Tales about Trevor

11.13.11

Trevor's first soccer season is officially over. We attended a small awards ceremoney where he got to say goodbye to his teammates (he doesn't attend school with all of them) and he got his coveted trophy he's been dreaming about all season!



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11.12.11

We started Trevor's full dose of caffeine therapy yesterday. We worked our way up to it over a few days. He is taking 100 mg of caffeine twice daily. Today was Trevor's last soccer game of the season. It's his first experience playing any sport and he begged to be signed up for it because he loves kicking the ball around. The problem is that he didn't expect to need to concentrate on one activity for a whole hour. It's been rather difficult for him, frequently being distracted by temperature, other people on the field and just about anything in general. The coach (and his family) frequently had to remind him to pay attention during practices and not wander off in his own head. He regularly complained about going to practice and games as he didn't see it as being a fun activity.

Today was different though, so much so that my mother-in-law even commented that Trevor seemed focused. He didn't need constant redirection or encouragement just to participate. He was very active in trying to get the ball and even scored an assist when he deliberately passed the ball to a teammate and that person in turned kicked the ball into the goal! Yay Trevor!!

He was very excited when he came home; he's even thinking he may want to participate in soccer again next fall. I hope this is an indicator of more good things to come.

11.05.2011

We're going to try caffeine therapy for Trevor to see if it alleviates some of his symptoms of ADHD. There isn't really a specific dosage recommendation, so we're going to start off small and see what works for him (if at all.) The thought behind caffeine therapy is that the medications used to treat ADHD fall into a class known as stimulants. Caffeine is also a stimulant, so for many, it can have the same kind of calming, focusing effect that the meds do, but possibly without the risk of side effects that the medications have. I'm excited to see how it works for him.

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11.02.2011

Trevor had surgery to remove his myringotomy tube from his left ear. He had the tubes placed when he was about 20 months old and the one in the right ear fell out on it's own in July 2010. For whatever reason, the other one didn't come out and so the ENT had to go in and cut it out. It required general anesthesia, just like when he had it put in, but thankfully it was a very short procedure and it went smoothly. Trevor actually didn't need any pain meds until the next day, when he complained that his ear hurt when he yawned. At that point, Tylenol was sufficient to handle the problem. He handled everything like a very brave boy, even when faced with drinking some medicine which tasted pretty nasty to him.



He was a little loopy afterwards, but was able to ride (sort of) in a wheelchair to the exit and get safely into the van to come home. He celebrated this successful morning with a day of playing Wii and Webkinz. He goes back to the ENT in a month to check that it's healing properly and we'll find out in 2-3 months if he will need a second surgery (if the hole doesn't close completely on it's own).

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10.20.2011

We're looking into Brain-Based Therapies for Trevor. Hemespheric Integration Therapy is showing great promise as a solution to addressing the underlying problems causing Aspergers and ADHD. We found a provider, now to find the funding and we'll be good to get started.

I saw some startling changes in our consultation and I'm very excited to see where this can take us!

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