Tuesday, September 02, 2008
Still looking for the right meds...
My youngest has now been on her ADHD medication for nearly two months. We are already on our 3rd "new" medication. She has had really bad stomach pains with each one, which is one of the side effects of the medication. Her stomach was cramping so bad yesterday, she was crying and begging me to take her the doctor. I made an appointment this morning and she spent the day at work with Dunnski and I. Because of the stomach pain, she has not been eating like normal. At her visit today, her weight had dropped by 12lbs since the middle of June. She is only 9, she does not have any extra reserves to lose. We are to try to get her to eat right before bed, a 4th meal, the doc called it. The medication should be out of her system by then and she should have an appetite. I hope it works.
I am happy to say that she is improving in her concentration and focus. She brought home a test last week and she had scored a 95%. That is really great for the first two weeks of school. Last week, I was able to complete the process of getting her an IEP (Individual Education Plan) with her school. She will get individualized attention and the extra help she needs to exceed. I am so happy that this process is over, the testing and the fighting the system, when all you want is to make the learning process easier for your child. It would be so simple if all children were the same and learned the exact same way, but unfortunately that is not the case.