At the end of last school year Larissa was weaned off of all her medications. She was having headaches, seizures and was generally pretty miserable. Over the summer she didn't take any medications. She still has her nocturnal seizures and she does have a referral for the neurologist. She had these seizures for years before we realized what they were. At one point she started having break through seizures during the day. She hasn't had any of those since she has been off all her medications.
Last year was a mess. Larissa's anxiety medication was increased. Her ADHD medications were increased several times. It all seemed out of control and she was a wreck.
Larissa's anxiety medications were for her selective mutism. The difference that medication made in her life was amazing. I have read that the child with SM will improve with medication but can fall back to SM once the anxiety medication is taken away. I have seen some of that with Larissa. Slowly I have watched her return to her silent ways. She maintains her talking with family and friends but with strangers she has gotten more and more silent. Because of this we decided to put her back on anxiety medications. However, since she is at home and not in school we feel that the lowest dose will do well. Even though she is homeschooled Larissa still has a lot of activities outside of the home. She goes to homeschool gymnastics, competitive dance class plus three other dance classes and church activities. Plenty of opportunities to interact with others.
ADHD medication has been a challenge. We started this school year at a lower dose than what she was taking at the end of last year. However, after 2 days I stopped the medication. She was a zombie. I don't know how she was functioning at school last year. The increases were based on her teachers observations. Last week she was put on the lowest dose of ADHD medication. However, I am not happy with it. I think that at this time she will stay off of ADHD medication. I like the Larissa I have without them better than the subdued Larissa on them. She couldn't eat lunch today and just seemed very quiet and depressed. That is not her at all. I guess that for now we will just have to live with the Larissa who can't sit still long enough to eat but who is also bubbly and happily busy. Strange thing I have noticed on the medication, she gets bored. When she is not on the medication she is much more creative and has no problem finding some type of trouble to get into.
So right now Larissa is only taking anxiety medication. Nothing else. I believe that this will help us to see if she has a problem with the seizure medication. Now we wait on the neurologist.
Anyone else living the medication balance? Trying to make sure that the benefits outweighs the negative.