Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Cole Update Anyone?

There is a vial of urine in my fridge.  It's not my urine, but I was involved in the collection.  It's been there since last Thursday and I haven't made a move to get it out of my fridge and send it to the lab requesting it, primarily because that involves filling out paper work and I don't currently have a pen with which I really like to write.

Do you feel confused by that statement?

I love making lists, filling out forms, and writing with a pen in general, but only if I like the pen.  Currently I'm working with a collection of partially dry, multi-colored, and child oriented pens.  Child oriented in that they are cheap and covered in things like plastic hair or are shaped like a wolf or a bear. 

If I'm collecting urine and filling out forms, I need a good pen.  What am I supposed to do, just fill it out with the wolf pen and pretend every thing's ok?  I don't think so.

The urine is Cole's and it was ordered by the witch doctor to measure his melatonin/serotonin levels.  Cole's been dairy free for a little over a month now, but the doctor doesn't really think everything is going to change unless we can figure out how to get Cole to sleep.  He has this harebrained idea that a four year old that fights going to sleep, gets up multiple times in the middle of the night, and usually wakes early is going to be cranky.  He's so new age. 

I bet he thinks sugar is bad for you too. 


In all honesty, I want to blame Cole's lack of sleep for all of his faults.  When he starts screaming because he can't play the Wii for five hours straight, no sleep is there. When he pushes his baby sister for touching his rolly-polly (which isn't necessarily his, I'm pretty sure all bugs belong to God, or the bug man,) no sleep is there.  When he thinks the Mario cartoon is funny, no sleep is there.  (It's a really stupid cartoon.)

When he tells me I'm fat, no sleep is there....because, as I am quick to point out, he can call me stupid and hate me all he likes, but I draw the line at calling me fat.  I have good genes and am NOT fat.  If he weren't sleep deprived, clearly he would be able to see that.

Cole had two awesome days last week.  For months there has been screaming and irrational reactions to essentially everything Cole related, but two glorious days last week were normal.  Normal meaning there was frustration during a challenging moment, there was crying when he got hurt, but there was never screaming or flying off the handle because I asked him to put on shoes.  It was a great two days.

I don't know what to attribute it to, but I'm going to credit the witch doctor.  Right or wrong, lack of dairy and some recent massage/chiropractory work are all that's really changed for Cole.  Our behavior therapist comes back Friday night with a behavior plan, we'll see who gets credit next week if there is peace again....because notice I said two days last week. 

We're back to some screaming, but he's also slept horribly.

I guess we'll just have to figure it all out once someone gets me a decent pen.  It's unreasonable to think that I could do much of anything before that.

Until the perfect pen and 15 minutes of time to myself collide, I would like to warn everyone coming to my house that the vial of urine in my fridge is totally normal and part of a medically ordered (witch doctor ordered) test. 

Does anyone know how long urine lasts? 

That might sound like a joke question, but seriously, I don't have to recollect pee do I?


Amanda @ Life, Experience Needed said...

I'm with you on the good pen front; it makes it more enjoyable.

On a side note: I've started taking Melatonin at night to help me sleep and I noticed a Huge difference. Even if Cole's levels are ok it might be something to consider.

Hope you get more good days next week!

Andrea said...

I think urine samples for lab testing, not drug screening, are only good for 24-48 hours in the fridge. After that, the sample can start growing bacteria. But don't hold me to that.

Kmama said...

Yay for 2 good days. I'm sorry they didn't continue. Hopefully you can nail it all down and move forward, happily.

I agree, I would probably get another sample. Ick.

alanna rose said...

Paperwork is my enemy...I turned in the preschool enrollment stuff on the due date because I just hate filling anything out...I get all anxious and then just want to eat Swedish fish and watch HGTV.

Bad news about the pee...I just had to bring in a specimen and there was a specific time frame between collection and drop-off. Sorry. Good luck!

Kimberly said...

Oh, you poor thing. He sounds so much like my younger brother that I'm having flashbacks. My brother was diagnosed VERY young with severe ADHD. Over the years they added ODD and an unofficial RAD diagnosis to the mix, too.

If there is one thing I can beg of you, as someone who was forced to grow up in an environment controlled by a tiny tyrant, it's this- don't accept any explanations or diagnoses until you see improvement with treatment. My parents had my brother in therapy at age two, introduced meds for ADHD when he was slightly older (worked great for schoolwork, but not to calm his outbursts), but seemed to accept his anger, aggression, and authority issues as incurable parts of his identity. It wasn't until he was diagnosed with ODD/possible RAD at 12 that we really started seeing a difference.

Keep pushing until you get answers! They're out there, and the sooner you identify helpful tools, the sooner you can more fully begin appreciating him for the awesome kid he is. I'm thinking of you!!

Also, you'll need to have him re-pee. Sorry. :(

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sarahfin said...

Oh Leslie,
My heart is with you. Good for you for exploring so many variables with Cole. That is impressive because day to day survival sounds incredibly hard with him. I hope and pray that something opens up and offers you some workable solutions, or that he quickly grows through this if it is a phase. Keep hanging in there and know you are not alone.

momnextdoor said...

I have no experience with pee collection (although I have plenty of experience of being peed on) but I would assume you need to recollect. May I suggest you buy disposable gloves first?

Yay for witch doctors! It starts with 2 days of normal and increases from there...or so I've been told.

Good luck!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

I think a good pen is the key to successful form fulfillment. You should see me. I am so ADHD that I start in the middle, go up for a bit, then down, then to the top, then is pretty great. I save my address for last, because I hate writing it out.
I could tell you about a stool sample if it would help...

WhisperingWriter said...

Good luck with the pee.

That's a sentence I never though I'd have to write...

Bobbi said...

I had to collect pee from my 4yo recently and did the same thing. It sat in the fridge for a few days until I was un-lazy enough to drive it to the lab. Then they told me it had to be dropped off within 24 hours of collection.