Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I dunno...

Maybe I celebrated the Clonidine success too soon? I guess I haven't thought as much about it as I should. School wasn't too impressed with the spawnlet today... She gave him a "2" which means "ok day." He's never, ever, ever gotten anything but a "1" for " Good day" which means he had to have been quite a pain in the rear. She said " Jaymes has been very wiggly lately. today he had a hard time sitting and attending." The Speech therapist at school said "Not attending to speech tasks today... Hitting self. He will not use his words like he was doing a couple of months ago."

Not good. Seriously, the school has never, ever said a negative word about him. Thats why I'm a little worried. He has been kinda... energetic and goofy lately. I dunno, maybe it's because I'm seeing that nice peaceful hour or so when the Clonidine sedates him so am willing to not notice the hyperactivity. I need to do the whole pros/cons thing.


  • Seems calmer about an hour after taking the meds. Calmness lasts about 1-2 hours.
  • Heavier med makes me feel like it must work, it's stronger than the Risperdal, right? (Yes, this is a bullshit theory but it makes sense to me.)
  • Doesn't seem to bother his tummy or cause headaches- MUCH less stomach upset than Risperdal.


  • Hyperactivity reigns once the hour of sedation wears off.
  • Pill is a pain in the rear to cut into 4ths, dosing is never quite accurate because the pieces break unevenly.
  • He's stopped developing as quickly, as far as speech goes. He is not using his words anymore (at the prior frequency anyway).
Meh... I don't know. Higher dose? Try another med? Anyone?


luvmycrazyboy said...

How long has he been on it? Give it more time to build up in his system, then switch. The right med combo is out there, just have to go through all kinds of fun before you get there.

Amber DBTD said...

it's been about 2 weeks or so...

luvmycrazyboy said...

I always give it a month, unless some kind of god awful side affect occurs. Like Brandon freaking out at school and having to remove all the children from the classroom and restrain him for an hour until I could get to the school--no more adderal for him.

You know your son better than ANYONE, do what you think is best. Just be safe about it.