Monday, March 23, 2009


Ok, well, things have been interesting with Daniel over the last year or so. We finally have a diagnosis - ADD (not ADHD!!!). This is such a relief & he will be starting on an extremely low dose of Ritalin on the weekend (so low we have to order it specially!) For those of you who don't know ADD is Attention Deficit Disorder (no Hyper). It has been interesting to learn that he sees & hears the world differently to the rest of us; for instance when trying to write he may become distracted by the sound of the pen scratching on the paper rather than what he is supposed to be writing. Anyway before the hospital will give him Ritalin they gave him an ECG (heart test thing) as the most serious side effect is only if you have an existing heart condition. Daniel thought the test was hilarious & kept giggling so the nurse had to do it a couple of times, she said kids usually scream at her so she didn't mind the giggling. He also has an extra large space between his pallet & the back of his throat which allows more air than necessary though which is why his speech is 'nasal'. I don't think we are going to go ahead with surgery to get it fixed as it is not that bad & the speech therapy has greatly improved his speech. He is also slightly obsessive (not OCD), but so am I!!!!
We had 3-way - conference with his NEW teacher on Friday (yes, I am one of those mothers who kicked up a stink at the school & got my son moved classes). It went really well, she is happy with him. She can see that he is trying to work & not finishing; rather than the other teacher who just got mad at him for never finishing anything. He is really happy in his new class & likes his teacher so phew!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She hasn't noticed the ADD yet, but it is early in the year, but has noticed him staring into space, but thought he was thinking. LOL! He is still doing really well academically & luckily he is a happy kid so he was never bothered by the ADD, the speech issue was holding him back, but that seems to be fixed now.
Poor kid I feel so sorry for him with all this stuff sometimes, that is when I don't wanna kill him cos I can't get him to do anything!!!!!!!!!!!!! hehe

On a lighter note........Nicola had her best friend Bronte stay the night on Saturday. They think they are twins,who have different parents & live in different houses, but they are still twins! LOL. I was really worried about her cos it was the first time she was staying at someone elses house, so I slept sooooooo lightly listening for any sound. she did wake up crying once, but went straight back to sleep after a quick cuddle. Funny how I sleep through my own kids crying but not someone elses.

Scott went fishing on Saturday, then took Daniel for a ride in the kayak. The girls were to chicken so they collected shells & had a great time running around in their undies.

I felt like doing something different in my scrapbooking, so I have done 2 LO of Scott & I pre-kids. On the Gecko LO I used texture paste through a stencil to make the geckos on patterned paper. Very cool. On the weekend LO I used transparent micro beads over Jac paper to make the flower centres, on the brackets & on the heart. Orange & green is soooooooooo not me, but think it looks quite good.


Kelly said...

Interesting to hear about Daniel's diagnosis... great to hear that something like a small does of medicine can help him out too. Hey, I know it's been a while since I visited because you've gone all lovely with the new look!! I like it.

Daniel Thomson said...

LOVE the gecko LO