Griffin woke up today asking for his pill first thing! The morning went well like normal and he was excited to see if he could earn 14 happy faces now that he had this “magic” medicine.
He came home with 14 happy faces and comments like “best focus ever” and “great manners” from his teachers. His teacher even emailed me telling me she was so happy for him because he seemed so proud that he was able to focus. Griffin beamed with pride and so did mommy. I was almost in tears because I had never seen him so proud of himself. He told me that all of his teachers gave him many many compliments today.
That is great news but we have to tread carefully here. We don’t want Griffin thinking he isn’t good enough without his “magical” medicine. Todd and I are being pretty mindful and making sure he knows he is wonderful with or without a pill. The pill just helps him focus on his already existing gifts and talents!
The down side of day 2 reared it’s ugly head during dinner time. Nothing horrible, but I noticed that he was quite anxious. He was very hyper focused on a game he made up with his GI Joe figures. The creative aspect of his game is normal Griffin behavior but he seemed very anxious about organizing and naming all of his figures. He was going a mile a minute explaining it to me while he ate his dinner and if I tried to redirect him he didn’t want to move on to the next thing. He wanted to make a decision about where each figure would end up in his game and wouldn’t stop until we figured it out together.
This concerned me because he seemed so focused on the game that he couldn’t do anything else. I of course turned to google at this point where I read that some kids do have anxiety at first but that it typically subsides.
I also noticed today that he is more sensitive. When going over last week’s spelling test he said, “how did I miss that word” or “I can’t believe I missed that one”. Normally he brushes that off but not today. For the first time he was truly concerned that he had missed questions on a test. I explained that it is ok to miss questions and all we can do is learn from it and move on. He seemed to like that response but I was pretty shocked that he was disappointed in himself since he had never expressed that before. Again, tread carefully here because we definitely don’t want him thinking he needs to be perfect. That’s the pressure I put on myself growing up and that is no fun!
He has also been increasingly loving which I of course eat up but wonder why he is expressing his feelings more openly.
So now I lay here and am riddled with guilt once again. Not giving up and I do realize it sometimes takes several different medications to find the right one but I think I will be calling his doctor tomorrow to see if we wait this out for a couple of weeks or try a new one.
Thanks for reading and please share with others who might be going through the same thing.