Tuesday, July 23, 2013

If A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words.....

Like the photo?  It's real life......It's not the life I planned and it makes me laugh.
 
This is part of the Sunday night mommy pharmacy set-up as I fill a weeks medication boxes for the crew (and myself) as the team watches Food Network piled on top of Dr H in the next room.
 
It's funny because......
 
I used to be proud that MY KIDS WERE NOT ON ANY MEDICATIONS... LIKE OTHER PEOPLES KIDS. 

It was stupid.  It was foolish and it was simply my ubber self sufficient - love-is-enough- we can deal with these problems without the interference of any doctor/county worker/outside medical specialist type of mentality.

Maybe it was because I grew up in a coal mining town with a deeply ingrained, fist shaking tendency toward authority...maybe it was simply a na├»ve hope that FASD/LD/ADHD/ODD/and a mishmash of anxiety and other issues could be managed without outside interventions.

Thankfully we live in Minnesota where the doctors are plentiful and the mediations are available (if you holler loud enough and have enough starch in your undies to face down the authorities) to help support our family members who's brain and body chemistry need balancing in order to live happy and productive lives.

So on Sunday night I set up shop and start cracking the lids....knowing that I am making a positive choice for the team and putting in place this particular support understanding that medication is an important and regular piece of our successful life together.

Because medication is a GOOD THING in our life - just like healthy eating, good counseling, time in the Word and right thinking.

4 comments:

Dawn said...

Where did you get those lock boxes. My dd has taken to trying to medicate herself. Right now most of our meds are supplements, but I am pretty sure we are going to have to go to bigger guns soon. She was on heavy meds for years and then we switched to supplements which worked for a while. However, with puberty and the move this year ~ she is a hot mess. She has stolen the keys and destroyed them to my little lock box. It was never big enough anyway. I totally understand where you are.
Blessings, Dawn

dorothy said...

target Dawn...or Amazon if your local store doesn't carry them. :) not super secure but good enough for slowing the crew down!

one step up is the electronic gun safe version....not that we have guns in them!

Michaela McCoin said...

"It was stupid. It was foolish and it was simply my ubber self sufficient - love-is-enough- we can deal with these problems without the interference of any doctor/county worker/outside medical specialist type of mentality."

:) I SO know that thinking! I did the Dianne Craft research and tried the Diet Cure. (Both really helpful for ME by the way, but the kids, not so much!)

Now we practice 'better living through pharmacology'.

It all came down to a very helpful, wise person saying to me... "You know, at some point it's just cruelty not to try meds." Thank goodness for the clarity and permission!

Thank you Dorothy. I love your posts!

And we use fishing tackle boxes. Not pretty, but the bigger the better!

Natalie said...

Proud of you, Dot. As always.