Tracking progress

This is where I have to think like a scientist. Not easy. A key word here is “measurables”. What can be tracked that will best inform decisions about medication, dosage, training?

My main strategy is to create a chart that uses simple numeric values that I can track across days and issues. For example, to look for side effects and benefits of buspirone, I made the following chart:


This way, I can look at the overall benefit (or failure) and track specific areas. I’m learning as I go. For instance, in the above chart I’ve had to make an extra notation under reactivity — as Lyra is more sensitive to sound but less reactive to people while on this drug to date.

Details on each medication can be found in the Treatment Plan section. Here, I’m simply tracking general progress.

I’m using my phone camera and a GoPro Hero4 Silver to help assess the impact of specific drugs on Lyra’s behaviour, complemented by work on counter-conditioning. I’ve broken it down by date ranges, to keep the pages manageable:

Jan 5, 2017 to present: 30 mg of fluoxetine daily

May 5, 2016 to Dec 31, 2016: 30 mg of fluoxetine daily

March 19, 2016 to May 4. 2016: 20 mg of fluoxetine daily

For a one-page overview of the status of all her triggers, see the Triggers page.