Thursday, June 21, 2007

Answers to Cathy's questions

I took Dad to his second appointment with Dr. Neerukonda (psychiatrist) yesterday. He encouraged Dad to have social contact as a way of helping his depression, and prescribed a night-time anti-depressant. Our visits with him are pretty brisk, but Dad seemed to take his encouragement to heart. I asked if he wanted to prescribe a check of Dad's sodium, since the Lexapro he is taking now is of the same class of Selective Sodium Re-uptake Inhibitor as the Prozac that apparently put him in the hospital. He gave me orders for a sodium blood test, and suggested we use it after Dad has been on the night-time antidepressant for a week. He also went from taking 5 mg. of Lexapro to 10 mg., today. Neerukonda told us he wants to treat Dad's depression more aggressively, since Dad reported that he still feels bad.

Dad is talking about contacting his classmates and going to the A-ACS reunion, so our collective encouragement seems to be working. I'll be putting together a PowerPoint presentation of Dad and some of his classmates, but it will be in a display area before and after the dinner, not shown during the dinner.

We look forward to seeing you, Cathy. Will anyone else be coming?

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