Wednesday, April 09, 2014

A Clean Bill Of Health, Sort Of

Yesterday was a day I have been waiting for for a long time. Dr. N. had made me promises about changes I would see in Thomas and at the time, honestly, I didn't believe him. Not even a little bit. When I was called in to Thomas' session however, it appeared that the promises made had come to pass. I walked in to Dr. N.'s office and there was Thomas sitting there with a small smile on his face. Dr. N. sat down and recapped what the two of them had talked about and to make a long story short, Thomas is doing really well, the Latuda is doing it's job and in many ways we are out of the woods for now. It has happened....

Thomas is stable.

Stable in the sense that his hallucinations and delusions are now watered down enough that he is pretty much a fully functioning young man! I'm still in shock but so grateful that Dr. N.'s promises weren't empty ones after all.

The one thing left to deal with for Thomas is his anxiety. As Dr. N. talked and explained anxiety to Thomas and ways to battle it what it sounded to me like were the kinds of things professionals have said to me when I had terrible anxiety years ago. How normal that all sounded to me yesterday. Finally, we aren't dealing with the unexplainable symptoms of schizophrenia like delusions and hallucinations, we are finally dealing with good old fashioned anxiety. Something fixable, something, while it can be serious and is for Thomas when he's at work, it is something that can be dealt with using good old fashioned therapy and a little help from some sort of medication.

Our plan from this point forward is to treat Thomas' anxiety with a medication called Buspar. It's a non-addictive anti anxiety medication that he can take every day and eventually it will get to work in his body, probably in 3 weeks or less. Yes, it's an addition of another med but he is just about completely off of the clozaril now. We will be down to 3 pills here pretty soon!

So, there you have it, a successfully treated schizophrenic young man. After all of the months of watching him disappear, he is now a light in my life again. I am able to go places without him, he is ok to spend the entire day alone and on my horizon is an actual vacation somewhere.

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