I appreciate all the concern about protecting the other children, even Anonymous' attack. I have 3 children that are violent like this. This is nothing new except she actually hurt someone. Patches has done very well on the Abilify for a month now. Her fits have nearly subsided until this weekend. Her other issues are still going strong but her rages are better.
I contacted her AT and she believes she doesn't need to be hospitalized at this point b/c she has calmed down so much over the previous weeks. I am taking 4 kids to see the psychiatrist tomorrow so we will discuss it with him. I did make the proper calls and steps to move Patches to the hospital but b/c she is complying now they won't take her. She is not suicidal or homicidal.
We talked with the kids about being safe and keeping themselves safe. We talked about how we will do this. Every one, including Patches, feels like a plan is in place. I agree with many of you that this is hard. I do feel like I have a grip on our life. Yes, I get overwhelmed at times and worry that I have made the right decisions. I am not, however, choosing not to hospitalize her for entertainment purposes or to be saintly. In fact, saintly has never crossed my mind. I feel it would not be good for her right now. I know it will happen, I am comfortable with that reality. We have pulled her in closer and will not allow the other children alone with her. She doesn't want to hurt them. She is concerned about her behavior and terrified she will never come back. I can assure you that I am not holding my children hostage and we as a family agree she can still be contained here until at least tomorrow with these things in place.