It took me awhile to get back to being able to read (especially numbers) and retain anything. And I have a doctorate! So, have faith that your son will improve. That’s the only thing keeping me going.
Also, You might talk to your doctor about adding vitamin supplements. I take Vitamin D, B-complex, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Vitamin E/Omega 3s. I did some research and those seem to help the brain, so, why not? Problem is, my doctors don’t do “nutrition” so any dosages you would probably need to find on the web - but talk to your doctor first obviously.
It’s taken 4 years, but I can now read and retain some information from day to day. I was an avid reader before, and not being able to read drove me crazy. Also, sitting on my butt unable to do anything because i was too tired…
I do take Valium (very low dose) almost daily to take the edge of things, but I try to keep it to minimum. I also have melt downs, and sadly they are unpredictable - and massive. Practically on the floor pounding my fists. Which is not a good look for a 51 year old woman.
It also took me about a year to feel steady on my feet. I couldn’t walk when I went into the hospital, but was able to shuffle a bit with a walker. Then a cane. Then bannisters/rails/walls. I still have trouble sometimes, but we’ve made allowances in our house for those times.
It’s really tough to watch this (I imagine) and it’s tough to be on the inside trying to get out. I still feel this way, and most people that meet me think I’m “normal.” Well, it’s my new normal. And if you meet me, it’s probably a good day, and I’m out doing something.
I also pushed my neurologist into various therapies: cognitive, occupational (for hand coordination), various physical therapies (starting a new one in a week) and alternative treatments. I do acupuncture and chiropractic weekly for pain and spasms in the damaged and affected areas.
Sorry so long-winded - trying to address everyone all at once. Oh, and the Adderol seems to be okay. No buzzing today, and my focus-ability has remained longer (although I’m pretty tired now).
I was just told to do the Melatonin before bed, so I’ll be trying it. (I got it, but keep forgetting to take it. There’s a lot of forgetfulness in my life now.)
Keep the faith and best of luck to everyone. And push. Ask questions. The doctors DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING. Heck some don’t know anything (just ask the quack that told me I didn’t have ADEM, I had Sleep Apnea!)