Daniel's psychiatrist appointment went really well on Saturday. I can't believe how quickly this whole process is happening. I had been warned that it can take a good year to even out, but here we are just six short weeks after we began this journey talking about "stable" with the doctors. I am so excited!
Daniel has been on medication for three weeks now, slowly raising the dose to minimize side effects and make sure the right combination of medication and dose is achieved. Yesterday the doctor was really pleased with Daniel's mood chart for the last week. Eureka! The right dose has been found, at least for now. The doctor wants to be sure Daniel still experiences a normal range of emotions, and he wants to minimize the chances for side effects to pop up. So, he has decided Daniel will still at this level for at least the next four weeks. AND... we don't have another appointment for that long. Life is starting to get back on track already.
This is not to say that Daniel's medication will never be raised. He is still having days his mood chart shows a little bit outside of "normal," but he's only been on this dose for a week, and I am really pleased with how Daniel has been acting. I hope it feels good for him, too.
The doctor did also say that we need time for me to adjust to a new normal. Daniel is so much more calm and peaceful that I need to learn to expect that reaction. Frustrations seem like so much less of an issue now. Daniel isn't running around the house cleaning like a mad-man, but he's getting responsibilities taken care of while taking time to relax.
I'd say this has been a fantastic week for us. We are well on our way to a more balanced, happy life together. And really, that's all I can ask for out of life!