Wednesday, February 4, 2009
"To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong."--Joseph Chilton Pearce
First I need to apologize to steveroni for not checking if the link worked. OOPS. First time dude I checked and rechecked the Eric Clapton Link as well as Woody's but I just assumed I had yours right.
I don't normally put my daily thought at the beginning but I am really having a time with the decision I made for my oldest daughters medication for her stress. A few friends of mine do not agree with my decision but it is between me and me family, and now you. Ha, Ha, Ha. Anyway we went to the "child shrink" only to find out she was a registered nurse. OK, then we proceeded to answer a variety of questions pertaining to my family and "A's" stress levels. Then after about 30 minutes of questions this nurse decided my daughter had "general anxiety disorder" and her number one medication for this was Prozac. You know my daughter sees a counselor who told her that she could giver her a referral to a kid shrink and they would see her on a weekly basis on top of the regular counseling. Then they would confer with the counselor and family doc to decide what would best meet her needs.
I guess my two biggest issues is that 1.) I feel there really is only some high stress levels with my daughter and she needs to really just chill out. 2.) I don't think someone who has met with my daughter for 30 minutes and typed up answers into some magical formulary on a computer is the right person to pigeon hole my daughter into some demographic and decide she needs an anti- psychotic medication for stress. The other meds she recommended for calming down however are forms of Valium. REALLY, I mean REALLY are these my only choices for helping my daughter learn to deal with stress!! Come one now, she just needs to learn some coping skills. So I asked for the list that the "nurse" was going to recommend and there were about 10 different "mind meds" on it and I told her I was uncomfortable with making a decision on the spot. Could I go home and think about it, and thankfully she said yes. So we went home and had a family sit down in front of the computer and started googling everything. After about 3 hours we were just as confused as before. Go figure. My baby just wants to feel better. We all agree we don't want something that is going to make her feel like she is on a bigger roller coaster than she is now. We also don't want to have her on meds for a very long time. Some of these medications are very hard to get off of and they are all recommended for a year at least.
Her issue is that the military would not accept her if she were on "psycho meds" as she put it. So then I asked "isn't there something like "St. Johns Wart" that helps with anxiety?" And we looked up a couple of herbal options. My thought was if she tries these and nothing happens, well then nothing happens. And if nothing happens I will be willing to go to the counselors choice of shrink and then, if after seeing my kid for a while they recommend Prozac I would be willing to try it. But I will not use it as a first choice. I will not. I also do not think I am playing doctor.
Last night we went to the counselor and I told her what had happened and she agreed with me. And she does not think my daughter needs Prozac. She would know, she has been seeing her for 9 months now. She also is hopeful that the herbs may be enough to help lower my daughters stress levels. We are trying St' Johns Wart and 5-HTP. Both have natural ingredients that work with the bodies natural chemistry.
I have been extremely busy this weekend I only had time to stop by a few blogs and comment. I hope Mary Elizabeth is doing well with her treatment. I love reading up and seeing how everyone is doing and it is like I either have some time to blog or read. So the last few days I read up. Yesterday and today I blogged. And I can link now!! Thanks everybody for helping me figure that out. It is so cool. One day I will be able to put a you tube vid on there. Oh, and something new I now have prescription reading glasses for my computer. Oh it's Wednesday I almost forgot to put a gratitude list.
1. I am grateful for being able to be a stay-at-home mom and watch my beautiful girls grow up. We have such a magical bond today.
2. I am grateful for this blog to help me stay connected with the outside world when sometimes all i have to communicate with are my little ones.
3. I am grateful for the sense of security I have today that my life is in a good financial stable and structured home.
4. I am grateful for my service work. It has given me some much needed self esteem and work ethics, like staying committed. Keeping appointments and having accountability. Not to mention the computer skills I have learned.
5. I am grateful for today, and being able to enjoy the moment. The moment is now, I hope you are enjoying yours.
What are you grateful for today?