We start school on Tuesday, September 6. School for my boys start at 7:45am. I am excited for them to return. They however, not so much.
In prep for school, I took my younger son to the psychiatrist to be assessed for ADD. Getting to this point took a lot. First we talked about the constant struggle to get him to focus at school. It was always odd how a highly intelligent child, just couldn’t sit through a 15 minute exercise. I assumed it was because he figured it out and then the exercise got boring.
Later the nanny talked to me about his inability to sit through his summer exercises. But I thought to myself…who would want to sit through reading and writing in the summer.
One day, I worked from home and I had an opportunity to witness it myself…and I could no longer deny that something was going on…so I took him to the doctor.
I was hesitant, I was resistant and I already had my defenses. I am a highly intelligent, well researched parent. I did my homework and I was ready to discuss options outside of drug therapy.
So when the doctor started in, I laid it all out…yes, his diet is organic, yes he takes vitamins, no he doesn’t have any problems sleeping, no he’s not depressed. Half hour of video games, half hour of TV, no problems making friends…blah blah blah.
He stopped his line of questioning and simply asked me what did I want to do…and I said honestly, I didn’t want to do anything but I felt it was my responsibility to investigate. He took me through the understanding of the different medications and I just listened. I was pretty confident I wasn’t going that route. Then he offered something to try…Cod Liver Oil. He admitted he doesn’t know why. He acknowledged he doesn’t know how it works but that for some children, an old wives tale of taking a tablespoon of Cod Liver Oil every day seems to do the trick.
He advised that it would take about 30 days to see any change and he informed me to get the Carlson brand for it was high quality without things like mercury. He also recommended 1mg of folic acid every day. So that’s it. We are trying Cod Liver Oil and Folic Acid.
I had to laugh because I remember my mom giving us Cod Liver Oil every day before school as a kid and to this day, I still take 1mg of folic acid daily…and it makes me think…sometime the best remedies are the things of old!
Remind me in a month to let you know if this has worked!