Yeah, we went to the diner again on Sunday night after going to……………the diner on Saturday night. And, despite the plethora of diners all across New Jersey, we managed to end up at the same diner. Charlie had a burger both nights (ok, Sunday night he got coleslaw on the side). To be fair, I got an omelet both nights (but it was broccoli Saturday, a Greek omelet Sunday). And Jim rather amazed me when he ordered an omelet on Sunday with two vegetables.
We had a peaceful weekend. Charlie has been taking 1.5 mg of Clonidine
, since last Tuesday night. It made him incredibly sleepy throughout the day at first—bit of a problem at, ahem, school (we had informed his teacher about the new med and she's had other students on it). Bit of a better thing at night. Charlie has been taking 6 mg of melatonin for the past two or so years. I'm hoping that the Clonidine might be enough; in the mean time, am giving him 3 mg of the melatonin plus 0.5 mg Clonidine (he takes this med 3x/day, in 0.5 mg doses: 7.30am, 3.00pm, 8.30/9pm).
I'm ok writing about what meds Charlie takes in public
, but the dosages and how we're trying to go off one med (Risperdal) while trying another and what we might still add (an anti-seizure med, the new neuro thinks)—the finer details—I'd rather not go into so much. One reason we've had to really look into medications is because of Charlie's size (which I hate to keep bringing up like a broken record but it's a simple reality; he's almost as big as Jim) and because of some of his behaviors. Tantrums in a 132 lb. child (because he is still a child, he just turned 12!) are not easy to handle and when Charlie is really anxious and the adrenaline is flowing, he can be very aggressive. Properly managed, he is on his way to calming down in about 5 minutes but now we've had to talk a lot about "safety," as in his and ours (including his teacher's and the aides).
It's been so far, so good with the Clonidine. I was gone all morning till 2pm at graduation for my college
. After getting on the Parkway, I called Jim: "I'm sorry! I'm just leaving now, kept running into someone to talk to……….." Jim offered the equivalent of a shrug, as much as can be communicated from land line to iPhone. I asked what they'd been doing: "Oh, not much." Pause in which I could hear the shuffling of many papers. "But I'm getting out the bikes, right now!"
Hoping you had a peaceful easy-feeling weekend too. With or without omelets.