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Amor et Labor

He wanted to pose.


When we talked with Charlie's neurologist about changing his medications, it was suggested that we consider him staying at a certain facility in south Jersey. I said, we'd only consider that if you can accommodate all three of us. 

Well, obviously not. 

Taking Charlie off the first med, which had at first (as in a few years ago) helped and then seemed (more recently) to be stoking dizzy spells and more in him, went all right. We started the process with another med as what it does overlaps with what another med that Charlie is on does (they counter, among other things, anxiety).

Looking back at his rising OCD since mid-late March (insistence on five mile walks, going ONLY TO ONE PARTICULAR CHINESE RESTAURANT, taking certain routes out of Jersey City) and then -- perhaps as the levels of the med lessened and lessened in his body -- three serious panic/anxiety attacks all associated with Jim teaching late on Wednesday or Charlie anticipating such and resulting in first responders appearing and one ER visit -- it has been, it seems, proven, that he still needs med #3. 

Other news, thanks to my students, my Roman history class went up to the Flavian emperors. I will still end by reaching back to the reign of Augustus, the first emperor, and quote the tenth Eclogue of Virgil: Omnia vincit Amor; et nos cedamus Amori, "Love conquers all and let us yield to love."

Of course, he also wrote in the first book of the Georgics, labor omnia vicit, "work conquers all" -- we do feel honored and grateful, every day in and out, anywhere and everywhere, to be with our lovely, loving boy.




Poor Charlie. Panic attack feels like heart attack.
Adolescence is tricky for prescribing.
Hope he is feeling easier.


Med's do rebound... we discovered that the hard way. We were also told that hormones in boys do fluctuate like they do in girls just not on a monthly basis. Therefore, we watch for any reactions with his current meds.

Sometimes removing them in a safe setting... as they recommended... and then reintegrating a new set of meds may actually be the better option.

I wouldn't say "No", instead I'd seriously consider it and maybe consider a written "plan" to protect him and yourselves and them. If they can't make the "plan" to your satisfaction... then you make other choices.

Kristina Chew

@Linda, Yes, much so. I look at the teenage boys in the neighborhood and my own just out of teenagerhood students and get a sense of what they might be going through.

@Farmwifetwo, I was glad they told us about the possibility of medical supervision throughout the med change. Certainly we knew we had to take it extra seriously. I would say, I have been hesitant to give Charlei emergency meds fast enough and now know at the first sign, give.

One complication with temporary placement in a facility would have been that Charlie would have had a reaction to that on its own, and then there'd be the task of separating those responses from those from going off meds.

I see such fluctuating hormones too. Haven't figure out a pattern and they are not routine -- so much as ever to learn.

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