posted on Sep, 5 2007 @ 10:37 AM
In reply to Slackerwire: The reason I followed the advice of the doctors and mental health profesionals is that I did not want my son expelled from
school. No, home schooling was and is not possible due to many factors . The government runs the schools, or the local govt. at least using Fed
dollars, and they will NOT allow kids in school that disrupt the other kids.
It was either medicate my son or institutionalize him and that was not and never will be a choice I will take willingly. Also, realize this: In many
locales, a parent that does not follow the advice of the professionals will find themselves on the wrong side of Social Services and have their kids
removed legally and placed in a home where they WILL receive the meds and whatever else the doctors recommend. As horrible as that is, it is a fact
that every parent of a ' special ' child must face when deciding what to do.
We tried EVERYTHING possible to keep my son off of meds..until it was plain that he was not doing well and had to change. The damned amphetamine
based drugs, Adderall, Ritalin, etc. made him stay small and skinny, and when I saw that they were doing no good I stopped them totally, I insisted on
it. Well, as soon as they stopped he gained weight and grew several inches and is not almost as big as me, and I am not small!! He takes Depakote at
night and Clonidine for sleep, and Risperdal three times a day.
So far, he seems to be doing better and is getting positive reeports from his caregivers. He is in a private facility, thank God, and not some state
run institution, and he will be coming home before Christmas I am sure for good. He had to be placed as he was totally belligerant at school, had to
be watched 100% of the time..could not be allowed around peers, and he cussed teachers at will. He didn't think that we would take drastic measures
but he found out that was not the case, and now he is sorry he pushed the limits as he did, but now he must prove that he can sit still in school and
get along with others before he can be allowed to return.
He is really smart and can do the academics easily when not distracted, so he can make something of himself and have a pretty normal life if he
takes his condition seriously and follows the program. I intend to take care of him as long as I am alive, if need be; he will never be sent away
permanently, I could never live with myself if I did that. We have a plan to develop a family business and include him in on it so he has a job and a
way to make money and be independednt to a degree if he wishes to do so.
But do not judge parents too harshly as we are human too; we have other kids to raise also, we have limitations on what we can do, both legally and
financially, and we are pretty much at the mercy of the doctors and professionals as far as what to do. If I were to remove all meds from my son, and
he degraded and got worse, the state would step in and remove him from me, and that will never happen. Until a student reaches 16 in this state ( NC )
they MUST be in school, or taught privately, and I cannot afford tutors trained for people like him; we live in the mountains in a rural area with
little in the way of services.
Parents will do what they feel is the best choice within the parameters of their ability and after that there is not much we can do but love and
support our kids and pray that we are doing all we can for their best interests. We make mistakes, we are only human, but I know that I did all I
could under the circumstances and followed the best advice available. No kid can know the tears that we shed and the terrible guilt we feel for
making decisions that impact our beloved kids lives that may not be the right thing...but unless we have alternatives that are better than what we are
doing, we are doing all we can.
Remember, in the old days, kids who were ' different ' were shuffled off to mental hospitals or to work farms and hidden from society, considered
failures and useless. Now, we recognize the causes of these diseases and try to do what we can to manage the symptoms, often making errors along the
way. But better this way, with the kids having a chance, than to be labeled a loss and hidden from the world. My most fervent prayer is that someday
my son will be off all meds and able to live a happy and fruitful life on his own. Until then, I feel I am doing all I know to do.
Parents are caught between a rock and a hard place, and we deserve some slack from the kids who are so sure that we are able to do more or find a
magic bullet for the issues that we are facing. I think mOST parents do everything in their powers to look out for their kids, and we always feel
terrible when things do not go right..believe me.