Sorry that it's been a while since my last post here but things have been getting really hectic here.
Since my last post, my daughter has been into hospital and has had several visits to Dr Godfrey at St Vincent's in Melbourne.
Unfortunately, she has suffered a reaction to the steroids given her and has had a psychotic episode which has resulted in her being hospitalised in the local psychiatric ward.
I am very hesitant about her therapy, as they psychiatrist has recommended electro shock treatment for her condition.
Dr Godfrey has maintained contact with them and has suggested that her condition has been caused by a chemical reaction.
We stopped the steroids on his advice, but as he says, it will take some time for them to leave her system and then we'll have to try and regain the balance of her previous medications.
On the bright side, it appears that the Plaquenil she has been taking is at last having a good effect in that her mobility has increased dramatically and her pain levels are much reduced.
She says her headaches are much better and she no longer has a constant back ache.
At the moment, she has been confined under the mental health act, which means that she is an involuntary patient and will not be released back to us until the psychiatric team are convinced that she can look after herself properly or at least with our aid.
This, I fear may take some time, as she is very reticent to talk with them about her feelings or anything else other than general information.
I really feel that we might be at this for a while.
I have observed the staff in their care of the patients and am very impressed so far.
I was worried because I have heard all sorts of things about this place but so far so good.
My wife and I have had 2 meetings with her care team and we are satisfied that my girl is in the right place to be helped.
We are visiting her daily and have even had a few short outings together in the past couple of weeks.
It is so hard to have to take her back there, but.
Thank you for the kind and gentle support you all have given us.
Love to all from Oz