being kicked out of there apartment.  They have to be out by the 31st of this month.  As of right now the people of this program have not been told where they will be moving to... shady much?

Going back to the beginning, my mom called and asked me to meet her at her apartment to help pack up some stuff and asked if I would call my dad to see if she could stay with him.  I called, he said yes, so I met her at the apartment, helped her pack up some of her stuff, and took her to my dads.  This is an awkward situation I may or may not get into later... but it is awkward, trust me.

As of today, Mom is still there and her and Dad went to get the rest of her stuff today... we will see where things go from here.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Update 2016

Wow, it's been a while.

I hope to keep this going for a while longer this time, at least update once a week.

So to get you updated...Mom is back on the wagon.  She was sober for a good 9 months this go round.  It was great.

She had her rough patches though before she got sober.  She was kicked out of the sober living place she was living and ended up checking herself into a detox center.  The day she was released my dad had surgery to place a stint in his heart which did not go as well as expected (he is doing much better now.)  Thinking this MIGHT be something that would trigger her to get it together, she made the choice to keep drinking and ended up on the streets for about a week.

On a site note- one thing I found out about being a homeless female in Atlanta is that there are not many options for shelter.  Many of the shelters are geared towards men or women with small children.  This really made me kind of sad.  I can't imagine how many homeless women are out there that can't find shelter.  And to make it worse, how are these women supposed to find these shelters?  I guess I'm not all that involved in the homeless community, and maybe they have some form of outreach?

But back to mom- I felt bad for her.  I had no clue how to help her.  I wanted to shake some sense into her.  All of this I knew would not help.  But what really made me mad through this whole thing was she was mugged, twice!  Also, the people who lived in this sober living apartment stole from her.  Socks, underwear, food, but what really got me in a rage was the fact they stole a gold chain off of my grandfathers necklace.  They did not take the pendant, I guess they had SOME heart about them, but when she was mugged, the pendant was stolen.  This breaks my heart.

So after all of this my mom finally got sober and settled into life at the same apartment.  She got a job, she was working hard, and we got to celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, and her birthday together as a family.  It was great and I don't know what went wrong.  She has been AWOL for the past 2 days and I am thinking about just going over to the apartment to see if I can get any information.

I'll update everyone soon and as of now I have been able to keep it together.  I hope I can continue to do so...