Update on the Patch

November 18, 2008 at 11:47 am (Children, Family, Life) (, , , , )

I don’t like it.

Today is Day 7 on the patch.

The first 4 days, you could see a little difference.  He seemed to be a little less “pingy”.  He still played lots and wrestled with his sis and jumped on the couch.  He also seemed to have a little less apetite, until food was put in front of him, then he ate like normal.

On Day 5, Sunday, he didn’t want to be away from his Dad.  This isn’t so strange in and of itself, but he just wanted to sit. STILL. In his Dad’s lap.  He didn’t even want to go to children’s church.  He was listening to the sermon, that’s about the only good thing I can see.  When it was time to go, he started crying a little, and I was afraid of him having mood swings that sometimes can occur with the patch.  I asked him if he felt sad, but he said no.  He was just not my Levi.

Yesterday, when I picked him up from school, he was just sitting at the table waiting.  Again still.  A little spacy.  I talked with his teacher, and she said that he had a couple of spacy moments.  Lasting less than 5 minutes a piece.  She said that the rest of the day, he played with the boys, just like the boys, only a little less like Levi.  She said that he did well with his work, etc.  I got a little teary eyed and I told her….I don’t like it.  Not the spacy, sitting still Levi.  She told me that she wanted to make sure that I understood that she is perfectly fine with Levi OFF the patch.  She is really a wonderful teacher.  I didn’t tell her anything.  I really couldn’t talk, or I would have broke down right there in the cafeteria and wept.

I tried to perk Levi up a little and offered a trip to the park.  He wanted to go, but he wasn’t “excited” about it.  Not like he normally is.  Usually, he would have jumped up and down and chanted “The park!! the park!!”.  By the time we got to the park, it had turned cloudy and very windy and cold.  He did play.  Just not like normal.  He wanted some other kids to come.  I tried to chase him, play with him and sis.  After a few minutes, he was cold and told me we could leave in 5 minutes.

As soon as we got home I pulled off the patch.  By the time his Dad got home, he was acting a little more like himself.

I am keeping notes.  I am very close to just not using the patch anymore.  I’ll give it one more week and then decide, as long as there are no drastic mood swings or appetite loss.

Tommy & I have definitely decided to homeschool next year.  I will reasearch more natural methods of controlling ADHD.  I will be able to give him the one-on-one that he needs.  I am really excited about it!

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