On March 3, I posted the following to my Facebook page: Going to the doc to talk about adjusting ADHD meds. Of course, they only schedule these appointments at 5pm, when all of the meds have worn off. All I have to say is, "Watch out, Doc!"
The comments that followed were pretty funny. Suffice it to say that we agreed on two things: the doctor would have NO issue increasing Punkin's dosage and most of these professionals -- as much as we love and respect them -- wouldn't last a day alone with our children!
Anyway, Punkin was really in the throes of the whole barking thing during the days leading up to the appointment. So when my friend Jennie called the next day to ask how it went and I said, "He barked. The whole time" she just couldn't contain her giggles.
So how did his doctor react? Totally calm, as always. I explained that the pieces of shredded paper from the exam table were dogs and he remarked, "Imaginative play. That's great!" Sweetest man on earth.
I expressed my concern about his behavior in the afternoon, and he asked me to be more specific. This was difficult to do on the spot. Mostly I just wanted to point out that my son doesn't ALWAYS bark incessantly and shred things to bits while running around a 10x12 room. Honest. SOMETIMES he sits.
"He just doesn't know what to do with his arms and legs. He can't follow a simple direction. We'll be standing at the car, I'll let go of his hand to open the door, and he'll take off in the opposite direction. He just can't function. He can't sit. He can't listen."
He checked to make sure he hadn't lost any weight and in fact he is gaining weight, so he felt comfortable with the increase. He's now taking 5mg in the morning and 5mg at 12:30 of the generic Ritalin.
We also talked about trying generic Zoloft again to try to ease the anxiety of living life. Punkin has been amazingly good about taking it and I think it's making some differences in his willingness to try new things like LETTING A HERMIT CRAB WALK ON HIS ARM.
Ya. I know.
I wouldn't do that, either!