Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Wholly moley

I'm telling you, sometimes medication management with a growing boy feels like an endless game of Whack-a-Mole.

You work for weeks - sometimes months - to try to find just the right timing for just the right doses of just the right medications, until things balance out and your child hits his stride. And then he grows, and an issue that has not been an issue for a while suddenly becomes an issue again - suddenly pokes its little mole head out of the hole in which it's been hiding. So you collaborate with your child's doctor and assess your best course of action and realign and try to whack that mole right back into place... only to find that, either because of the new medication or because of the growth spurt or the change in body chemistry that started this whole game, there is yet another mole in another area of the game board who is popping up and demanding attention. And no sooner have you whacked that mole into place than the original mole is popping his head back up, as if to taunt "but don't forget meeee....."

Bud's doing fine, all things considered. But I sure am busy whacking moles.

15 comments:

Club 166 said...

And oh, too soon, puberty will start.

And then the fun really begins...

Joe

kristenspina said...

Glad to know we are in such good company. We are mole whacking like crazy over here too.

Eithne said...

This couldn't have been more timely for me. Just playing this very game here today. Not my favorite.

Professor Mother said...

Blah... Darn growth spurts. Good luck...

I'm also laughing because I often refer to poor classroom management of teachers as "Whack-a-mole management". Same idea!

Ange said...

Do I want to get on this train again after a year off? So hard to make the medication decisions. :( And Joe, *soon* puberty starts? Bub started before he turned 10, only reason we realized--besides the sudden rushing return to extreme anxiety (that was lower for nearly 6 months after being out of the public school)--was a scary case of what turned out to be *just* Epididymitis-Orchitis. Oh yeah, and I thought I knew about sensory issues and difficulty with change... those issues in *that* area are a whole new ballgame, especially when out and about. you wanna talk about whacka... oh never mind. You'll find out soon enough! :)

Maddy said...

We're off to the very same place tomorrow - double appointment - due to be bankrupt thereafter.

Niksmom said...

Ah, my dear, misery so loves its company, no? Seems you've got plenty of it out here in blogville. *sigh* Hoping you beat the moles back into submission soon.

kristina said...

We missed our neuro appointment Friday due to the snow and needed 5 prescriptions refilled---those dang moles just keep finding new holes to pop up in.

Is Autism a Genetic Flaw? said...

That is all part of every parent's challenge in trying to maintain the right dosage of medications at the current growth rate of their children.

pixiemama said...

Whack a mole? Best analogy I've heard in a long time. I hope all of Bud's moles get whacked back into place SOON, and that you are no worse for the wear.

xo

Anonymous said...

Hang in there everyone. I'll be sending my best vibes for all moles to take a nap.

Accidental Expert said...

With two adolescents on different meds right now, I'm an expert in this particular game myself.

Glad to hear things are going OK.

Jordan said...

Oy. Hang in there - and good luck!

drama mama said...

I was JUST using the Whack a Mole metaphor today...!
That is EXACTLY what it feels like. You'll find the right balance.

But in the meantime...breathe.

I feel your pain.

5kidswdisabilities said...

I was so thrilled when Ritalin worked on my young son, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven. Little did I know that it could STOP WORKING years later. (No one warned me about that. But, in retrospect, it's a good thing they didn't because I had several very peaceful years in the meantime.)

Lindsey Petersen