Wow!!!

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Tue, 04-15-2003 - 2:49pm
The Dr. agreed that it was a good time to upp Tyler's dosage so that he can play soccer. It was an amazing transformation. The little guy was actually FOCUSED, ALERT, and he didn't even touch any of his teammates during practice. I had to laugh because there is another boy on the time who is real touchy and Tyler actually turned around and told him to stop....blew me away.

So ladies, once again you have become a great resource. I remember the days I use to come to this board begging for someone to fix all that was wrong and as you all said it would get better.

you know what is amazing, is that ever since Tyler has been taking his medication all the people who DISAGREED with my decision now realize the little guy benefits from it. The other day I saw Lisa Marie Presley advocating against meds for children. The only thing I could think was how ignornant. I bet she hasn't even done the research. Just like the rest of world.

Did anybody happen to catch Dateline last night? I totally could relate with those parents.

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In reply to: sunshnhappy111
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 4:30pm
That is great! A teammate of my son's also took a small "booster" dose to help him in sports. The doctor always asks me if my other son needs a homework dose, but he's just in 2nd grade - homework only takes about 15 minutes!

Anyway - I did not see Dateline last night - but people who advocate against meds for children really anger me. It makes me want to send all of our kids, without meds, to their house to spend the night. What is so hard to understand about HELPING OUR CHILDREN?? My son will flat-out tell you he feels better when he takes his meds. He wishes he didn't have to sometimes, but he knows it helps him. And he is barely 8 years old. Some people just do not understand that ADHD is not a made-up disorder - it is real and affects millions of people. These same people would not deprive a bi-polar person of his lithium, or a diabetic of his insulin - why can't I medicate my child guilt-free? (Well, actually, I do! I don't let those people get to me.)

Like everything else, meds can be misused, but that is not a reason to advocate against them. That is why they are controlled substances and so damn hard to get from the pharmacy!

I love my child more than just about anything in this life, and I will do whatever it takes to help him. We should have that right as caring, loving parents. OK, I'm finished. I will now step down from my soap box.

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In reply to: sunshnhappy111
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 10:03pm
ONLY TAKES 15 MINUTES!!!!!! WHAT?!?!???!?!? Geez, what my son has porbably would take 15 minuted IF he would sit down & do it. Usually takes an hour, has taken 2 hours before. IF he would stop all the whining, crawling on the floor, crying, yelling, it would be soooo much easier. We did add a dose at 3, but am still deciding if it helps.
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In reply to: sunshnhappy111
Tue, 04-15-2003 - 10:05pm
Missed date line, but HATE people who advocate against something they know nothing about.

Am glad your son is doing so much better. Amazing how jsut a little added dose can help so much. I am seeing some benefit from my sons extra afternoon dose during baseball. He is not yelling, screaming & having huge fits anymore. YEAAHH!!!

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In reply to: sunshnhappy111
Wed, 04-16-2003 - 10:58am
I know - I'm lucky!! The funny thing is, my son LOVES school. He is very bright and very driven to succeed. I wish some of it would rub off on my middle-schooler!

Another thing that helped us is establishing a routine. Every night, as soon as he clears his dinner dishes, it is homework time before anything else. He can't read for pleasure, watch TV or go back outside (now that we're in DST) until it is finished. He is a real creature of habit, and has accepted this routine as unchangeable. He has lost TV for fighting about it, so he knows we mean business. I will stay with him while he does his homework if he wants me to, but I will not do it for him or give him answers. (I can't tell you how many times he has cried for me to just do it for him!) It took about half of the first grade to get this routine in place, but it's been working well this year. Hopefully we will be able to easily adapt it once he starts getting more homework, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it!