I thought it might be interesting for those of you who don't have ADHD kids to see what life is like with one.
I have Dylan take his pills first thing in the morning. If I don't watch him actually ingest the pills, he will get distracted and forget all about them. He'll leave them on the counter or drop them on the floor, and not even notice. Once he's actually taken his pills, it takes about half an hour for them to start working. That half an hour is a toughie.
Then, at night, his pills wear off at about 7 p.m. or so. Those next two hours are also toughies. When Dylan has an activity at night, I'll give him an extra pill so that he's not obnoxious, for example, when he has scouts at 7. One evening, I forgot to give him the extra pill, and one of his new scout leaders came up to me and was like, "I saw on Dylan's paperwork that he has ADHD."
"Yeah, he does; and I'm so sorry - I forgot to give him an extra pill so he wouldn't be obnoxious for you tonight."
"Well, have you ever heard of essential oils? DoTerra?"
"I am a salesperson for DoTerra. These oils are amazing. You just put them on...wherever the problem is...and the results are fantastic!!"
"Yeah, I've heard good things."
"Like for Dylan, you could completely take him off his medication if you gave him the oils he needed."
"Is that so?"
"Yeah! I mean, these oils, like, CURE Multiple Sclerosis!! So all you'd have to do with Dylan is put some calming oil...wherever the problem is... and he'd be basically cured."
"Um, well, my friend is going to have a DoTerra party and wants me to come, so I've kind of already committed to that."
"Oh. Well, if that doesn't work out, let me know. We could really make a difference in Dylan's life with essential oils."
Now let me just tell you - I do think that essential oils can help people. I totally believe in that. But this guy was BUGGING. He was using his position as Dylan's leader to sell me stuff. And then he was making these crazy claims, like that the oils can CURE Multiple Sclerosis. Dude, I know a lady with MS who uses DoTerra oils, and I haven't seen her cured. As far as I've heard, there is no cure. Lastly, he didn't even know where to put these on Dylan! Does he have access to Dylan's brain? Is there a little hole you can pour the oil in? No. I mean, if he had done some research and it shows that if you put it at the base of the cranium, or on the wrists or something, then cool. But he had no idea where to put this stuff!! BUGGED.
I'm not saying that I'm against DoTerra oils. And I wasn't lying about my friend having a DoTerra party. She is, soon, and if there is an oil that might help Dylie, and it's not too expensive, you bet I'll get it. Another DoTerra lady at this women's expo my friend and I went to told me that they have these oils that help with plantar fasciitis. Sign me UP. So I'm not saying that I'm closed-minded about it. I'm just saying I'm against uninformed people who try to take advantage of their church callings to sell me stuff.
Um, random tangent.
Kay, so I decided to take some videos to kind of show you what our mornings are like. They're really short - about 20 seconds each. But they'll give you an idea of what we deal with every morning. And I'm not complaining about it. I've made my peace with Dylan's condition. It is what it is. I just thought it would be informative for those of you who don't have ADHD kids. Or those of you that think you might have ADHD kids. This is what ADHD looks like.