“When I’m stuck with a day that’s grey and lonely, I stick out my chin, and grin, and say…”
The last two weeks have been about finding resources, doing research and making a lot of phone calls in an attempt to get everyone the help they need.
Starting with Tyler…
For the last 4 months we have seen changes in Tyler’s behavior. Tyler has ADHD and is on medication to help manage the symptoms. We have noticed that it seems as though the medication he takes is losing its effectiveness. He is impulsive, vibrating with energy, unable to sit still, unable to stop talking and struggling to focus on his school work. He is constantly moving, lacks self-control, and can’t stay on task for more than a few minutes at a time. After talking to many people and doing some research we discovered that the generic form of the medication that he takes has changed their formula, thus making it less potent. We set up an appointment with his doctor, expressed our frustrations and the doctor confirmed our suspicions. He informed us that quite a few of his patients that are on the same generic medication are having the same negative effects. He wrote out a new script for the name brand version of the same drug, feeling confident that we would see a positive change.
When we went to the pharmacy to fill his new script we were told that our insurance will not cover it unless our doctor can prove that it is medically necessary. We are in the midst of that insurance battle right now. As we wait for news (hopefully good news) we have decided to try some dietary changes and see if we see any positive results that might help temper his more severe symptoms. We shall see.
I set up an appointment with my doctor last week. I realize that now, with all that is going on with our family, it is even more essential that I focus on self care. I have been running on empty lately. I know that is understandable when I look at a “typical” day of parenting the issues we are dealing with right now, but I felt it was worth checking to make sure there wasn’t a medical issue that was leading to my fatigue. I met with my doctor, explained what things were like at home, went over my symptoms and he wrote out a script for blood work. The results came back and some of my vitamin numbers were low. He started me on supplements and feels confident that I will feel much better once I’m not battling a vitamin deficiency.
I see him again in a month and he will check my numbers again.
After MANY emails and phone calls we have finally found a therapist in our area that treats Reactive Attachment Disorder. It is amazing how after a lot of prayer God led us from a website to a phone number, through a series of helpful strangers, only to have us end up at a therapist’s office minutes from our home. I was prepared to drive hours away to get the help we need and God provided the answer to our prayers right in our own backyard. We met with her today for our initial intake meeting. It lasted 1 1/2 hours and I left feeling understood in a way that I haven’t felt in a long time. I know she is an answer to prayer and I am feeling positive that she will be a good fit.
I end this week feeling hopeful.
Nothing has really changed, but I now feel like…
The sun will come out tomorrow. :)