Monday, February 7, 2011
"Tami...this is Mrs. B," the hurried voice on the other end whispers. "Ummm...Maddie is really loud and rowdy this morning. Did she get her medicine?"
Ugh. I forgot. Again.
I am ALWAYS forgetting to give her and Nick their medicine. It happens at least once every couple of weeks. I don't know what it is about the routine that I haven't quite mastered...but I don't have it down. And I've tried everything. The thing is, truthfully, I'm not great at remembering to take medicine myself. Even if I'm at death's door, I forget. It's as simple as that. I've told Shad I don't know how many times that when we're older and I start having to take medicine on a regular basis - I'll be dead in six months.
So, I'm open to any ideas you may have. I've tried writing it down on a sticky note and putting it somewhere I'll find it the next day - but I forget to write the note in the first place.
I've tried making it the same time every morning - usually while they're eating breakfast, but most of the time they're not at the breakfast table together and I am usually trying to squeeze in a shower while they're getting ready.
I've tried sticking the medicine on the kitchen table, hoping it will jog one of our memories'. Nope.
So...what other ideas do you have out there?
Usually, Maddie will remind me herself. I think she likes the way the medicine makes her feel - more in control, less likely to get in trouble.
|Tucker, the ornery|
Thankfully, they'll give her the dose at school today. Nick will probably go without until lunch. He just doesn't need it as much as she does. In fact, I'm going to spend some time this summer experimenting with diet changes to see if I can find another way to manage his ADD. He really is quite manageable at home...he just needs something to help him focus at school. If I can find that something that will help him this summer, we may see if we can get him off the meds altogether.
Now if they would just come up with some ADHD medication for puppies. Last summer we brought home an adorable pup named Tucker. He is a sweetheart, really he is...but he is also an absolute bundle of energy, which is driving this old lady and our other dog, Roscoe, nuts.
During the day, while I am trying to work, I keep him on the back porch where he won't bother us..and where, if he happens to have an accident it is a lot easier to clean up.
Today I decided that since he's doing pretty well with the potty training, it really is time that he learn to live with the rest of us. So this morning I let him loose.
He's been out an hour...he hasn't stopped running. Seriously.
I'm about ready to call his 'vet' to see if there's something I can slip in his water bowl to get him to settle down.
I tried getting a picture of Tuck, but as you can see, he wouldn't settle down long enough for me to get a shot in.
I have a feeling this is going to be a long day.