Friday, June 13, 2014

Sleep update, another diagnosis, and hope

The last few months have been remarkable.

In the end of January I was put on prescription medicine to help me sleep. I have had issues with sleeping pretty much all of my life. Mom would use lavender epsom salt, lavender soap, lavender laundry softener, lavender everything just to try to get me to relax enough to sleep. And up until about a year ago, the lavender would work in calming me and relaxing me in the evenings.

There were other things tried to and a bedtime schedule has always been a must.

As I said in the end of January I was given prescription medicine. It worked. I would sleep. Apparently, from nine years of not sleeping well, the ability to sleep all night made me very well rested and all of my active behaviors became aggravated. Aggravated as in I became less focused, hyper, and messier. This resulted in another medication a few weeks later.

While the Sensory Processing Disorder is quite evident, I gained another diagnosis.

It appears that while normally when a child is given a sleep medicine, the hyper-ness and unfocus will go away along with the headaches. Obviously I am not normal. Ha!

The other medicine helped a lot during school hours with a lot of my existing and newer problems. I was able to hold it together at school. Once I got home though I was very easy to get upset and moody.

So... for the summer, I am off of the daytime med completely and only take the sleep med when needed.

Meanwhile, mom has found some essential oils and they are helping. In the past when mom used Lavender everything, she tried essential oils from a couple brands and they would work for a little while and then stop working. We have finally found a Lavender that works and has been working continuously for a few months now. The brand is doTERRA. Mom has been AMAZED at the quality of the oils.

In addition to the Lavender at night, I am also using Balance during the day. And for the most part we see a big difference. The best part about the oils is that they are all natural, which means they are a lot safer for my heart than the prescriptions. Although, we do still have to watch how I react.

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