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And…we’re back!

What a great week!¬† (Can I go again? Please??) ūüôā

Where to start?¬† I only have one kid back so far, so we’ll start with him!

Colin was so excited about camp – we’d been talking about it since the Open House in April.¬† For those who didn’t see my previous post, the camp I’m talking about is Charis Hills.¬† We arrived and were sent to check in Colin’s meds as he was swept away for a mini-physical and picture-taking.¬† While in line, we got to speak to a couple of other parents – their kids had been campers there before.¬† They raved about how much fun their kids had and how much they loved this camp and everyone involved. It was really nice to have people set our minds at ease right away!

In the medication line, I couldn’t help but notice the bags other kids had.¬† Our doctor had told us that Colin wasn’t on as many meds as we might think, and maybe he was right. Some of these kids had enough to fill a gallon sized Ziploc¬†bag.¬† Colin’s four medications didn’t seem like much in comparison!

We double-checked his activities – apparently he and one little girl named Emily were the only ones signed up for dance!¬† I tried to sign him up for activities that didn’t involve sitting quietly or shooting anything (boating, fishing, archery and riflery were OUT!).¬† When we turned around, he was already on his way to his cabin!¬†

In the cabin, we helped him make his bed – top bunk! – and then it was time to change into his swim clothes for a swim evaluation.¬† He was pretty much pushing us out the door.¬† I think he must have said “Bye, Dad!” at least three times before we left!

One of my favorite things about this camp is that they have their own shutterfly account and they post pics daily!¬† That was really nice – we’d check out the site each night and see what he’d been up to.¬†¬† Here are a few:

in class – they had study time!

Testing out the water

Swim lessons! Colin earned an award for putting his head under water before the week was over!

I found it pretty funny when we picked him up that one of the first things his designated counselor mentioned was how early he would wake up.  Apparently the kids were supposed to sleep until 7:30am Рyeah right!!

¬†Otherwise, they said he did pretty well.¬† They sent home a little evaluation sheet that discussed how he did at meeting the goals we’d asked them to help him work on (assessing dangerous situations, developing a less inflated sense of self, etc).¬† They essentially said what we knew – that he doesn’t think before acting and will apologize after the fact, so he knows wrong from right, he just doesn’t have the impulse control to stop himself.¬† He got in trouble mid-week for touching/taking other people’s things, but he gave them back immediately without argument, so that’s good.¬†All in all, he had a blast.¬† He can’t wait to go back again next year!¬† We will probably hear about “sleep away camp” (as he calls it) for months to come.¬†—¬†As this blog has gotten fairly long-winded already, I think I’ll save my yabbering¬†and pictures on our kidless vacation for another post!¬† I need more pictures from the camera anyhow.¬† It’ll be like one of those old slide-shows your grandparents made you watch as a kid!¬† (I know, you can’t wait, right??)

Adderall Update

It’s not going very well, in my opinion.¬† Saturday was our first day.¬† We gave Colin 5mg in the AM, but I wasn’t with him all day. Rick took him out to Charis Hills for an open house. I wanted to go – we were going to take all three boys – but my sinus infection had taken me down and I could hardly get out of bed.¬† Rick decided to take Colin and left Robbie and Ryan at home with me for the first half of the day.

Colin did fine at Charis Hills, but he also had plenty to keep him busy. So many new sights and sounds – people to meet, things to touch!¬† This is a camp for ADHD and Autistic kids.¬† We’re hoping to scrape enough together to send Colin there for a week in July.¬† (This is a pricy camp, but I think it would do him so much good.¬† He’d be surrounded by kids like him, counselors that are trained to work with special needs kiddos, etc. I think it will be good for all of us, really.)

He took another 5mg around 11:30am.

Saturday afternoon, he was a handful.  Bouncing off the walls, driving everyone crazy. He was pretty out of control. Saturday night brought a few meltdowns, but the clonidine helped him mellow out and get to bed. He was asleep by around 9:30pm, if I remember correctly.

Sunday, he was up at 5:30am. Rick let me sleep and got up with him. After shattering a pill in an attempt to break one in half (we were given 10mg¬†pills and told to try doing 5mg¬†first, then up to 10 if needed), he gave Colin a full 10mg. I don’t know that the morning really went any better. I wasn’t up until 9am (I love my husband!) and wound up passing out again around 11am for an hour. (I try to listen to my body – when I can! – in an attempt to really heal when sick.) We gave him 5mg at noon.¬† The rest of Sunday was very frustrating. He just couldn’t control himself whatsoever.¬† Beyond just body movements, he was doing things heknowsaren’t allowed (ex: locking the dogs in his bedroom with him). I tried to keep my cool. We¬†tried¬†our best to explain to his brothers that this wasn’t¬†Colin’s fault and we needed to show some patience.¬†¬†For me, being sick wasn’t helping.¬† By Sunday night, I was starting to feel human again, though.¬†

Colin couldn’t sleep Sunday night.¬† I felt bad for him. I don’t know if the extra medicine in the AM was messing with him or just the Adderall¬†in general was an issue. At one point, he was standing in his doorway and I asked what was wrong. “I just can’t fall asleep,” he said. He never speaks that plainly. I told him if he’d lie down, eyes closed, in the dark…sleep would come. I think he finally fell asleep around 10pm. Maybe.

Yesterday (Monday), he was up around 5am. He might have been up earlier, but that’s when I heard him. He kept sneaking around the house, into our bedroom while I was in the bathroom – anywhere but his own room. I got very frustrated and read him the riot act, even though I knew I shouldn’t and I knew it wouldn’t help anything.

I gave him 5mg¬†of Adderall.¬† We went into the living room and he didn’t say a word.¬† I let the dogs out and came back in…fed the dogs.¬† Still nothing.¬† I asked him if he was okay – he looked awful.¬† “Yep.”¬† He always says yes.

I sat down on the couch and called him to me.  I put my arms around him.

Me: Did you sleep at all last night?

Him: Yes. I just had to poop a lot.

Me: You had to poop during the night?

Him: Mhm. Can I have breakfast now?

I knew insomnia could be a side effect – it’s the same with all stimulant drugs. Rick checked and found that diarrhea can also be a side effect of Adderall.¬† Normally, Colin has the opposite issue since we have such a hard time getting him to eat fruits and vegetables.

Yesterday at school, he had an awful day.¬† The teacher said he was just hyper all day long.¬† He was given another 5mg¬†of Adderall at noon, but that didn’t seem to help.

Last night, he slept.¬† Oh thank goodness, he slept – from about 8:15pm-5am. A decent night’s sleep.

This morning, we tried a full pill – 10mg.¬† I hate yoyo-ing like this, but we want to see if that helps at school. I’m worried he won’t sleep tonight, though.¬† I don’t think Adderall is going to be our answer.¬† We’ll probably give it a few more days, but so far this week has been rough and we’re only on Day 4.