Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Very Sucessful Appointment, Finally!
Today as many of you know we went to the Melmed Center and saw a psychiatric nurse practitioner. She was amazing. Finally, we found somebody who cares. She was very thorough. She asked McKenzie very good questions, and she asked us good questions. She listened and did not talk down to us. She is very up on childhood bipolar and told us about the cabf website which we already knew about but it was good to know that she was very familar with it. When we asked if she thought she could help us, she replied, "I would like a chance. If I cannot help I will let you know." She even got us in sooner for our next appointment by giving up her lunch hour or dictation hour. WoW! Someone who is willing to go the extra mile! She does believe that McKenzie has bipolar with ADHD and anxiety. She also looked into Aspergers which is also a possibility. She had us do a survey test and it rated "high" for Aspergers. There was also very high, moderate, and low. She is going to be investigating that too. She gave us a name of an in home therapist-someone who will come to our house, observe, and help us. She went up 50 more mg. in the seroquel and gave her 10 mg. of aderall for after school to help with the hyperactivity and impulsiveness. She also wants us to do an OT evaluation to test for the sensing issues (aspergers) to see if that would help as well. See what I mean, she was very thorough. She even gave us a mild sedative to give her when she rages if we feel we need too. I know we still have a ways to go and that this change in medication may or may not be the answer but it is a start. And I feel like finally we have somebody who really cares about our little girl and wants to help her. Praise God! She even gave us a hug at the end and teared up when I did. I am so very hopeful.