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October 07, 2008

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Emily

I just wanted to tell you that you are AWESOME!

this mom

I don't have any direct experience with ADHD, so I have nothing to offer. I just wanted to tell you how great it is to read the honesty in your blog. Not only do you write candidly about your beautiful family's achievements, but your struggles as well. Thank you for showing that even supermoms have doubts about their abilities.

Rachel

I'm so glad that you are open about being both a full-time mother and a full-time worker. It is something I definitely aspire to, but I tend to add in little qualifications like 'if my children are healthy' or 'if my children can handle it' and it's great to know that you are making it work despite all the extra challenges.

It really is too bad J doesn't like the bead pills. I had to take a medication in that form for months in 1st grade, and I distinctly remember being allowed to put sprinkles on anything I wanted as long as I would add in my 'special sprinkles' and thinking it was great fun to put sprinkles on my cereal, sandwiches, ice cream, etc. I wonder if having the control to decide what his meds are mixed with (if you have time to offer him multiple options) might help a a little bit, although I'm sure his sensitivities to texture make it much, much harder for him.

I hope your week gets easier and that you get a chance to enjoy all the holidays with your family.

Jennifer Clark

Again, I say, you are THE perfect mom for the J-man!! Seriously - I am a social worker - and I've worked with SO many families, and so many parents give up on kiddos rather than advocating for them and continuing to try new things until they find what works. You are amazing.

Mel

You are a supermum.

I wonder if there is anything they can do with simple syrup? The twins had to take a pill and they couldn't even do it crushed up because of the swallowing reflex issues. There's a pharmacist in Olney who will create these syrup versions of the pills. The only problem is that once the pills are put into this liquid form, they are only good for a short period of time--a week. We saw her weekly for two years :-)

Bea

Sounds like you're having some real challenges. I don't know anything I can say that will help you with them, except I'm here reading again now (got some of my shit together again, you see) if that helps.

Bea

Henley

Hey, don't be so hard on yourself - you're doing a wonderful job and J-man is so very lucky to have you for his mom! One day - you will sit in the audience watching him graduate from high school and then go off to college and you will be so very glad (and proud!) that you helped him work through all of his ADHD issues and become something! My husband has ADHD and although it still manifests itself in certain ways - such as in never finishing projects he starts and sometimes not in being able to focus on much of anything - he has managed to graduate from college, hold down a well paying job for many years and is now retired - very happily! So - my point is - J-man will get there - and you will be so rewarded for all you do for him now:)

Erin

Just wanted to chime in that you're doing a great job, everything you can do. I'm glad you've found a medication that works so very well on J. Now I'll hope that you can find a way to get him to take it!

cat

I so feel for you - it is difficult being a parent to start with, the rest of the package just adds to it. And I agree with you - I am also a full time mom and job person. Why do people question that?

illahee

i too have no experience with an ADHD so i have nothing to offer except great big cyber hugs. you are such an amazing person, i know you can do it!

*big hugs*

Carol

hugs. I know you have a lot going on. It sounds to me like you're doing an amazing job.

Meridith

As a kindergarten teacher, I can definitely agree with you that medication is absolutely necessary for some children, and I praise your courage to both medicate and to talk about it.
If you haven't already read it, The Little Monster: Growing Up with ADHD by Robert Jergen is a wonderful autobiographical look at ADHD and the text we used in the education master's program at ASU.

Rita

Just wanted to send you some words of encouragement. You are an amazing Mom, and your children and husband are so lucky that you're theirs!

Jody

You do so much for your kids, Karen. Of course you are a full-time mom, that would be true even without all the extra challenges thrown your way.

I hope you get some sleep soon, it sounds like you really need it.

Decemberbaby

You are doing an amazing job. Who has been making you feel guilty? Guilt - or maybe defensiveness - is oozing out of so many paragraphs here... whoever it is, they're crazy. Period. It sounds clear that J needs to be medicated. And it's clear that you're on top of things, trying to find the absolute best medication and treatments for him. AND you're parenting triplets, and let's not even go into the dedication it took to give them exclusively breastmilk for so long... anybody who makes you feel guilty or defensive is either an asshat or just has no idea what your life is like.

Meim

I don't even know what to say. We recently began medicating our DD for ADHD. It has been a really hard choice for us. There are so many things that seemed to hide her ADHD, and now I am beating myself up for not noticing it earlier.

It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job parenting your children. Kudos for calling the Dr. so many times. It is always better to call too much, rather than too little. You are definitely doing what is right for your son. Thanks for setting such a great example!

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