Monday, June 8, 2015

A Peek at His Old Self

For a solid year we have been working hard to find answers for Dalton, our very medically complex child, who has had debilitating headaches, a seizure, bradycardia episodes, and so many other medical mysteries. 

After several completely worthless trips to various specialists I began to watch for possible triggers to Dalton's migraines. I noticed they were guaranteed to occur before or after an event that caused Dalton severe anxiety. 

After working for weeks to bring his anxiety down using the same techniques we use for Sunshine and making no progress, actually finding much regression, the Pediatrician, the trauma Therapist and I decided to try an anxiety medication.

After three weeks on this medication we saw only a few minor headaches (woo!) but many "breakthrough" panic attacks that come out as rages (boo!). We are upping his dose of anxiety meds and will be using an emergency anxiety attack med in the case of those breakthrough anxiety attacks that can be so severe his safety can be at risk.
Midway through a rage, sparked by severe anxiety
Our trauma Therapist explained why we have made little to no progress without the medication. Its similar to static over the radio. Dalton is only hearing a partial message. The physical symptoms of anxiety are so high he is unable to hear the words of love and reassurance. His fight or flight reflexes are sky high and he needs medication to calm those areas of his brain to allow the therapeutic techniques to begin to work.

Tonight was the first night in months that I saw a peek of the "old" Dalton. The comfortable, feeling-safe, happy and content, Dalton. And, it is my prayer that we will see even more of that sweet boy in the weeks and months to come! 

Psalm 94:19

When anxiety was great within me,
    your consolation brought me joy.  

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