Wednesday, July 15, 2009

AHDD & Meds. "Empty Phone Calls".

Another hot one, so I couldn't leave the house to air out for very long this morning.

Jay was going to be staying home with his mother today, as they had some social worker coming to see her. You wonder why we put up with his addictive and sometimes obnoxious behaviour. It isn't really his fault. Jay was prescribed Ritalin , PLUS uppers and downers when he was less than 2 years old. He spent most of his school years as a zombie, and it definitely damaged his brain, and hindered his learning abilities. The doctors told Claudia not to take him off the meds. She eventually did, and I guess his body had got so used to being drugged, that he has been taking whatever he can lay his hands on ever since. He is now 50 years old.

My 40 year old son was diagnosed hyperactive when he was two, and the doctors wanted to put him on Ritalin, but his father threatened to kill me if I did. He was on it for three weeks, at age 11, after his father died, and that was the best three weeks that the School District and I ever had. Then he refused to take 'those vitamins' any more, said they slowed him down. He cannot stand any kind of drugs, even prescribed, and won't take them. His attention span is still weird, and like Jay, once he gets an idea, he harps on it continually, like a stuck record player. I know they have new thoughts about remedies and causes for AHDD since Jay and my son were small, but I really feel for anyone who has to cope with this affliction.

Ray and I tried out some new silver patching compound for the aluminum on the Coronado. There are places where they had screwed hasps onto the doors, I do have keys now, so we got the ugly hasps off, but have to patch the holes.

Then we turned out attention to the Mirage. We added the last two nuts and bolts to the new window. We had let it settle overnight, hoping that it would 'set' into it's new conformation, so that the last two bolts could be installed without it cracking in that vulnerable place. We didn't have any trouble, thank goodness, so Ray trimmed the excess butyl putty tape off around the edge, and caulked all around the window with Dicor. While it had been parked outside, tree sap or honeydew had appeared on the hood. We tried several things to get it off, and rubbing alcohol seemed to work the best. Then we applied a paste of Baking Soda to those spots to neutralize any residue, and hosed it off. We found a little rust spot, sanded it, and applied Rust Converter which has to sit for 24 hours.

Karen & Erle shared this tip on how to ELIMINATE THOSE ANNOYING PHONE CALLS with no one on the other end? It's a telemarketing technique where a machine dials numbers to record time of day when a person answers - it helps to determine the best time of day for a 'real' sales person to call back when someone is home. I have not checked this out on Snopes but it sounds good. *** One way to stop this practice. After answering and you notice no one is there. Immediately rapidly hit the '# button' 6 to 7 times. This confuses the machine dialing the call and it kicks your number out of their system. Gosh, what a shame not to have your name in their system any longer !!!

Just like the last couple of weeks or more, the AC compressor has hardly stopped all day.


Sandra said...

My nephew was on Ritalin from about age 11 or so all thru his school years. When he went out on his own he didn't have a fulltime job and couldn't afford them so he hasn't taken it since and he still doesn't have a fulltime job. He trained as a paramedic but is unable it seems to pass the practical exam (3 times) and the last time he passed the practical he failed the interview. Do I think he needs to still be on Ritalin? YES!!!

Anonymous said...

I ALSO have a ADHD grandson and I really thing the meds help but you really do have to be careful

LakeConroePenny,TX said...

Hi Sandra, I believe they have something better than Ritalin now. It is even given to adults with AHDD. They used to think that kids outgrew it, but they don't.
Some say that it can be cured by taking certain vitamins, some say that it is an allergy. I know that my son seemed worse when he had been drinking milk. It is so bewildering to see your child in distress and not be able to fix it.
Maybe the drug company will help him with his meds.
Happy Trails, Penny.