We had a meeting with the psychiatrist and the sw at the hospital today. difficult child has been having some side effects from the Depakote. He's been on it before but not with the combo of medications. He has been walking with a shuffle and drooling quite a bit. They have lowered some of his other medications and are now adding a medication (that I can't remember the name of) to try to counteract the side effects. Today when we visited we didn't notice any drooling and the shuffle wasn't noticeable so it may actually be working. Tomorrow and Sunday we will be taking him out of the hospital for a few hours on a pass. Depending on how he does with that we will bring him home Monday night so he can try school on Tuesday. If he does o.k. at school he will stay home if not he will return to the hospital. They want to be sure he can maintain outside of the structure of the psychiatric hospital. When we take him home on Monday they want us to take him home as if we are discharging him because they don't want him to be stressed worried he might have to go back. They want to see how he does at school with-out the pressure of wondering if he will go back or not. I totally understand but am going to feel really bad if he has to return, I feel like he will think we tricked him. I do like that the hospital seems to be taking their time. They have been really nice with us. They have talked with difficult child's psychiatrist and therapist who have really given them a lot of info about difficult child. They have told us they think we have been doing a good job with difficult child. They seem impressed he has not been in the hospital for two years. It's nice not to feel like the last time when the psychiatrist in the hospital made us feel like it was all our fault. I'm glad she is no longer there (I had heard lots of not so good things about her from people in the know). On another note the principal at difficult child's school was at husband's school today. She said they have applied for an emergency aide for difficult child (she doesn't know if they will get it or not but at least she is trying). I'm hoping we see some positive changes when difficult child comes home. It's hard to know if he will be able to maintain outside the structure of the hospital. It will be interesting because last night he started getting very upset while playing a game because he didn't want to follow the directions. Even so, he didn't physically threaten and didn't stay upset long.