Today we met with the nurse practitioner, who we love, and she agreed to go up on the Seroquel, the antipsychotic. We had discusses the pros and cons of increasing the Trileptal (already at 1800mg) or the Seroquel (at 400mg presently) and concluded that the Seroquel would probably work faster. With her first summer camp approaching on Monday, we need to get the mania under control ASAP. So we will see how this goes, as we try first a 50mg increase tonight. Seroquel has the unwanted side effect of rapid weight gain, but with Caroline's activity level , she has managed to drop to a size 1 lately, so maybe she will be OK.
She spent this whole gorgeous afternoon at the pool playing lacrosse with some folks, and when she got home, she showed us her newest friend, a nice girl, on her phone. She is now meeting a lot of the "normal" kids at the pool, and beginning to make some progress in the friendship arena. I wish I knew all of their parents, though. I am very keen on knowing the parents of any friends she makes because I can usually gage whether or not she would be "safe" hanging out with them based on what I know about their parents ideas of boundaries, freedoms, movies, etc.
I am exhausted by this week, I must say, and finding myself turning to my props for stress relief, which is usually buying things. Not a great habit to have at all. But at least they were items on the small scale, but I still have to watch myself. Sometimes I don't realize how stressed out I am until I come home with purchases and realize that I am feeling out of control too. When Caroline spins up, the whole family gets stressed, and everyone's weaknesses show in a big way.
Must turn in now. Good night!!