He’s not been off this medication in a decade and frankly, we don’t even know if it’s still working. The goal is to see if his level of confusion decreases and if it does, we will consider weaning him completely off.
Fast forward to the present and Gavin has now been on the lower dose since last Thursday, making it about four days.
I love Gavin and have already gone and will always go to the ends of the Earth for him. That said, I’m going to be super honest and very blunt about how it’s going so far.
Gavin’s driving me fucking bonkers. I know I say that with some frequency but let me qualify this for you. Gavin can drive anyone crazy on a good day. It’s not his fault and he really tries but he will break you down.
I would say that I noticed a change on Saturday. Gavin was showing signs of being manic, which truthfully isn’t uncommon for him. Since Saturday, he’s been a super clumsy, excessively impulsive, incessant talking machine.
Many dishes have been broken, countless tales of his video game adventures (on his tablet) have been relentlessly hurled in my direction, as well as a general decrease in functionality.
In fairness, lowering the Lithium may have nothing to do with these changes and they could simply be part of Gavin’s ebb and flow but my God, it’s been pretty intense.
We’re going to be on this new dose of Lithium journey for at least a month. If things get really bad, say a darker turn in his delusions or something like that, we let Dr. Reynolds know right away.
The reality is, we are living in the land of special needs parenting, super annoying and extremely frustrating doesn’t qualify as really bad. We actually just call that an average Tuesday. Lol