He takes loads of pills each day: an anti-depressant, a mood stabilizer, an anti-psychotic, and Clonidine, which is primarily used as a blood pressure medication (but is supposed to help with aggression and aid in sleeping).
The Boy also sleeps more than the average sixteen-year old. He's usually in bed before most toddlers. Bedtime is about 8pm (jealous?); he sleeps until I wake him up for school at 6:30 - if you don't count the fact that he awakens about 3:30 or 4:00 each morning to forage in the kitchen. And like a toddler, after his tummy is full, he takes a nap until it's really time to get up.
His psychiatrist is concerned about his medication and his sleeping habits. She feels that he sleeps too much, and that he takes a lot more medicine than patients who started seeing her when they were diagnosed.
So we're experimenting with drugs and bedtimes. We've already been cutting back a bit on medication, and The Boy has reacted well.
Last night, I cut the dosage of Clonidine and let The Boy stay up until 9:00.
He still got up to forage at some time during the night.
And this morning? He was grumpy and drowsy (napping on the couch). He stumbled up when
Thank you, Mr. Joe, the bus driver.
I'd say Day 1 of our little experiment was a failure.
Dr. D is letting the final decision up to me. I agreed to try the new regimen for a couple of days, and to call her with the results.
We've only been seeing Dr. D about a year, after the resignation of The Boy's last psychiatrist (who we only saw for a few months, after the first psychiatrist also resigned).
Our third psychiatrist in our three years in MO. Every time we get comfortable with one, they leave.
Dr. D has cancer. She's lost all her hair. She looks pale. She's cut back her office hours to three days a week. She's scheduled for surgery later this month.
I'm hoping that our experiment works so The Boy can maintain himself on less medication. And I certainly hope that Dr. D is soon among the list of patients who have beaten that little bitch, cancer.
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