I haven’t been posting regularly, but you might notice an uptick in me putting s on all of your posts while I try to catch up on what everyone has been up to! I hope all of your summers have been lovely so far.
My brother moved in 2 months ago and things seem to be going fairly well. He has had the occasional fit that lasts less than 15 minutes or so where he seems to get annoyed about something, but gets over it just as quick and is fine the rest of the day. He seems to try to take himself outside for a smoke break and I’ve heard him pushing around the garbage bins, for example. Overall, nothing broken, nobody hurt, and that’s what’s important.
His new PDoc wants to try adjusting his meds so we’ll be trying that out this weekend. He’s currently taking zyprexa. She’s replacing clonazepam and lowering propranolol and adding depakote. Does anybody have experience with depakote? There are 2 kinds Delayed Release (DR) and Extended Release (ER). Supposedly Medicare covers one, but not the other. I was wondering if one is better than the other?? I tried asking the pharmacist and after passing the phone around their office 3x simply told me his insurance will cover the DR type. Not a very clear answer…
I’m a little nervous about this change, but we’ll be trying it out over a weekend when my husband is home. My brother seems to have less mood swings when there’s a male presence around.
We’ve been pretty busy these past 2 months. My brother moved in and we are now his primary caregivers (not guardians or anything so far), my kids are on summer break, my husband helps as much as he can when he’s not working, and I started taking college classes again. With all this going on, I managed to receive A+ grades the last 2 semesters! (2 of those were in upper division sociology and history classes) Sorry for tooting my own horn. I’m an introvert and I normally don’t. I come from a very proud family who ooze inflated senses of superiority which I find annoying. But I thought this was truly an achievement out of the ordinary. I posted for my family and only one person bothered to say anything which was a simple “congrats.”