From the perspective of Denise Kullman
When I was growing up, our family didn’t use a lot of medications. The basics such as aspirin, Pepto-Bismol and cough syrup were about the only things in our medicine cabinet. Oh, and Vicks ointment—yuck.
Recently, my doctor prescribed a blood pressure medication for me. When I told him I’d never had high blood pressure before, he replied, “Well, you’ve never been this age either.”
Managing Massive Amounts of Medication (say that 10 times fast!)
Over the last 18 months, doctors have tested various medications and doses to find just the right “recipe” for Tyler. He finally seems balanced and well (for now anyway). As he grows and ages, however, his needs will change. We’ll have to make adjustments along the way.
It’s not always easy to keep track of the various types and families of medicines and their side effects.
A few weeks ago, Tyler told me he didn’t think his medications for attachment disorder and bipolar disorder were working. He felt dizzy, agitated, and trembled. After we talked, I realized he was just dehydrated. We live in a dry region. Tyler socializes during his school lunch time and wasn’t eating or drinking enough either. He wasn’t getting enough nutrition to absorb and process his meds properly. Well, duh!
Different Disorders, Same Medication Management
He’s 14-years-old and a big kid now. I can’t force him but I can lovingly remind him. Drink some water. Eat regular meals.
Okay, I have to go drink my water now. : )
How are you juggling attachment disorder and medication in your family? Share below.