Introducing Myself

Pauline - posted on 04/05/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Hi, I am 46yrs old a single Mum with a 10yr old Daughter who is ADHD. I work part time 9am to 2pm 5 days a week. I enjoy spending time with my daughter, reading, computer games, walking and bar b q's etc with other families.

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Shirley - posted on 04/07/2009

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Thanks for taking the trouble to explain it all,Pauline.Hope we'll be able to talk some more.

Julie - posted on 04/06/2009

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hi pauline i agree with eileen you doing a marvallous job it must be very draining on you too yet you tackle it head on and no complaining your a super mummy, i get tired and cranky after a day with my 2 lil men but they dont have adhd so i fully appriciate what you must go through for the love of your child, congrats hunni i hope your experiance and persiverance may help other mummies on here with same situation as you thinking of you hunni love julie xxxxx

Eileen - posted on 04/06/2009

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Hi Pauline;



Welcome to the group. Sounds like you have everything under control and the important thing is you enjoy spending time with your child. How refreshing to hear in this fast paced world we live in. We have to stop and appreciate our most precious moments:)

Pauline - posted on 04/06/2009

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ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - A combination of ADD and AHD, there can all sorts of symptoms like: very low concentration span, hyperactivity, insomnia, impulsivity and they find it very hard to control their emotions (excitement/Sadness/Anger etc)



It can be caused by allergies to certain foods, like those kids that hyper on red cordial or too much sugar or it may be something they are born with.



When Aimee was 4yrs old, her daycare and I did a food and behaviour diary for three months, everything she ate and her behaviour at the time.  Nothing matched, with the Doctors coming to the conclusion that her ADHD is not food orientated, in fact apart from being unhealthy, sugar has no real affect on her, it doesn't change her behaviour like other kids.  Her's is probably a medical condition although we have not done any tests to prove this one way or another.  She has been on medication since she was 5.  She has a slightly stronger dose for days that she is at school mainly for her concentration, I do not giver her any medication in the afternoons or evenings and on the weekends and school holidays she has half doses just to take the edge off her hyperactivity.  From about the age of 4 we had several years of Behavioural Counselling with a Clinical Psychologist and that has certainly made a real difference in her knowing right from wrong and in fact she is definately not the same child she was then.  They say that they don't grow out of it, but grow into it, with the counselling and maturity they learn which situations make them feel out of control and try to avoid them or at least try to keep control of themselves.  Aimee still has her moments, but I haven't seen a tantrum in almost years and those first few years were filled with them, some running for over an hour (they were few and far between thank goodness).  Sorry I am waffling a bit here.  Just one last this for now - a lot of people are against the medication - it has not stunted her growth, the first tablet she ever took was the first thime she had ever watched a program on TV from the beginning to the end without jumping up every 2 minutes to do something else - she does not walk around like a zombie and she has been on the same dosage for the last 4yrs.  It does not stay in the body, it wears off just like headache medication. Enough for now - let me know if you have anymore questions - Also it is said that if a child is not suffering from ADHD/ADD etc, the medication will have not affect on their behaviour.  Hope all that helps.



 

Shirley - posted on 04/06/2009

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You say your daughter has ADHD. What exactly is that and how does it affect her, if I'm not being too nosey?!

Pauline - posted on 04/06/2009

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I know how it feels, I feel like I am driving backwards and forwards all over the place, but it is worth it

Julie - posted on 04/06/2009

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hi and welcome to the group hope you enjoy it lool forards to chatting soon xxxjuliexxxx

Shirley - posted on 04/06/2009

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Hi, I'm 47 and have a son of 10 and a daughter of 6. I also work part-time, similar sort of hours to you, though the days and times do vary from week to week. I seem to spend a lot of time ferrying them to and from their activities, both swim and my daughter also dances.

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