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Updated on June 8, 2014
Alana Jean ...two days old...
Alana Jean ...two days old...


Before we begin with our study on Hydroxy-Zine, I want to give you some more history about Alana. She is such a sweet little girl. She is full of love for everyone she knows and her favorite activity is picking flowery weeds out in our "back 40" for me. I don't think a day goes by that my vase is not full with fresh picked flowery weeds. She is more of a "daddy's girl" than a "mommy's girl"; but, there are those occasions when she will give me a random hug.

I think the first thoughts of something "wrong" with Alana was when she was 18 months old. We had gone to the West Texas Fair & Rodeo Parade in September, 2008; it was a big parade held every year in Abilene, Texas to kick off the start of the annual fair for that area. It's a grand parade, full of marching bands from all over and the Shriners on their little scooters and horses galore, along with fire trucks and everything from animals to zig zagging rodeoers. If you are a parent with a child who is Autistic, you probably know where I'm going with this already. And you would be correct. The first group of fire trucks and other emergency vehicles passed by us and the fire trucks blasted their horns and sirens. Alana started screaming as if in pain; later we would understand that she was, in a sense, in pain. At that time, Mark took her back to where our vehicle was parked so that the rest of the children and I could still enjoy the parade. It still took a good while for Mark to get her to calm down. It was during this time that we really had to be aware of noise levels around her. Even today, she has a hard time with noise volume. A good example is when there is a birthday. Naturally the family sing the "Birthday Song" to the birthday boy or girl, or mom or dad; but, we have to sing nearly in a whisper because she is so noise sensitive.

Throughout the next few years several other things happened that showed up as concerns for Mark and I. Alana showed no interesting in crawling until she was nearly a year old and she was 14 months before she took her first step unaided; it would be another two months before she was completely walking on her own. When she was two years old, I contacted a local organization, ECI (Early Childhood Intervention), and had her evaluated for possible services. She was accepted for services because of her moderate to severe developmental delays (meeting normal infant/childhood milestones).

By the Summer of 2010, Mark and I knew there were some definite issues that needed attention with her pediatrician, and that's when we discussed our concerns with her doctor. And the rest, as they say, is history. I would not; however, trade one minute of any given day for an Alana who didn't have Autism or the many other conditions that come with her. She has made some great progress in some areas and has regressed in other area. Mark and I have learned how to face challenges head on and not head on with stress. We have grown together as a family, and as individuals.

I hope you will continue on our journey with us, through my articles.

Alana doing one of her most favorite things in the world to do...loving on her one of her animals.
Alana doing one of her most favorite things in the world to do...loving on her one of her animals.


The following links are for agencies in or around Abilene, Texas (Taylor County). The internet is a great source of information on most anything you need to find. You can use a number of search engines to search what you're looking for. For most services requiring medical attention or a medical diagnosis, you can contact either your local DHS (Department of Human Services) or the Health Department for your county.

This shot was taken this Spring (2014).  One of her birthday presents was a giant Flemish rabbit.  She has a great love for animals.
This shot was taken this Spring (2014). One of her birthday presents was a giant Flemish rabbit. She has a great love for animals.


Now that you've had a closer glimpse into the beginning of our journey, let's jump the track and talk about the next medicine on our list.


Alana used to be on this medicine because she would get up between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. and want to play and start her day. After several mornings of getting up with her, her dad and I talked with her special needs doctor to discuss possible interventions so that she would be able to get back to sleep and finish resting her body. She takes her Clonidine at 8:00 p.m. to help her get to sleep initially, and her doctor put her on Hydroxy-zine to help her calm back down enough to get her back to sleep for the remainder of the night. As of June 4, 2014, she no longer has the need for the Hydroxy-zine, even though she still wakes up. However, currently when she wakes up, she is able to lay back down and fall back to sleep fairly easy on her own.

If a medicine is needed, I will advocate it for my daughter. However, I will also relish any chance for her to be able to discontinue a medication.

**Never, under any circumstances, think or feel that I can diagnose your child for you. If you have concerns about your child(ren), I encourage you to discuss these concerns with your primary care physician.**

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Hydroxy-zine...the pharmacology of

Hydroxy-zine is used as a sedative to treat anxiety and tension. It can also be used as an antihistamine (to aid in the relief of sneezing, running nose and/or hives on the skin), as a control for nausea and/or vomiting or to treat allergic skin reactions (hives, contact dermatitis, etc.).

Side Effects (Common and Serious)

Some common side effects (that may go away during treatment) include; but, are not limited to:

  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • headaches

Some serious side effects (those requiring immediate medical attention) include; but are not limited to:

  • tremors
  • confusion
  • convulsions


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