Emergency Hospitalization

This is an unplanned follow-up to last weeks “Untethered From Reality”. Shortly after recording and publishing last weeks episode, Gavin was rushed to the hospital via ambulance. I’ll talk about what happened, why Gavin was hospitalized, where we stand right now, and what we learned. This was a really scary experience and it sorta completes last week’s story. It’s a teachable moment and provides some insight into what families like mine can often find ourselves confronting. 
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    • Kim on April 20, 2019 at 10:42 am
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    I can’t even imagine how hard it would be to see your child OD on their prescribed meds. The description was so clearly an overdose and I have to believe that you saw that so many times when you were medic that you recognized it immediately. I’m glad the younger kids didn’t have to see him stumbling or falling. Hope he’s doing better now.

      • on April 20, 2019 at 10:54 am
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      That’s the thing. While my initial instinct was correct, and it did prove to be the Clozapine, it could have also been seizure related, low blood sugar and even an autonomic crisis. There wasn’t any way to know for sure, and the best thing was to get him somewhere so he can be managed appropriately, regardless of what it turned out to be. Physically he’s doing great. Thanks Kim..

    • Becky Wiren on April 20, 2019 at 3:42 pm
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    I’m glad you were able to get the help you needed in the moment.

      • on April 20, 2019 at 5:06 pm
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      Thanks Becky.. So we’re we..

  1. Jeez, Rob. I hope some of these things turn around soon!

    • Sofie on October 19, 2019 at 9:27 am
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    I am a woman with mild Aspergers and depression. I really feel sympathy for those with other issues combined with it autism. I hope your son is doing ok.

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