Figured it was time for a new thread so here goes.
My son got his Invega Sustenna shot yesterday. I think it’s the 6th time & they upped him to 234 mg to see if it will hold him. For anyone who doesn’t know his situation, they gave him his 156 mg shot about 4/5 days early last month & it wasn’t enough to bring him back down from his manic stage, so he ended up in the hospital about 4 days afterward.
This hospital stay, they added 2 mg/2X a day of Risperdal & 150 mg/2X a day of Triliptal - it brought him back down to earth although the delusions still come & go. I really credit the Triliptal for him being able to be fairly stable right now since that seems to help him sleep.
So, along with the higher dosage shot, they took him off the Risperdal & upped the Triliptal to 300 mg/2x a day and he’s allowed to go to 3X a day with it if he needs it/wants it.
He’s actually taking his oral meds for a change. I give them to him twice a day & put them in a clear capsule so he can see them, but it’s still like he’s only taking one pill at a time. He makes jokes about throwing them away (in fact, he makes jokes all the time now - he’s a regular comedian) but takes them without too much attitude. I know it’s because of the Triliptal to keep his mood stable.
He still doesn’t have the type of insight I would like, but he admits he has problems sleeping sometimes if his thoughts start to race (he just doesn’t recognize the things that make his thoughts race are delusional) and that he has bad social anxiety so that’s enough to keep him in treatment for now.
He still paces like crazy at times and he smokes like a fiend although he’s talking about cutting back,
All in all, I guess I’d count these as good times, although if side effects rear their ugly heads or if he suddenly refuses to take anything for whatever reason, I know things could go bad very quickly.
At least maybe I won’t get the police called anytime soon - in the past month, I’ve gotten a speeding ticket, had a toll violation, my son got the police called twice - and someone called the cops on me for leaving our dog in the car with all 4 windows down and running into the store for about 5 minutes to get his fancy Fresh Market chicken jerky treats that cost about $10 for 1/2 pound packet. Everyone was very nice each time, but that’s more contact than I’ve had with the police in years.