MEDICATION UPDATE

images.jpegWell its that time of year again when we have a solid 6 weeks with Zak and without the craziness of school runs, pack lunches and the daily grind, it gives us the time to refocus, regroup and plan for Zaks year ahead.

Hubby hates Zak on medication, believing that we are not dealing with any issues Zak may have, masking what is really going on and asked me to consider a summer without it.1cfd44c4ba720a6fa4cdd86bf774b10f--emoji-faces-smiley-faces.jpg

Zaks medication has given me 4 hours of peace a day, taking him down a couple of notches which allows me to do all the above with some kind of normal.  One hour after taking it, my home resembles some of what a house with 3 kids in it does……busy!!!  Without it……carnage!!

The comedown from Ritalin is unpleasant, Zaks mood adjusting from “on it to normal”. We get anger, frustration and general misery and I think in my mind this is what we would encounter all day without it.  Never-mind Zak becoming dependant on it, it has been my crutch.

Zak takes the minimum dose of his medication but every CAMHS appointment we are offered higher, being told due to his growth he “could probably do with more” and then a minimum dose of melatonin every night to counteract the Ritalin to allow him to sleep.  All this is handed out to you with no parent warning on the bottle……GUILT!! Ritalin is a controlled drug, which basically means “a potential for abuse or addiction”.   This is not just your baby, but your baby who is struggling to cope with the world around them and although I am not against medication in the short term, stratagies and coping skills need to be taught.

I totally believe it has played a positive part of our journey, 3 years ago when Zak was unable to sit and learn and take in knowledge that he would so desperately need in his younger years.  However since then he has grown, we have worked so hard with his home based programme that maybe just maybe it was worth a shot.

So one week ago we boarded a plane with an extra suitcase full of aromatherapy oils, plug in vaporisers, crystals, supplements and rescue remedy, repeating my mantra…..we can always change our minds.

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What are the changes I have seen?  His appetite is back in full force and I have to keep a constant eye on it.  Although he has more energy in the morning this is consistent throughout the day, taking no dips or sudden outbursts.  His OCD is definatly better and the glazed look has gone.  He has managed to still do his independent reading and lego building and his attention is no different and I believe his engagement is better and the guilt from me has vanished.

So will I continue on this holistic lifestyle for Zak or crumble???  At the moment I will say we will continue but I maybe more equipped to answer that at the end of the summer holidays!

You can continue watching Zaks summer on Instagram – tothemoonandzak

And one last thing……don’t forget your own medicine………WINE!!!!

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Thanks for reading xxxxx

 

Road Trip

RoadtripI have travelled the country with my little man, from healers in Wales to a homeopath  in Cornwall and all the counties in between. I love our Thelma and Louise outings and Zak’s knowledge of every vehicle on the road could win me a place on mastermind!!

My next trip is taking me to America to take part in the Son Rise Programme and this time I am on my own!   Flying to New York and then getting a train to New England to spend 6 days learning a method that is going to help all of us understand Zak better and connect with him more.

Someone said to me “for gods sake Trish, why go all that way? Zak is high functioning, doing well, why don’t you just accept what is?”

My reply……

We all want our children to be the best they can be, however when you have a child with special needs this is more of a need than a want.

I love Zak just they way he is but if I somehow have left a stone unturned that could possibly enrich his life, in my eyes I have failed.

And finally, you never, ever give up on your child, however small or big they are!

So to my best boy…… Have a great week with Daddy, enjoy not being doused in Rosemary oil and having reflexology EVERY night, eat gluten & remember……I love you to the moon and back xxx

Medication Update

This is the one subject I struggle with the most.  It took me three years to be convinced to give it a try.

i beat myself up, had endless sleepless nights and drove my nearest and dearest demented with my doubts.  But the quote…..YOU HAVE TO REACH A CHILD TO TEACH A CHILD finally won me over and we began our Ritalin adventure stroke nightmare.

So twelve months on……..

Positives..

Zak has stopped bouncing off the walls.

Zak has come on leaps and bounds at school.

Zak has focus on most things he does.

School are over the moon with him.

Negatives

Zak now has more time to process his feelings which 99% of the time are ones of anger, frustration and sadness.

It has uncovered more autistic traits.

His anxieties have heightened.

He has lost 9lb in weight.

I am now at a crossroads.  His progress at school is fantastic but I do not feel comfortable.  I don’t like giving him a controlled drug.  This puts Ritalin in a category of methadone and pethidene.

Even with the positives I don’t believe it makes Zak a happy boy and I am now trying to convince doctors to let him try the non stimulant medication,

My head says Trish, stop over-thinking, Zak is doing well, it’s not forever and just stick with it but my heart screams…..stuff the GCSE’s, I want my happy, bouncy solider back!!!!

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