Our Jacob is pure wildfire. That child must have something incredible in his future because God is all over him keeping him protected despite himself. Those burns last year would have not only scarred physically, but emotionally as well, any other child. He has been bathed in protection more times than I can count. God has big plans for that boy.
So -- HOW DO I SURVIVE HIS RAISING??? He is giving me fits at every turn. Textbook, he is all ADHD/ADD from head to toe. Going the medical route with prescriptions is NOT an option we will entertain at all. So where do I go from here?
What I've learned in his 7 years of life so far doesn't seem like much really.
*He needs strict routine -- we have a fairly good amount of schedule and routine in place as it is, but that child really needs every waking second occupied and structured else he runs off with freedom.
*He doesn't do sugar in dairy products well -- shows a distinct increase with dairy sugars over standard sugars and fruit sugars.
*He functions on very little sleep.
*He is a cognitive sleeper in that he has vivid dreams and talks, sings, even has action/motion while sleeping.
*He metabolizes foods and meds at incredibly high rates, meaning most standard dosing is as useless as plain water for him.
*He has the attention span of a flea. He thrives on constant action, changes and activity. School work is a high challenge because while he needs all the hands-on learning he can get, he just can't focus on it either.
*He has an incredible memory span. Seriously, this child can remember word for word movies, music, book passages...even hearing them once or twice over a year or more ago.
What can we do to help focus him more, to help calm him? How can we somehow harness and direct his personality and character toward appropriate things?
We have a tea blend with linden flower, chamomile flower and hibiscus, and a tincture from Trtaditional Medicinals for 'stress and calming' with several herbs in it. They just don't work. This child has an extremely high tolerance/threshhold for medicines. When he was burned and went through those weeks of scraping and all the treatments, he was put under deep anesthesia during each procedure. He would 'wake' and start singing...or chatting mostly to himself...not long into every procedure. They adjusted his meds and never could maintain a deep sleep for him as they needed. He was maxed out on everything they tried. I know that his metabolism rate is simply not helping with any meds or herbs effectivness rate.
We were told to be sure to keep that alert for any doctors or procedures he may have in his life. Literally imagine this boy during heart surgery--singing all of a sudden and talking away. That would be him.
But what do I do? I haven't gone the route of totally taking all foods away and adding one at a time back into the diet, searching out a food cause for his hyperactivity, but we don't eat boxed and store items as it is. We aren't all natural and organic, but we do limit sugars and processed foods here.
I need every thought, idea and resource I can glean, ladies. What herbs would make a more calming tea ot tincture for him? What foods aside from whites and the obvious color additives should I be looking at? I have to find some help and I just don't know where to begin searching.
Websites, yahoo groups, books and references. I want it all. We will not seek medical thoughts and prefer to find natural ways to help him...food and environmental triggers, herbal meds for calming and focus, etc.