I posted a little bit on another thread, but thought I'd give you guys an update.
Today makes 28 days since my son's first Invega shot - he'll get his first monthly injection next Friday.
So far, he's had no side effects other than he has a very healthy appetite now. He'll eat healthy just as easily as eating junk, so I need to change our shopping/cooking habits a little bit now. That'll be good for me too.
He does sleep a lot, but it's on & off, and when he's awake, he seems perfectly alert and attentive.
His current job aspiration is to get a CDL license and be a truck driver (not sure if it's possible, but it gives him hope, so I'm going with it.) Almost every day, we go out and he practices driving a little bit.
Today, he asked me if he could help me make dinner. Then, he said he wanted to make dinner. Next, he wanted me to leave and let him try it on his own (that's his new thing - for me to just let him try on his own). So, I went away and he finished the first 2 dishes and almost finished the third before his motivation gave out and he said I could take over.
That is like night and day from a month ago.
We're getting along very well, we'll watch movies together or play cards sometimes - it's been really good so far. I am, however, still waiting for the other shoe to drop. He has had some days where he seems pretty anxious or depressed, but he won't take any prescription pills, so I'm just letting that go.
One thing I'm not happy with is the level of support outside the hospital. He met with the case worker & pdoc a few days after he got out, then they set his next appt for Jan. 31st. That's fine for meds, but he needs some therapy and they're not offering anything because they want him in this intensive program that he can't get into without Medicaid.
So, I'm talking to him about going back to see one of his old therapists that we liked, or attending a local support group that meets 3 afternoons a week -- something so that he's talking to people and stays engaged in getting better. He started talking about seeing the therapist he was seeing at the mental health center before they moved him out of the substance abuse program - he had a lot of obsessive delusions about her, so I'm hoping that doesn't happen - although, part of me is curious about how it would go now.
Anyway, overall, the shot has been very successful so far for my son.