Saturday, October 17, 2015

Lance's progress

Hey there everyone.  I hope you all are having a great fall weekend.  I just wanted to give you all a Lance update.  

Back in August I started giving Lance the Children's Multi Calm liquid vitamins.  I was hoping that (according to what I read) the extra Magnesium would help Lance to not be so hyper.  Even though we noticed a small difference here at home, his teacher said he was being difficult and uncooperative at school.  A bit of "summer slide" is always expected, but to make a long story short things weren't going well at school.

So after many tears on my part and a bit of distress for our family, we decided to go the route of medication.  I know that people have many varying degrees of opinions on this subject...I know...I get it.  Believe me, I really hesitated about even telling people at all.  

The medication our pediatrician choose was Ritalin.  And just to ease anyone's fears that we just jumped into this, please know that it was an extremely long road for us to get to this point.  Lance actually had to go to the hospital and have an EKG to make sure his heart was ok before he could start taking the stimulant.  Believe me...it was more tears that day than I could possibly count....on my part.  I think Lance actually liked pretending to be a robot though...lol!  :)

I'll also tell you all this to ease any fears you have.  The way his teacher described it was that Ritalin is a sobering up medication.  It stimulates the hyperactive child's part of the brain that helps him be able to concentrate longer and pay attention.  And that is exactly what it has done.  

Lance has been talking more, been more cooperative at home and at school, and has been following directions much better.  I no longer cringe at the thought of us going to the grocery store or running errands.  But the main part for me to remember is that it isn't about me, it isn't about his teachers...this is about Lance and what is best for him. 

He has started off on the 2.5 dosage at the beginning of October.  We actually have to cut the pill in half!  It is the smallest dosage, and since it is helping him so well I am going to insist that his dosage not go up when we follow up with the doctor next month.  The very last thing we would want is for him to become a zombie!  

So, that is the Lance update.  We are so pleased that things are going well.  Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for being a part of Lance's life.  

  
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4 comments:

  1. That was such a positive report! Glad to hear it.

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  2. I'm so glad to know that things are going well. Lance is lucky to have you as a mama. I'll be praying that he continues to make progress.

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  3. Hugs, Mama! I know this was a tough decision, but I am so glad that it seems to be working and helping Lance! I know the anxieties of your mama heart going through this situation. It sounds like you made the best decision for your baby boy to help him excel.

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  4. Kelly, I thought I had commented on this when I first read it but I guess I didn't. I want to applaud you for making the best decision for Lance despite your fears. It wasn't easy but it sounds like it was a good choice. You are a good mom.

    One of the things I find hardest about being a parent is making health decisions for my kids when they have no clue. As grownups we're used to making these decisions for ourselves, but our kids don't have the capability to do this and it's a HUGE responsibility.

    I will keep praying for all of you.

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