Saturday, September 22, 2012

Oh my!! Time for some updates! Intuniv!

(Celebrating a wonderful first week of
 school with sno-cones!)

I simply canNOT believe how much of a blur my life has become since we started homeschooling again!!
So much so, that it has been nearly a month since I last posted anything here!
There has been a virtual flurry of activity around our home, but I barely I have a moment to breathe before it's the next day!

During this next week, my intention is to post about the wonderful changes we have had in our schooling methods this year!!  The Lord answered my prayers for intervention in a BIG way, and it has made all the difference in the world for my sanity and for the continuity and consistency for my children.

I know that some of my readers here have been wondering how we are doing managing our son's ADHD issues since I talked about taking him off of it this last year.
Well, we didn't.
I can't remember if I mentioned that when we did try to take him off, it was too hard for him.
And for us.
You can indeed see my first post about this here.
After just a few days, he could tell an enormous difference in his hyperactivity levels and ability to control his impulsive behaviors.
After a particularly rough ride to church, he was begging us to get him back on it, and my husband was requesting that we find something else to help him because his behavior was so annoying it was driving us all crazy!
At the time, I was experimenting with taking our son to a chiropractor who is very naturally minded in her approach to treating health problems, and even she could tell our nerves were shot.
It was so helpful to have a professional "give us permission" to put him back on this medication just for peace and calm in our home.
So ever since then, our son has been back on the Intuniv and is much calmer.
Thankfully, he never has had stomach problems with this medication, as I have had several comments here mentioning that in other children.
We have had to change our dosage time though.
We found that if we gave it to him first thing in the morning, it started not really taking affect until about 2 or 3 in the afternoon.
By then, my nerves were shot, schoolwork was never completed, and our day was miserable.
So after consulting with the doctor, we decided to give it to him around his bedtime.
He still wakes up and hits the ground running (literally....throughout our entire tiny house.....with little brother following him.....grrrr), but will sit down and play something quietly on the computer, or a video game, and yes, even do his homework!!
But the other benefit of taking this at night is that it's in his system when he wakes up and helping him think clearer and slower so he can learn and hear us!!
He can tell the difference and likes that he doesn't feel as jumpy.

He also doesn't have a problem falling asleep at night like he does when he's not on the Intuniv.
When he's off of it, he needs Melatonin to calm down and fall asleep.
When he's on it, he falls asleep calmly and quietly.
So there it effort to get him off this drug was an epic fail......
but for the time being.....we're better with it.

He still is angry a lot, he still is ridiculously selfish (over-the-top....way more than my other children),
he is still defiant and mouthy and hateful much of the time, but we feel like we can live with all that because he is waaaaay more teachable......
And he's getting it.
He's progressing in school.
He's getting that there will be consequences for lousy choices and obnoxious behavior.
He's finally beginning to accept and see that we love him and are trying to teach him proper behavior.

He is currently taking the highest dose available (4 mg.).
He's getting bigger too.  He's 10 now.
I don't know what we're going to do when he outgrows this medication completely.

I'm hoping by then, we'll have gotten him to where he can tell what his triggers are and have learned how to deal appropriately with his frustrations and anger and impulsivity.
But I'm praying for him continuously as I know that the Lord can bring peace and victory over his fears and frustrations to his life!


Anonymous said...

Thank you for blogging. I too have a son (he's 10) with ADHD (plus a BipolarII diagnosis). He sounds EXACTLY like your son and our struggles sound almost exactly the same. We will be starting week 3 of Intuniv (added to his normal dose of Stratera) and so far we have only seen a small difference. My son still has that angry,defiant,resistant edge to him. SO exhausting, as you know. Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for putting your journey out there, it's somehow a little comforting to know my family is not alone with this. LA

Alicia P said...

I want to echo the same sentiments as the last person who commented. Thank you for blogging. I have a son who's 6 with what we think is ADHD. He sounds EXACTLY like your son and our struggles sound almost exactly the same. irritable, inconsolable, defiant, doesn't learn from his mistakes among many others. We started day 1 TODAY of 1 mg of Intuniv in the morning (in addition to his 75 mg dose of melatonin at night which just gets him to sleep) and today his teacher said he was rambunctious until mid morning.
We saw a marked difference at home... we could talk to him and he has been tired, which he never is. He still has that anger, and resistant edge to him but so far he shows some improvement. It is exhausting to say the least, so we pray for something to help us!

Thanks for putting your journey in your blog... Wish I found it sooner!! Curious how its going with your son now. if you have a moment and want to correspond. Thanks, Alicia

Ashley Pickard said...

Any changes in your son's meds in the last 2 years?

Brenda said...

Hi Ashley!!!
Thank you so much for asking!!!
YES!! We have had some changes!! I will posting an update in just a few days, so please check back!!!