Soooooo…tomorrow morning…

we start Monkey on a stimulant to try to address the “attentional difficulties” he’s having.  We’ll see how he does over the weekend and if it’s not working, and we’ll know immediately if it’s not, then we will stop.  If it does help then his school nurse is on board to do the afternoon dose for him.

I don’t want this.  I don’t want to medicate my sweet boy…my baby.  I also don’t want to hold him back in any way.  I’ll do it because the Dr. thinks he needs it.  His teacher has been doing ADHD checklists for him periodically for months.  The Dr. had us try other things first which, I know, made me mad because I wanted insta-results and not to have to pay out so much out of pocket.  It’s the right decision.  It might not be the right medication but, clearly, he needs some help with his attention.

Why does this feel like I’m failing at being his Umma?

5 thoughts on “Soooooo…tomorrow morning…

  • March 13, 2010 at 12:24 am
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    You are SO not failing! It sounds like you’ve been very careful and conscious about taking this step. I hope the medication helps Monkey at school.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..Oh my God, this is hilarious =-.

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  • March 13, 2010 at 12:08 pm
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    your being the best umma to monkey and we are here if you need help!!

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  • March 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm
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    I honestly teared up the other day when I was telling someone how wonderful it was to be able to walk into the grocery store, pick up a gallon of milk, pay for it, and walk out to the car without Punkin running away or without any other major catastrophe — I could just hold his hand. I didn’t have to put him in a cart to purchase one item. We could have a semblance of normalcy.

    Medication at the proper dosage will enhance Monkey’s abilities. The horror stories that are (rightfully) fueling your fears are from those who jump to conclusions and either overmedicate or medicate when they shouldn’t. Clearly you’ve thought this through with your doctor. Good luck!!!
    .-= theotherlion´s last blog ..and now in pink =-.

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  • March 14, 2010 at 8:15 pm
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    We hemmed and hawed over the medication for a long time with our daughter. We finally gave her a small dose of Zoloft 1x/day. We told her it was vitamins because we don’t want her to think “medication” and she’s going to be 10 in May. I have to say we have been very fortunate with it thus far. It doesn’t mean things will be perfect, but sometimes it needs to be done to take the edge off for them, or give them a little help focusing. We are waiting to see if medication will be useful for Nathan in a few months. I hope you see the results soon.

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  • March 14, 2010 at 10:07 pm
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    I am Umma, hear me worry. 🙂 Thanks for the words of support.

    We have thought it through, I trust the Dr. and if it makes his life easier then Woot! I was told that I’d know IMMEDIATELY if it wasn’t working by the school nurse. I can’t say that I do know that. We’ll see what they all say.

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