Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Minocycline Update - Week 3

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Week three of the minocycline has come and gone.   Not much new to report this week, we're really seeing much of the same.  The initial boosts we saw the first week or two seem to have tapered off, but the results are still there.

Ayden really is doing a fantastic job communicating with us.  It's not exactly the speech we were hoping to see, but he is trying and that is more than before.  We went through a small phase as we do with any time he starts to communicate new ideas where he would be frustrated with us not understanding him.   That phase was much smaller and quicker this time though for the amount of communication we received out of it. Probably the best communication that has emerged lately is that he is using the sign for help much more often, and to tell us when he wants to help with something as opposed to when he wants help with something.

The other thing we are seeing much more of is a change in his play habits.  Where he started off by not fixating on certain toys as much, he has now moved into playing with toys that don't make noise or spin and playing with them correctly.  I am continuously amazed at how he is advancing so quickly especially in this area.  There is no doubt in my mind this is due to the minocycline.  The chance it may be coincidence that it has lined up with  him taking the medication is just too small.

I'm not sure what my expectations were going into starting this medication for Ayden, definitely we were hoping that speech would advance.  I certainly did not expect to see the advances in play we are experiencing though! Ayden continues to amaze me each day with the changes however small they may be.  It's difficult to explain the joy at seeing your son play with a toy correctly without being forced to.

I'll continue to update as we progress.


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