For the most part, the agency has done very well in dealing with Katie's difficult behaviors. But Katie's life is smaller now than it was when she lived at home. It continues to shrink because of her behaviors. She is now in a wheelchair, to keep those around her safe. She also has to wear a cape around her and the wheelchair, to keep her from pinching people or pulling their hair.
We received a warning from horseback riding a few weeks ago that Katie would not be allowed to continue riding unless we supplied the volunteers to walk with her, because of her behaviors. I don't like visiting Katie much either. She has so much anxiety and with it, the behaviors. She can be happy and a second later, scared and unhappy. I walked beside her on Sunday while she rode, she pulled my hair, she scratched me, she screamed, she cried, she slapped her head and finally started hurting the horse. We pulled her off the horse.
Katie has been riding for close to ten years. She loves horseback riding but even that causes her anxiety now. I don't know what to do. She sees a new psychiatrist in two weeks. This doctors deals with people with mental disabilities and behavioral problems. I'm hoping she can help because right now I see a bleak future for KT and I don't want that. KT is an amazing young woman and I want her to have a good life, not just an existence.