Wednesday, June 30, 2010

It's Great! To Be! A Mommy Blogger!

At the University of Georgia football games, the fans do this chant:
It's Great! To Be! A Georgia Bulldog! 

That's the way I'm reading this title. No offense to all you Bama & Vol fans.

Now, back to the point at hand.

I want to thank y'all so much for all of your sweet & supportive comments on my last post.

Sassy's initial appointment for the testing was yesterday & I think it when rather well. 

BTW, I got a little bit of a discount.  10%, but that's $100+ back in my Retro's pocket.  I just asked her how much for a CASH payment upfront.  And we all know money talks.

The doctor, we'll call her Dr. L, seemed really nice, down to earth & easy to talk to, but I tend to get very emotional at stuff like this (read that VERY) & I like to be in control, so I took my Xanax plus 3 & it may very well have been the pills. (I know my momma is going to say that makes no sense, taking pills to be in control, but it works. Trust me.)

She's a Clinical Psychologist & heck, I go to her & let her tell me I was crazy if she didn't charge so much.  Is a psychologist the one that can prescribe medicine?  If not, never mind. She wasn't at all condescending like I imagined. And she let me talk, which I don't get to do much around here.  I even told her I write a blog.  If I had some bloggy business cards, I would totally give her one. Then maybe she'd take me on as a charity case, like that plastics doc did with Kate G.

She talked with me first & asked what was I mainly concerned about with Sass. I said her schoolwork, of course.  Then she asked about anything else & I said her bad attitude, sassy mouth & cruelty to her siblings (especially her brother) & her inability to retain information. The poor child can't even work the (satellite)remote, except to change the channel, me or Bo has to help her every time.  But when it comes down to it, as long as behaves appropriately in public, I really don't care what kind of fool she is how she acts at home.  That's why I'm medicated.

Then she talked with Sass. She said she drew some pictures, one of all 5 of us sitting at the table, which I think is pretty good because we never rarely do that. And since DFACS (Dept. of Family & Children Services) didn't come to the house today, I'm guessing she didn't tell the Dr. how bad a mother she thinks I am.

On our next visit, she will take a 4-hour (that's FOUR hours) test.  So I guess I'm getting my monies worth, because with a test that long, they have no choice but to notice that she has the attention span of a flea has some issues.

Now that I think about it, I wonder if I could even pass the test.


RN Mama said...

Ok, seriously...wouldn't any kid look like they have ADD after attempting a 4 hour test? I'm just sayin. I hope it all works out though, and that Sass gets the help she needs!

Jennifer said...

I couldn't take a test for four hours and I don't have ADD.

I've been thinking about your post ever since I read it. My mom swears she had ADD. She dropped out of high school her sophomore year and eventually got her GED.

My brother inherited it from her and dropped out his sophomore year too. He hasn't gotten his GED because he has no faith in his ability to learn because of our craptastic school system and they way the treated him.

I just thought how wonderful it was and how you must have had some really great support to not only finish school, but to go to college as well. My mom and brother have no faith in their ability to learn at all, and they are both really smart people.

It just makes me so sad. But at the same time it makes me even happier that now people recognize this illness and can help people that have it. You are doing a really great thing for your daughter. I hope you can realize that between the guilty episodes.

Laura said...

I think it's wonderful that you're getting help. I use to think that was a sign of weakness, but came to realize that it is a sign of great strength. Hang in there!

Shell said...

Four hours is really long, but it does sound like they are going to be really thorough!

P.S. I totally did a little cheerleader-wannabe chant to your post title.

mFw said...

Glad you like the Dr. and everything worked out well today! 4 hours is super long but I guess that's how they have to do it! Come to think of it I'm not sure how I survived the ACT. I don't think I could do that again. Hope everything works out!!

Sandra said...

After I read this and had no idea what was going on, I read yesterday's post and commented there. Love you.

Susan said...

So glad you like the doc. And I read the title as It's great! to be! an AUBURN Tiger! ;)

Princess Freckles said...

Both my sister's have ADHD, and I know how frusterating the process can be for parents. My mother and step mother have done so much to help them both, and now they're both in college and doing well. I'll be thinking of you and Sass and praying that you get this all straightened out. You're doing the righ thing getting her diagnoised so that she can get on track with school. You'll see her self confidance soar! :)

Helene said...

I just caught up on your last post so I could have some type of clue as to what's going on.

You're doing the right thing and I'm glad you felt comfortable with the dr. Hopefully after the tests (4-hrs...holy moly...but I guess it's a necessary evil), you'll be able to come up with a treatment plan that everyone will benefit from.

And I love that your sense of humor still shines through, even during the rough times. It's what keeps us strong!

Babes Mami said...

Sounds like they will hopefully be figuring out what's up!

Suburban Princess said...

I hope everything gets sorted out soon!

I dont know if it helps but a friend of mine has a son who lives on wheat and sugar and he spins out of control - maybe it is a diet thing you just dont know about?

I have seen a lot of work on behaviour issues that come down to eliminating a few trigger foods - kids getting off meds when they stop eating wheat and processed foods etc. I hope it is something simple like that!

Sandra said...

I love everything about your blog! The colours, the writing, the wit. If you have a button, I'll be taking it with me!

Tracie said...

Sounds like you guys are on the right track to getting her some help. It will all be ok in the end. You're a good mom!

katie lake said...

My dad is a Clinical Psychologist and he does this exact stuff all the time. (Side note: my second job is working for my dad and transcribing his test evaluations) I definitely wouldn't worry. If there is something going on (ADD, sibling jealousy, just plain sassy-pants) the Dr will be able to get to the bottom of it and help you out. Another good note, kids can grow out of ADD/ADHD. ADD means doing things a little differently but it is so managable. Dad and bro are both ADHD and bro was also dislexic. The "Homework Wars" got a little intense sometimes.

And on the bright side - at least it isn't the 8 hour test :)

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