(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 is......my 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!