fresh start


I’m picking up my precious Alfonse today, in just two hours, from the hospital after a long and grueling stay.  His tenacity is overwhelmingly inspiring to witness.  He asked to come live with me for awhile so that’s what we’re doing.  I’m so glad!

I went in yesterday for a discharge staffing and he  told the Dr. he was lucky to have someone to go live with who loves him and who he can relax with.  He’s told me over and over the new medication is “the first time I haven’t heard voices since 1992”.  All of his symptoms are being rated at 1 or 2 right now.  Wow.

I’ve spent these weeks lining up new plans for him and our family starting with that new Dr. who comes tomorrow at 10am for a home visit.  John is on board with all the plans too so….off we go in to the next chapter.

John is also wanting to get in to volunteering, take a pottery class, resume his Spanish classes, and way more high functioning activities that he was involved with before.  He also told the staff he was “going to help with chores” at my house.  lol

I’m taking him to dinner tonite at Red Lobster or wherever he wants to go.  I have all the cats here so they will be happy to see him too.

Yay……..all the hopes, prayers and optimistic thoughts paying off.  Alfonse is back!!!  🙂


Never give up!

10 thoughts on “fresh start

  1. I am so happy for you both. This will be the start of a new and exciting adventure for Alphonse and for you too. He will be like a kid in a candy store with new opportunities to learn and retain and you will be able to breath when you leave the house. Not to mention, he will be helping with the chores…..he can come and help me too if he gets bored with you :).

    • spellbound4

      Hope you had enough of a break to start all over again….I am going to call you my bouncing ball since you always manage to bounce back—-kind of like my old weebles (and you might be too young to remember them! 😉 “weebles wobble, but they don’t fall down!”)

      Wishing Alfonse a happy “welcome home”. Enjoy your evening. Truly wish the best for all of you.

  2. Stacy (IfIMay)

    Congratulations! So happy for you and Alphonse. So glad to hear that he is “back” and looking forward to the future.

  3. Rose

    I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that a sister like you is about one in a million. Lots of prayers and good vibes for your dear brother….

  4. Katie–what is the thinking about service animals for schizophrenics? I know you guys had a kitty (sorry about your loss–I loved the cat soul shadow). There are some service dogs that are psychic and so in tune with their owners. My dog functioned as my “care dog” when I was struggling with an issue in my late 20’s. Leo would physically lean on me, lay on top of me and place his paw on my heart when I cried & it had such a calming effect on me.

    Schizophrenia is such a heartbreaking illness in that it totally takes over the person’s energy & it’s so difficult to treat. I know personally how frustrating medications are–at first they work great, you get your hopes up, then more disappointment. I am confident that there will be a huge improvement in our lifetimes in medications.

    I’m praying for you & your brother to have strength and renewed hope. Just know that you are not alone.
    Love Lara (Liebchenmutti on Websleuths)

  5. Hi Kathy and John,

    I envy your dinner at ‘Red Lobster’. I also hope you ate an extra cheddar bay biscuit or two for me. We have to travel an hour and a half to our nearest ‘Red Lobster’. I think that’s why I love eating there; we do so so infrequently.

    I will continue to remember John/Alfonse in my prayer. The fact that he’s doing so well is answered prayer. I know you know this as well. Continued progress is my plea in prayer.

    God Bless !
    Love and Healing Hugs,
    Paula ♥ ♥ ♥

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