So I just had to write about this this morning...I am hoping those reading will maybe share their thoughts or knowledge on the subject.
I will start with this. Since the day Jordy was born she has had major issues with sleep. In that she doesn't...Sleep that is. Her body just does not shut down like a normal persons. Even when she is dead tired she cannot get herself to sleep.
As a baby she was exhausting because she was always awake. I remember when she was about a year old running into our Health Nurse at a Restaurant Brad and I were at. She asked about Jordy and I broke down and started crying saying that she never, ever slept. That she was still waking up about five to six times a night...And staying awake for long stretches. At the time our Health Nurse suggested switching her over to formula, that maybe she wasn't getting enough from just breast milk.
Well that never helped. Nothing did. Jordy is my fourth child. So it's not like I was a first time Mom just tired and worn out with a new baby. Something was different about Jordy compared to the other kids. And I have written posts on her personality in the past because yes, there has always been something about her that is not the same as the other kids. I don't know, it's hard to explain.
This picture has always been a favorite of mine cause it is how I remember Jordy. Her fiery orange hairy and her grouchy little face! lol
Ok, so her sleep patterns are just not normal...And I know this.
When Jordy is tired, which is often...She lashes out. She throws tantrums, she cries, yells...Everything you can imagine. It's been difficult to deal with over the years. She is the last kid asleep every night. She is often up till 11pm. This is not healthy for an 8 year old.
So last night after she had thrown a few fits, for the first night ever I gave her half a Melatonin pill. Austin takes them and has for years. With his special needs he is closely monitored by our Doctor and with his ADHD and Autism he needs it to help his body regulate and shut down. If he doesn't take it he could be up till 3am!
Anyway so I gave half of one to Jordy. And for the first time in I don't even know how long...It may not have ever even happened before...She was asleep at 7:30pm!! I couldn't believe it!!! Finally I figured we found something that would help her get enough sleep at night. This morning she was up bright and early and what a difference there was in her attitude! She was happy and cheerful and even said "Good Morning Mom" It was refreshing. Usually she wakes up looking like the girl off the Grudge! Seriously. You know, all slouched down, hair hanging in her face with a big ol scowl. Ya, the girl off the Grudge describes Jordy's morning attitude best!
Ok, so I sit down with my coffee feeling great that I have found something that will help her sleep better...I go onto FB and see that one of my friends has posted this...
Ug. I could not believe it! Seriously what are the chances that after the very first time giving Jordy this pill a post starts going around FB on the subject?! And the thing that hit me the most was that the post is describing a girl exactly Jordy's age, 8...And she sounds like she has always had sleep issues the exact same as Jordy!
I'll admit I'm a little of a paranoid person. The coincidence of the article showing up in my feed first thing this morning is not lost on me. I mean really...It almost feels like a subtle warning. Like a nudge that I need to really check into this before I give it to Jordy again. *sigh*
So now I just don't know what to think. Mostly I am depressed that my problem with Jordy is not solved like I thought it was. Now I feel like I am back to square one which isn't a pleasant thought. And I should mention here that we have tried other things, giving her a pill wasn't our first choice, that is why she is almost nine and we have never done it before...It was like our last option really.
So anyone out there have any opinions or thoughts on this? Have you heard anything about it? Just curious what other people think.
Oh, and my comments are back on under the posts. I have been screwing around with my blog lately...Not really knowing what direction I want to take it in and what not. But that's a topic for another post. So anyway, comments are back on feel free to leave one if you want :)