This is special post to say thanks to a brave couple.
I am treating their teenage son. He presented with an episode of mania. Responded well to outpatient treatment with Lithium.
Unfortunately, he had unacceptably high blood levels of lithium and developed early signs
He was admitted and treated with antipsychotic meds. Within 24 hours, he developed fever and CPK value was 9000+
He needed ICU care for one week and almost 6 weeks of hospital admission after that.
Now he is well for a while on medicines.
My special gratitude for them for their trust and support.
We doctors can function a lot better when we work as a team with patient and their family.
They were actively participating, asking, answering and supporting me and treating team.
In days when doctor-patient relationship is challenged in all fora, this family gives me hope to go on as a doctor.