1.27.2009

Miracles and Invectives

I have deleted a comment by our consistently anonymous friend from NH, in which commenter Amber was chastised for calling Risperdol a "miracle drug" because many people have negative reactions to it in terms of weight gain, honeymoon periods that come crashing down, etc.

We all know that drugs which work for one person may not work for another. I received scores of positive testimonials re: Abilify. It turned out to be a horrible choice for Leelo. But it has proven beneficial for many other children, a few of whose parents also used the term, "miraculous."

I consider Leelo's reaction to Risperdol somewhat miraculous. It has transformed many aspects of his and our lives for the better. Our formerly angry and unsettled boy is currently a bundle of happy playfulness. Who could resist superlatives in such a situation? I know that his buoyancy and clarity may not last, but we are certainly enjoying his joy, moment by moment.

Short version: Don't tell other people how to feel.

And, a reminder: respectful disagreement is fine, and encouraged. Disrespectful statements towards other commenters will disappear.

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6 comments:

  1. Wow, I didn't realize my comment would upset people, I'm sorry. I only meant that it was a miracle drug for MY child. He's been on it for 2 years now and has gotten better and better (we do have another med in the mix that seems to make things work best though). I definitely did not mean to imply Risperdal was great for everyone though.

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  2. You said specifically that it was a miracle drug *for your own child,* which is why I took issue with the person who took issue with you.

    Not sure why anyone would need to condemn someone else's individual success.

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  3. Meh, to each his own. I'm just thrilled that you and Leelo are getting something good from the meds. It's about time. Give the little guy a hug for me!

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  4. Very much so. To each his own. There's no way of predicting the outcome and we all have to forge our own way.
    Best wishes

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  5. I'm really glad to hear he's doing so well. Continued good luck with Risperdol.

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  6. This is such a rocky road we walk. So much trial and error. So many crushed hopes. When you find something that works, really works...give yourself a kiss and a pat on the back. No one else, who has not walked in your exact shoes, can understand your journey.

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Respectful disagreement encouraged.

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