Thursday, February 2, 2012

Back to Square One, A Fresh Start

We have tried various medications with our son for several months now. At times, we saw some benefits. But, mostly, we saw even more detrimental side effects. And in the overall picture, things were not trending in the right direction.

I wasn’t ready to completely give up on medication, but I felt it was time to seek out a different doctor and get a second opinion.

We spoke about it with the staff at our son’s therapeutic school, and they referred us to a psychiatrist who has helped several of their other students.

And so, my wife and I went to see the new doctor.

She listened to our story. She was sympathetic. She was patient and spent more time with us than the previous doctor ever did. She didn’t make any promises. She acknowledged that this form of medicine is informed trial and error. But she had some ideas on what she might do for Kai.

We liked her.

And so we will see what this new doctor can do for our son.

The first step is to take him off all meds for about a week. The doctor will then observe him at school and get a baseline of what he is like when he is off medication. Then, she will add a drug, slowly, conservatively, one at a time, and take it from there.

So, we are back to where we started months ago.

But this new doctor has made us a bit more optimistic than we have been in a while.

Sometimes we all need a fresh start.


  1. Sending you lots of good wishes for this

  2. It's great to hear the new doctor is willing to spend time observing Kai to get a baseline, that's really encouraging!

    Good luck!


    1. Yes, we are thrilled that this doctor is so willing to take time to observe Kai at school - the previous doctor never did that, and we are not aware of any others who do that.

      Thanks, Myra.

  3. She sounds to be a good doctor. Her approach certainly sounds does her honesty.

    1. We are encouraged by her approach and demeanor.


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