Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sleeping in School Is Not a Good Sign

My son fell asleep at school yesterday for the second time this week.

Kai napped as a baby and toddler, of course. But, I think it is about four years since he regularly took naps.

During the bulk of these past four years, he rarely slept through the night. Yet he constantly amazed us with how much energy he had during the day regardless of how little sleep he got.

But recently, he has been lethargic fairly often. Yesterday, in addition to the nap at school, he was very quiet during a therapy session in the afternoon. He rarely spoke to the therapist and showed no energy. It was completely unlike the effusive Kai we’ve grown accustomed to.

So, what has changed?

We think this is the result of the new medication he is taking. And if it is a side effect that continues, we will have to ask the doctor to make a change.

We were hoping that the medication would make our son more attentive at school. But how attentive can he be if he is sleepy?

Of course, later in the day, after dinner and bath, when we wanted him to wind down for bedtime, he was full of energy. He engaged us in a game of his own invention. We started out playing the periodic table game that he has, but he soon infused it with a bit of Monopoly, and mixed in some Pokémon as well. My wife and I tried to play along, but were completely befuddled as Kai prattled on nonstop about the rules of the game he was making up as we were going along.

Ah, now that is the Kai we know and love.


  1. I didn't know about the side effects of the medication. That would put a damper on things. Hopefully it can be controlled through dosage moderation. Good luck to all of you.

  2. Thanks!

    I will have more about the side effects in my Patch article next week. Not sure if we can moderate the dosage as he is on a very small dose already. We'll have to see what the doctor says.


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