Schizophrenia Rehab Funding for my 23 year old Brother

Update posted by Jessie Buxton On Oct 16, 2017

Update on Jason: Jason has been in hospital for a week so far. The Doctor called me today to let me know about his progress. When he arrived, she did various blood tests on him. All results came out clear, including a drug test which would have picked up any substances he had had in the last month. So far she has managed to find a cocktail of new generation medication that Jason seems to be responding to well: his thought patter is much clearer, he is a lot more verbal and he is more understanding than before. One of the dosages she was giving him did make him a bit hyper emotional/jumpy so she lowered that dose and she is now happy with the level he is on. In the week he has been admitted, he has joined various group therapies which the doctor said he is responding well to (brain exercises, relaxation therapy, anger management, group therapy). She has also been seeing him daily for one on one sessions. When she saw him in her rooms a month ago, she said Jason still did not see anything wrong with having drugs/dug friends but she said that since the new meds she is able to show him why drugs are bad and so far he is seeming to be accepting of that. She wants to keep Jason in until this Friday for further monitoring. She also suggested a brain scan which would help to show what is happening in his brain neurologically, but she said it is very expensive and no matter what the findings are, there won't be anything she could do for him anyway, it would purely be for educational purposes. In time we could look at that but she said for now, there is no need. She also wants to put Jason in touch with a Social Worker who can help him find suitable employment as a Schizophrenic. All in all Jason is doing very well and she is happy with his progress. She said that he will still need supervision for a while as well as one on one follow up sessions with her out of hospital but she can foresee him getting to a state of in-dependency in the future.

Thank you for everyone's ongoing support and prayers.

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Update posted by Jessie Buxton On Oct 12, 2017

Hey guys! An update on Jason...

On Tuesday he was admitted into St Josephs Hospital. They are a mental facility that Jason's Psychiatrist has admitted him to so that she can find a new cocktail of medication for him. She seems confident that within these next two weeks, she will be able to stabilize his mind much more and even be able to get rid of the voice in his head. We are holding onto this strongly and hoping that this will be the start of a new life for Jason!

This hospital stay includes new medication, daily one on one therapy, group therapy as well as many group activities to teach them how to re-interact with each other and just how to be generally active and present in every day life.

After this hospital stay, depending on Jason's stability, the next step will be rehab. Dr Porter (the psychiatrist) mentioned that depending on how stable he is, he may not need rehab. He could just see her once or twice a month, so we will look into that option first and see how it goes.

Either way though, it is still going to be an expensive journey. This two week hospital stay is already costing us R44 000 ($3 267), and then bi-monthly psych visits will cost R1 500 a month ($112). Then if Jason does need to attend a rehab, that will be a huge expense according to how long his stay will be.

With this hospital admission now, I have paid the bulk of the stay. The funding I have been able to withdraw from this fund so far has been about R3 000 ($223), the rest of the funding I can only access after 50 days, so that will help us at a later stage.

Any other donations will not be put to waste, as we are actively pushing in every way to get Jason back on his feet.

After two days in hospital on new medication, we can already hear in Jason's cognitive pattern that he is becoming able to make a lot more sense in his talk, which before he lacked a bit of common sense. So we can already see amazing changes in a short period of time! We can't stop now!

Thank you everyone for keeping up to date with this process. Everyone's support is honestly amazing.

God bless! Keep smiling! :)

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Update posted by Jessie Buxton On Sep 28, 2017

Hi everyone!

So Jason was meant to get admitted to St Josephs Hospital on 18 September 2017 but this has been delayed.

In the interim of us booking a date for St Josephs and his admission date, my mom went for one of her Cancer check ups (as she has been doing annually for the last 15 years or so), she was told that besides her present breast cancer, she now has cancer in the lining of her cervix. They want to do a Hysterectomy on her on 2 October, and so we pushed out Jason's admission for the same date so that they are both in at the same time. This is needed, because my mom watches my brother at home and is worried to leave him by himself. When we tried to book my brother in for the same time as my mom, his doctor then told us she was on leave until 9 October and so she suggested we admit Jason then.

So long story short...life is being a bit chaotic at the moment!!!! But there is a light at the end of my brother's tunnel, and his new admission date is now 9 October 2017! :) Let's hope and pray this is the final date.

Please can you all keep both Jason and my mom in your prayers. Life is being very trying at the moment for us.

Thank you x

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Update posted by Jessie Buxton On Sep 13, 2017

Yesterday, we took Jason to see a Private Psychiatrist. She is well known in the Schizophrenia field and is known to be one of the best Schizophrenic Psychiatrists in Durban. She was the doctor who initially diagnosed my brother two years ago, but due to no finances my brother had to opt for government treatment, and hence that whole route started.

Upon consultation yesterday, the doctor deduced that although Jason has come a very far way since two years ago, his mind still remains in a Psychotic state, which his medication should have sorted out by now, but due to my brother only having had access to Government facilities, they only have access to a small percentage of Schizophrenia medication, and that is why Jason has reached his plateau. The doctor said that every day there are new Schizo meds being invented, medication that gets better and better with less and less side effects. But due to the Government's funding allocation, they simply cannot keep up with "what's new" unfortunately.

I then asked the doctor if my brother would be suitable for a change of medication and then if we can get him into a rehab soon. She said that she can definitely give my brother medication that she thinks will help, but that rehab at this stage when he is still psychotic to an extent wont be beneficial because he lives by a different reality to the rest of us. She said that once she finds the best cocktail medication for Jason that brings him to a more lucid and stable state, then rehab would benefit him. So at this stage, she suggested we just focus on finding the right medication.

Due to Jason's previous hyper-sensitivity to other drugs he has tried, the doctor suggested we admit him into St Josephs Psych Hospital for a week or two, starting from next Monday (18 September 2017). This admission will involve doing further blood tests and then tweaking his new medication daily until they feel they have found the medication cocktail that works best for him. It is vital to do this under medical supervision, because side effects differ from person to person, especially if the person is hyper-sensitive to meds, like Jason is.

So next week Monday we admit him! Being a private facility, this hospital admission will be an expensive step forward but as a family we feel that this will be the right step forward.

Costing for this admission is R22 000 per week, and the doctor wants to book Jason in for two weeks max in case one week won't be enough time to find his cocktail. Should he come out earlier, the cost will be less. In total, his stay is quoted at R44 000 for the two weeks. It is unfortunate that private facilities cost so much, but medication and medical knowledge is moving forward so fast these days, we are hopeful that this will be a major change in Jason's life for good.

So far, the money raised in this fund is sitting at just over R15 000. This money we will use towards his hospital stay next week, and I will be paying the rest of the admission for Jason. Should anyone want to make any donations this week to put towards his hospital stay, it would be greatly appreciated and will truly help take a load off our family.

Thank you to those who are following this campaign, the support has been really touching. Please can we continue to share and spread the word.

We are very excited to see the progress Jason will go through in the next few weeks! Updates to follow!

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Update posted by Jessie Buxton On Aug 03, 2017

Since putting up this Funding page, we have received so many donations and assistance. So many people have either donated, followed this page, shared it or offered us amazing advice. We have already raised a considerable amount and it has been so touching to see the support. Thank you everyone. My brother is booked in to see a Private Psychiatrist soon where she will assess him to see what kind of rehab he needs. Thank you God for getting this process up and running! x

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