What works for one… searching for the answer for my son

I think one of the most frustrating things about illness is that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for someone else.

We are all different and all respond differently to different things.

One person gets cancer, goes through treatment and is “cured”, another goes through the same treatment and gets worse and passes away.

I know someone who is absolutely miserable to be around when not on anti-depressants, when she is on them she is the most pleasant person you’ve met.  From yelling at kids on the street one week to praise and kindness the next.  Yet anti-depressants have made my son worse and don’t work for him.

I’ve read testimonial after testimonial and account after account of people who have “cured” themselves of mental illness. Those are countered with posts from people who tried the same thing but didn’t get the same results.

The internet has opened up a whole new world of knowledge.  20 years ago if someone was sick there way no access to information via the internet.  You went to the doctor and did what he said or looked in a book in the library if you were lucky enough to have something on the subject at your local library.

Now we are able to question everything and research things on our own.  Knowledge that was once unavailable is now readily available to all.

I got an email from a friend yesterday who said she’s found  a new medication that was helping her condition and she was doing well.  Last month she was barely even able to get online.

I know there are answers and solutions out there.  I know that there is something that will work for my son.  We’re consulting with someone new who thinks he can help us get our son back. We are trying something new.  The odds look good but studies have show it doesn’t work for everyone.  We’ve had 2 really good days this week. That’s better than we’ve done in a long time. We are hoping and praying that we finally on the right track.  If not we’ll keep looking for an answer that will work for him because it is out there somewhere.