Wednesday, January 6, 2010

INTUNIV is working!

Dallas is now on his 16th day of UNTUNIV (8th day of his therapeutic 2mg dose) and doing extremely well. There are still some periods of tiredness that his pdoc is pretty certain he'll adjust to in the next week or so and it has lessened some more each day, but other than that, he's doing better than he ever has! No opposition, no meltdowns, no impulsitity, no reactivity and LOTS of loving, cuddling, lots of "Mom, I love you to infinity-infinity-heaven-infinity" behaviors and overall emotional stability. He told me today that he loves school (??!) and he is just happy as a little clam all day long and wakes up pleasant and happy and goes to bed just the same. There are no huge power/parental struggles anymore, and he's back to being the kid. His appetite has been great, he's following directions and cooperating, homework was a breeze, no signs of agression, anxiety, stress, depression or mania. Upon being questioned, he told his OT that the medicine makes him "feel great", and "all the things swirling in my head have stopped". He made it through his first Christmas season ever like a normal kid and no rages, anxiety, meltdowns or unhappiness.. Such a contrast to just 3 weeks ago! For now, Dallas is the kid I always knew was "in there".

I have nothing but great things to say about this medication, other than I wish it was little less expensive. :-)


Megan said...

Wow! Amazing! I am so happy for you and Dallas! I am so glad Intuniv is on the market!

marythemom said...

I thought I had your e-mail address. Can you e-mail me at mbrush @ austin. rr. com? I have something I'd like to discuss with you.

Mary in TX

Through Thick and Thin said...

super for you both, so glad that you found a med that works. Love your blog and will visit often.


Jeri said...

I'm going to send a link to this post to the psychiatrist at the state hospital where our son is now. I read your post Return to Sender....I don't know how old Dallas is but we have dealt with so much trauma from our son in nine years, the entire family has PTSD. (This includes killing our daughter's hamster. I don't think she will ever accept him again and yes, she's in therapy...we all are.) You are so right about increasing resources to meet the needs of ANY child adopted through foster, internationally, or bio...rather than make giving custody over to the state.) I have photos at my blog of just how severe it's gotten for our son and yet, I love him...he's mine... So, I guess what I'm saying is that I agree with you about the need for increased resources (and I promise you, i not only kicked the doors down but set fire to them...I have a 42 page history of resources I've tried over eight years ) but at some point you have to also think about the other members of the family's safety and wellness.