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Sunday, August 15, 2010

Having Some Difficulty Getting on Schedule


Here's Griffin swimming in the river in Pisgah National Forest and the water is oh so cold but he didn't mind a bit. The water was just shallow enough for him to swim and play without any worries. It is the same place that we went when we went with Uncle Charlie. Nikki went with us but she wasn't brave enough to sit in the water saying that it was way too cold. It is true that it is cold but it doesn't compare to the glacier fed waters of Alaska folks! Now that's ICY COLD water, so cold that you can't even stand in it because I have tried on a dare and even though I did it for one second that was all I could stand!

I am having some difficulty getting Griffin on schedule as far as sleep goes. I can't seem to get him to get up on time. I am getting him to sleep on time for the most part but still can't get him up on time so I guess that I am going to have to get him to bed even earlier gosh darnit! He is going to bed at 8:00 now and sleeping 10 hours  that is when taking Melatonin and Clonidine. Maybe it is because I added the L-Theanine the past three nights and it is making him sleep too long. I think that I am going to stop that and try an earlier bedtime too and see if I can't get him up on time. I had added the L-Theanine because he had been getting up in the middle of the night around 3:00 a.m. using the computer, watching TV, and eating. So I thought that maybe it would help with that but alas...it did not so I am going to stop it and maybe just use it to help keep him calm during the day (1/2 dose) until we are ready for the Intuniv.

Griffin graduated to taking the capsule at his pill taking therapy! So now he can take his Intuniv! First I am going to take him to a new psychiatrist on Tuesday to see if there is something else that we can use for sleep with the Intuniv because he can't use the Clonidine with it. There are some who think that Griffin shouldn't be on medication for his ADHD symptoms but I say that they are not the ones who are living with the meltdowns on a daily basis who are the ones who are single parents without any support! I know what I am doing and having a disability myself I have to take care of not only Griffin but myself as well so I believe that it is a sound decision. It is easy for others to judge me and to tell me their opinion but they are not in my shoes and they don't know what it is like to be me and to struggle from day to day and sometimes even moment to moment!

I am looking forward to school but I will miss Griffin at the same time.....the ME time is going to be Sweet though! I plan to get lots of school work done and get more exercise in. The weather is cooling off a bit and it is so nice. It is only 74 right now and overcast and I am loving it!

1 comment:

Melissa H said...

In no way is Conor ADHD, but the Intuniv (as you know) has been an amazing change for him. It isn't like the other ADHD and ADD meds out there. It lowers their overactive fight or flight reaction. It isn't a stimulant like other meds like Adderal or Ritalin. I bet he's going to be a different kid.