Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Operation Eradication

Welp, the baby got reinfected. And so did Andy and I.

I'm an optimist, so my reactions right now are as follows:

- The timing on this could be way worse. We had family visiting two weeks ago and people in town this weekend for Easter, and thankfully we don't have to worry about her contaminating anyone.

- Now that it's official, the worker can set all sorts of great new rules to make sure this doesn't happen again. The only complicating thing here is that the grandma will get herself and the brother treated, which is great, but will also let the mom come over before she gets treated, so that will probably mean no more visits with the grandma. That's rough, since the county is still working towards placing the baby there and we'd like the baby to at least recognize the lady, but I'm not willing to deal with a fussy itchy miserable baby every time there's a visit because the grandma refuses to abide by a COURT ORDER prohibiting the baby's mom from being at the grandma's house.

- It happened after only one visit. I knew the parents hadn't done the treatment properly, and I knew we'd get reinfected eventually. At least this way it's done quickly and I don't have to freak out every time there's a visit for months before we can actually start moving along with requiring these things.

So I took the day off yesterday for what I called Operation Eradication: the baby and Andy and I were all treated, and we did all the necessary treatment in the house. Our next court date is in two weeks, and I don't think visits will resume before then. (Of course I could be wrong on that, but it seems unlikely that family will do everything they need to by then.)

The worker did tell me today that this is one of her more complicated cases. There are a lot of people involved, all of whom are working different case plans (or not working those case plans, as the case may be), and there are a lot of factors at play that make it really hard to predict how things will go. I'm glad that it wasn't just me thinking that there was a whole lot happening with this case!


  1. Sorry you all got reinfected. It sounds like a complicated case to me!

  2. You have my sympathy. Hopefully this is the last time for the infestation - but is there a way to know if grandma isn't just going to tell the court that mom doesn't come over anymore while mom's passed out on the couch "babysitting" her other kid during the next court session? Is it okay if I'm not really rooting for grandma?
    I hope this leads to more compliance, and your case becomes less complicated for all involved. At least you got broken in good! :)

  3. Thanks for the good thoughts! Jenny, the worker is well aware that the grandma could be letting the mom over - and in fact the worker is planning a stakeout tomorrow afternoon to watch for that! I don't really know what will happen with visits and stuff if they prove that the mom's there, but legally the mom can't be there so it won't be good.