His teachers reported as follows:
"Dovi worked well for the first 45 minutes of our session. Then around 10:45 he seemed very unhappy and in pain. I took him out in the stroller and he calmed down. The rest of our session he jumped around and was no calmer than usual."
His afternoon teacher wrote:
"Today Dovi ate matzah, lettuce, and cereal and milk. He was a little wild today, however he did the programs well. G-d wanted Dovi should go on a walk, because the fire alarm went off, and on a walk we went..."
So there was no change on the first day, except for the unhappiness in the morning. Since one of the possible side effects is headaches, I resolved to give Dovi Motrin in the morning. I was also careful to look out for his sleeping, since Ritalin can cause insomnia. To my surprise he fell asleep at his normal time and had a restful night's sleep. He was also pretty calm in the morning. He didnt want farina today so I had to sneak it in his juice, but the medication stayed stuck in the plastic cup and I had to put it on his tongue like koolaid. I also gave him Motrin.
When his van arrived in the afternoon I was shocked to see him sitting calmly in the van, wearing his seatbelt. He waited witha smile, patiently, for me to open the door to the house. Instead of running straight to the basement, he waited nicely for the elevator. He came in, made a beeline for the high chair, and calmly sat and watched a DVD while eating an apple which he never does!! He saw his favorite cookies-to-crumble - mini black and whites -but he grabbed one and ATE IT instead of crumbling it! He saw a water bottle, he drank from it and DID NOT SPILL IT! The res hab girl came - he calmly let himself be changed and went out with her. calmly and cutely, still smiling and happy.
Sounds like a dream, right?
...Until I read the teachers' reports. Boy am I confused.
"Dovi was not himself during our session. He seemed anxious and cried off and on throughout our session. He was hyper focused on his fingers and hands and he seemed to be very busy moving them around, looking at them, etc. He continuously bit his hands and arms and almost looked to be in pain off and on throughout the morning. Even the simplest of tasks bothered him... so unusual for him. He barely smiled. Also, he kept sticking out his tongue,lots of weird little stuff... Not the Dovi I know and love.I hope we have a better afternoon."
"In contrast to the morning session, Dovi was very calm during my session in the afternoon. He ate two rolls, lettuce and cheese for lunch. The calmness was wonderful. Even when he was away from the table and playing with toys between trials, he sat so nicely and played. He was not jumping around all over the place. Halevai he'd be so calm every day."
WOW.So what's going on? I gave him Motrin, so why the pain and weirdness in the morning? And why then was he calm in the afternoon, when the Ritalin should have worn off? I tried to reach Dr. Cartwright for an hour but just couldn't get through to him, and with the holiday weekend I probably won't be able to get through to him until Monday. Can any of you help me figure out what the side effects can be, since he isn't verbal and can't tell what's happening? Is this only temporary - I can help him push through it -or will he have this every day? I'm amazed how calm he was all afternoon!!