When we decided to try medication for our kindergartener’s ADHD, we decided that we’d only keep him on it if there was a difference and he wasn’t experiencing any bad side effects.
If our child was going to take something, then it needs to do its job, otherwise, why have him take something unnecessarily?
The first week he was on it, we really didn’t notice a change, nor did his teachers.
So for week two, he was given an increased dosage. And it seemed to help… though I was waiting to hear reports from his teachers, as there’s a big difference between what he needs to do at school and what he needs to do at home. Plus, I was seeing him at the end of the day, as it was wearing off.
But then, at soccer practice last week, I saw it.
I could see a difference.
Bear loves to play soccer and when he is participating, he actually is a good little soccer player. But it’s getting him to join in full time that was an issue.
But that practice… he was joining in and doing such a great job.
Though I started to doubt myself a little: was I just looking for a difference and so I saw it?
And then I got my confirmation.
Bear was playing offense and really going after the ball: all the kids were down at the other side of the field except for two who were standing near the goal near where I was sitting and they were talking to each other- but loud enough that I could hear them.
The boy said, “Bear isn’t being all crazy today.”
The girl turned and watched him for a minute and said, “I know, he’s not. He’s doing really good!”
And my heart simultaneously swelled with joy and broke in mama pain.
For two six year-olds to notice the difference… well, the meds must really be helping, right?
But at the same time… they think he’s usually “all crazy?”
His teachers reported back the next day that they’ve noticed a difference. And at the game last weekend, almost all of the parents made a comment to me about how much he had improved(without knowing that he is now on medication).
So, he’ll continue taking the meds and we’ll continue to monitor his progress. For now, we stay hopeful because we can see that difference.
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