Saturday, February 18, 2012


Another quick update:

My son was discharged from U of M Hospital yesterday afternoon. The doctors felt he had calmed down considerably and was no longer a threat to himself. (My son claims he never was.) While I was hoping he'd get a little more in-patient treatment, I couldn't make the hospital keep him longer. He was diagnosed with severe depression and anxiety disorder (nothing new) and will undergo follow-up care...if he chooses to do so. (Fingers crossed.)

My wife and I drove out to Ann Arbor to pick our son up from the hospital and take him back to his sober living house in Ypsilanti. He seemed to be in a pretty good state of mind. Definitely much better than Wednesday night.

After dropping him off at his house, the two of us went back to Ann Arbor and treated ourselves to a nice dinner at the Prickly Pear Cafe, one of our favorite restaurants. (The scallop and shrimp quesadillas there are to die for. One of my favorite dishes anywhere.) We had a really nice time. Taking care of ourselves is an important part of our recovery, and this was a little treat we both felt we deserved.

So, that's where things stand. I will keep praying for my son. If you feel so inclined, please do the same.

Thursday, February 16, 2012


Just a quick update:

My son, who had been living in a sober living house in Ypsilanti, Michigan, is now hospitalized at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. It is depression-related, not drug-related. Even so, when it happened yesterday it was like a kick in the gut. I got a phone call from a Washtenaw County sheriff's deputy who identified himself and asked if either I or my wife was home. My first thought was that my son was dead. It was horrifying.

Instead, the deputy informed me that my son had been taken to the ER at U of M Hospital. My wife and I went out there last night and met with doctors and a social worker. It was decided by them that our son needed to be hospitalized. On a positive note, he is in a world-class hospital, which is connected to a world-class depression treatment center. Hopefully this will be a blessing.

So that's where things stand. Depression and addiction both suck so bad. I'm sure many people who read this blog know that already; I just thought I'd reiterate it once again.