We heard back from the phsychologist last week; they said they will do a complete evaluation but that they have up to 60 days to complete it. Considering this I called the pediatricain who then prescribed Ritalin. She wanted Alex to start on a lose dose (5mg. twice daily) and see how it goes. On Sunday we gave it a try; I gave Alex the Ritalin with her A.M. dose of hydro. She woke up a couple hours later and said she felt less groggy than usual first thing in the morning. She also said she felt "stupid", because she could only focus on one thing at a time. She thought it might be helpful for school work but wasn't so sure she liked the feeling. By noon she was getting a headache and took the second dose. The headache lingered through the afternoon. By early evening when the Ritalin should have been wearing off the headache got really bad. By 8:00 the headache was so bad she thought we might need to go to the hospital. Along with the headache she started feeling A.I. She took 2.5 mg of hydro, waited a half hour, took another 2.5mg waited another half hour and took 5mg. With the extra hydro things started improving including the headache.
Now the questions... was Ritalin the cause of the headache? Was it the cause of the A.I.? Could the headache pain have caused her body to need more hydro? It's frustrating! The plan is to wait a few days and try the Ritalin one more time, one dose in the morning, and try and do school work while on it. If it doesn't work out we'll get a prescription for something else.