Drama, but not ours-Oh what a night........

Trip Start Sep 11, 2006
Trip End Sep 18, 2006

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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Things are going pretty good with Seth. He wants Dr. Spanaugle to adjust his psych meds also so we will stay in area until mid week or so. Also he is having a bit more withdraw breakthrough and we are adjusting Suboxon (Opiate Blocker- has a small amount of opiate in it.) He is on their usual highest dose, but he started withdrawing during the discharge meeting with the doctor and they gave him some extra, so we are staying around to make sure he will be alright when we get home. Oh and Seth won an award in the meeting (joke) he has the highest use of heroin ever detoxed here. Makes a mother proud??
But I am not really surprised. They are also giving him neurotin for the temporal brain lobe, he jumped off of a car (in motion or course) when he was about 16 and they think that injury cause another dopamine problem , as if he didn't have some inherited chemical problems.

Anyway as usual he made a friend in the parking lot of the Walgreens, a fellow detoxer (alcohol) and his wife, they had a 6 month baby with them and asked Seth to go to dinner with them. So from the hospital to the Walgreens to some strangers car to hang out, that is my boy. Anyway he came home about mid-night, withdrawing and happy, gave him his meds and he went to sleep, woke him gave him more at 8am and he sleeps again.

Now the drama, not ours ,but people we met. A mom I went to dinner with the other night is here with her son and his girlfriend down for detox of methadone. He is in a graduate program for gene therapy (?) and is on full scholarship. He was the one that became aggressive after detox and has never been aggressive. She did not want to take him to the hotel, but they said he was OK, well within a few hours she had moved to another room and told them to not tell him where she was. Next thing you know he busted the room up , tied towels together, tied it around his neck and tied it to the railing and threatened to jump. Of course police came, took him to psych unit for 72 hour lock up. They called his mom late last night and told her to come and get him, he was fine ,did not remember what he did and they believe he had a reaction to the geodon they use in small doses here to regulate dopamine. Seth has used it before ,but of course hated it and asked them to go back to Zyprexa he use to use. He had asked to be changed from Zyprexa a few years ago when it came out that with a family history (which he has) of diabetes it increases the chance of developing it. Well he has a pretty good chance of it anyway, so decided to go back to it. It is the only schizophrenic drug he has ever been compliant with,it doesn't make him twitch. Also this doctor explained that some families have some chemical that makes something about calcium go into the muscles with certain drugs (us) and that is why he twitches (and why 2 meds I have been on before gave me super twitches-remember that Saralyn-ED about killed me and Bobby called you-he went right to the nurses desk, called upstairs and said "come and help her, they are killing her" -it was funny - later). Anyway Dr. Spanaugle said he would rather a psychiatrist treat Seth, but I have never heard any of them understand brain chemistry like this guy, so Seth asked him to try to figure him out, we will have to fly down each month for awhile. Later when meds are right we will transfer to Wilmington doctor.

I am sending a picture of Seth when we were leaving, I think he would have went in the halls and took pictures nurses, he made rounds hugging everybody, he was a hoot.He said something funny when I took this, but can't remember what.

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niara_aisha on

Us Mother & Our Children...
...I'm still always amazed at the things we do & how resilient we are! Mostly - how we continue to love & even adore our children through the craziness they drag themselves & us through!

Love reading about your journey... the good, the bad, & the ugly! Thanks... aisha

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