It’s become very consistent & stable here, so unless something changes dramatically, I’ll update this thread once a week.
He’s been on Clozapine for 4 weeks, on 200 mg/day for now and he seems to be tolerating it pretty well. The blood work is pretty much the same every week, his appetite is good but no higher that it is when any antipsychotic is working, sleeping good but not too much.
He is still delusional, but there has been a decrease in how often he talks about them & how many different things he talks about. None of the delusions are troubling to him now. Of course, I’d like them all to go away, but if they don’t, it wouldn’t be a huge deal.
When I give him his meds, he takes them. Sometimes, he’ll give me a little look, but he doesn’t say anything.
All in all, this has been really good.
He’s not going out too much, but he doesn’t seem overly anxious if he rides out with me. He hasn’t been wanting to go into any stores, and I haven’t pushed the idea. He did go in DMV to renew his driver’s license (we picked the main branch at a quiet time, so it took about 30 minutes), and he’s doing OK with going in for labwork (again, I picked a quiet office & a quiet time of the day to go an it’s always the same lady.).
He also met with his new case manager/therapist- a real pretty, young-ish lady that looks and sounds a lot like one of his old case managers that he liked a lot, just younger. He liked her OK, so we’ll gradually get him working with her a little bit.
I think he’s doing well enough that I’ll get him into the dentist soon & he wants to see a plastic surgeon to see if they can give him some laser treatment for a small scar on his face that he’s self-conscious about.
He’s also said maybe he’d like to go fishing or go out & ride the ATV’s on our property out in the country - but he’s not pushing the issue. It’s so hot here now that I may just let some of that rest until the fall, but it’s nice that he mentions doing things every now & then.
He said something funny the other day about the plastic surgeon. I have a habit of saying yes to things, then putting them off until I find the time to do a lot of research. I’m a bit of a procrastinator, but I also like a certain comfort level when I go into things. He told me, “You can’t just say you’re going to do it and let it go. Just talking doesn’t make things happen.” It wasn’t funny in itself, but it was like he had a bright moment of clarity and maturity.