Attention Deficit Disorder. It took me by surprise.
I have a need to document this day on the blog. Today, Caleb was diagnosed with ADD. We faced this issue last year with Joshua, but we never finished the testing process, so he was never diagnosed.
I really didn’t expect this with Caleb.
Caleb had his regular neurology appointment today. This was a new doc for him, since we just moved. Therefore, I had to go over the back story on the epilepsy for what felt like the dozenth time. If you’re new here, you can find that story here: Childhood Epilepsy.
My irresistibly darling husband took time out of class to wrangle the other three children so that I could give Caleb and his new doctor my full attention. I’m so thankful he did.
During the interview portion of the visit, Caleb was quiet and just laid on the hospital bed, listening. Eventually, he got bored, retrieved my tablet from my giant mom bag, and played on it. Once his turn came, he handed it back over, and went into happy/goofy 7-year-old boy mode.
Perhaps it was a good thing he was able to feel so comfortable that he was acting like he was at home. He darted around the room, he did not follow the light well during the eye exam, and it was all a little stressful for me.
So……we left with an ADD diagnosis for Caleb. She said I could come see her when we’re ready to try meds. She was nice and all. It was just all sort of funny because I had described Caleb as “nonchalant” and prone to being a “couch potato.”
Ya’ll!! My frame of reference is so messed up. First, I have Joshua, who has way more energy than Caleb does, but he knows when to use it and when to sit still and do what the doctor says. But at home, Joshua is the one with the boundless energy.
I have no quiet, calm children. I don’t even know what that would be like.
Caleb’s favorite part of the examination was the part where she asked him to run up and down the hallway. The doc said, “He loves this, doesn’t he? And he’s your couch potato??” We both laughed. I can’t explain it. Sometimes Caleb is as limp and phlegmatic as can be!
She decided the Keppra could be causing some of the drowsiness, so now Caleb will only be taking Keppra in the evening. I’m rather excited about that.
It was a good visit, except that I was feeling frustrated with Caleb for going into full hyper/silly mode, but that’s the way it is with Caleb sometimes.
I just wasn’t expecting the ADD diagnosis. I really wasn’t. That does explain a whole lot of our schooling issues. You know, back in the day, ADD was around too, just as much as now, only back then they called it “highly spirited boys or girls,” like Caleb, or “daydreamers,” like Joshua. It’s a funny thing, though, because both Alan and I were pretty well focused and didn’t really struggle with this. Actually, I’m the worst day-dreamer ever, but I can reign it in when necessary.
Tomorrow, Caleb is going to be pretty stoked. If I took nothing else away from my short stint in graduate school (for psychology), it was this phrase, “You got an ADD kid? Give ’em a coke in the morning.”
Caleb loves Coke, so he’ll be happy. See ADD brains work a little differently. Stimulants help them focus.
By the way, seeing the way she evaluated Caleb for ADD, I’m not positive that this is the same problem that Joshua has. I think Joshua was just bored with school. For him, I feel like it’s more of a behavior modification that was needed, and I have seen a huge improvement this year. He’s actually able to work independently now, and he finishes his work quite quickly.
I think the true test will be to see if the caffeine in the morning helps. I will let you all know!
Now I’m off to cook dinner and clean my house– not my favorite jobs–but I am happy to be able to serve my family.
“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3
OH!! And thank you to my friend Maureen!! I received the most wonderful note of encouragement and a Staples gift card today, just out of the blue. That made my day, especially since this one turned out to be a tough day. God’s timing. Thank you so much, Maureen. Our PTA (Alan and me) will put that to GOOD use. What a blessing!