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Monday, January 25, 2010

Attention, Attention

So, it turns out (much to our not surprise), that we're a family full of neurological variation. Took the girl to a neurologist, and she's been diagnosed with ADHD and a reading disability.  We're not at all surprised with the news, since both of these things have been something we've suspected for a while.

We decided that we'd go ahead and give medication a try. Right now we're trying Daytrana. We gave it a weekend trial, and it went as we had hoped. She was the same girl, same personality, just a bit better focused. We don't want a zombie. We don't want an anxious worry wart. We want just a bit more focus in school, and when we've got the reading issues more under control, we'll give it a shot without the meds.

Another bright spot - she didn't have any problems eating, and she went to bed on time.  

Here's to hoping this will work for us.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Good morning 2010

I've got a busy year planned. Hopefully I'll have a chance to keep up with the latest rantings and ravings, but if I don't, there's a good reason for it. I've got a contract in the mail for a project that will eat up most of my time from now until June. So it doesn't mean I've fallen off the planet. It means I'm working on paying projects for a bit.

Things that take money are also underway. We're scheduling a tentative potty party for the boy in February. It's a bit odd to pay $70 an hour to have someone come out and feed him juice and clap when he pees, but we're just stuck at this point. It would really really really be nice if he could not be in diapers in Kindergarten. Really nice. He's never going to be a neurotypical kid, but man, his chances of any sort of positive social interaction in school will be so much better if he doesn't start the year by earning the nickname "Poopypants."