So we went last night to the required training on med management. Gary doesn't take regular meds, but a lot of kids do, so I figured that it made sense to have the training. Besides, I do need the hours.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
I anticipated that it might be about psychiatric drugs. What are reasonable expectations? What changes in environment have to happen for the drugs to "work"? What are the side effects and why we should be cautious about only using them when we need to.
I was really, really wrong.
In the beginning I wrote down quotes so I would look polite and attentive when I really wanted to scream or cry. Interested? Sure you are:
"Oral medications are taken through the mouth." This was followed by examples of medications that came in strips that dissolve on your tongue, liquids, pills.
"Topical medications are put on the skin itself. Just right on it. It could be an ointment or a patch. The medicine goes through the skin and gets into the blood stream. That is really good for kids who hate to take their medicines."
And my absolute favorite, the quote that may have made the entire 2-hour training worth traveling 40 minutes to attend:
"A side effect is like a side salad, but it doesn't have to be the whole salad. It might just be the tomatoes."
I have absolutely no idea what that means, but I think it is hilarious.
After an hour an a half we were on page 8 of 23 pages of handouts. The social worker (who was clearly as disappointed with the training as I was) interrupted the nurse to point out that we needed to hurry along.
Afterwards Roland and I went to get some dinner. They used to feed us at trainings, but now it is just snack stuff. We kept each other amused by quoting the salad line and laughing like teenagers. We may be been rather tired. We had a serious conversation too:
Roland: "How many more trainings do we need to go to?"
Me: "At least 8 more hours this year."
"What about next year?"
"Well, if we adopt Gary and turn in our license we will never have to go to another one again."