Sherry - posted on 09/29/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )
My husband and I are planning a long weekend trip to the mid-west soon. I am debating whether we should leave him home alone, which he is begging for independence, or have grandma come and stay with him. He wants a chance on being independent and responsible for himself. I have several concerns: 1) He's 16; 2) He has never spent the night by himself and I'm not sure he would be comfortable; 3) He has a history of seizures, but has been seizure free for 3 years; 4) I doubt this will happen, but there is always the possibility that he will have friends over and get in a little mischief.
We have some contingency plans that we could arrange: 1) Get him a a medical alert bracelet, so that if he felt a seizure coming on, he could push the button. We would have to have a lockbox put on the hosue and we would have to make sure that one of our neighbors are on the contact list, and also know the lockbox code; 2) We could just have the neighbors check in each day to make sure he is doing fine; and 3) we can have grandma come up for 2 of the 4 days or she can come up if he decides he doesn't want to be alone after the first night.
He has his license, and does not drink alcohol or take drugs. He is a responsbile young man, but teens do get carried away.
Is this too much independence and responsibility? Maybe we should do a one night test run. Any thoughts or experiences?