Dr. Hoffman went over the medication options with us and my stomach still felt ill regarding any medications for her. I explained that I want to see her deal with situations better and be more capable of handling situations but yet part of me still felt sick about giving her medication for it. So, he thought starting out he would give us a prescription for an anxiety drug that she can take for atleast three days in a row (only once a month) when we know she will be in a situation that will cause her extreme anxiety. My mom had mentioned to the doctor that Bob's family lived about three hours away and it's been way too much for Payton to handle the trip because of the anxiety of traveling (driving next to semis, the sound of koen crying, being out of routine,etc). He said this would be a perfect example of when to give Payton the medicine. He said if we like what we see while she's on the medicine, he would try her on zoloft or xanax. Ofcourse, the side effect of these meds is the adhd getting worse and I would hate to see that happen. Because she's not in school yet (and will only be going to preschool for half a day) I feel like this is the right direction to take for Payton right now. It's also easier for us because she is our oldest and we aren't meeting ourselves coming and going with any sibling activities yet. We generally stay home and it seems to suit her very well. Obviously when she starts school things may change. He wants to see her in April of next year before school and will be in contact with us over the phone to make sure any medication she's on is fitting her needs.
As far as sleep is concerned, I explained that we gave her melatonin and that it helps her calm down to go to sleep but she doesn't stay asleep - many times waking up and screaming for a couple of hours straight. He wondered if she was possibly not on enough prevacid, so he increased her prevacid to see if that would help any. Then, he called us back at 9pm on Thursday evening and also told us to increase the amount of melatonin she was taking - saying that most ws individuals have sleeping issues because their brains do not produce enough melatonin (I hadn't been told that before??). My husband is crazy about this doctor because he took the time to call us of an evening.
For now, we are just going to do fish oil for the adhd. Again, because she is not in school full time yet, I felt I had time to wait on this. I hope I don't regret any of my decisions - and the fact is, I guess I can change my decision at any time and the doctor said he would run with it. His goal for Payton was the same as ours - to see her happy - along with the ability to focus. He did recommend her seeing a special needs psychologist because of her aggression. I explained that her aggression usually does not reach past family - it's always with the people she's around most. But he said eventually this could move on to her teachers, therapists, and friends and before that happens he would just like to get the psychologists point of view to make sure we've covered everything. The fact is, he said it would be hard for her to make friends as it is, but if she's aggressive and voilent with others, they simply won't have anything to do with her at all. And - that's the last thing I want for her.
My favorite comment the doctor made: "Well, she obviously has adhd....I mean, look at my room, it's demolished!" I started laughing and I think he almost thought he hurt my feelings because he started apologizing and I just explained that I completely agree with his comment. That's what she does to my house. I leave the room for two seconds and come back to paper scattered and torn, picture frames broken, cd's everywhere, etc. It's easier for me to leave Koen alone in a room than Payton :) I just get tickled because if I give Payton a piece of paper and a pen to write with she will tear the paper in pieces and take the pen apart - usually breaking it. Give the same things to Koen and he really does try to scribble. Anyways, the doctor visit was great - and even though it wasn't a 'fun' trip I really enjoyed the extra time with my mom.
Here's a couple of pics from the 4th......the slip n slide was a hit with the kids.