Jacob and Elijah Shaddox are brothers. Jacob is 21 years old and just moved into an apartment with his girlfriend. He graduated from a technical college with an Associate's degree in Computer Maintenance. He works for a school district as a computer technician. Elijah is almost 18 years old. He is hearing impaired, has Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD. He is a junior in high school. Elijah lives with his mom Mary and her wife, his stepmom. Mary has a bachelor's in deaf education and a masters in special education, and is an educational diagnostician. Life is always changing and this blog has chronicled many of these changes and will continue to do so!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Roller Coaster of Meds

Elijah is back on the rollercoaster of medicine. We went and saw the psych today and she wants to lower his seroquel. Two reasons: 1)He has gained a lot of weight and this med makes him hungry. The risperdal does too, but that med is actually helping with tics 2) He is on the highest dosage of seroquel for his age and if it isn’t helping with tics then we need to lower it.

The only downfall is we don’t know how much the seroquel is helping right now. The risperdal has helped with tics but does the seroquel work with this new med and how will things change when we lower it. He will take half of his usual dose in the morning and at lunch. At least he is home for the next three days.

I have emailed his teacher so she is aware of the change and informed her it may affect his behaviors. We may have to ride it out until his body gets used to this change, because we really don’t want him putting on all of this weight. He is also severely constipated. Even if he is not hungry the risperdal and seroquel make him THINK he is hungry. He is on a OTC med now to help with the constipation.

I just wish I had a crystal ball so I could see how this change in meds would affect him. It can just send him for such a loop and many people don’t get how this change can affect him and HOW IT REALLY ISN’T HIS FAULT WHEN IT DOES AFFECT HIM. He can’t help it! All I can do is keep educating people!

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