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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cutting Back

Once again, we are scaling back one of B.'s medications. One I'm in high hopes of phasing out altogether. To me, less is more, if at all possible. And I'm hoping in doing so, it helps curb the Tardive Dyskinesia (Tic Disorder that is usually medication-induced with Psychiatric Drug Therapy) as well.

So far, we've gone from 150 of Seroquel (mood controller and sleep aid), down to 100 mg dose. Then over the last several weeks, went down to a 50 mg dose. As of a couple of nights ago, we have now brought the amount down to 25 mg per night.

His other medications (Vyvanse and Intuniv) will remain the same, though. During the Summer Vacation time, we might try to next scale back the Vyvanse to see what happens.

Some people would say that it's "about time" that I stop "doping" my kid up for MY gain and ease of parenting. But I say to them... You don't live our life as a family, or as I as his parent, so YOU have NO room to judge or condemn me or parents like me with kids in the same situations.

True, most of these drugs that treat mental disorders can have some pretty harsh side effects. No doubt about it. But SOMETIMES, you must take the chance of the side effects as to "balance out" what is imbalanced in their minds and give these kids the BEST possible shot at a "normal" life as they can potentially have.

These medications have been known to SAVE the lives of these kids, and save the lives of those around them. Especially in times of being in severe volatile states of emotion and action. I personally in the past have had my son come at me with scissors, knives and hammers. He would tell me in explicit detail of how he was going to kill me.

Then, just like that, the rage was over and he honestly could not remember (most times) what he had said and done. What kind of life is that for a CHILD? This is why he has been on SOME KIND of medication or other since the age of six years old.

So while I have high hopes for completely getting my child off AT LEAST one (if not maybe even two) medications, I will always have it in the back of my mind that there is a very distinct possibility that again, he will HAVE TO go back on them. For his sake, my sake, and the family's sake. And for all of our safety.


Michelle said...

Oh Wow! I can't imagine what you have to go through. I don't know if you're a believer, but I'll be praying for you guys, nonetheless. You can't stop me! :)

TexaGermaNadian said...

Well don't listen to them. You know best, and you know that. My husbands brother is special needs, and the strength of his family and parents is unbelievable. I commend you.

Also, on another note, I am really happy you linked up to the hop :) I hope ya'll have a great sunday!

Cait said...

just came across your blog! it's fabulous! you have some great insight on your posts!

Victoria said...

Found you through Comment Love Day and I'm so glad I did! I'm skeptical when it comes to medication in a lot of situations but for you it definitely sounds like your child needs it. I've known people who rely completely on the meds to fix their lives but I love that you are trying to give your child the least amount possible to keep everyone safe and happy. I hope it just gets easier and easier for you!

I'm so glad I found your blog! I can't wait to hear more about how everything goes for you!

Anonymous said...

Hi, over from FTLOB. It saddens me that people would say you are "doping" your child. People have so many opinions, and often they have absolutely NO idea what it's all about. Close your ears, don't bother, be proud of yourself and what you are doing for your child. Keep up the good work, girl!

And I absolutely LOVE your subpage about followers. You're inspiring me to create something like that on my own blog because I so agree with you!

Mollie said...

I'm all about meds. My dad is bipolar/manic depressive alcoholic (recovering). I currently have no idea what he's on now, but I can tell when he doesn't take it. It makes me sad when he does. I wish he didn't have to have meds, but I prefer him when he's taking them. ... anyway, over from the FTLOB Sunday Comment Love Hop.

And because of what Susi said, I checked out your 'Followers' page. Heh. You tell it sista! Come by if you want, don't if you don't. I'm pretty Pippi Longstocking about it all.

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