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Best-Laid Plans

The semester ended a week before Christmas.  I made it, survived, just barely squeaked by with a C in Statistics!  The big plan was to prepare for Christmas, and to send out cards with lots of letters catching up with loved ones.  The goal was to spend lots of time with the kids, baking cookies, making candy, playing educational games, etc.   My “to do” list included fixing, gluing, painting, cleaning, selling, and organizing.  And I had planned on writing several Bunny Trails posts, because I quickly found that I don’t have time to write them during the school semester. Well, you know what they say about “best-laid plans.”

My semester ended and the boy still had a week to go before his winter break.  I had a wrap-a-thon and checked off the first item of my to-do list.  Then I packed for our visit to friends and family, whom remain in the city we moved from a decade ago.  Gifts were exchanged, people were caught up on current family events, and we raced home as an ice storm was following close behind.  Only a couple of hours after we reached our homestead and unloaded the car, our world was glazed with a half-inch of ice.  The destructive ice came, downed trees and powerlines, and melted within 24 hours.  We were lucky; a mere 30 miles north of us had hundreds of thousands of people without electricity, some for days and even throughout Christmas.

The day after racing the ice storm home was the hubby’s much anticipated, annual family Christmas gathering.  We had a great time as usual, kids running around willy-nilly while the adults play catch-up and stuff our faces with pot luck food.  But in the hours following the party, hubby spent most of the overnight awake, making several trips to the bathroom.   He was feverish and exhausted, so I got up with the kids.  When he was able to crawl out of bed, it was my turn to crawl in.  I spent the rest of the afternoon feverish and ill.  We had been stricken by a noro/roto-type virus on Christmas Eve eve.  I rallied on Christmas Eve to do some shopping for food and supplies, and picked us up some fast food because I was not feeling spry enough to cook, yet the kids still needed to eat.  Hardly anybody picked at their supper, what a waste of money!  I fell ill again immediately after eating, duh-you don’t eat fast food after being sick!  Hubby got better and the kids only had a few symptoms but, for some reason, it clung to me for a while.  Christmas night was the worst, I hardly slept a wink.  When I awoke and realized the nasty virus had run its course, I suffered a headache all day.  I didn’t care, I’d take the headache over the stomach virus any day!  But alas, the headache morphed overnight into sore throat, swollen tonsils, and a deep cough.

So my best-laid plans dissolved into three weeks of sickness.  No cookies were baked, no candy made, no games played, none of my to-do’s crossed off the list.  School resumes for the boy tomorrow, and next week my college courses resume with a whole new schedule.  There is a silver lining to these events though.  I’m grateful that the illness struck between semesters; I can’t imagine attempting the course load I have ahead of me, while being this sick.  Besides, the children have no idea that they were gypped out of any holiday traditions.  They had a relaxing vacation with lots of TV watching, video gaming, and very few demands made of them.  All in all, a pretty darn good holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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College Attempt #1

In high school I slid by as a, pretty much, straight C student.   I listened in class and did well on tests, but hardly turned in any completed homework.  I have no idea why, now that i think about it; I had nothing better to do with my time.  My parents hardly allowed any TV, and I was on restriction most of my high school career because of poor grades.  I guess it’s just this lovely sanguine personality I was born with, this compounded with ADD, and you have a social butterfly who was perfectly content talking on the phone, sneaking TV,  reading novels or daydreaming in my bedroom.  I graduated high school when I was 17 and immediately went to a 4-year party school (completely unprepared for the work load) and partied my way right out.  (I have no regrets, I met my husband and many good friends for years to come!)   You see, my parents were very very (did I mention VERY) strict, and as soon as I felt that freedom after graduation, I ran with it!  I pretty much did what I wanted.  Of course, I was raised well, so I had my limitations.   I ended up leaving the college after two semesters, with hardly any transferable credits and several thousand dollars of student loan debt.  (Again, I regret not finishing a degree, but definitely do not regret my college days!)

The hubby and I dated for exactly one year before marrying.  We came to a point where we could no longer afford to maintain separate residences, and we couldn’t bear the thought of breaking our mothers’ hearts and living together pre-maritally.   We knew we wanted to get married, but we didn’t have the money for that either.  So we did what we thought was best, and we eloped.   He was in a fraternity at the time, and his frat “big brother” lived locally, and his dad was a judge.  We got our marriage license and were married 3 days after he asked me.  We married in the judge’s back yard, on the deck of his pool, and then celebrated afterward with a keg of beer that we weren’t old enough to even drink.  It was summer vacation, so only a few of our friends were still in town to help us celebrate.   We broke the news to our parents later.

Hubby still attended college and we moved into married housing on campus.   He was the station manager at the college radio station, which had just gone FM and was the hottest thing around.  Between weekends with frat brothers and his undying love and commitment to the radio station (which meant him getting up at all hours of the night and taking over the broadcast when the next DJ didn’t show up for his shift) hubby eventually started getting behind in his studies, and ended up not finishing his degree.   But I’ve got to give him credit, he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up and he got a lot farther than I did in school.   He got a job at the local radio station and I worked as a home health aid (after all, my prospective degree was supposed to be something in the medical field, I knew that much at least.)  We stayed in the college town for a few more years, until the radio station put him on salary and ran him ragged for so many hours that we realized he was earning around $3.75/hr.  It was time to move on.

*Acknowledgments:

To my suitemates and the dormmates below me:   I’m sorry for all the noisy parties I subjected you to, while you were trying to get an education.

To my mother-in-law:  Thank you for forgiving me for stealing your firstborn and robbing you of your first wedding event for your children.  To my sister-in-law and brother-in-law, thank you for having big weddings that made up for us having robbed your mother.

To my mother:   Sorry for robbing you of your only child’s wedding, but you did get two super-cute grandkids out of the deal! (eventually)

To hubby’s frat brothers:  I promise you that we don’t blame you one Theta Iota for our not finishing college!

To my mom again:  Thank you for teaching me about the much-argued-over temperament studies, for without them I would have hated myself, and probably others, much more.   It fostered an understanding of different personalities, and why people are how they are.


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Going Back to School

Kindergarten, Buckeye AZ

Kindergarten, Buckeye AZ (Photo credit: Mennonite Church USA Archives)

Much has changed over the summer.  I wrote in the previous post about how busy it’s been, but it has also been a time of discovery.  I recently enrolled myself in the local junior college.  I have arranged my school schedule so that I will be in a classroom for only 6 hours a week.  (Which leaves me taking my Intro to Statistics class on line, yikes!)  When I tell people that I am going back to college, the first question out of their mouth is always, “how are you going to homeschool?”   Well, I’m not.   I really have mixed feelings about sending the boy back to school for Kindergarten.  There wasn’t the big growth and developement spurt that I had hoped would happen over the summer.  There wasn’t an amazing ADHD medicine or cure discovered, we tried yet another stimulant medication, and it made him not be able to go to sleep for two days.   I didn’t teach him to read, though we did some flash cards and he’s got his upper and lower case ABC’s down pat.  I read to him some of “The Magic Treehouse” series, and lots of nature books and magazines.  We did some rythem games, which are said to stimulate parts of the brain that need to be stimulated in the ADHD child.  But mostly, it was just summer vacation.  We were outdoors often, but the mosquitoes or the sun or the rain caused us to have plenty of days where we played too many video games, and watched too much tv.   I wasn’t as industrius with the boy as I had hoped to be.

In a way, I feel like I’m throwing my son to the wolves -so to speak- by sending him to the local public school.  Not that there is anything wrong with public school, I just am afraid that this year will be the same as last year, and he’s going to be spending more time outside of the classroom, trying to get himself under control, than actually sitting in the classroom and learning.   I am actually pretty stressed about it.  He is still the same squirmy, falling out of his seat over and over, can’t make eye contact or pay attention, kid that was unsuccessful at school last year.   The whole point of requesting the Positive Behavioral Assessment was to get the boy the help he needs to be able to stay in school for an entire day, and actually learn the criteria.  The results of the assessment were that he would have anywhere from 1/2 hour to 3 hours with a special education teacher every day.  I don’t feel that this will be enough, what will happen with the rest of the time?  All I know, is that my son has a right to an education, and I will push for the help that he needs.  The school is going to hate me.   I will be there on the first day of school, requesting a review of his education plan and requesting an Occupational Therapist to do a “sensory profile” on the boy.  (I am absolutely positive that he is very sensitive to noises, lights, large spaces, he has been since infancy… which is one of the reasons why I wanted to home school him in the first place.)

Why am I giving the public school system a try, rather then home schooling?  Social, social, social!  Many homeschooling moms would beg to differ.  There are all kinds of organizations for moms to get their homeschooled children with other homeschooled children.  I have researched and found some in our area, but I have not been able to contact any of these moms over summer vacation, so I am not positive that he will be able to have social interaction on a daily basis.  Over the summer I have slowly watched my son’s social skills decline.  I have watched him “build a bird’s nest” at the base of a slide and then proceed to yell at the children to not slide down the slide and ruin his nest.  It took me several minutes to convince him to build it out of the way, and to tell him that it’s not nice to yell at the children, and that the slide is for everybody.   Then he built the nest behind the slide and yelled at the kids that ran by his nest…*sigh.   The other reason is schedule, schedule, schedule!  I try to have us on a schedule, but I have found that when mommy and son spend every minute of the day together, son tends to buck up against mommy’s authority…almost constantly.  I have tried the sing-song voice, the “lets make it fun” technique, the “it’s 10:00, this is what time we do ___, every day,” and the offer of rewards.    I have found out that if it’s not fun for him, it’s going to be torture for me.  So for the time being, I am going to allow the trained professionals to do what they’re trained for.   Wish us all luck, I think we’re going to need it.


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Adding another food to the “Do Not Eat” list

We have had the busiest summer I can ever remember!   The boy turned six, we’ve traveled, we’ve had the flu, I’ve had jewelry parties, I’ve dabbled in cake baking, I’ve applied to the local college, etc.   We always enjoy traveling, but for the last three weeks the boy has had those tell-tale shiny eyes.  Along with the shiny eyes usually comes behaviors and difficulty sleeping.   It’s hard to detect behaviors on vacation, because we all tend to run around wearing loin cloths and being crazy when we’re camping and swimming and playing.  It’s hard to see sleep patterns when we don’t attempt to put our children down until our host’s children are ready for bed.   But once we came home and our schedules resumed, the ADHD symptoms were out of control.  Poor kid, I tried to have a conversation with the boy and it was like talking to Stevie Wonder!  He would look left, right, up, down, never stopping to glance at my eyes.  I saw him struggling and asked him to repeat a few things that I felt were important for him to actually hear.  He said, “I don’t know, can you tell me again?”  I’d tell him again and ask him to repeat.  He’d get it completely wrong.  I’d tell him again, but this time I would say a few words and ask him to repeat the words.   Wow, what is going on?  I haven’t allowed him to eat any dye, even on vacation.  His birthday cake was mostly white & natural colors, and the parts with food coloring were not served to the boy (let the other kids eat it- oops, not nice!)2013-07-05 22.52.19  So what is causing this?  I did some research on line, punching into the search bar the foods most consumed over the span of our vacation, and there it was.  TBHQ, short for tertiary butylhydroquinone, a food preservative used in McDonald’s chicken nuggets and other prepackaged foods.  Wow, my son and daughter consumed McDonalds chicken nuggets almost daily while on vacation!   What is this TBHQ, that seems to cause reactions in AHDH children?  Why, it is yet another “approved for human consumption” petroleum byproduct!

I understand that the FDA has tested the preservatives and dyes before approving them for human consumption.  I am not a consperecy theorist, I only know  what I am experiencng with my own child with rather severe ADHD.  And I see that my son is reacting to something that he is consuming, and once I remove these foods from his diet, he seems much more calm and better behaved.  According to the FDA, you should not consume more than 300+ McNuggets in any given day, it may cause nausea, dizzyness and confusion.  In other words, an infentescimally small ammount is allowed to be used in our foods.  But “I sees what I sees!”   We have removed products containing the preservative, TBHQ, for the last two weeks, and though ADHD is everpresent, the boy no longer appears to be compulsed to do and say naughty things as if he had no control at all.    In my opinion, if your child struggles with a disease or malady, it’s best not to exascurbate it.  No more McDonalds McNuggets for us.


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Much Ado About Nothing

Sorry I’ve been so inconsistent about writing my blog posts lately.  You know how busy summers can be, right?  The boy turns 6 this Saturday and has requested a Wild Kratts cake.  He also requested a Dragonvale Cake, yes, as in the app… my son has turned into a gamer against my will.  But in the end, he said he preferred the Wild Kratts.  But I digress… [bunny trail]   I really left you hanging on my last post, so I will fill you in on what we decided to do about the stimulant medication prescribed by the psychiatrist.

Yesterday was our second appointment with the psychiatrist.  I was all stressed out because of the warning from the behavioral specialist.   When I told her that I wanted to approach our son’s ADHD from a natural standpoint, because of the epic failure of the previous medications, the specialist told me that if the doctor takes the time and effort to diagnose and prescribe a medication for the boy, she’s going to want us to give it to him.  Then she added that if we refuse to take her direction, she would tell us to go to another doctor.   So I’ve been stressing out because I intensely dislike my son taking a stimulant medication.  The side effects are not worth the hour or two you get of the boy being able to sit still.   So, of course, I procrastinated getting the prescription filled.   I finally decided that I would give him the medication for a couple of days, just to say I gave it to him.  Besides, what if this was the one medicine that finally worked, I would hate to deny him something that could possibly help him.   I took the prescription to Target pharmacy.  They didn’t have any, they would be able to fill it on Tuesday.  Uh oh… the doctor appointment is on Monday!   So I took my prescription back and headed to Walmart.  They didn’t have any of the medication either.  Next I called the two Meijer stores in our town.  None available.   On Friday I needed to do some shopping, so I thought I’d give Meijer a try again.  They told me that they couldn’t fill the prescription, then they looked closer and saw that it was only written for 5 tablets.  They said they had exactly 5 tablets.   Saturday was the usual whirlwind of activity and the medication was completely forgotten about until it was too late to take one.   Sunday morning I asked hubby if we should medicate the boy before church, just so we had two days of seeing its effects before reporting to the psychiatrist Monday afternoon.   He said that the boy had been looking forward to fishing at grandpa’s house so much, and he didn’t want the medicine to ruin his fun.  So we decided that we would give the medication on Monday and observe closely before reporting.   I am so glad that we decided not to medicate on Sunday, for two reasons.  Reason number 1 was that the boy was extremely good at church, and if we would have medicated him, the drugs would have gotten the credit.  And reason number 2 was because there was an incident where some wasps were making a nest under grandpa’s floating dock and kept flying up between the dock boards and investigating us.  This terrified the boy so badly that he began screaming and shrieking and sobbing and drooling.   In other words, this extremely intense emotional display would have been credited to the medication, had we given it to him.

Monday morning we woke up and I gave the 1/2 pill of the 5mg Dexedrine, as prescribed.  Within an hour I watched the boy become instantly energized, the drug had kicked in.  He bounced out of his chair and said with wild eyes, “What are we going to do?”  ‘I’m bored!”   I reminded him that Monday was mom’s big cleaning day, and I would really love if he could help me.  “Noooo!” he shrieked.  Ok, here we go with the intensity that comes with the stimulant medication, I think to myself (as if the boy weren’t intense enough without medication!)   I try to make a game of picking up the toys and throwing them into his sister’s shopping cart.  “Let’s go shopping for toys!”  “Nooooo, that’s boring!”  he cries.   Then the excessive talking started.  He was excitedly talking about some nature program he had found on the Xbox streaming.  The phone was ringing and he didn’t miss a beat, running his words together and hardly taking a breath.  I give the signal that I’m about to be on the phone.  He missed the cue and kept right on jabbering, so I keep the conversation short.   I start cleaning the house.  Now you know that children often claim to be bored on summer vacation, they often lay around and moan and groan about not having anything to do, but my son was literally screaming, “I’m bored!”  “I’m soooo bored!”   So I set up the tiny pool I just bought, pour in 1 bag of sand, scatter some cheap fake jewels I bought for a dollar at Michaels, pour the second bag of sand on top of the jewels, fill the pool with water, and teach the kids to “panhandle” for the precious gems.   I continued to clean the house, but the boy kept running inside and showing me the trinkets he found in the sand, leaving a trail of muddy water on the floor I was attempting to sweep and mop.   Oh well, the kids were busy and happy.

The psychiatrist appointment was at 4PM, and the pill had pretty much worn off, leaving an exceptionally calm boy.  I guess that’s one good thing about a stimulant.  It makes you go, go, go, and when it wears off, you’re exhausted.   We met the behavioral specialist in the waiting room and were called into the psychiatrist’s office fairly quickly.  The first thing the doctor asked was how the stimulant medication was going.   I told her that an hour after I gave it to him, he became very energetic.  That it seems as if his emotions are intensified, and I gave her the example of how a child complains of boredom, and how the boy was complaining earlier.   She asked if I felt that we were able to function as a family while the boy is unmedicated, and I said, yes absolutely.   We were medicating him so he could get an education and have acceptable behavior for school.  She said, “then don’t medicate him.”  What?  Excuse me?  She continued, “why don’t we see each other after the first week of school and see how he’s doing in class.”  I was still in shock.  I stammered, “Well, I was thinking of homeschooling him because he was just not able to handle the school environment at this point.”  The psychiatrist said, “Good.  I think he would do well with more one on one education time.”  I had to lift my jaw off my chest, my mouth had been hanging agape.  Saywhatnow?  I could not believe how easy this was.  How open she was to not using medication, how open she was to homeschooling!  I had been prepared for the worst.  I was prepared to discontinue seeing her if needs be.  I was prepared to be lectured about not giving the boy “the best quality of life” or how unfair it was to withhold a medication that would possibly give him control of himself and a better self esteem and a better education… all those things I had been told by teachers and other professionals.   She must have noticed the stunned expression on my face because she went on to say, “Well, obviously the normal ADHD medications are not working for him.  If there continues to be problems later on, we can give anti-psychotic medications a try if you’d like.  We usually don’t resort to those except in extreme cases because they have many side effects.  But lets just see how he develops over the summer.”  And she held out her hand, I automatically shook it and gathered up my papers and we left the appointment.  I should add that while the psychiatrist was talking I glanced over at the behavioral specialist and she had a shocked expression too.

A footnote:   The one day I tried the most recent stimulant medication, we had mixed results, both bad and good.  There were no severe side effects, no meltdowns, no mania.   I was reaffirmed in our decision to not medicate when my son crawled into bed with me at 3AM.  He was unable to sleep.   He kicked and wiggled and squirmed until I forcefully made him leave my room at 5:45AM.  Daddy just happened to be sleeping on the couch because he had a fever and stomach virus and had laid in bed all Monday.  His back was too sore to continue laying in bed.  Daddy got up at 6, when his alarm went off for work.  He got the boy some chocolate milk and turned on the TV to PBS cartoons; after all, you can lead a kid to bed, but you can’t make them sleep.  The boy got 5 hours of sleep last night, and today he has wide, glazy eyes and is behaving wildly.  We have not had a sleep issue in months, not since the last dose of stimulant medication.  Methinks this is going to be a long day.   And yet I’m so relieved that we are done with our trials with medication.


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I May Have Some Explaining To Do

I still haven’t filled the prescription for Dexedrine 5mg, the stimulant medication that the psychiatrist gave us.  Part of the reason is because I haven’t been shopping lately, or been anywhere near our pharmacy.   The other reason is because I really don’t want to put him back on a stimulant so soon after the last one made him manic.  I was informed from the behavioral specialist, that the psychiatrist will kindly ask us to seek a second opinion [permanently]  if we refuse to give the medication that she has prescribed.  I guess she feels that she is asking us to do what she thinks needs to be done for the boy’s ADHD, and if she takes her time to diagnose a disorder, then we will be considered “non-compliant” if we don’t follow her professional opinion.  I guess I can understand that.  She is a psychiatrist, that’s her job, to prescribe psychiatric medication.  I’m either going to have to fill that prescription and at least give it a try, or I’m going to have a lot of explaining to do.

It has been a few months since the manic episode, and my life has drastically changed since he has been off medication.   The big change is that I can no longer just take off and go to this store or that store and pick up things whenever I want to, I have to schedule shopping trips and public outings.  I either have to make sure my mom is available for babysitting, or I have to wait until after dinner, so daddy can watch the kids.   I did take the boy shopping on one occasion, and it went relatively well.  I had to constantly redirect him back to the cart, and tell him to keep his hands off the merchandise, but there were no fits and no “cleanup on aisle 5” incidents.  I would call that a success, even if it was stressful for mommy.   I am ok with the lifestyle change.  I am ok with having a rowdy boy at home.  I’m fine with the fact that we might have to cut a graduation party short when we see signs that the boy’s becoming overstimulated and it’s time to go.  I’d rather schedule my shopping trips on a day when the boy is feeling good and isn’t being obstinate or sassy, then to medicate him into good behavior or complacency and have to go through the “come down” time every afternoon when the medicine is wearing off and he is hypersensitive to noise and is spacey and cranky.  I love the weight gain, growth, and appetite that I’m seeing with my normal, unmedicated son.

The hubby and I were really hoping to go at the boy’s ADHD from a natural standpoint.   Our first step was removing the dyes and adding Nordic Naturals, Children’s DHA to our daily multivitamin.   Removing the food coloring has naturally lead to less sugar intake, but recently it’s been difficult to keep the excess sugar consumption down because of all the picnics, graduations, and parties. Plus, there’s the natural inclination toward ice cream when the temperatures soar in the summer.   I have slowed my blogging recently because I have been doing some research and reading (mommy doesn’t have a lot of spare time, so it’s kind of ‘either or’ at this moment’).  I have always secretly believed that my son can “grow out of,” or more like “develop out of” his ADHD.  I have also come to believe that there are ways to help the brain develop the areas that may be lacking, or where brain synapses are underfiring.   Keep in mind that I am not a doctor, and certainly not a brain surgeon, but as we read and research and educate ourselves, most of us form our own opinions and beliefs.  I hope to keep you informed as I learn and test out new theories.

Dexedrine 5mg tablets

Dexedrine 5mg tablets (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Now That’s Commitment!

Since my last post was called, It’s Not Tourettes!  I have a story for you about a brilliant 5-year-old I call, “The Boy.”   This takes place when he was on an ADHD medication called Focalin.   If ever you don’t think your children are listening, I got another thing for ya’!  I must have, at some time, expressed concern about the medication possibly causing “tics” when the dose is raised.  I was told to keep an eye out for them, and if any occur, stop the medication and call the doctor immediately.   Well, when 5 mg of Focalin ceased working after being the drug we would have called “the one” for the last two and a half months, the natural choice was for the pediatrician to raise it to 10mg.  But we had some issues with Medidate when they raised it from 10 to 20mg, after it ceased to work after a month or so.  So I took it upon myself to cut the pill in half, I was told by the pharmacist that this would cause no problems, as it was not a time release pill.  I decided to start with 7.5mg and ease up to 10mg if needed, though I was secretly hoping it wouldn’t be needed.  After 3 days of 7.5mg, the boy’s teacher called and said there were still problems.  Darn.  I raised the Focalin up to 10mg as the doctor suggested and sent the boy to school.  He comes home in his usual, I’m-coming-down-from-my-meds-leave-me-alone daze, and says school was “fine” when asked.  He went straight to his Nintendo DS and began playing video games.  As he was playing, I was watching him and I saw that he was repeatedly thrashing his head to the side.  Uh, oh, is this a tic?  I observed him some more.  He continued jerking his head from left to right, and I noticed that he was working his jaw.  I should explain that he was just getting over a nasty cold, so I asked him, “are your ears clogged up from blowing your nose?”  The zombie-boy responded, “I dunno.”  (In other words, “Unga bunga, can’t talk, Playing!”)  But kept right on twitching.  The next day I observed him again, because I had assumed he was working his jaw and thrashing his head to clear his ears.   As soon as he started that DS he thrashed his head, and continued through his whole game time.  I asked, “why are you doing that with your head?”  He responded, “because I have to.”  “What do you mean, you have to?”  “I need to.”  “Why do you need to?”  “Because it feels good when I do it.”  “Doesn’t it hurt your neck or give you a headache?”  “No.”  The next day, while the boy was at school, I called the doctor and told them what I had observed.  They told me to discontinue Focalin.   When he came home from school I let him watch tv.  He whipped his head to the side a few times, but nothing like the DS.  He eventually bored of the TV and moved on to the DS (I know, what a great mom, right?)  As soon as he gets on the DS he starts violently thrashing his head to the side.  I say, “can you stop doing that with your head?”  He says, “No.”  I say, “It can’t be good for your neck muscles or your head to be rattled around like that!”  He ignores me and goes right on playing and twitching.  I get an idea.  I grab the phone and walk out of the room.  I come back a couple of minutes later and say, “I just got off the phone with the doctor, he says that it’s the DS that is making you do that with your head.   He told me that as long as you were jerking your head like that, you can’t play video games.”   And I took it away for the night.   Do you know that the next day he came home from school and never jerked his head again?  Now That’s Commitment!   He must have heard me talking to someone about being worried about him getting “tics” from his medication.  I don’t know if he just got this idea stuck in his head, or if he was enjoying all the time I spent observing him, or if he’s the world’s best actor…but THREE DAYS?   I don’t know if I should be very impressed or very scared!  I told the behavior specialist who kept mentioning Tourettes Syndrome as a possibility, “Don’t even mention Tourettes in front of my son.”  I have this crazy feeling that if we talk about it, and it’s overheard… oh I hate to even think of the possibilities!