Some days are just crazier than others

And yesterday was one of those days!

At 7:20 Jamie and Fritz left for the testing location for Fritz’s English II End of Course exam (insert rant about how stupid standardized tests are and how annoyed I am that they spent the last two months preparing for this stupid high stakes must pass in order to graduate from high school test).

At 8:30 Jamie took Nicholas and Joel upstairs when Noah’s ECI therapist got here. Noah has a tendency to let the other two boys do everything for him so we need to keep them separated during those visits. Noah did amazing this time. He spent the entire 45 minutes happily playing with playdough and parroted some words and even said a few things spontaneously.

At 9:45 Adrian texted asking if he took his Ritalin (answer: no, his father forgot to put it out for him). He said he really needed it (something about shooting the ceiling… no idea) so I headed to his school to give it to him and then immediately went to the elementary school to pick up Anthony.

At 10:15 Fritz let us know he was done with his end of course. This meant he needed to be picked up but I had The Beast at the elementary school and Jamie couldn’t leave the twinplets. So he texted Cameron (who happens to live near the testing location) and he was so kind as to drop everything and pick Fritz up and even got him Sonic on the way home.

Meanwhile, I picked Anthony up at 10:20 and we sat in The Beast in the school parking lot and did his med check with his psychiatrist right there in the van. We’re adding a fast acting ADHD medication dose after lunch for him. Medication is making SUCH a difference for him and hopefully that’ll take care of the afternoon impulsiveness and behavior issues. Mornings have been excellent and learning is finally happening.

Of course adding the after lunch dose means paperwork and so when I took Anthony back into school at 11, I went to the clinic (my second school nurse’s office of the day since that’s where medication must be given even when administered by the parent) and got the form for the psychiatrist to fill out. While I was in there Mayci saw me through the window so she popped in to ask if I could take her Fiesta Parade float home with me (of course) and as I left Zeke was lining up with his class outside the cafeteria so I ended up seeing all three of my elementary schoolers this morning.

I got home and by 11:15 I had filled out and scanned the medication administration form and emailed it to the psychiatrist to sign. Right after I sent that, they emailed me the thing to sign that tells about possible side effects of the medicine so I got that signed and emailed back (she doesn’t send any new medications to the pharmacy until that’s been signed).

Side Note: Tiny Scanner is the best app… I got it to turn papers we filled out into pdfs way back when we were applying to be foster parents and I still use it quite regularly.

So all of that happened before noon after which we had a bit of a break from all the crazy, though it was a busy evening, too. Right after school Zeke had his weekly ballet/tap class. After dinner, we got the kids ready for bed and everybody except Fritz got in The Beast to take Adrian to his 8th grade dance. Fritz had seminary at church at the same time, but he always walks so that was no different for him.

Still Making Us Laugh Sometimes

Adrian saw the pediatrician for an ADHD med check last week. As soon as we got in the exam room he heaved himself up on the exam table (proclaiming that he really likes laying on the “check-up table”). He then passed the time waiting for the provider by singing the Doc McStuffins theme song (can you tell he has little siblings?).

After she listened to his heart and lungs he asked if he could listen, too. She seemed a little surprised someone his age would request to do that and quite amused at how much pleasure it gave him to listen to his own heart and lungs. She then asked if he wanted a sticker. He started to say no, but then he said that yes, he really would like one so she brought him an Aladdin one and a Lion King one (which he immediately stuck to his shirt – it fell off at some point during school so he came home wearing the Aladdin one).

She told him you only get to be a kid once so keep being a kid as long as he can. And keep making us laugh. It’s always good to make people laugh.

Summer Adderall

The last couple years we only gave Adrian Adderall during the summer on Sundays and days he went to taekwondo. This summer we’ve decided to give it to him most days and it’s making such a difference. It helps him control himself and so he feels better and it makes life just generally more pleasant for everyone. It’s really quite amazing what a difference Adderall makes for him.

This is what ADHD looks like

Last Friday, Adrian pretty much only had math to do in school so I decided to skip giving him his Adderall (he usually only takes it on school and church days). This was a mistake.

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It took him an hour and a half to complete his math. Both sides looked like this. While he got almost all the answers correct, it was pretty miserable for him.

This is how all his worksheets ended up when he was in kindergarten. Adrian started taking medication for his ADHD when he was 7. Before he did, it took him 1-2 hours to complete his math and he could barely read a page in a book at a time and he’d have little clue what he read. On Adderall, he was suddenly able to complete a page of math in 10-15 minutes and could read a whole chapter and be able to answer questions about what he read.

Obviously, the Adderall is working very well for him. Even though math was miserable last week, sometimes it’s good to be reminded of that and to see just how hard it is for him to concentrate without medication.

Adderall is Amazing

If there is no school, taekwondo, or church, Adrian does not get his Adderall. So, during Christmas break, he rarely took it. Now that he’s back on it daily we’re reminded just what a difference it makes in the boy. He’s calm, he reads really well, he’s very cooperative, and so on. It’s amazing stuff for kids who really need it!