This past week, the week before the last week of school, the Team and I noticed an interesting trend.
Our kids with ADHD (and I swear, that's about half the kids that make up your classroom population these days) are off their meds.
Tiny Girl, who usually is fairly calm and focused, was all over the place last week. She couldn't stay in her seat, couldn't be quiet, couldn't stop talking, and was generally vibrating with energy. Mrs. Social Studies and I pulled her aside for a moment and asked her if she was, perhaps, not taking her medicine.
"Oh no, we ran out!" she said. "I haven't taken it since last week."
Indeed. The fact that she spent a small fortune on candy and slushies at Field Day probably didn't help either.
She's not alone. We counted at least half a dozen who we actually talked to and admitted that they hadn't taken their medicine. Then there's a handful we didn't ask, but strongly suspected. They are exhibiting more than your usual "end of school" energy levels. They're nearly manic.
We are suspecting that many of our parents will attempt to save some money this summer by not renewing their child's medications (they are, after all, fairly pricey from what I've been told). In addition, I've discovered many parents take these kids off their meds during the summer anyway as it's a good time to make adjustments, see how they react without it, and deal with some of the negative side affects. So, since we're nearing the end of the school year, why bother refilling the prescriptions once they run out?
I completely see the logic in this. However, I sincerely hope these parents have some good coping skills because a summer with some of these kids would drive me over the edge. Hopefully they'll spend a lot of time outside running around and burning off their excess energy.
As for me, at this point, I'm glad I have some relatively quiet cats to contend with. I'll need the peace and quiet this summer.