An Update on My Son

My son had a doctor’s appointment today.  He’s starting a new medication tomorrow.  I hope it helps him!  He’s off school for the next few weeks until I have a meeting with his Attendance Counsellor, his tutor and the teacher at the school in a couple weeks.  His doctor wants to give the meds a few weeks to see if they work for him.  He has a few OCD-type quirks.  The meds are supposed to help with that too.  I would like nothing better than for him to be able to walk through the front door of the school someday.  Right now, he goes in the side door, where it’s just him, the tutor and his friend.

He doesn’t feel challenged enough at school but he doesn’t do any work at home.  The tutor gave him a couple of lessons to do on his own and he won’t do them.  He’s supposed to be in Grade 10, but he says that these lessons feel like Grade 3 work to him.  From what I saw last year, it didn’t look like Grade 3 work to me.

He wants to work ahead but his tutor wants him to work at the same pace as his friend, unless he can prove he can do those two lessons independently.

My son has trouble swallowing pills.  Luckily, this new medication is in capsule form.  The doctor said that he can put it in some yogurt or ice cream and take it that way, unless he can just swallow them whole, which I don’t think he can.

He’s had toothaches for months now.  He’s waiting to get a consultation for a root canal.  They’re gonna take some x-rays.  I don’t know if they’ll even be able to do a root canal or not.  He may just have to get it pulled.  He said that a piece of his tooth broke off.  Until he either gets a root canal or gets it pulled, we can give him children’s Motrin.  The doctor said that he can have 3-4 teaspoons every 4 hours.  He was supposed to go for a consultation yesterday but the dentist’s office called and said that their power was out so we’ve had to reschedule it for a few weeks from now.

I wish we could have this school meeting sooner, but I guess it’s hard to get everyone coordinated.  I’m really anxious to see what comes of it.

So that’s what’s been happening with our son lately.  I’ll let you know how his meds work out.  The doctor said that he would probably have some side effects for the first few days and then they should go away.

I’m so glad I did DBT!  If it wasn’t for that, I’d be a nervous wreck right now.  I’m able to manage my emotions much better than I did years ago.  I can think a lot clearer now.  I had a lot to remember at the doctor’s office and I did it!  I’m so proud of myself.  I’ve come such a long way compared to how I used to be.  If you get a chance to do DBT, take it!  It is so life-changing.

Thank you for joining me in my continuing journey of recovery!  Your support means so much!  Till next time,

— Joyce.


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