I'm sure I'm jinxing myself by discussing this, but I have to say it ... Kevin has been off meds now for 3 weeks (went cold turkey ... long story, just did it) and things have been as close to perfect as possible. WAAAAAAAAAAAY better than anything I'd imagined. To the point where I'm (almost) questioning the ADHD diagnosis in the first place. OK, he has ODD, and I 'get' that. The ADHD has not been the hyperactivity or even the attention, but the impulsivity. So, is it possible that after a year and a half on meds, he has 'learned' that controlling his impulses is do-able, or am I being lulled into a false sense of security? OK, we've dealt with this for YEARS (Kevin is 11 1/2) so I am not optimistic enough to really believe this is over ... but I'm enjoying the reprieve. He's been pleasant and cooperative and helpful. He's following instructions, and doing things asked of him the first (or at least the second) time without our having to get angry or upset. He's been 'pleasant.' Now, his days ARE structured as he's in day camp programs for the summer ... he was in a regular camp at a local church where they do sports and arts and crafts and go on field trips, and there's not been a problem. He's now doing baseball camp at the University and is loving it ... he comes home tired, but happy and enthusiastic and excited about his day (but not wired or wound up.) It's totally amazing ... I cannot even begin to explain it.
I'm just taking it one day at a time. I'm not ready to believe he's outgrown this or anything ... but I am very pleased with the results of this 'experiment' so far. And, although I didn't listen to the docs but instead my own instincts, I'm learning that I know (sometimes) what's best for my kid.